|What is Forest in Lugbara?|
Pronunciation Guide [Lugbara Phonology]
The Lugbara alphabet has 28 letters (like Arabic but) minus ‘q’ and ‘x’ [Alamakanda in Aringa Dialect], which means 24 like in English and four unique ones namely: ‘b like in ‘bua [up], ‘d like in ‘dia [here],‘w like in ‘wara [big] and ‘y like in ‘yeta [action]. Letters are pronounced as follows: Ah, Ba, Cha, Da, Eh, Fa, Ga, Ha, Ie, Ja, Ka, La, Ma, Na, Oh, Pa, Ra, Sa, Ta, Uw, Va, Wa, Ya, and Za. Lugbara phrases are spoken in several dialects (clan-wise) but the Muni Suburb (Ayivu) version, from which many of the explanations below are based, is the one approved for teaching in schools. It is also the main one used on UBC Radio (formerly Radio Uganda), Voice Of Life (probably since 1997 though I started listening in 2000), Arua One (since 2002), Koboko FM, Nile FM (since 2004), Radio Pacis, Access FM (since Monday 19th March 2018) plus BTN Television (from 2003) and in Voice Commands for Airtel Uganda. Some words are borrowed or modified from English and other languages like Swahili and Lingala. Lugbara has diphthong clusters and other noteworthy phonetics including the following:
a as in rat, for example onzuta-a
c as in church, for example Candiru (though can also be spelt Chandiru)
dj as in jilt, for example odji, the ‘d’ is silent
ee as in emblem, for example Andree
gb as in bend, for example gbe, the ‘g’ is silent. Lugbara is pronounced Lubara. What stands out in Sudanic languages is the special manner in which 'b, c, 'd, dj, gb, kp, nz, 'w, 'y are pronounced.
i as in inn, for example di-i (also sometimes written as di'i)
mv as in converse, for example omve
oa as in soar, for example ADROA
oo as in hold, for example ocoo, rarely oo as in food, for example ‘doo
u as in food, for example o'du
uu as in chew, for example cuu
z as in jean after n, for example onzi. Otherwise, most times remains z as in zebra, for example ozu and when the first letter of a word.
STRUCTURE: Like the Chinese, Burmese, Thai, indigenous Mexican, Norwegian plus West African tonal languages, etc, Lugbara is also based on Tones; some words when pronounced differently mean something else eg ti can mean cow, language, mouth, lip, the sound of dripping liquid; to drop a liquid (eg ointment), deliver (bear, give birth), sign, press (eg a button), pick (eg fruit from tree), dress smartly, tie (thatch, fasten) strangle (hang) yourself or in vain (delayed). The word for head, get warm or hotter and hand is spelt dri while to read and to lie down (sleep) is la but pronounced differently. Meanwhile others are the same sound depending on context eg to beat with a stick and draw pictures is [o]gba. Some words are said threeways like valley = a'bu, e'bu and i'bu or twoways like fish = e'bi and i'bi; I try to list the Ayivu standard ones first. As for English [Mundu ti], it has some words with the same sound but different spellings eg bone and born; borough and borrow; con matches with cone and corn; pawn with porn; read with reed plus rid; sheep with ship; sight with site; son with sun; etc. What is internet in Lugbara? Indaneti. What is computer in Lugbara? Kompota, Komputa or Kompuuta. What is subcounty in Lugbara? Jo ago (also Gombolola). Can you translate sorghum to Lugbara? Ondu. How do you say website in Lugbara? Webusaiti. Translate video to Lugbara! Vidio. What does ongulumu mean in Lugbara? Organisation. Learn Lugbara by reading! Below is a free electronic Lugbara Dictionary [edited by Aiko +256(712)356257]; it's not as cumbersomely fast as Google Translate but can be accessed more remotely than paperback. The round Brackets () show Parts of Speech and alternative Words while the second set  stand for the Change in Pronunciation. From personal observation as a Side B Lugbara (born and raised outside Lugbaraland), some words are repeated to create a new word and can be separated by a gap or joined together without a hyphen nor dash eg munimuni = soft. The same applies to Compound Words eg asindriza = peace (literally beautiful or nice heart)! Letter C in Lugbara is always pronounced "ch" like in church even when written without H! The majority of Lugbara words have less than seven letters and arguably 99.9 percent end with a vowel; mainly foreign Names create the Exception if not translated. Sometimes at the end of a word, you can do without repetition of the vowels a & i, the other three are okay because they have distinct tones when repeated but: -taa might mean "in -ta" [eg leta-a = in love, instead of letaa-a]/ -ii might mean "-i the one" [eg andri-i = the mother, instead of andrii-i] just like favour v favor, program v programme, realise v realize; make a choice!; consonants are rarely repeated! In Lugbarati, the sound nv is written mv eg Mvara. Adding -ru to any noun or adverb means "like the word before" and is usually used for female given names for instance badaru translated from Lugbara means "like anyhow" or "orderless". When expressing past tense, you can use ra or 'bo after the verb eg eve ra (burnt); eve 'bo (has burnt). Adding -ko or -yo means "without" eg maliko = without wealth, 'bayo = without people; adding -si to a noun means "with" eg letasi = with love while adding -ku to a verb means "doesn't" eg asiku = doesn't care. Adding -ta (same as -taa though I regulate such words here) and -za to some verbs makes them nouns and there are so many formed like that eg otuta = arrangement (also otutaa) and otuza = arrangement; adding -jo means "house of" eg arojo = drugshop or hospital; adding -zu to a verb means "for" eg edrizu = for sending whereas adding -a to a noun means "in" or "at" eg aru-a = in prison. Lugbara follows the Subject-Verb-Object linguistic topology like English eg Nema le ongo. = Nema loves music. However it changes to Subject-Object-Verb in Present Continuous Tense when you add ni (singular) or ki (plural) after the Subject eg Wu ni mucele a'di. = Wu is cooking rice. Adjective usually follows Subject eg buku eka = red book. I'm only human and apologise in advance if there are any Translation Mistakes or Spelling and Punctuation Errors on this Page! Otherwise, enjoy Lugbara, where the Old and New meet...
a (n) stomach, belly; [(prep, suffix) in, at, to; (pron) I, we] eg A ga si = I have refused
a a (adj) not true, not at all, no
a'balao (n) dove (also a'buo)
|(Anglican) Reverend Onesmus Banito (1919-1983)|
a'bi'ba (n) ancestral ghost spirits eg Luka esu a'bi'ba Goli-a. = Luke found spirits in Goli.
a'bici (n) heartburn
a'bu (n) valley (also e'bu & i'bu); [fatness; covering; (v) cover; fatten]
a'bu mile (n) swamp
a'bua (n) banana, plantain eg Munguleni sa a'bua Osu-a. = Munguleni planted bananas in Osu.
a'buza (adj) fat, obese (also mere mere) eg Silasi ni abuza. = Silas is fat.
a'da (v) insult, abuse, point out (an issue)
a'data (n) insult, abuse
a'danga (n) criticism
a'di (n) war, battle, fight; [(v) cook] eg Mi a'di mani mutere! = Cook for me mutere!
a'di-i? (pron) who? (also a'di?) eg 'Da a'di-i? = Who is that?/ A'di kini 'ba odra ni? = Who said people should die?
a'diko (n) riddle eg A'diko ti si: Baka fi ni, nyondo ni ti ma mulokoni. = According to the language of riddles: A rope is offals, a hammer is a cow's hoof.
a'diza (n) cooked, boiled
a'du (pre-determiner, pron) what eg A'du ei Mande be ni? = What happened to Monday?
a'duko (n) story
a'dukule (adj, adv) alone (also a'dule)
a'dungare? (adv) when? eg YESU ni imvi a'dungare? = When is JESUS returning?
a'duni? (adj, adv, pron) what?
a'dusi? (adv) why?
a'ya (n) envy, jealousy
a'yoroo (n) squirrel (also a'yaro)
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aba (adj) many, (v) stray
ababa (n) madness, craziness
abala (n) competition, betting eg 'Ba ode le abala. = Youth love betting.
abaza (n) confusion
abebe (n) dumb person
Abedju-Azaki (n) Lugbara dialect in DR Congo
abefe (n) bridge (also alofe, olufe)
Abi Farm (n) Abi Agricultural Research Development Centre on Rhino Camp Road after Ombaci Satellite Station
abiri (n) hunger, famine, suffering (also abiriga)
abo (v) bark eg Ocogo ni abo. = A dog barks.
aboloto (n) obese, fat person
abudira (n) catapult, Y-shaped slingshot for hitting birds with stones (also abidira) eg Charlia ni aria ogbi abudira si. = Charles shoots birds with a catapult.
acalaka (n) basket
ace (v) remain, tear
acepiri (n) remainder
aceta (n) remaining (also aceza)
aci (n) fire, electricity, energy, heat; [journey, trip, safari; (v) crush with teeth] eg Etu ni aci ede. = The sun creates (solar) electricity.
Aci Engine (n) fuel power plant in Osu Village run by WENRECo (West Nile Rural Electrification Company) since the early 2000s supplying electricity to Arua Town before the anticipated Nyagak Dams were finally switched on, the second fuel-powered station was built in Ewuata (also Aci Injini)
aci ma baka (n) cable, electicity wire (also kebo)
acia (adj) in fire; [(adv) on a journey]
aciaci (adj) hot
aco (n) hoe (also e'bu); [fight, battle, break eg eggs, become lame]
Acoli (n) Luo tribe east of Lugbara, Acholi
Acoliti (n) Acholi language
acoza (n) lameness (also acota)
ada (adj) true (also adaada, tandi); [(v) pour] eg Putin ma leta ada! = Putin's love is true!
Adada (n) rock, hill in Tara
Adalafu (n) village near Arua City separated from Jiako by a river
adaza (adj) feeble, malnourished; [(n) chaff]
adi (n) legend, bon fire eg during E'yo o'beza (also adiko, koyi koyi); [(v) abandon, desert; choke]
adisi (n) humour, comedy, chat, fun talk (also adu, andru) eg Tobi Tobias "High Voltage" Dingilikudingili ni adisi gba redio-a. = Tobi Tobias "High Voltage" Dingilikudingili is chatting on radio.
Adjumani (n) district east of Moyo across the Albert Nile (also East Moyo)
ADLG (abbr) Arua District Local Government
adre (v) be, is, was
adreni (phr v) is not (plu. adrekini) eg Iwa adreni muke ku 'ba andrale eli 120 pini. = Alcohol is not good for persons under the age of 120.
adri (n) brother (also adrii), means rock in Hindi
adriza (n) behaviour
adra (n) fetish (also uri, yakani), violence, anger
ADROA (n) the Creator; sky GOD in Lugbara mythology appears in both good and evil aspects though a single Deity, appeared on earth as a very tall white man near death with only one half of the body, missing one eye, one leg, etc; Divine Absolute Spirit, his children were adroanzi (also ADRO, ADROO, ADROU) eg ADROA 'ba o'bapiri = GOD who created people
adroanzi (n) children of ADROA; nature gods of specific rivers, trees and other sacred wild areas, protect people but can also kill and eat them, sometimes known as water snakes
adrogo (n) idol, false god eg Muhammad nze adrogo karakara Kaba ma ageia Mecca-a. = Muhammad removed many idols near the Kaaba in Mecca.
adromva (n) nephew, niece
adropi (n) paternal uncle eg Kefa ni ma adropi. = Kefa is my paternal uncle.
adroyi (n) maternal uncle eg Jad ni ma adroyi. = Jad is my maternal uncle.
adu (n) humour
adui (n) rebel, enemy eg Sanbalati ni Nehemia ma adui! = Sanballat is Nehemiah's enemy!
adungu (n) multi-stringed and bow-arched wooden instrument that is usually covered with animal hide at the base and made in various sizes, the smaller ones are handheld while the bigger ones rest on the ground or floor for easy play eg Godia ni adungu avi. = Godia is playing the adungu.
afa (n) property, riches, wealth, thing
afa azi (n) something (also pronounced afazi)
afa feza (n) thanksgiving
afa ofuza (n) production
afazu (n) utensils, container (also afajo)
afi (v) burst eg Mupira afi. = The tyre burst.
afimaniru (adj) selfish, self-centred
Afrika (n) Africa eg Wakabi ni aa Afrika-a. = Wakabi stays in Africa.
afu (v) compete, break something fragile; (n) pride; [fight]
afu 'ba (phr v) put on airs
afuru (v) proud eg Baganda ki afuru eyi ma suru si. = Baganda are proud of their culture.
aga (adv) beyond; [(v) pass] eg YESU le ma aga. = JESUS loves me beyond.
agara'ba (n) whiteman (also ogara'ba), sb with axe
agata (n) passing, exceeding; [refusal to do sth when asked]
agati (n) chest
agaza (n) victory, triumph, success (also ndeza)
agba (v) hit, split rocks
Agbinika Falls (n) waterfalls on River Koch granitic rockbed of about 30 meters with natural trees and forest reserve suitable for picnic activities located in Romogi (Yumbe)
agaza (n) victory, triumph, success (also ndeza)
agbatara (n) debate, discussion eg Noeli ni agbatara-a. = Noel is at the debate.
ageia (n) in sb or sth's proximity eg Remi ri eri ma adeia. = Remy sat next to him.
ageini (n) the neighbouring area (also ageyini)
agele (n) penis (also rua agupini, anja)
agele dri (n) penis foreskin
agele dri edeza (n) circumcision (agele dri liza)
ageyi te (v) take care, wait on, watch over sb or sth
ageyitema (n) watch, watchfulness, security (also ageyiteza, ageitema)
agi (n) friend (also agyi, alipi) eg Abu Bakari ni andra Muhammadi ma Agi Ndeni. = Abu Bakr was Muhammad's Best Friend.
ago (n) male animal, husband, boyfriend; [pumpkin] (totem for Logiri)
agobi (n) pumpkin leaves eg Aparaka ma tibi agobi. = Carelessness feeds on pumpkin leaves. [Lugbara Proverb]
agofe (n) pillar, post, in charge
|Agofe Jason Avutia|
agofuku (n) love potion, sth a Lugbara woman does to keep her husband safe from being snatched by another woman like cooking her man's favourite food, spices, smelling nice, dressing enticingly, sex, submission, respect or peaceful disposition
agolirua (n) evening star
agopa (n) pumpkin stem
agrikeca (n) agriculture (also azi amvu ni, amvu 'yaza)
agu (n) person; [(v) bend (also avu)]
agu a'di 'dipi driwala ijizu (n) freedom fighter
agu aci osupi (n) electrician eg Judi ni agu aci osupi nda. = Judi is looking for an electrician.
agu angu onepi (n) tourist
agu azoru (n) patient
agu 'ba ni oni tu (n) famous person/ people, celebrity
agu blogu sipiri (n) blogger
agu e'bi okupi (n) fisherman
agu e'yo dapiri (n) moderator, presenter (also agu odapiri)
agu motoka onzupi (n) driver (also dere'ba, dereva)
adu mupira tupi (n) footballer
agule (n) transmasculine
agupia (adv) married (for women)
agwara (n) dance by the Lugbara and Kebu
ai (n) salt; [(v) trap with rope or string, get caught, accept, welcome, respond, admit, affirm, pray; ask] (archaic a'i) eg Rubeni ni mu MUNGU ai Dominion Theata-a. = Reuben is going to pray to GOD at the Dominion Theatre.
aise (n) grass
aise geri (n) anus (also ezele, ojuu)
aisu (n) sauce
|Elvis Mbonye, Ugandan mystic|
aitipa (n) sun-wivered salty leaves burnt to create salt after mixing the ash with water and sieving through a container
aiza (n) prayers, fellowship
aizu (v) beseech
Ajai (n) game reserve towards eastern Arua on Rhino Camp Road, used to be famous for the endangered white rhino
Ajara (n) suburb in Ayivu north of Manibe on Koboko Highway, church near Omi
aje (n) buying, cost, price; [traditional marriage, give away, kwanjula] eg Ndri ma aje Uganda ma Silingi 50,000. = The price of a goat is 50,000 Uganda Shillings.
aje koko (adj) free, priceless, cheap eg buku aje koko = free book
aje manyaka (n) small price (also o'boloko aje)
ajee (adv) yesterday
ajeru (n) expensive eg E nga azi pere afa ajeru ni ecazu ajekoko. = Work until expensive things become cheap.
aji (n) taste, flavour, blessing (drileba), luck eg Harrieti ni aji ru. = Harriet is blessed.
aji di (v) defame, cause to lose interest, dilute taste, spoil name or reputation, pour mud on, scorn
ajiko (n) pot for preparing millet flour; [tastelessness (also ajiyo)]
Ajikoro (n) place in Maracha
ajira (n) beans with skin removed and mixed with groundnut paste plus mundrokole greens (also loperete)
Ajira (n) marketplace in Tara
aju (n) spear; [(v) insult using obscene words]
Ajua (n) great grandfather of the seven true Tara parishes in Maracha named after his seven grandchildren through Opodria (whose mother was given to him in Onduparaka) then Naye. In Ovisoni during his quest to find the source of Enyau River, Ajua paid brideprice for another wife who gave birth to Otu, the father of Vurra after whom a clan and county are named in western Arua District eg Ajua ni a'bi mba Tara ni woro. = Ajua is the real ancestor for the whole of Tara.
aka (adv) deliberately
akaaka (adj) soft
akanya (n) ass
akaza (v) soft, weak, moulten
akiri (n) skill, trick, innovation
ako (prep) without
akpa (v) combine, add to, mix
akpaakpa (adv) combined, (n) mixture, combination
akpaku (n) chin
|Lugbara homestead with shrines under the centre granary but no hedge, fields are beyond near the borassus palm|
aku ambo (n) city, headquarters eg Kristof mu aku ambo Kinshasa-a! = Kristof has gone to Kinshasa City.
akua (adv) at home eg Azi ma vutia, Boyka ni mvi akua. = After work, Boyka goes home.
akufi (n) yeast (also aku fi) eg Mukati 'ba ede akufi si. = Bread is made using yeast.
akuku (n) rainstorm
akumanikuye (n, informal) generosity
ala (adj) clean, neat, smart, good, fine; [(n) paste from groundnuts or simsim; (v) put across] (also odi)
ala pititi (adj) very good
alaka (n) kind of grass used to make fire to catch or collect white ants (also galaka)
alanda (n) bread made from small white ants (also amboroko)
alapapa (n) butterfly
alata (n) health
ale (n) love, liking (also leta); [stomach, belly, inside (also aleni)] eg A'duni nga ama awa ale MUNGU ni be ni? = What will separate us from the love of GOD?
ale azoza (n) stomach ache, stomach pain
ali (adj) short (also alia), (adv) far away; (v) pass by, cut [(n) adultery (also ali'baza), crime]
Aliba (n) village in Ayivu County
Alifa azini Omega (n) Alpha & Omega
alifu (n) thousand
Alikua Pyramid (n) pyramid built in Maracha during the 1920s by Belgians
alimva (v) bastard, illegitimate child
alio (n) poverty eg Alio le ma nde. = Poverty wants to defeat me.
alipi (n) friend (also agoyi) eg Cecilia ni ma alipi! = Cecilia is my friend!
aliria (n) virgin
alitara (n) altar
aliza (n) cut (something)
alo (n) peg for tethering animals
aloalo (adj) loose, not tightly fixed
alofe (n) bridge (also olufe)
alota (n) loosening
aloza (adj) loosened
alu (n) one, singular; [mole, grasscutter; taste, sweetness (also aluta); (v) peep]
alu alu (adj) tasty; [one by one]
alugbe (n) unhatched egg
aluma (n) curse
Alungaru (n) old woman in Lugbara mythology who helped Oli trace Kibira's spear
Alur (n) Luo tribe south of Lugbara
Aluru (n) Lugbara dialect in DR Congo
aluruga (n) south direction, because of proximity to Alur People (also baria)
Aluruti (n) Alur language
alutukubi (n) creeping greens
aluza (adj) tasty eg Roleksi ni aluza. = Rollex chapati is tasty.
ama (pron) we, us; [(v) assess, judge, feel]
amamu (n) pigeon
|Oripa in Jinja (Early 90s)|
ambasada (n) ambassador
Ambeko (n) place between Mvara and Muni
ambiambi (adj) cold eg Angu ambiambi Kigezi-a! = The place is cold in Kigezi!
Ambo 5 (n) the Big 5 eg Ambo 5 mi isu woro suru were ma-a ekile Uganda; eyi: ewa, odru, obirio, kami azini o'du! = All the Big 5 can be found in few countries like Uganda; they are: elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard!
ambo (n) master, boss, supervisor, respected person; [stubbornness (also drionzi, agadri)]
amboo (adj) big (also ambu, amboru)
amboroko (n) flat grassless mass of soil, hard like an anthill
amboru (adj) stubborn eg Alio ni amboru! = Poverty is stubborn!
AMC (abbr) Arua Municipal Council
Amerika (n) America, United States eg Awinda ni mu Amerika-a. = Awinda is going to America.
amuroo (n) bride, newly wed (also 'ba mini jeri, 'ba 'bani jeri)
Amuru (n) district east of Pakwach, formerly part of Gulu
amuti (n) agency
Amuti Aro E'yo Onepi (n) National Drug Authority
Amuti Kaluluni (n) Electoral Commission (also Elekitoro Komisoni) eg Ghana ma Amuti Kaluluni - Ghana's Electoral Commission
Amuti Mupira Onepi Afrika-a (n) CAF
Amuti Mupira Onepi Wudrukuru-a (n) FIFA
amve (prep) out, outside, abroad, overseas
amvi (n) sister (also amvii) eg Candiru ni Letasi ma amvi. = Chandiru is Letasi's sister.
amvu (n) garden; [(v) embrace]
amvu 'yaza (n) farming, agriculture (also azi amvu ni, informal agrikeca)
ana (n) weed
analogu (n) analog
ande (n) tiredness, fatigue
andesoma (n) reward (also orodri)
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andrale (n) east direction (also etu ni efuria)
Andrale'ba (n) lowland people, a section of Lugbara, the Lugbara of the East, Easterners
andrapuru (n) aunt
andre (n) tongue (also edre), mother (also andree, andri)
andreli (n) dew
andreti (n) face (also mileti) eg Asinduru isu coki i-ma andreti-a. = Asinduru found chalk on her face.
andrii (n) mother; [(v) visit, supervise, check] eg Ndezo ni ma andrii. = Ndezo is my mother.
andrike (n) witchcraft (also acife, enata)
androndro (n) gossip
andru (adv) today; [(n) humour, abandoned home, deserted place]
Andruvu (n) suburb northeast of Arua City before Manibe and Ombaci
angara (n) flat, bony and salty fish found mainly in Pakwach from the Albert Nile eg Saa azia eca 'bo, anya enyasa angara si. = 12 o' clock has arrived already, we ate staple food with angara fish. [Nursery Rhyme]
angarawa (n) skinless cowpeas or beans, slightly fried or cooked and mixed with groundnut paste [Terego dialect] (also angaraba)
angiri (n) a lot
angu (n) place eg Davidi ni angu we. = David is sweeping the place.
angu biza (n) darkness, night
angu dali (n) low place, valley eg Majidu sa maaku angu dali-a. = Majid planted potatoes in a valley.
angu driza (n) heat
angu ezoza (n) development
angu mile (n) weather
angu ndriza (n) peace
angu nguru (n) plateau
angu nya (v) enjoy life
angu oneza (n) tourism (maybe also turismo) eg Wekesa ni angu oneza icu. = Wekesa promotes tourism.
angu patiru (n) forest (also oce, obibi)
angu yikoko (n) desert (also angu yikoko azini cinyaki ru ni, nyamuko)
Angundru (n) great grandfather of the Terego and Andrale'ba
angusara (n) dawn, daybreak
Angusara (n) ancestor in Baria Village, Ojapi Parish, Tara
anibo (n) refugee, foreigner, asylum seeker (also emunyale)
anya (n) millet, cereals
Anyafio (n) suburb in Arua City east of Osu River and near the Arua Golf Course, originally for white colonialists, "anya fi yo" means "no millet seeds"
anyafura (n) flour
anyajo (n) stomach, belly
anyamgbolo (n) corruption, enjoying alone (also anyambolo)
anyapa (n) animal, bride price
anyapa tambaza (n) animal rearing
Anyara (n) community known to be stupid (Wajinga in Swahili)
anyawio (n) Adam's apple
anyi (n) irony, sarcasm
anyoya (n) boiled maize seeds and beans plus fried onions for breakfast or a meal (also called mix in Arua Town, githeri in Kikuyu), staple food of the Japadhola who are Luo like Alur and Kenyans, means "fermented" in Alur and is usually prepared at night to be consumed in the morning
anyu oso (n) honey syrup (literally honey fats)
anzi (n) children
anzinyiri (n) small children
anzoroko (n) chain
aoko (n) anger (also awoko)
apa (v) run away, escape eg Kunta Kinte apa. = Kunta Kinte escaped.
aparaka (n) carelessness, unseriousness, frivolousness
apata (n) loins
ape ti (v) comment
api (v) get satisfied; [(n) white ants collected in the middle of the night around 11pm to midnight (also inia)]
apife (n) role model
apinaka (n) hedgehog
apipi (n) boil (also opipia)
apiza (n) satisfaction
apu (n) mobile application
apusimu (n) app phone
apu stowa (n) app store
Apurutandi (n) Protestant (also Purukati)
ara (n) python, cover
Arabiti (n) Arabic language
arakala (n) branch eg Crane Bank ma arakala Arua ri andraa Arua Public Primary School mupira pari ma drile-a. = Crane Bank's branch in Arua was sometime back infront of the Arua Public Primary School football field.
aramu (n) fraud (also aramu nyaza)
arau (n) monkey
archi (n) arch
are (v) stuck in the throat, choke
ari adaza (n) bloodshed
ari coza (n) drumming
ari obiza (n) blood test
ari'bo (n) enemy, foe, rival eg Sitani ni ama ari'bo. = Satan is our enemy.
aria (n) bird eg Aria driori ni o'bu alari nyani. = The early bird eats the good worm. [Lugbara Proverb]
aria anya (n) rice (also mucele)
arika (n) dysentry
arikari (adj) delicious
Aringa (n) Lugbara clan and dialect, area northeast of Ayivu and Maracha covering the District of Yumbe, north of Terego
Ariwara (n) trading town in northeastern DR Congo, means "the blood dried" in Lugbara
aro (n) eight; [medicine (also dawa)] eg Musi ma andri fe mani aro ale azoza ni. = Musi's mother gave me medicine for stomachache.
aro azo ogapi (n) vaccine
aro jo (n) drug house, drugshop, pharmacy, health centre, hospital
aro nyakuni (n) herbalist medicine, herbalism
aroni (n) female (said of animals)
Arseno (n) Arsenal Football Club (also Aseno) eg Arseno nde Ulaya ma Cup Winners Cup eli 1970 si. Arsenal won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1970.
aru (n) prison (also aru jo), prisoner, sprain eg Nelson Mandela aa aru-a eli 27. = Nelson Mandela stayed in prison for 27 years.
Aru (n) place in Congo west of Vurra
Arua Hill (n) hill that inspired the name Arua [because of the Belgian colonial prison (Aru in Lugbara) that used to be on it] found directly southwards from Arua Avenue; city division, subcounty in Arua District - others include Adumi, Ajia, Arivu, Aroi, Dadamu, Logiri, Manibe, Offaka, Ogoko, Okollo, Oli River, Oluko, Pajulu, Rhino Camp, Rigbo, Uleppi and Vurra
Arua Lugbara (n) most used Lugbara dialect (also High Lugbara, Lugbarati, Lubarati, Logbara)
ARUDIFA (abbr) Arua District Farmers Association
arumadri (n) policewoman eg Jeni ni arumadri. = Jenny is a policewoman.
arusu (n) bride (also amuroo, mugole)
Aruu (n) place in Uganda eg Otto ni mu Aruu-a. = Otto is going to Aruu.
Asa (n) river in the valley north of Muni University, at the end of Barifa Forest
|M7 Challenge in 2016 (Peace and Tarmac)|
aseti (n) asset
asi (n) heart; [end; tear]
asi 'ba (phr v) hope, trust eg Eri aluzaru tu asi 'bazu YESU dria! = 'Tis so sweet to trust in JESUS!
asialuza (n) sweetheart eg Ajuru edri simu waraga aliaru i-ma asialuza vu. = Ajuru sent an SMS to her sweetheart.
asianzu (n) peace, mercy
asi'baza (n) hope
asi'daza (n) commitment
asi'duza (n) forgetting
asiliza (n) stomach pain
asindriza (n) mercy, peace eg Asindriza Kristo dri 'ba woro ni! - Peace of Christ for all!
asiomiza (n) counselling
asionzi (n) malice (also malaja) eg Asionzi adreni muke ku. = Malice is not good.
asiotiza (n) worry
asisile (n) reason, purpose, interest, company mission
asiteza (n) patience, tolerance, endurance
asiza (n) ending eg Asiza eca ra! = The End has arrived.
asizu (adv) finally; (n) last, bottom, end, stop, for stoppage eg Nalubega ai adui ma "ni pari eyi ni asizu ri". = Nalubega begged enemies to "know where they stop".
askari (n) soldier eg Buga azini Osubo ki askari UPDF-a. = Buga and Osubo are soldiers in the UPDF.
asoso (n) gifts (also feta, fetaa)
asu (n) report (also repoti) eg Angela si asu. = Angela wrote a report.
ata (adv) even; [(n) father] eg Ata dra econi ama awa ku! = Even death cannot separate us!
atalau (n) reverend, clergy (also atalo)
Atamva (n) Mister, Mr., used to address a man you do not know
Ataza (n) Miss, Ms. eg Ataza Kawino = Miss Kawino
ati (v) support, cure, heal eg Nanyombi ni Liverpool FC ati. = Nanyombi supports Liverpool FC.
ati'boo (n) servant
atiati (adj) drunk
atii (n) father
atiliko (n) fireplace eg Atiliko aci ni 'ba ve ni. = The heat of the fireplace is the one that burns.
atri (v) stop, block
atu (v) kick; [squat]
atuluku (n) fireplace
au (n) chicken eg Rita ni Arua Au Osiza nya. = Rita is eating Arua Fried Chicken.
auaroni (n) hen (also auandri)
auata (n) cock (also auago) (totem for Adjumani Madi Clan)
augbe (n) chicken egg
ava (n) breath, fondness, interest eg Mi ava fu ma! = Your interest killed me/ I missed you!
ava efi (n) manure, fertiliser
ava liza (n) rest, retirement, relaxation
ava liza isupi'bo (adj) retired (also ava liza isupira) eg Imbapi ava liza isupi'bo ri taya. = The retired teacher sat leaning (back).
avata (n) avatar
avi (v) get lost; [play] eg Mva avi Odramacako-a Krismasi si. = A child got lost in Odramacako during Christmas.
avita (n) play, drama, game, sports
avivi (n) flavour, odour, stench
avizaru (adj) lost
avu (n) deadbody, corpse, carcass; (v) bend; [drown]
awa (v) quarrel; [divide, separate, share]
awa'difo (n) thanks, thank you (also awania used in Moyo)
awata (n) quarrel, separation, division
Awata (n) name given by Kebu during their migration to a place currently called Ewuata, means "Let us separate or depart"
awi (n) heritage; [(v) remain] eg McAllister ma mva asizuri awi akua a'dule. = McAllister's last child stayed home alone.
Awindiri (n) suburb on Nebbi Highway south of Arua City immediately after Sambya, name given by Kebu during their migration meaning "Let us unite, stay harmonised"
awoko (n) anger
awoko fefe (adj) offensive
awokoru (adj) angry, irritable
awu (n) cry, pity, sorrow; [(v) peel off skin, burn outer part quickly] eg Lazaro ka andraa e'yo eri ra fo, ta 'di we 'do, awu azi ta 'do yo. = If Lazarus had sometime ago listened to advice, then, there wouldn't be any cry here.
awuzi (n) widow
awuzio (n) widower
aya (exclamation) okay, informal farewell, (n) Koranic verse; [iron bar, wire (also waya), iron, metal; copper coins, money payment; (v) shake, tremble, frighten]
ayaka (n) shopping basket made of twigs and smeared with cow dung, used for collection of valued items and a measure, fish is always put in head first so that the tail shows
ayi (n) wet season
Ayi (n) river in Maracha
ayia (n) mother; [wilderness; west direction, because it was believed that the west was a wilderness with few people and unknown things (also etu ni deria, orule)] eg Ayia ma ndu yo! = There is no other mother! [Lugbara Proverb]
Ayiko (n) male given name (also Aiko, rarely Aiiko, direct opposite of C[h]andi)
ayikoru (adj) happy eg Ocokoru ni ayikoru! = Ocokoru is happy!
Ayikoru (n) female given name (direct opposite of C[h]andiru)
ayiru (adj) jocular
ayisi krimu (n) ice cream eg Agu ayisi krimu ozipiri ni mi te! = The ice cream seller is waiting for you!
ayisiru (adj) frozen
Ayivu (n) Lugbara clan, territory in which colonialists set up Arua Town, county north of the Municipality in Arua District
ayota (n) rule, regulation, policy, terms, conditions (also azita) eg Ayota azini azita ma vuti ni nga ovu obizaru/ Ayota azini azita nga pa so eyi ma pari-a/ Ayota azini azita ma so pa eyi ma pari-a! = Terms and conditions will be followed/ Terms and conditions will stand in their place/ Terms and conditions should stand intheir place (Terms and conditions apply/ T & C apply)! [fig.]
ayu (v) loosen, untie; [use; (n) yam (also gurunya, likinya)]
azakoma (n) help
azakoza (n) faeces, excrement, (rarely help)
azi (n) work; [(v) announce, say goodbye, woo, vibe] eg Gadfix Ruakoa ni azi nga UBC Radio-a. = Gadfix Ruakoa works at UBC Radio.
azi amvu ni (n) agriculture, farming (also amvu 'yaza, informal agrikeca)
azi carani sozuri (n) tailoring (also carani sota, carani soza)
Azi mi ava amboru si! (phr) I greet you with huge interest!/ (fig) You are most welcome!
azi'ba (n) worker(s), personnel
azia (adv) (n) six eg Agupi azia! = Six men! (shouldn't be confused with Agupi azi-a! = Men at work!)
azibe (adj) busy eg Kokas ni azibe. = Kokas is busy.
azini (adj) another (also azi), (conj) and eg Gaetano mvu rawundi azini. = Gaetano drank another round.
aziri (adj) the other; [(n) seven]
azita (n) rule, regulation, policy (also ayota)
azitani (adj) legal
azo (n) pain, sickness
Azo ondrindria niri (n) AIDS (also Silimu)
azoru (adj) sick, ill, diseased, in pain, painful eg Rukundo eca azoru. = Rukundo became sick.
azu (v) block
'B'b [sounds like gb] & Bb
'ba (n) human, people; [(v) put]
'ba 'ba papiri (n) saviour
'ba 'bani oni tu (n) celebrity
'Ba 'bea (n) people of the northern mountains, a section of Lugbara
'ba aapi suru amveleru (n) diaspora
'ba abala 'bapi miberi (n) rival, competitor
'ba afa eti ondapiri (n) researcher, investigator
'ba azaza (n) lunatic, idiot, mad person
'ba aciza (n) wanderer
'Ba ayia (n) western people, a section of Lugbara
'ba e'yo liba (n) court
'ba e'yo ondripi (n) prophet
'ba imbale (n) disciples
'ba kabilo ocepi (n) shepherd
'ba kalulu 'bepi (n) voter (also agu kalulu 'bepi)
'ba kalulu 'beba (n) voters
'ba matiba (n) my parents
'ba mitiba (n) your parents
'ba mupira bipi (n) goalkeeper
'ba mva ma ta mbapi(ri) (n) guardian (plu. 'ba anzi ma ta mbaba)
'ba ode (n) youth (also yuthu, karile, ezoanzi, anzi zoba zozo)
'ba odrapi 'bo engazu idriru dika (n) resurrection
'ba onduaru diyi (n) wise men from the East, Magi, three kings from the Orient
'ba opele (n) chosen, elected people
'ba rua acobe (n) person with disability
'Ba YEHOVA ma E'yo eti nzepi (n) JEHOVAH's witness (plu. 'Ba YEHOVA ma E'yo eti nzepi 'diyi)
'baako (n) loneliness, destitution
'bakalafe (n) population
'bako (n) without people
'bakoko (adj) lonely
'bata (n) placement
'be (n) mountain, hill, rock; [(v) throw]
'be wereari (n) hill
'bea (n) north direction, because the northern part of Lugbaraland is full of big hills
'bi (v) taste
'bi'bia (n) bat; [umbrella]
'bi'bio (n) star
'biko (n) feather, body hair
'bile (n) hole, pit (also 'bule) eg Tabi kini agupi 'bile gapi ecoki mi 'be aleni-a. = Tabi says the men digging a pit may throw you in.
'bo (adv) already eg Unai nde Europa Ligi 'bo. = Unai has won Europa League already.
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ba (adj) OK, good, alright, fine; [(n) breast]
baasa (n) envelope
baba (n) father, paps
bada (adj) anyhow
badabada (adv) randomly
badaka (adj) many, plenty, big
bafu (n) bathroom
baka (n) rope
baka se (phr v) compete
baketi (n) bucket
bakule (n) bowl, satellite dish (also bakuli) eg Startimes ma bakule = Startimes satellite dish
balangiti (n) blanket (also blangiti)
balibali (adj, adv) aimlessly, confused, madly (also badaru, sakaru) eg Odota aci balibali. = Odota walked aimlessly.
balubu (n) bulb eg Balubu ni di aci si. = A bulb shines because of electricity.
bamia (n) okra
Bangala (n) Bangala language, dialect of Lingala spoken in the Oriental Province of DRC
bangi (n) marijuana, prohibited weed that is smoked
bangiri (n) jaw
Bangiriyo (n) the first trading centre or T-Junction (diversion) after River Asa and just before Muni University eg Okumu ni aa Bangiriyo-a. = Okumu stays in Bangiriyo.
banja (n) loan, debt (also deni, deno)
banki (n) bank eg Rutu nga azi banki-a. = Ruth worked at a bank.
Banyale (n) first son of Dribidu and Ofunyaru in Lugbara mythology
bari (adj) good, proper
basi (n) bus
baskili (n) bicycle (also gari)
bati (n) corrugated iron or metallic sheet
batri (n) battery eg Timoteo ni batri ozi. = Timothy is selling batteries.
batisimu (n) baptism (also ru biza)
be (prep) with eg "Gone With The Wind (film)" was released in 1939. = "Mu Oli Be (filimu)" ifu eli 1939.
Beliji (n) Belgium (also Beluji)
beseni (n) basin (also bafu)
beti (n) bet
bi (n) ear; [(v) mud (eg a hut), hold, catch, arrest]
bi edu (n) ear lobe (also bi edo)
biabia (n) earrings, earphones
biasara (n) business
bibi (adj) dark; [(n) lollipop]
Bibia (n) place near Osu
Biblia (n) Bible (also Bibilia)
bidi (n) sharp pointed long metal tool attached to a wooden pole
Bidi Bidi (n) place in Yumbe used as a Refugee Resettlement Camp
biko (n) insect wings, fruit cover
bile (n) wound (also ibi, ibile)
bile ako (n) refusal to listen
Bileafe (n) subcounty in Terego where the agofe system was tried
bilekoko (n) deaf person
bilendu liza (n) warning
Biliafe (n) place 23 km east from Mvara reachable via Oluko Road
biringanya (n) eggplant
birisi (n) mat (also mukeka)
biskiti (n) biscuit (also bisikiti)
bitkoini (n) bitcoin eg Nakamoto ni bitkoini ayu. = Nakamoto uses bitcoin.
bizua (n) small basket container with handle for carrying bean and millet seedlings
blogu (n) blog
boda (n) boda boda rider
bofulo (n) boflo-shaped bread
bogoya (n) bananas eg Bogoya ni 'bo! = The bananas have ripened.
bokora (n) banana-like fruit but sometimes bigger eg Jeff ni bokora sa. = Jeff is planting bokora.
bokisi (n) box
bolo bara (n) type of wood
bonga (n) fist greeting, (v) make a fist to meet another person's fist
bongo (n) cloth
boroko (n) hut, temporary house
borondua (n) rebel (also adui) eg Achan ni Borondua. = Achan is a rebel.
boti (n) boot, boots
breki (n) brake eg Nyaku ma breki ce-i ra. = Earth's brake got torn. (fig)
briki (n) brick
briki 'be (v) lay bricks
brocua (n) brochure eg Asiimwe ni brocua ide. = Asiimwe is making a brochure.
bua (adj, adv, prep) up
Bua (n) male given name
budu budu (adj) foamy eg soap, gigantic
|"The Lugbara of Uganda" by John Middleton|
bunia (n) fist, boxing sport
burusu (n) tree beans
bushera (n) fermented non-alcoholic cereal (usually millet) drink originally from Western Uganda
busu (n) cat (also busua, bura, mbusua) eg Busu ni au nyiri nya sa dria. = A cat eats little chicken all the time.
Cc [always pronounced "ch" as in church]
ca'bo (adj) enough
caca (adj) woven, plaited, knitted
cai (n) tea leaves
caja (n) charger
cali (n) person, lad, Charlie
calo (n) village
candi (n) suffering, trouble, sorrow, pity, danger (also chandi)
cano (n) channel (also chano) eg GOtv ma cano daktari pini ci? = Does GOtv have a channel for doctors?
capirisi (adj) just enough
carani (n) sewing machine
ce (v) tear, break free eg Ndri ce ki-i te. = The goats broke free.
ceni (pron, adj) by her/ himself/ itself, automatic (also isi)
cere (n) yell
ceza (adj) torn
chapati (n) chapati eg Rozi ni chapati ide. = Rose is making chapati.
chaputa (n) chapter, ch.
ci (adj) present, is here; [(v) bite] eg Ma ci! = I'm here!
Cilio (n) village near Mt. Wati, Teeth Can Lost - Part 2
cinyaki (n) sand (also cinya)
cipini (n) chip in soccer (also chipini)
ciri (pron) any
co (v) sneeze, fight, beat
coki (n) chalk
coko (n) bone (also falako)
coko coko (n) bottle crown (also cokolo)
coni ku (phr v) cannot (also econi ku)
coroni (n) latrine (jo were)
coti (adv) at once, immediately
cua (n) weaverbird (also cuwa, chüa)
cucu (n) sweet round yellowish fruit encased in a papery husk, peruvian groundcherry, husk tomato, tomatillo, physalis peruviana, Chinese lantern, ntunduku in Meru (Kenya), entuutu in Runyankole
culu (n) mister
|Ugandan Comedian Amooti admiring a bottle|
cupa ti (n) bottle lid
curu'do (adv) nowadays
cuu (n) market
'D'd & Dd [silent immediately before j]
'da (adv) there, that; [(v) abuse, insult, name; fast, lick] eg Weatherhead Park Lane ma ru 'ba 'da Arthur Evelyn Weatherheard ma vutisi. = Weatherhead Park Lane was named after Arthur Evelyn Weatherhead.
'dale (adv) like that, like it; [that side]
'dani dani (adj) continuous
'de (v) die, fall
'dere (adv) exactly, on the dot eg etu 8 'dere = exactly 2pm
'di (adj) this; [(v) kill, rain]
'dia (adv) here
'dini (adv) like this, correct, true
'disi (adv) with this eg Aki (Chinedu Ikedieze) azini Pawpaw (Osita Iheme) ki Ediofe-a saa 'disi! = Aki (Chinedu Ikedieze) and Pawpaw (Osita Iheme) are in Ediofe right now!
'do (adv) here (also 'dole)
'du (n) millet (also anya); [(v) immerse slightly, pick eg with tongue (also 'doo), belch]
da (v) pour, get away; [(n) smoking pipe] eg Arshad da Curry Powder tibi-a. = Arshad poured Curry Powder in the sauce.
dada (n) dadi, father, nickname given to Amin for his love of women
daka (n) chaff eg of beans, groundnuts, simsim
dakika (n) minute
daku (n) food Muslims eat before sunrise during Ramadan
dali (n) low
dani (adj) free, (adv) maybe, probably, perhaps
dani dani (adv) for ever
dania (n) coriander
danzi (n) dance (also danji)
de (v) finish; [get old] eg Adebo de azi 'bo. = Adebo has finished the work.
debe (n) metallic container usually rectangular
dedekoa (n) very old woman eg Princess Bagaya ni dedekoa. = Princess Bagaya is a very old woman.
deni (n) debt (also deno, mari)
depoti (n) depot eg Juma je Pepsi Alaska Depoti-a. = Juma bought Pepsi at Alaska Depot.
dere'ba (n) driver (also dereva, agu motoka onzupi)
derisa (n) window
desi (conj) when (also de) eg Irene Manjeri mu 'Bu-a desi eri eli 11. = Irene Manjeri went to Heaven when she was 11 years old.
di (conj) so; [(v) box, punch; bore; shine]
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dini (n) religion
dinini (adj) religious
dinisa (n) window (also derisa) eg Mara Katushabe ma dinisa-a inze-i. = The glass on Katushabe's window came out.
dipo (n) depot
disko (n) disco eg Doreen ni mu disko tu. = Doreen is going to dance at the disco.
diza (n) light
Djibuti (n) Djibouti
do (v) keep quiet, be calm
dodo (n) amaranth greens (also doodo)
dogodogo (n) train, railway eg Wadri ni imu dogodogo si. = Wadri is coming by train.
dokta (n) doctor (also daktari, ojoo) eg Nuru mu Dokta Yai ni ne. = Nuru went to see Dr. Yai.
dokumentari (n) documentary (also doku)
dole (n) doll
dori (n) hunting expedition
dozi (n) doze
dra (adj) bitter; [(n) death, (v) die] eg Sitani ma dra ecekoko! = The Devil must die!
Dracunculiasis (n) Guinea Worm disease
Drajini (n) subcounty in Yumbe District
dri (adj) hot, (v) warm, heat; [(n) head (also drifa); hand] eg Ma dri ni ga! = My head is paining!
driavi (n) forgetfulness
driada (n) right hand or side
driadria (n) gift hampers eg Adomati nde driadria. = Adomati won gift hampers.
driago (n) thumb
drianzi (n, plu of drimva) fingers
dribi (n) hair eg Vincho ni afro dribi su. = Vincho wears afro hair.
Dribidu (n) hairy Lugbara hero ancestor who died on Mt. Wati. His other name which he also gave his first son was Banyale (Eater of men) because he enjoyed human liver and after being discovered was excommunicated from his earlier home in the East Bank of the Albert Nile
dribiforo (n) gray hair
dricepi (n) leader, commander in inter-clan or inter-tribe aggressions
dricere (n) mentor, guardian, the one who guides you to see and go far, headmaster
driceza (n) management, authority, headship, leadership (also dricezu), power eg Prezident Kshi omve Driceza ma Agbatara ni. = President Xi called for the Leadership Discussion.
driceza obi ma egatasi (n) democracy
drieji (n) left hand or side (also drileji, dri iji) eg Agatha ni drieji ayu. = Agatha uses the left hand.
drigaza (n) headache
drile (adv) ahead eg Sticka kini, "Ama mu drile, acani go vile ku!" = Sticka said, "We are moving ahead, we won't go backwards!"
Drile Agrikeca ma e'yo Onepi (n) Chief Agricultural Officer
Drile Suru ocepi (n) Head of State
drileba (n) luck, fortune, blessing
drileonzi (n) bad luck, misfortune
drimva (n) finger
drinza (n) shame, disgrace, shyness
drio (adv) early, long ago, sometime back
driondi (n) dirty hand, (fig. use) poison
drionzi (n) stubbornness
dro (v) send away, chase eg Ayakaka ni ti dro amvu-a ri si. = Ayakaka is chasing the cows from the garden.
drozi (adv) the day after tomorrow
drusi (adv) tomorrow
du (v) grow eg grass, set on fire, sting, (n) point eg 88.7 [Kali oromi drini oromi du aziri] Arua One, (sema yote)! = 88.7 [Eighty eight point seven] Arua One, (say it all)!
duani (n) court eg Mindreru ni mu duani-a. = Mindreru is going to court.
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dukani (n) shop (also duka) eg "Mambo Bado" ni Drabo ma dukani. = "Mambo Bado" is Drabo's shop.
duluka (n) "dance" in Nubian language, a community and tourist attraction where music can even be played on banana stems and considered a Lugbara dance
Ee [shares many words with Ii]
e ka (conj) if you, when eg E ka te ise osiza ma nga mi ti-a, mi te saa ezu tu! = If you wait for fried grasshoppers to fly into your mouth, then you wait a very long time!
E ko muke (greeting) Did you sleep well? (also Mi fu ngoni?); [Sleep well! (also E la muke!)]
E li ava asianzu-a! (phr) Rest in peace!, RIP!
e'bi (n) fish (also i'bi) eg E'bi ma dri ka edo ma 'bo, sobi ni nga vini ma ra. = When the head of a fish starts rotting, the tail will also rot eventually. [Lugbara Proverb]
e'bu (n) hoe (also i'bu); [(v) overflow (said of sth cooking)]
e'da (n) picture, diagram, photograph, illustration (also i'da)
e'de (v) fall
e'do (v) start, begin, found eg Mira Nair e'do Maisha Filmlab Kampala-a. = Mira Nair founded Maisha Filmlab in Kampala.
e'du (v) pick (also i'du)
e'yo (n) word, saying, matter, sentence, clause
e'yo 'yoo (v) speak
e'yo azi yo (phr) no other issue, no problem
e'yo alenia 'diyi (n) contents
e'yo bari (n) good news eg Sharapova eri e'yo bari. = Sharapova heard good news.
e'yo drikulukulu (n) headlines
e'yo eceza (n) revelation
e'yo eriza (n) listening (also erita), news especially on broadcast media
e'yo laza (n) news (also e'yo eriza, o'duko) eg E'yo laza: Edison Adiribo kini 'ba ma du amvu ti ku. = News: Edison Adiribo said people must not set garden ends on fire.
e'yo li (v) judge
e'yo lipiri (n) judge (also agu e'yo lipiri)
e'yo liza (n) judgement, justice (also e'yo amaza muke ri), the early Lugbara had a boiling medicine oracle (diviner) who used a snail shell - the operator pours medicine from the pot into small clay cups set in a smouldering fire (Smaller cups represent suspects and the larger with a handle confirms verdicts)
e'yo ndu ndu efini be (n) glossary
e'yo niza (n) knowledge
e'yo nzeza (n) spoken word
e'yo o'beza (n) proverb(s)
e'yo politiki ni (n) politics
e'yobuku (n) dictionary
eba (n) buck
ebe'de (n) tea without sugar (also ibe'de)
Ebenezer (n) Ebenezer Show or Overnight on New Year's Day in Arua City
ebi (adj) fresh, raw, wet; [(v) gum, glue, paste]
ebibi (n) leaves, (also ebiko)
eca (v) arrive (also ica) eg Aci eca 'bo! = Electricity has come (already)!
ecandi (v) mistreat, molest, torture
ece (v) show, explain, demonstrate; [miss, (n) calabash (also erece, zukulu)]
ecea (n) type of gourd (also okelea)
eceta (n) missing; [vision] (also iceta)
ecetaru (pas. part) as an example
ecetasi (adv) for example
eci (v) deceive, delay; [join (also ici)]
ecikici (n) cloudy day (also ecici)
eco (adj) can, capable (also ico)
ede (v) clean, make, repair; [belittle, make fun of, despise]
edematararu (adj) contemptuous, pejorative
edezu (adv) for cleansing, for purifying, for repair
edia (n) chief warden
ediafe (n) pillar, chairperson, leader of the organisation
edio (n) tree with many broad leaves and black seeds (also edo, ediako), inspiration for the place name "Ediofe"
Ediofe (n) suburb west of Arua City, location of Ediofe Cathedral
edre (v) straighten
edri (n) life; [(v) send, pass]
edrika (n) mushroom
edro (v) chase away
edroo (n) rat (also idroo, odroo) (totem for Terego Clan)
edu (adj) thick, heavy
ee (adv) yes
efeza (n) gift, present (also asoso)
efi (n) meaning; [(v) smear, apply cream]
efi kaza (n) yield
efifi (n) tablets, pieces
efu (v) come out, rise
ega (v) mend; [remember, think, resurrect]
egaa (n) drinking cup from a gourd-like plant called ireje
ega bere (n) calabash used for alcohol
egata (n) thought, company vision
egaraka (n) crab
egbe (n) sweet; [coldness]
egbere (n) white ants collected in the early morning (4:30-6:00am) for making obangulu
egbuluku (n) hornbill
eii (n) owner
eja (n) firewood (also ija)
ejasi (n) tree stump
eji (v) left hand or side (also iji); [bring, resemble]
Ejipiti (n) Egypt (also Ejipto, Ejipito) eg Mo Salah enga Ejipto-a. = Mohammed Salah comes from Egypt.
eju (n) twin (also iju); [(v) stretch)]
Ejua (n) name given to a twin (also Ejuru, Ejoa, Ejoru)
ejuta (n) raising, prolonging, stretching
Ekarakafe (n) place in Vurra, where the Sultan Isara Memorial Library is located
ekele (n) cough (also okele)
ekile (adj) like
ekilizia (n) church, cathedral (also kanisa, maybe kathedro)
eko stove (n) eco stove that uses volcanic rock for cooking instead of charcoal or firewood, takes two years for the rock to burn out
ekosan coroni (n) ecosan [ecological sanitation] latrine, envirolet
eku (v) announce, make noise (also iku)
ekuta (n) praise, noise, announcement (also ekuza)
Ekweta (n) Equator
ele (adj) down
elekendre (n) chameleone
Elekitoro Komisoni (n) Electoral Commission
eli (n) lust; [knife, thigh, year, dry season, make fall, tickle] eg Werrason osi Moliambo-a Krismas si eli 1965. = Werrason was born in Moliambo on Christmas Day in the year 1965.
Eli o'di ayikoru! (phr) Happy new year, Bonane!
elifura (n) dust (also erifura and furuku)
elio (n) fig tree
eliriga (n) millipede
emaa (n) owl (also imaa)
emba (n) moon (also mba), net; [teach (also imba)] eg emba yiyiani arobe = treated mosquito net
embapi (n) teacher (usually imbapi), coach, manager
embata (n) teaching, education (also imbata, onita)
embu (v) jump
emgbeleke (n) gorilla
emi (pron) you (plu); [(v) push towards]
emu (v) mix, come
emunyale (n) refugee
emve (adj) white, (n) ankle ring
Emve (n) river on the Koboko Highway after Enyau River (also Imve, rarely Enve, Inve)
emvu (n) orphan; [pot]
emvua (n) young orphan; [small pot]
ena (v) bewitch
enata (n) witchcraft (also acife)
endiria (n) duicker (also ovaa)
endra (n) meanness, selfishness
endrau (n) selfish person
endri (n) shade
endrilendri (n) shadow
endru (n) vice, assistant, deputy
endrundrua (n) leech
enga (v) originate, derive, emerge, come from; [germinate, rise] eg Edwin enga SMACK-a. = Edwin came from SMACK.
engazu (adv) since
engu (v) exalt, praise (also epi)
enyakinya (n) poison (also enyataa)
enyasa (n) staple bread from cassava, millet, sorghum or maize flour (also atapa, kalo), mush
enyata (n) poison eg 'Ba azi fe Sera ni enyata. = Someone gave Sera poison.
enyati (n) clan, zone, area of residence, constituency, community
Enyau (n) longest River Nile tributary in Arua flowing northwards from Vurra via Ediofe and pours into the Albert Nile after bending eastwards through northern Ayivu
enyi (n) skin; [(prep) near (also enyia)]
enza (n) laziness; [(v) trouble, mistreat]
enzamatara (n) mistreatment (also enzaza)
enzo (n) lie
enzo'ba (n) liar, deceiver
epi (v) exalt (also engu), praise, put on air, be proud
era (n) granary (also ero), stone; [flow]
era mva (n) peeble, piece of rock
eraka (n) red soil that gets caught on your foot when you step into a pond or edge of a river, mixed with oil or fat and smeared on the body to give a reddish look, used by Congolese too eg Mulato ni i-ma rua tri eraka si. = Mulato smears her body with eraka soil.
ere (v) top up, add, increase; scatter, spread
erece (n) calabash (also co'do, egagbere - Maracha dialect, okele - Madi dialect, okelea, zukulu)
erezaru (adj) scattered
eri (pron) he/ she/ it; [(v) hear, listen)] eg Ludia ni Rose Muhando ma ongo eri. = Ludia is listening to Rose Muhando's music.
Eri ma orindi ma li ava asianzu dani dani ri ma-a! (phr) May his/ her soul rest in eternal peace!/ RIP
eri-i (pron) him/ her
erio (n) aerial, antenna
eriti (n) clouds
eritiru (adj) cloudy
Eritrea (n) Danieli ni gari nzu Eritrea ni. = Daniel cycles a bike for Eritrea.
ero (v) lift a heavy thing
erota (n) heavy lifting
Eru (n) river between Mt. Liru and Wati, drains into Enyau
Eruba (n) place near Odia Nyadri on the Nebbi Highway at the junction heading to Vurra, name given by Kebu during their migration meaning "Respect people, do not transgress"
ese (n) grasshopper; [(v) pull] (also ise)
esekele (n) midst eg Ama esekele-a! = In our midst!
esele (n) demarcation, border, difference, variant, variation, division in exam results eg Anzi 100 aga ki Esele 1 ma-a. = 100 children passed in Division 1.
esese (n) gum, glue
Esita (name) Esther (also Esiteri)
eskoti (n) escort, accompaniment for e'bede tea such as groundnuts, potatoes, cassava, etc eg Okiror ni eskoti nya. = Okiror is eating escort.
esu (n) tendon, muscle; [(v) find, get (also isu)]
etata (n) run off, torrent
etatangule (n) tadpole
eti edo (v) invest, start up a business
eti edoza (n) start-up (investment), beginning
etia (prep) underneath
etiriko (n) snail
etirili (n) cricket (also etiringili)
eto (v) rescue eg YESU, mi eto ma! = JESUS, (you) rescue me!
etoo (n) hare, rabbit (also otoo)
etota (n) redemption (also etoza)
etra (v) collect, gather
etru (v) come close; [untie]
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etu ambo (n) day of celebration, public holiday, Christmas
Etu ambo 'Ba ma kalafe (Wudrikuru-a) isuzu ri (n) World Population Day
etu ni deria (n) west (also ayia, woko etu ni deria)
etu ni efuria (n) east (also andrale, woko etu ni efuria)
etuka (n) sunshine
etusi (adv) during the day
etusile (n) sunshine
euetere (n) breakfast (also obiti)
eve (v) burn (also ive)
eveza (adj) burnt
evu (n) basket made from sorghum stems or shoots and used for gathering harvests
evua (n) small basket plate
ewa (n) elephant; [difficulty, beer (also iwa), strength] eg Ewa ni fe agupi ki eyi ma oku co. = Alcohol makes men beat their wives.
Ewanga (n) parish according to Ministry of Finance but subcounty according to the Ministry of Local Government, island-like extension on River Enyau which is a tributary of River Nile separated from Moyo by River Foligo, former parish under Rigbo Subcounty and part of Aringa in old maps but now a subcounty on its own, also claimed to be Madiland
Ewapa (n) Elephantiasis
ewaru (adj) difficult (also ewaewa, iwaru, owaowa) eg Fe eca ewaru tu mani mi lezu. = He made it so hard for me to love you.
ewasi (n) elephant tusk, ivory
ewe (v) sweep (also iwe)
ewu (n) era, period, season (also mange)
Ewuata (n) suburb south of Arua City and west of Muni near Nebbi Highway
eyi (pron) they, them eg Ocitia ji eyi Malayika-a. = Ocitia took them to Malayika.
eyio (n) crocodile
eza (n) meat; [sin (also ezata, izata), (v) spoil (also iza)] eg Andala nya eza ku. = Andala does not eat meat.
ezata (n) act that destroys
eze (n) dung, faeces, waste eg 'Ba atri ongo omvele "Eze" avizu redio-a. = The song entitled "Faeces" was stopped from playing on radio.
ezele (n) anus
ezi (v) open; [pray]
ezia (adj) thin
Ezia (n) Asia eg Kimani ni Ezia-a. = Kimani is in Asia.
ezo (n) girlfriend, fiancee; [warthog, wild pig (also ezoo)]
ezoanzi (n) girls
ezopi (n) daughters
ezu (adj) long, tall; [(v) multiply]
Ezuku (n) place in Vurra where the Centenary of Christianity in West Nile was celebrated by the Anglican Church of Uganda
ezuta (n) multiplication (also sometimes ezutaa)
fa (v) cut, scrape
fakini (adj, adv) absolutely messed up
fala (n) bone (also falako or coko)
faleko ondriza (n) polio (also falako ondriza)
Fama (n) FM, Frequency Modulation (also FaMa) eg Nile Fama = Nile FM
fara (n) fool, stupid person (also fala, yala)
farasi (n) horse
farisei (n) pharisee
fayilu (n) file, folder eg Sakaru nzi fayilu. = Sakaru opened the file.
fe (n) tree; [(v) give] eg MUNGU ni fe ra, 'ba ma itisa 'ba ku! = GOD gives, noone should frighten one!
federesoni (n) federation eg FUFA (Federesoni Uganda ma Ongulumu dria Mupira ni) pe Muhammad Shaban Ijagason MVP eli 2016. = FUFA (Federation of Uganda Football Associations) voted Muhammad Shaban Ijagason as MVP in the year 2016.
federo (n) federal state, federalism
feki (n) fake (also feke)
fene (n) jackfruit eg Mugisha ni fene li. = Mugisha is cutting jackfruit.
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feta (n) gift, present (also feza)
fi (n) cold (also fita or fiza), intestine, offals; [(v) enter]
fifi (adj) cold
filimu (n) film (also sinema) eg Joel Okuyo Atiku Prynce avi Wycliffe-i filimu Battle of the Souls-a. = Joel Okuyo Atiku Prynce plays Wycliffe in the film Battle of the Souls.
filimu e'yo adaniri (n) documentary (also dokumentari, doku)
Filipino (n) The Philippines, Philippine citizen or language
firindi (n) whistle (also firimbi)
fita (n) entrance
flaski (n) flask
fo (v) itch
fonje fonje (n) soft
formu (n) form, online application eg Fatuma ni ima formu ofi. = Fatuma is filling in her form.
foro (adj) grey (also foroforo or foroto); [tilapia] eg Akullo su bongo foroforo. = Akullo wore a grey dress.
foto (n) photo (also i'da)
fotokopi (n) photocopy eg Moses gba fotokopi "Makutano Junction" vu. = Moses made a photocopy near Makutano Junction.
Frenji (n) French (also Frenzi)
fu (n) flower, (v) go out; [fight, kill] eg Leni ni fu gba. = Leni is drawing a flower.
fulani (n) vest
fundi (n) builder eg Nyero ni fundi. = Nyero is a builder.
fungua (n) key
funo (n) groundnut(s) (also funyo)
funyu (n) bits, fragments (also funyu funyu)
fura (n) flour
futa (n) fight
furufuru (n) lung eg Furufuru si 'ba ava se. = Lungs are for breathing.
fuza (n) getting out
Gg [is silent before b]
ga (adj) full (also ga tre), (v) ache eg head, chop eg tree, cut, dig; [crawl, refuse] eg YESU ga mi ku! = JESUS does not reject you!
gaa (adj) small, little (also gakandia or gakanya)
gaagaa (n) crow
gadi gadi (n) wheelbarrow like the wooden one used to ferry groceries for sale
gakandia (adj) small, little (also gakanya)
gala'ba (n) snake, cobra eg Gala'ba ni 'ba ci. = A snake bites people.
galu galu (adj) not compact eg Kaka 'di galu galu! = This maize is not compact.
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garama (n) branch of a plant
gari (n) bicycle (also karia), vehicle; [rainbow] eg Richard ni i-ma gari ji ide. = Richard is taking his bicycle for repair.
garimosi (n) train (also dogodogo)
gasia (n) rubbish
gavuna (n) governor
gaze (n) traditional Lugbara dance
gba (v) beat, hit, draw picture, take or snap photo, print
gbanda (n) cassava (also banda, olaa) which includes types like sanje and tongolo which can last for five years eg Brens sa gbanda Mbale-a. = Brens planted cassava in Mbale.
gbanza (n) debt (also deni)
gbata (n) phone call
gbe (n) egg eg augbe = chicken egg
gbee (n) fox that resembles a dog (also o'boloko), someone who steals village fowl and goats
gbeta (n) vomit (also gbeza)
gbi (v) shoot
gbita (n) shot (also gbiza)
gbolo (n) bed
Gboro (n) Lugbara ancestor in mythology who hunted water animals like hippopotamus, crocodile and fish. He was the father of Oli (Banyale), Olu (Angundru who ran away but left footprints on Mt. Wati till today), Kibira (Ajupiri) and Obaru
Gborogboro (n) superhuman Lugbara hero ancestor, first man created by ADROA and his name means "the person coming from the sky"
gborondu (n) unsocial
gbudri (n) shoulders
gbuluku (n) hornbill
geri (n) way, path (also gerika, geriko, giri, girika or giriko)
geria (adv) on the way
gerialu (n) oneway
gerika (n) road eg Idi Amin Gerika ni e'do Oil Well Odu Stesoni-a = Idi Amin Road starts at Oil Well Petrol Station.
Gerika Amvu'yaza Ombo Otuzu (n) Agricultural Production and Marketing (APM)
geritia (adv) along the way, by the path
geto (n) ghetto
Ghana (n) Ghana
Giligili (n) suburb west of Arua City after Ediofe
Giriki (n) Greek
girinaki (adj) unkempt like hair (also girikinya, gurukunya)
gita (n) guitar eg Bobu avi gita. = Bob played the guitar.
glavu (n) glove eg Dokta su glavu dria. = The doctor wore gloves on the hand.
go (v) return
go'dogo'do (adj) crooked (also gonigoni)
gobolo (n) louse, lice
Googo (n) Google (also Googolu) eg Sergey Brin azini Larry Page e'doki Googo ni. = Sergey Brin and Larry Page started Google.
golo (n) football, goal eg Sizza Okhuti su golo. = Caesar Okhuti scored a goal.
gologota (n) place of burial, graveyard
goloko (n) bushy or grassy place
gombolola (n) subcounty (also jo ago), division eg Arua Hill Gombolola = Arua Hill Division
gonja (n) plantain (also makemba)
goro (n) type of drug eg Eriki goro nya. = Eric consumes goro.
gorofa (n) storeyed building
gospo (n) gospel
grupu (n) group
gu (v) roll, turn over; [laugh] eg Maria gu. = Mary laughed.
guke (n) trumpet used by boys and men in most of their dance (also guka)
gunyagunya (adj) much, said of greeting
guru (n) deep
guta (n) laughter eg Hahaha, ata mba kirikiri! Wa, hahaha, eh, hahaha!
hakalu (n) temple
haki (n) right (borrowed from Swahili)
Halleluya (adj, n) Pentecostal, Saved, Born again group (also Krosi) eg Kanisa Halleluya ni = Pentecostal Church
hau (adj) quick, brief
hau hau (adj) rough
ho (adj) open (also hu)
horohoro (adj) light
hoteli (n) hotel eg Desert Breeze ni hoteli mini ico esu Arua Golf Course ma ageia. = Desert Breeze is a hotel you can find near the Arua Golf Course.
huruhuru (adj) satisfied, when something plastic is filled to the brim
Ii [shares many similar words with Ee]
i (prefix) you do this [(v) grind into powder; tie eg to a peg] eg i-'du = you pick, i-fe = you give, imu = you go, i-tu = you kick, i-vu = you blow
i-ka (prep) if (also e ka)
i'bi (n) fish (also e'bi)
i'da (n) photo, picture, diagram, drawing; [(v) show, appear, broadcast or screen on TV] eg Mayokia ni i'da gba. = Mayokia is shooting a photo.
i'da ci (adj) visible (also i'da ce)
i'da ku (adj) invisible
i'data (n) appearance (also i'daza)
i'do (v) start, begin
i'yo (n) word, speech (also e'yo) eg Haruna ni i'yo nze Social Centre-a. = Haruna is giving a speech at Social Centre.
ibi (v) gum, glue, stick (also ebi); [has/ have been] eg Elvisi ibi MUNGU ai. = Elvis has been praying to GOD.
ibio (n) spider (also ibioibio, inikiniki)
ibiokamanaka (n) spider web
ica (v) arrive
icata (n) arrival (also icaza)
ice (n) calabash; [(v) demonstrate, show off; miss]
icea (n) small calabash
iceta (n) demonstration, example, specimen (also eceta)
ici (adj) bad weather (during rainy season); [(v) join, connect; deceive] eg Orobi ni Edi ma dri ici ici. = Dreams lie to Edi.
icikici (n) cloudy day especially in rainy season
icikili (n) black ants that move in a group and can sting
icita (n) deceipt; [joining, connection]
ico (adj) can, capable (also eco); [(phr v) beat] eg Ico aco ku! = Do not wage a fight!
ide (v) clean; [minimise, abuse, make fun of, despise]
idematara (n) insult, foolery (also edematara)
idi (n) porridge
Idi (n) Africanised name for the Arabic word Eid, Muslim feast at the end of Ramadan or Hijja Pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, name given to the Ugandan President Amin by his father Andrea Amin Dada because he was born on Eid Day (Wednesday 30th May 1928 which is 10 Dhu-al-Hijjah 1346 in the Islamic Calendar)
idri (n) life; [(v) send, pass (also edri)] eg Hezekiya awi idri ru eli 15 dika. = Hezekiah stayed alive for 15 more years.
idria (n) razor blade eg Hamida ni karile ma dribi li idria si. = Hamida is cutting the young man's hair with a razor blade.
ifi (n) truth, reality, meaning, seed eg Ekaru sa ifi Mutundwe-a. = Ekaru planted seeds in Mutundwe.
ifi kokoru (adj) meaningless
ifu (n) white ants gathered in the late afternoon around 3-4pm (also ofu)
igbe (n) coldness
igo (v) return
ija (n) firewood eg Peri ni ija asi. = Perry is splitting firewood.
ije (n) rib
ijele (n) neighbour (also jo ijele, jirani)
iji (adj, adv) left side; [(v) bring]
ijiribi (n) green vegetable (also ejiribi)
iju (n) lower hind part of leg, twins; [(v) stretch]
Ikafe (n) place in Yumbe, used as a refugee settlement area, about 60 kilometres from Arua, reminds you of a protruding rock written on the warning: "TEETH CAN LOST, TE [But] BE CARE FUL, 2009"
ikikia (n) small black ant
iko (v) fetch liquid
ikoza (n) fetching, scoop
ikpa (v) press
ikpere (n) selfishness
iku (v) announce, make noise
ila (n) thorny bush that bears oranges, hard fruits
ile (adv) down, (adj) low, (n) change
ili (n) knife, trowel (also ilia though can mean small knife) eg Morini ni a'bua opi ili si. = Maureen is peeling bananas using a knife.
ilifiri (n) lust, covetousness
ilo (v) touch
ilu (v) look, descend, make a hole through, tell
ima (pron) his/ her/ its (also i-ma, archaic 'ima)
imba (v) teach eg Mayokia ni anzi imba Maracha Secondary-a. = Mayokia teaches children at Maracha Secondary.
imba 'ba (n) teachers, educators, instructors
imbata (n) teaching, education (also embata)
imbapi (n) teacher eg Lilliane ni imbapi. = Lilliane is a teacher.
imve (adj) white colour (pronounced inve) eg Ma Prezidenti ini, te eri ma jo woro imve. = My president is Black, but his house is all white.
Imvepi (n) parish in Odupi Subcounty of Terego County in Arua District, one of Arua's Refugee Settlement Areas opened in February 2017 to host South Sudanese
imvi (v) return, come back eg Nayiti imvi ini si. = Night returned at night.
imvu (n) pot (pronoinced invu)
imu (phr v) come; [mix] eg Mi imu mavu! = Come to me!
ina (v) appear eg John Rambo ina Abayita Ababiri-a. = John Rambo appeared in Abayita Ababiri.
inata (n) appearance
inda (v) search, google
indaneti (n) internet eg angu imve indaneti = white space internet
indi (adv) too eg Dangote ni simiti ide indi. = Dangote makes cement too.
India (n) India eg Karo ni mu India-a. = Carol is going to India.
indrika (n) shade (also endrika) eg Nola ri indrika-a. = Nola is sitted in the shade.
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inibiricici (adj) very dark (also inicici)
inikini (adj) darkish
inikiniki (n) spider (also ibio, ibioibio)
iniriko (n) skin, hide
inshuarensi (n) insurance
instusoni (n) institute (also instituti, institusoni)
inze (v) pull out, remove (also inje)
inzi (v) adore, glorify, respect; [squeeze] (pronounced inji) eg Yemala mi inzi mini MUNGU ma ru ori kokoru. = Yemala respect for yourself GOD's name without fear.
inzita (n) respect eg Inzita ma so pa i-ma pari-a! = Let respect stand in its place/ All protocol observed! (fig)
inzo (n) lie(s), falsehood(s), deception(s)
ipa (v) attach; [rob, take away forcefully]
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ipi (n) chin (also tiso) eg Tibitibi ni zo ipi dria. = Beards grow on the chin.
ireje (n) plant that grows like a gourd from which drinking cups are cut
iribi (n) pasture, green vegetable (also tibi ini) eg Adia ni iribi a'di. = Adia is cooking green vegetables.
irifia (n) wasp eg Irifia du ma. = The wasp stung me.
irii (n) compound (also iriidri)
iriko (adj) damaged, old eg Pallet Hub ni mbawu iriko ayu dika ra. = Pallet Hub can use damaged wood again.
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iritro (adv, adj, pron) both
irizori (adj) the second one (also irizuri) eg Daniel Arap Moi ni andraa Kenya ma prezident irizori. = Daniel Arap Moi was Kenya's second president.
isaku (n) sieve, container with holes at the bottom for filtering local salt or aitipa
isekise (n) gum, glue
isi (v) move, climb down; [write, automatic]
Isiraeli (n) Israel
islamuni (n) islamic eg Opi Fahadi ni islamuni. = King Fahd is islamic.
isu (v) find, get, receive (also esu) eg Mi eco Wendy ni isu Alanosi-a ra! = You can find Wendy at Alanos Country Club!
ite (v) prepare eg porridge
Itegbara (n) half-breed who is both Itesot and Lugbara, someone with parents from both Teso and Lugbaraland eg Eli ni Itegbara ni. = Eli is an Itegbara.
iti (n) tamarind (sometimes eti), jokingly referred to as IT (pronounced eye tea)
itini odaza (n) foundation (also itini o'beza)
itisi (n) coiled cloth or other material on which a pot is carried on the head
Itso (n) Lugbara clan in DR Congo [pronounced icho meaning able]
itu (n) coconut palm
ituku (n) minute
Ive ra! (phr) You got burnt/ Thanks for the food! (also Eve ra!) (fig)
ivu (n) basket made from the covering of sorghum stalk; [(phr v) you blow]
ivua (n) food basket plate
iwa (n) beer eg Iwa mvuza onzi mi alata ni! = Drinking alcohol is bad for your health!
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iyi (n) water (also yi)
iyitia (adv) ashore
iza (n) meat; [sin (also ezata, izata), (v) spoil (also eza)]
iza'ba (n) wrongdoer, sinner
izi (phr v) you open; [you ask; (v) pray] eg Izi Googo! = Ask Google!
izia (adj) thin
izio (n) groom (also mugole); [in-laws]
izita (n) prayer
izu (adv) long; [(v) increase] eg Jhene ngo ongo sawa izu. = Jhene sang for long.
izuza (n) addition, multiplication (also ezuza)
ja (v) cure, heal, get lost, turn eg Ramsey ma pa ja 'bo. = Ramsey's leg healed already.
Jaki (n) Lugbara shero ancestor with magical powers, also known as Jaki Lolo. She died on Mt. Liru
je (v) buy, purchase, marry, wed eg Jamilu je Fatima-i. = Jamil married Fatima.
jeba (n) pocket
jegejege (n) coins (metal money)
jeleko (n) horn, bugle, trumpet
jere (n) shrub
jeta (n) wedding, marriage, buying (also jeza)
ji (v) brush the teeth, sharpen blade; [take] eg Yikii ji ti Muni-a. = Yikii took cows to Muni.
Jiako (n) suburb near Arua Airport
Jinja (n) town east of Victoria Nile near the Source of the Nile, previously Uganda's Most Industrialised Town, landmarks include Owen Falls Dam and the New Nile Bridge, capital of Busoga Kingdom
jo ago (n) Local Council (LC) 3 Chairman, chief, subcounty (also gombolola) eg Aroi Jo ago = Aroi Subcounty
jo dri (n) roof eg Sabo ni jo dri gba. = Sabo is fixing the roof.
jo ejele (n) neighbour (also jirani) eg Apaga ni ama jo ejele. = Apaga is our neighbour.
jo were (n) latrine (also coroni)
jobileko eti (n) verandah
jojoa (n) stinky, long-mouthed rat that causes the cleaner, common rat to vacate a house when it enters
jokoni (n) kitchen
joloko (n) remainder eg joloko acepi = left overs
jomile (n) window
Jordani (n) river found somewhere between Mvara SS and Emmanuel Cathedral in Arua, River Jordan in Israel (also Yoridani), the name Jordan
joroti (n) parliament (also koloseni)
jorovu (n) nest, shell
jotile (n) door eg Joi ri jotile vu. = Joy sat near the door.
jua kali (n) manual work, manual labourer, hustler
judikeca (n) judicature eg duani judikeca ni = court of judicature
jujua (n) smelly rat with protruding mouth and two teeth showing
juru (n) foreigner, alien, stranger
jurua (n) bag
Kk [is silent before p]
ka (conj) if; [(v) yield] eg Kaka ni ka 'ba sikokori ni. = Maize yields for people without teeth/ Good things happen to people who least need them. [Lugbara Proverb]
kaati (n) door
Kabaka (n) king of the Baganda
kabalagala (n) pancake
kabilo (n) sheep
kabilo ago (n) ram
kabilo aroni (n) ewe
kabilomva (n) lamb, young sheep eg Daudi ni kabilomva oce. = David is rearing a lamb.
kadi (n) card
kadogo (n) young gun
kafiri (n) pagan
kafu (n) small hoe (also kafua)
kafuto (n) foam, lather
kai (adj) in vain
kaiko (n) beans [in Terego dialect] (also osu)
kaiko burusu (n) peas
Kairo (n) Cairo, capital city of Egypt
kajo (n) calf (also kajoa)
kaka (n) maize, relative eg Ali Kiba ni ma kaka. = Ali Kiba is my relative.
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kakau (adj) many eg Mikaeli Jordani nyo rekodi kakau. = Michael Jordan broke many records.
Kakau (n) Legion Demons
Kakwa (n) Luo tribe north of Lugbara
Kakwati (n) Kakwa language
kala (n) side (also woko)
kala andraleruri (n) north
kala etu ni efuria (n) east side
kala etu ni deria (n) west side
kalaa (adv) aside; [(n) metallic basin]
kalafe (n) amount, number of
kalamanda (n) sandals, slippers
kalamu (n) pen, pencil
kalasi (prep) on the side
kalati (n) side (also woko)
kali (n) kraal; [stick]
kalikali (adj) sweet
kalitusi (n) eucalyptus
kalooli (n) marabou stork
kalulu (n) election
kame (n) spoon, ladle
Kameruni (c) Cameroon eg Mr. Ibu ne Naomi-i Kameruni-a. = Mr. Ibu saw Naomi in Cameroon.
kami (n) lion
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kamura odu (n) edible oil from the bark of a certain tree
kandi (n) ball (borrowed from Lingala), candy
kani (adv, conj, prep) maybe, rather (also kanisi), otherwise, if; [except]
kanisa (n) church, cathedral eg Richard ni mu Hillsong Kanisa-a. = Richard is going to Hillsong Church.
kanisiku (conj) or, or else, if not eg Mi ica tajiriru kanisiku e dra desi mi o'biria! = Get rich or die trying!
kansa (n) cancer eg YESU eco kansa ati ra! = JESUS can heal cancer!
kansela (n) counsellor eg Inze e'yo kansela be! = Talk to the counsellor!
kapia (n) stork
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karakara (pron) many
karakara fe (n) white man
karani (n) secretary, clerk eg Kalibala ni karani. = Kalibala is a secretary.
karata (n) playing cards
karatasi (n) paper
karatasi biasara niri (n) licence (also kokobi tujara 'yezu)
karati (n) karate
kari (adj) young female animal (of a cow, goat etc), kingdom, nation, tribal house eg Lugbara Kari = Lugbara Kingdom
Kari Ticitaru (n) United Nations
karia (n) bicycle (also baskili, gari) eg Ecora ni karia nzu. = Ecora is riding a bicycle.
kariba Uganda ni (n) Ugandan citizen
karibu (interj, n) welcome (also Ma ai mi ra!)
karikaca (n) caricature (also katuni)
karile (n) boy, male teenager
Karongo (n) trading centre in Tara Subcounty
karoti (n) carrot eg Pato ni karoti nya. = Pato is eating carrot.
karukaru (adj) crunchy like a carrot
Karukaru (n) place after Lokiragodo but before the Cico Construction Base in Maracha
Karuma (n) town near waterfalls and a bridge across the Victoria Nile as it flows from Lake Kyoga to Albert, location of a 600 MegaWatt dam and game park
kasese (n) colourless alcoholic drink with sharp burning sting in its taste and scent, named after Kasese in Western Uganda
kasino (n) casino
kasuku (n) parrot (also izi mi cicio)
kasunda (n) big saucepan
Kata (n) Qatar
katara (n) shoes (also nyila, viato)
katrikatri (adj) with straight edges
katro (adv) even if
Katolika (n) Catholic (also Katulika, Katuluka) eg 'Banduyo ni Katolika. = Banduyo is a Catholic.
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kawa (n) coffee
kawunga (n) maize flour
Kaya (n) town in southern South Sudan
kayo (n) first son, heir
keki (n) cake eg A le mi mva ose ni keki leri le. = I love you like a fat kid loves cake.
keyikeyi (n) sieve
kelekele (n) movement esp. up and down
kelekele coo (v) move up and down
kelo (n) dish made from premature bananas, lamb, calf or other animal. Indians make something similar from premature maize eg Anzi kelo nya. = The kids are eating kelo.
Kenya (n) zone in Mvara after Zambia Zone, ward in River Oli Division where the 73rd Parliament Charity Organisation was located in 2017, country east of Uganda
kerijo (n) mother who has just given birth to a baby
keyikeyi (n) sieve
ki (pron) them, they; [(v) swallow, are]
Kibira (n) third and youngest son of Gboro in Lugbara mythology whose spear Oli took to attack an elephant that was destroying millet in the garden; brother to Oli, Olu and Obaru
kibo (n) basket
kiboko (n) cane, whip for punishing pupils or students
Kievu (n) city of Kiev in Ukraine
kijiko (n) spoon
Kijomoro (n) place less than half an hour by car north of Arua City
kikwasi (n) safety pin
kilijuku (n) dark green plant usually used to demarcate plot boundaries (also kalajuku)
kilili (adj) right (also kililiru) eg geri kililiru = the right way
kiliwiri (n) edible vegetable with serrated leaves and prickly stems
kilomgboro (n) very short and cold period
kimbelembele (n) gossip
kinga (n) bicycle (borrowed from Lingala)
kini (v) said eg Bon Jovi kini, "Eri ma idri!". = Bon Jovi said, "It's my life!".
kinikini (n) rumour
kinoo (n) mortar
kinoo abe (n) pestle
kirabu (n) club, dancehall
Kirabu (n) cell in Oli Division along Adumi Road after the Lemerijoa Road - Prisons - Onduparaka Road Roundabout
kirikiri (interj) please eg Onyi eri YESU-a yo (Ada), ma ai ra yo (kiri kiri)! = Goodness is in JESUS (True), I accept (please)!
Kiryandongo (n) place on the Gulu Highway near Masindi and before Karuma
Kisweli (n) Swahili
kitambala (n) handkerchief (also kitamba)
kitanda (n) bed (also gbolo)
kiteitei (n) frock, dress
kiti (n) seat, chair (also kome, ogunga)
kitio (n) spade
kitipara (n) locally crafted stool with spiral body and three wooden legs standing diagonally, other times flat body and four legs, probably made in Paraa hence "Seat of Paraa"
klabu (n) club, dancehall (also kirabu) eg Mustafa mu klabu-a Amin be. = Mustafa went to the club with Amin.
klasi (n) class (also klassi)
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kliniki (n) clinic
ko (adv) really; [(v) sleep, hold, catch]
kobi (n) four sided basket or woven pad for winnowing through its open side, used for post harvest cleaning of seeds and cleansing a hunter on his first kill by placing it on the head of the carcass before it is butchered
kobia (n) basket plate for eating
Koboko (n) Kakwa town and district north of Maracha, west of Aringa, also considered a Lugbara clan sometimes because Lugbara is taught in area schools, origin of Idi Amin's father eg Tutu ni aa Koboko-a. = Tutu lives in Koboko.
kodra (n) papyrus mat (also kolo)
Kodro (n) the first rock formation in Tara anticlockwise from Mt. Liru, adjacent to other ranges named Gala, Kadri, Adrofiya and Njeke (or Njakai)
kofia (n) hat eg Emili su kofia. = Emily wore a hat.
kofulo (n) padlock (also kopolo)
koil (n) coil
kokaa (n) tickbird
koko (adj) firm, tight; [(n) referring to an insect usually when warning kids]
kokoa (n) something bad; [woodpecker]
kokobi (n) newspaper, book, letter (also waraga)
kokobi tujara 'yezu (n) trading licence (also karatasi biasara niri, laisensi)
kokoliroko (n) sound made by a cock (also kok-a-doodle-doo, kubaku), dawn, sunrise
kokosi (n) safety pin (also kukwasi)
kole (n) witch (also oleo)
kolikoli (n) wagtail (bird)
kolokolo (adj) loose, not firm
Kololo (n) village in Tara Subcounty (Maracha) after Tara Health Centre IV on the road to Kubala, place west of Okokoro and near Otravu (Maracha); [hill in Kampala City between Bukoto, Naguru, Nakawa, Kitante and Kamwokya - Independence Ceremonial Grounds; trading centre in Amuru District]
koloseni (n) parliament (also palamenti), council
kome (n) seat, chair (also kiti, ogunga) eg Prezidenti Godfrey Binaisa kini, "Kome alu!" = President Godfrey Binaisa said, "Entebe ewoma [Translated from Luganda: The chair is sweet]!"
Komendaku (n) trading centre in Tara Subcounty with a huge rock that can serve as a wonderful view of Mt. Liru, means "you do not have to look for a seat", this is probably Teeth Can Lost - Part 1
komputa (n) computer (also kompota, kompuuta, laptop) eg Afayo ni komputa ayu. = Afayo is using a computer.
kona (n) corner
konfrensi (n) conference (also okuza) eg "Mobile Monday" Konfrensi ni mu aa Mukwasi Jo-a. = The Mobile Monday Conference will be at Mukwasi House.
Kongo (n) country west of Uganda and neighbouring Arua City by about 13 kilometres, DR Congo or Congo Brazzaville, zone in Mvara before Sudan Zone and opposite Zambia Zone (also Congo)
kongolo (adj, n) hard, firm, immovable eg Wolverine ni kongolo! = Wolverine is hard!
kooa (n) white seasonal bird
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Korani (n) Koran, Quran
korikori (adj) black and white
kosi (n) course
Kost (n) trading centre in Ociba Parish on Mt. Wati Road at the T-Junction that connects to Hospital Road (also Ociba Kost, Coast)
kota (n) pyramidal food cover eg Nubian kota
koti (n) coat
koyo (n) type of calabash
kpekpereko (n) old papyrus mat
kpembere (adv) steadily, definitely (also pembere)
kpere (conj) upto, until
kperekpere (adv) straight away, at once, old papyrus mat
kpete (n) local beer (also kwete)
kpi (adj) straight, upright
kpua (n) gun (also osu, bunduki)
krabu (n) crab, water animal with five legs on each side and large claws on the front two
Krismasi (n) Christmas eg Eri bongo o'di je Krismasi si. = He buys new clothes during Christmas.
Kristiani (n) Christian
kruu (n) crew
ku (adv) no, (suffix) does not, (v) leave eg Trisha ku mi ku! = Trisha will not leave you!
kubaku (n) sound made by a chicken like cock-a-doodle-doo, kokoliroko
Kubaku (n) name of a fictional Ugandan supershero and means "loyal", "faithful" or "doesn't leave"
Kubala (n) market near Tara
kubi (n) sauce pot
kukute (adj) thick
Kulikulinga (n) junction on Arua-Yumbe Road after Nyoko Primary School, trading centre and village about 46 kilometres westwards from the Obongi Ferry Crossing that links to Adjumani, 25 kilometres from Ariwa (Kulikulia in Aringa) eg Alokore ni aa Kulikulinga-a.
kulu (adv) big, main (also kulukulu); [grasshopper, locust] (totem for Maracha Clan)
kulukulu (n) turkey, gourd
Kuluva (n) suburb and parish south of Arua City, where Kuluva Hospital and Uganda Baati are located
kumra (n) plant oil (also kumura odu)
kumu (n) knee (also kumuti), stumbling block
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kumuti si (v) kneel
kuru (prep) round (also kurukuru)
kuruku chai (n) lemon grass
kuta (n) cone-shaped wooven food warmer
kuu (adj) famous eg YESU ma ru kuu! = JESUS's name is famous!
kwaya (n) Doreen ni ongo ngo kwaya-a. = Doreen sings in the choir.
kwini (n) queen
Kyabazinga (n) king of the Basoga
la (v) count, read, iqra, iqraa, iqrah in Arabic - first word revealed in the Koran; [lay down (eg baby), lie down] eg Jemimah ni buku la. = Jemimah is reading a book.
la-i ku (adj, n) uncountable
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lai (n) type of green vegetable (also layi)
laisensi (n) license
lakini (conj) but (also te)
lamu (n) tarmac
Landani (n) London, LDN eg Amaguru ni aa Landani-a. = Amaguru stays in London.
langda (n) leisure forum for drinking traditional beer
lanjura (n) single, unmarried man (also ojolo)
lata (n) reading, counting, laying down, lying down
Latini (n) Latin
layini (n) line
layini dria (adv) online
lazanya (n) lasagne, wide and flat pasta eg Lazanya 'ba ideni biringanya si ku, te nganu. = Lasagne is not made using eggplants, but wheat.
Lazebu (n) place in Vurra
le (adj) like; [(n) milk (also lesu)]
Leforo gbanda (n) cassava-tasting tuber that germinates when a palmnut is planted in a sweet potato-growing type of mound, usually roasted or boiled (also itu ola, itu olaa)
leja leja (n) casual labour
lejo (n) index finger (also lejoa)
leleo (n) morning star
lesu (n) milk; [cloth women tie around their body] eg Mi owu lesu i-adapibori si ku! = Do not cry over spilt milk! [Lugbara Proverb]
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leta kokoru (adj) without love, cruel
leta si (adv) with love
letaru (adj) loving, affectionate
leuta (n) food cover
li (n) thigh; [(v) cut, mop, clean, judge; roll (eg ball), blow (said of wind)]
li ti (phr) interrupt sb talking (idiom), directly translated: cut mouth eg Fozy li ma ti. = Fozy interrupted my speech.
lico (n) home [in Aringa dialect]; kraal
ligaliga (n) gecko
ligi (n) league
likico (n) orphan
likinya (n) yam (also girinya)
Lingala (n) Lingala
lira (n) type of tree
liri (adj) high, up
Liru (n) mountain immediately north of Maracha but in Koboko with Lurujo Road in between the districts with a customised view from Komendaku Rock
liza (n) cutting, slaughtering, judgement, mopping, cleaning, rolling
lo (v) harvest (cereals), slaughter
Lobule (n) village in Koboko near Tara
Lodonga (n) place in Yumbe where Lodonga Seminary is located
Logiri (n) subcounty in the Vurra County of Arua District, proposed site for transferring Barifa Forest to create land for a futuristic Nile Eco City
logo (n) bare-necked chicken
Loinya (n) place after Nyadri Town along Koboko Highway
loki (n) semen, sperms
lokira (n) elbow
Lokiragodo (n) trading centre at the edge of Ayivu as you enter Maracha on Koboko Highway near a forest
lokiri (n) trick, bad manners
lolipopu (n) lollipop
lolo (n) cock (in Ayivu)
loma (n) rib
loni (n) loan
loinyi (n) wealth
lonyi nyakuari (n) mammon, money (literally wealth on Earth)
Loinyitualu (n) Commonwealth
lori (n) lorry (also loori) eg Godwin tu lori dria. = Godwin climbed onto the lorry.
lorika (n) oval-shaped fruit with a red outer cover and white interior plus a sharp taste, available in Vurra and Congo
loza (n) harvest
lu (adv) just, only, exactly; [(v) look, see (also ilu), make a hole through something] eg Arua lu aluzaru! = Arua is just sweet!
Lu (n) Lugbara dialect in DR Congo
ludo (n) ludo game, gambling using dice eg Karile ki ludo avi. = The youth are playing ludo.
lufe (n) mingling stick
Lugbara (n) northwest Ugandan tribe recognised in the National Constitution since Independence but occupied Central Africa long before colonialists arrived, among the Top 10 Most Populous Tribes in Uganda, eastern Congolese natives, also found in southern South Sudan, with similar names and words like West Africans; people whose common ancestry according to mythology is at Mt. Wati and occupy the plateau west of the White (Albert) Nile, someone with both or at least one Lugbara parent or ancestor - Omulugwara (in Luganda)
Lugbara Kari (n) the House of Lugbara, administrative body of Lugbara headed by an elected clan-rotational agofe
Lugbara ti (n) Lugbara language eg Yikii ni filimu oja Lugbara ti si. = Yikii translates films into Lugbara language.
Lugbaraganda (n) half-breed who is both Lugbara and Muganda, someone with parents from both Lugbaraland and Buganda, colloquailly a Lugbara who prefers to be associated with Buganda and denies, rejects or loses interest in his/ her real tribe [pronounced Lubaraganda] eg Angubua ni Lugbaraganda ni. = Angubua is a Lugbaraganda.
Lugbarap (n) Lugbara Rap and Hiphop, Lugbara Flow, Lugba-flow, Gbara-flow eg "Ndrizaristic" engazu Jobian Tick azini Black Lion ni Lugbarap ongo. = "Ndrizaristic" from Jobian Tick and Black Lion is a Lugbarap song.
Lugbarazungu (n) half-breed with parents from both Lugbaraland and Europe or America, half Lugbara and half Caucasian [pronounced Lubarazungu] eg Benedetta ni Lugbarazungu ni. = Benedetta is a Lugbarazungu.
luku (n) basket for carrying babies. In Maracha, it has red leather straps attached and smeared with eraka
Luku (n) mountain east of Arua City, forms the Ugandan Lugbaraland in a circle with Wati, Liru and Arua Hill
Lukudu (n) place in Rhino Camp
LULA (abbr) Lugbara Literature Association
lulu (n) alarm
lulu ga (v) make an alarm
lumboo (n) white tuber like sweet potato that grows long, now extinct
luru (adj) narrow (also lurua); [(n) mist, fog], end blow trumpet made from a bottle shaped gourd
Luturujo (n) rock, hill in Tara, means "the house of/ on a hill"
ma (n) mother, (pron) my; [I am (v) decay, rot]
ma-i (pron) me
ma vutia (adv) onwards
maaku (n) potato eg Kristin ni maaku nya biko tro; eri ma ale ni su maaku si. = Christine is eating potatoes with the outer skin; her stomach aches because of potatoes.
mabugo (n) profit
madala (n) ladder, hash(tag) eg 'bi'bio 133 madala = *133#
madamu (n) madam
Madi (n) language and tribe closely related to Lugbara
Madi Andraleru (n) Lower Madi, Moyo
Madi Okollo (n) Lugbara clan, town and area farther south from Arua City, Upper Madi Constituency (also Madi Oruleru) eg Solara ni i-ma maka je Madi Okollo-a. = Solara buys her charcoal from Madi Okollo.
madri ri (pron) mine (also mani)
mafaranga (n) francs, money used in Rwanda and France
MAFORD (abbr) Maracha Action For Development
magadi (n) used in place of salt and got from water like at Kibiro on the Northern shores of Lake Albert, got its name from Lake Magadi in Tanzania
magineti (n) magnet
maiki (n) microphone (also maikirofoni)
mailo (n) mile
mailo ma o'biza (n) mile measurement, scale
mairungi (n) small leaves of a shrub plant eaten by all ages for leisure, sometimes with chewing gum though discouraged, internationally known as khat
majani (n) tea leaves
majestri (n) magistrate
majini (n) jinn spirit eg A ka enya nya augbe si, 'ba 'yo ma ayu majini! = When I eat food with eggs, they say I used a jinn spirit!
maka (n) charcoal eg Maka Cuu ni Silamu ma Nyadri Pari azini Hoteli Royal vu. = The Charcoal Market is near the Muslim Graveyard and Hotel Royal.
makanika (n) mechanic
makasi (n) pair of scissors eg Diyo ni makasi ayu baka lizu. = Diyo is using scissors to cut a rope.
makuroni (n) macaroni, spaghetti, Santa Lucia
malaika (n) angel (also malayika)
malaja (n) malice, bad heart (also asi onzi)
malakwang (n) type of greens popular among the Luo
malaya (n) prostitute (also oku ali obapi) eg Oholah ni malaya. = Oholah is a prostitute.
mali (n) wealth, money, gold eg mali nyakua = land wealth, earthly riches
MALUCUFO (abbr) Madi-Lugbara Cultural Foundation
mama (n) mother
mandili (n) napkin, handkerchief (also kitambala)
maneno (n) problem, problems (borrowed from Swahili), shida
mangada (n) tangerine eg Aci dra 'bo, ama di mangada mbe-i. = Electricity has gone off already, so we are eating tangerines instead.
mani lele tu (adj) beloved (literally the object I love much)
mania (n) small black seed like chia
manya (n) monitor lizard, alligator
mapu (n) map
mara (n) glass, window (also derisa, dinisa), mirror, spectacles, goggles, sunglasses, shades
Maracha (n) Lugbara clan, area less than an hour by car north of Arua City with headquarters in Nyadri Town, starts after Lokiragodo, east of DR Congo, south of Koboko, southwest from Yumbe, west of Terego, represented by the initials MRC
Marakana (n) Maracana Stadium found in Brazil, one of the Biggest Football Venues on Earth with a capacity of over 100,000 spectators and hosted the 2014 World Cup Finals
marani (n) soldier, watchman (also askari)
mare (n) side blown trumpet made from a gourd and wooden tube blown through the hole in the gourd with the wooden tube pointing downward or under the left arm, smeared inside with bee wax
mari (n) debt (also deni, deno)
marijuana (n) hemp, plant leaf with serrated edges considered a drug
mario (n) mahogany
maru (n) big white mushrooms that grow near anthills
masete (n) panga, machete (also saturu)
mashini (n) machine
maskiti (n) mosque
matenvu (n) drunkard
matu (n) misery, sadness, sorrow (also candi)
matunda (n) passion fruit
maua (n) flower (also mawa)
mavu (prep) to me, with me
Maye! (injerj) Oh my, I'm sorry!
mayuni (n) yam (also ayu, gurunya, likinya) eg Saleh ni mayuni nya. = Saleh is eating yam.
maza (adj) rotten, decayed
mba (adj) tough, hard (also mbazaru); [real, true (also adada); (n) month, moon; (v) lay ambush], toughen, harden, grow
mba o'du (n) day of the month eg Ma osi mba o'du 7 (aziri) Januari si! = I was born on 7th January!
mba'bu (n) guinea pig
mbasala (n) onion
mbata (n) duck
mbata asea ri (n) goose
mbawu (n) wood (also mbau)
mbaza (n) old person, elder(s)
mbe (v) lick
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mbele mbele (adv) quickly (also mbeleko cici)
mbeta (n) ring
mbi (v) have sex, fuck
mbili (adj) sharp (like a needle)
Mbindru (n) natural crater near Banyale's grave with waters nearby that natives claim have never dried
mbiri (adj) many, a lot
mbo (adj) open (also mgbo)
mbu (v) jump
mbumbu (n) bomb
mburufu (adj) big eg ale mburufu = pot belly
medali (n) medal eg Kiprotich isu medali Mbale-a. = Kiprotich received a medal in Mbale.
mee (n) bleat of a goat
Meksiko (n) Mexico
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memba koloseni (n) member of parliament, MP eg Benard Atiku ni Memba Koloseni Ayivu County niri. = Benard Atiku is the MP of Ayivu County.
Meme (n) superhuman Lugbara shero ancestor, first woman in Lugbara mythology who bore twins: a boy and girl, name means "the person who came alone"
menemene (adj) soft (also moimoi)
mengu (n) mango (also muyembe) eg Kabaka ni mengu mgbe. = The Kabaka is eating a mango.
menvu (n) bananas (also bogoya)
mere mere (adj) obese (also abuza)
mesa (n) holy communion, table (also meja)
Mesia (n) Messiah, Redeemer, Saviour eg YESU ni Mesia! = JESUS is Messiah!
meya (n) mayor
mgbemgbe (n) irish potatoes
mi (pron) you, yourself (also mi-i) eg Aka mi ne! = When I see you!
Mi ala? (greeting) You are fine?/ Are you fine?
mi ape ti (phr v) comment
mi edri (phr v) send
Mi fu ngoni? (greeting) Good morning! (literally How did you get out?), also Owi ra (Has it dawned)?
mi gba (phr v) save
Mi Iji Katro Ngungu! (n) Lugbara song supposedly sung by doves
mi ikpa (phr v) press
mi le (phr v) like
mi nzi (phr v) open
mi opi (phr v) close
midri (pron) yours (also midri ri) eg Midri ngo? = Where is yours?
mile aci (n) curiosity
mile ako (n) blindness
mile ini (n) gloom
mile'bi (n) eyelashes
milefi (n) eyeball
milekoko (adj) blind
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minati (n) minute (also dakika, miniti)
mindre (n) tears
mindreru (adj) teary eyed, weeping
mini (pron) yours
minista (n) minister
Minista Kari ni (n) Minister of State
ministri (n) ministry
Ministri Alata niri (n) Ministry of Health (also Ministri Alata vuleri)
Ministri Imbata azini Avita niri (n) Ministry of Education and Sports (also Ministri Imbata azini Avita vuleri)
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Miriadua Yi kuru (n) Miriadua Falls, waterfalls on River Oluffe in Kijomoro (Maracha) about 20 kilometres from Arua City named by Chief George S. Miriadua after himself eg Oguzu ni ava li Miriadua Yi kuru vu. = Oguzu is relaxing near Miriadua Falls.
mita (n) meter eg mita yi lapi = water meter
mo (v) gobble
modemu (n) modem
modomodo (adj) ripe, soft (also moimoi)
mokoto (n) sleeping sickness
molo (n) traditional chicken house
moralu (n) informal morale (also atita)
mosikiti (n) mosque (also maskiti)
motoka (n) car (mutuka)
motoka onzu (v) drive, run a car
Moyo (n) Madi town and district northeast of Arua, translated "heart" or "soul" in Swahili language
mu (v) go, hold closed in the palm eg Buruga mu Kololo-a. = Buruga went to Kololo.
mucungua (n) orange (also ndima)
mude (n) darkness (also ini) eg Emaa ni angu ne muke mude-a! = An owl sees clearly in darkness!
mudri (n) ten
mufaliso (n) mattress (also mofilisi) eg Eli ni la "Arua Foam" mufaliso dria. = Eli sleeps on an Arua Foam mattress.
mufti (n) mufti eg Mufti Menk kini mi econi aa Silamu ku desi mi ai YESU ni ku (Asianzu ma Ovu ERI ma Dria). = Mufti Menk said you cannot be a Muslim if you do not believe in JESUS (Peace Be Upon HIM)
Muganda (n) sb from Buganda Kingdom eg Nankya ni Muganda. = Nankya is a Muganda.
Mugandati (n) Luganda language
mukati (n) bread (also mugati)
muke (adj, interj) okay, alright, well, fine eg Barbra aga muke. = Barbra passed well.
mukeka (n) mat eg Filipo la-i mukeka dria. = Philip lay down on a mat.
Mukiga (n) Mukiga (also Muciga) eg Muhimbise ni Mukiga. = Muhimbise is a Mukiga.
mukungu (n) county chief eg Manasseh ni mukungu. = Manasseh is a chief.
mulevi (n) drunkard eg Sasha ni mulevi! = Sasha is a drunkard!
muli muli (adj) healthy
mulokoni (n) cooked cow hooves(also putuku)
mundrokole (n) leafy vegetable (also waarla without beans)
Mundu ti (n) English language (also ogarabati, inglishi)
Munduganda (n) half-breed of a European and Muganda, Lugbara who prefers speaking only English or a European tongue and Luganda
MUNGU (n) GOD [preferred Christian name instead of ADROA, borrowed from Swahili]
MUNGU ka lera (phr) if GOD wills, inshaALLAH
muni (n) type of chilli
Muni (n) suburb southeast of Arua City and east of Ewuata, location of Muni University, Muni TTC and PSO Centre
munimuni (adj) soft
munu (n) ringworm
munyumunyu (adj) taking quick, small bites like a rabbit
mupesa (n) button on cloth
mupira (n) football (also soka), ball, rubber, condom, tyre eg David O'bua avi mupira Hearts ni Scotland-a. = David Obua played football for Hearts in Scotland.
mupira pari (n) football field, pitch, stadium eg Arua Prisons ni avi Ministri Alataniri be Saferside mupira pari-a. = Arua Prisons is playing with Ministry of Health at Saferside Pitch.
murukulu (n) okra with groundnut paste
musalaba (n) cross
musara (n) payment, salary, earnings, wages
musipi (n) belt
musoro (n) tax, graduated tax eg Matayo ni musoro tra URA ni. = Matthew collects tax for URA.
muta (n) going, departure (also muza)
mutere (n) sliced and sun-dried cassava or potatoes (also amukeke)
Muyindi (n) Indian
muze (n) old man, dad, granny
Muzungu (n) white person, European (also Mundu)
mva (adj) halfway, not full, half full, (n) baby, child (also mvamva)
mva ofuza (n) abortion
Mvara (n) suburb east of Arua City, location of Emmanuel Cathedral
mve (v) whiten
mvi (n) son (also agupiamva); [(v) return, go back] eg LeBron Yakobo mvi Cleveland Cavaliers-a. = LeBron James returned to Cleveland Cavaliers.
mvita (n) return
mvo (v) slash (also vo)
mvu (v) drink eg Masiyiwa ni Pepsi mvu. = Masiyiwa is drinking Pepsi.
mvuzaru (adj, n) drinkable
na (n) three
nabi (n) prophet eg Nabi YESU = Prophet JESUS
Naijeria (n) Nigeria, Naija, 9ja eg Ojuelegba ni Naijeria-a. = Ojuelegba is in Nigeria.
naito (n) drum played at death dances in union with mare - a side blown trumpet whose gourd is smeared inside with bee wax
namba (n) number eg Dimasi ni namba la. = Dimasi is reading numbers.
nanasi (n) pineapple
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nasi (n) nurse eg Aniku ni nasi. = Aniku is a nurse.
Natali (n) Nativity, Christmas (also etu ambo, Krismasi)
nda (v) search, look for, find
ndaandaa (n) type of rat with long mouth and bad smell (also jojoa)
ndara (n) percussion musical instrument made from banana stems and played on the ground during annual Ndara Music & Dance Festivals that used to be held at the end of the year for instance in Awindiri where Shell Petrol Station and adjacent shops are now
ndaza ru (adj, n) becoming rare
nde nde (n) palm tree leaves
ndege (n) aeroplane
ndege pari (n) airfield, airport
ndere (n) quiver used by Lugbara for traditional dance
ndeza (n) win
ndi (v) pinch; [still, quiet] eg Enyati 'di ndi! = This zone is quiet!
ndima (n) orange, orange juice eg Safi ma-a ndima ci. = Safi has orange juice in it.
ndima oka (n) bitter lemon
ndiria (n) small bush animal resembling goat
ndo (adv) later (also i'dio)
ndra (v) gaze at
ndraandraa (n) type of grass that cuts you when you come into contact with it
ndrazu (v) pour out water slowly to separate residue from the wanted content
ndri (adj) beautiful (also ndriza, ndrizaru), (n) beauty (also ndrita); [goat] eg Viktoria ndri! = Victoria is beautiful!
ndro (v) gossip eg Red Pepper ni 'ba ndro. = Red Pepper gossips about people.
ndru (n) suck, kiss eg Joni ndru Pamela ma ti. = Joni kissed Pamela's lips.
ndu (adj) different, (n) buttocks
Ndu (n) former name of the Kebu who live mainly in Mahagi District of DR Congo, west of Alur, blacksmiths (also Okebu)
ndundu (adj) various others
ne (v) see, watch eg Rashid ni BTN ne. = Rashid is watching BTN.
Nebbi (n) Alur town and district south of Arua
nga (conj) will, (v) rise, get up, fly eg Nga ki mu 'Be Wati-a. = They got up to go to Mt. Wati.
ngalungalu (n) beans with mundrokole greens
ngamia (n) camel (also ngamiyayi)
nganu (n) wheat (flour)
ngata (n) flight
ngenjia (n) small silver fish
Ngilingili (n) short one, Pygmies or dwarfs of Ituri Forest
ngo (v) sing eg Leila Kayondo ni ongo ngo Grace Nakimera be. = Leila Kayondo is singing with Grace Nakimera.
ngoa (prep) where
ngobo (adj) wound scab, peel off
ngoli (n) sickle
ngonde (adj) ready eg Pesh ni ngonde. = Pesh is ready.
Ngoni? (greeting) How are you (also Azi mi ci, Ngoni ya, Ngoni 'do?), (intej) how
ngoti (n) offspring
ngu (v) hate, smell, fatten
nguari? (adv) when?, from where? (also a'dungare?)
nguku (n) back; [(phr v) does not smell] eg Indre mi nguku mba! = Watch your back hard/ well!
ngulu (adj) together
ngurube (v) pig eg Ngurube ma eza alu alu. = Pig meat (pork) is tasty.
nguta (n) hatred
nguzaru (adj) smelly
ni (adv) the one who did sth (n) snake (also ori, uri); [(prep) for; (v) know, is] eg Taban si jo 'da ni = Taban is the one who built that house.
Nio (n) Lugbara dialect in DR Congo (very similar to Ugandan Lugbara)
nita (n) knowledge
niza (adj) ripe, dark
njarunjaru (n) greens and beans
njolonjolo (adj) soft (also onukunuru, munimuni)
no (v) roar
noi (adj) slow, sluggish
noza (n) roaring
ntula (n) green berries
Nubi (adj, n) Nubian tribe
Nubiti (n) Kinubi, Nubian language
nufi (n) greed eg M7 kini ileni 'ba nufi tro ri ku. = Museveni said that he does not like people with greed.
nukuta (n) letter
Nuu Yorku (n) New York, the Big Apple
Nuu Zilandi (n) New Zealand
nya (v) eat
nyadri (n) grave
Nyadri (n) subcounty and town (NYT) considered most central in Maracha because of district administration buildings, Maracha District sometimes referred to by the same name
nyafe (n) weapon, missile
Nyagak (n) place in Zombo District where there is a series of dams that supply power to West Nile
nyaka (n) foodstuff
nyaka 'da (v) fast
nyaka 'daza (n) fasting
nyaka a'diza (n) cuisine, cookery
nyaka itu-a (n) lunch (also yi ali)
nyaku (n) soil, earth, planet Earth
nyaku 'ba (n) national, native (also plu.)
nyamuko (n) wilderness, desert (also angu yikoko)
Nyankole (n) Munyankole, sb from Ankole Kingdom, Lunyankole or Runyankole language, predominant language spoken west of Buganda eg A le Jamila ni ji Mbarara-a, le Nyankole nze! = I want to take Jamila to Mbarara, she wants to speak Nyankole!
nyanya (n) tomato
nyanyakubi (n) black and yellow-striped caterpillar with red head
nyaruganda (n) someone who is half Munyarwanda and half Muganda
Nyarwanda (n) Ugandan with Rwandese origins, Munyarwanda, Nyaru
nyaza (adj) edible, (n) eating, consumption
nyeke (n) chin
nyi (v) clean, mop, stick on sb
nyibiliko (n) injury
nyila (n) shoes (also katara, viato)
nyiri (adj) tiny, small eg Sende nyiri yo! = There's no loose change!
nyo (v) break
Nyoko (n) place after Terego on the Arua-Yumbe Highway, famous primary school by the same name eg Lakwonyero mu Nyoko Primary-a. = Lakwonyero went to Nyoko Primary.
nyondo (n) hammer
Nyoro (n) village in Maracha, Nyadri District some distance before the main town when travelling from Arua
nyororo (n) chain
nyoza (n) breaking
nyu (v) wither, wilt
nyure (n) cow vaseline mixed with plant oil and smeared on skin
nyuta (n) withering, wilting
nza (v) suffer
nzai (n) type of illegal drug that is planted (also njai) eg 'Ba nzai se stresi si.= People smoke njai because of stress.
nzata (n) suffering
nze (v) talk, speak, comb, sneak, subtract, uproot
nzenze (n) grasshopper (also ise, kulu)
nzeta (n) combing, sneaking, subtracting, talking, uprooting
nzi (v) jeer, squeeze, strangle; [open]
nzila (n) road (also gerika)
nzinzi (adj) heavy (also anziza, nzizaru); [spotted; (n) jeer (also nziri)]
nzita (n) jeering, squeezing, strangling, opening, weight (also nziza)
nzo (v) slip, skid, slide; [unshell (eg beanskin)]
nzoko (n) tree that can grow on another
nzolanzola (adj) slippery (also nzonzo, nzozaru)
nzota (n) slipping, sliding, skidding, unshelling
nzu (n) kind of pumpkin; [(v) run dry, suck, run, ride] eg Diago ni gari nzu. = Diago is riding the bicycle.
nzuku (n) gonorrhea, syphilis (also oya)
nzuta (n) running, athletics, sucking, drying (also nzuza)
Oo [shares some words with Uu (sometimes Öö)]
o'ba (v) add
o'be (v) throw
o'belemvu (n) cheek (also o'bolo)
o'bi (n) crowd, family, public, people; [(v) imitate, mimic, try, taste, roast; winnow]
o'bini (adj) public
o'bini ku (adj) private
o'bita (n) trial
o'biti (adv) morning (also o'bitisi)
o'bo (n) boat (also oguru)
o'boko (n) cover, shell (also o'boroko)
o'bolo (n) cheek (also o'bole, o'belemvu)
o'boloko (n) fox, vixen, jackal, wild creature that steals domesticated animals (also obalako, obaliko, obaloo) (totem for Vurra Clan)
o'boloko aje (n) low price even a fox (animal) can afford
o'bu (n) season for white ants to fly out of anthills, worm (also abeleso)
O'bu ondrindria niri (n) HIV
o'buka (n) baby strap, baby carrier (also a'buka)
o'buruso (n) form, lather (also oburusa, oburuso, kafuto)
o'da (v) abuse
o'data (n) abuse, insult
o'de (v) fall
o'di (adj) new; [(n) betrayal (also o'di nyaza), harp, guitar]
o'di nya (v) betray
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o'du ambo (n) big day, public holiday
o'du koza (n) sleep
o'du ositani (n) birthday (also o'du 'bani mi osizu)
O'du ositani(ri) ayikoru! (phr) Happy birthday! HBD! (also OOA)
O'du towi Ala (n) Good Friday
O'dua (n) name given to a triplet (also O'duru, Aseru)
o'duko (n) fairytale, story, noise, sound
o'duko 'ba jezuri (n) transfer news
o'duko eceza (n) announcement (also oyuta)
o'wi (v) dry
o'wiza (n) drying
o'yo (n) promise or oath not to do something
o'yu (n) horn
oa (v) stay, reside (also aa, archaic o'a, o-a) eg Priska ni oa Above The Low vu Mvara-a. = Prisca stays near Above The Low in Mvara.
oata (n) stay (also oaza)
obangulu (n) bread made from wingless white ants pounded and then cooked in banana leaves, hardened together (also ombangulu, bofolo)
Obaru (n) daughter of Gboro in Lugbara mythology; sister to Oli, Olu and Kibira
obau (n) hyena (also angbaka)
Obauji (n) hill adjacent to Mt. Wati
obe (v) entice, tempt, convince, induce, persuade
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obi (n) character, behaviour, custom, habit, (v) hold
obi onzi (adj) impolite
obibia (n) copying eg Obibia si, etoo jo ve ra. = Because of copying, the hare's house burnt. [Lugbara Proverb]
obirio (n) rhinoceros eg Obirio inve andraa lu Ajai Game Reserve-a wudrikuru-a woro. = White rhinos used to be found only in Ajai Game Reserve on the whole earth.
obita (n) test
obiti (n) morning, breakfast (also euetere)
Obongi (n) town and ferry crossing west of Albert Nile and Adjumani District, 46 kilometres from the Arua-Yumbe Road
ocaoca (n) kind of sauce prepared with beans and paste (also ocakuca)
oce (n) dog (also ocoo), rainbow shaped tattoos; [(v) rear, shepherd] eg Adi ni mi oce ni? YESU ni ma oce ni. = Who shepherds you? JESUS shepherds me.
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ocepi (n) shepherd
oceta (n) rearing
oci (n) thorn; [(v) bite many times here and there, hide]
Ociba (n) suburb and parish near Arua City, north of Anyafio along Mt. Wati Road eg Ma Premier ne Ociba Kost-a. = I watch English Premiership in Ociba Coast.
ocita (n) hiding, keeping, secret, concealment (also ociza)
oco (n) length, height; [dog (also oce, ocoo, ocogo)]
ocoko (n) misery
ocu (v) interrogate
ocuruko (n) insult, abuse
oda (v) pour
ode (adj) young
odekele (n) baby (also odekua, odekule)
odhu (n) leopard (also o'du)
odi (v) box strike, depreciate
odidia (n) newness
odo (v) handle carefully
odoloo (n) tree that bears long suspended fruits
odra (n) local beer that has stayed overnight, bamboo; [death]
Odramacako (n) border town on the Maracha - DR Congo border reachable from Arua City via Adumi Road
Odravu (n) subcounty in Yumbe
odre (n) urine
odre jo (n) bladder (literally urine house) eg Java ma odre jo ga adusiku mvu "Coke Zero" angiri. = Java's bladder filled up because he drunk a lot of Coke Zero.
odre su (v) urinate, piss, pee, abirigate
odri (n) mud, clay
odro (n) rat; [coach grass; (v) chase] (totem for Terego Clan)
odro 'ba ni nya (n) edible rats including alucaku, amurude (also amuruu), ozulai, anabia
odro 'ba ni nya ku (n) inedible rats (Terego dialect odro 'ba na ku 'di) including ngarakaja, ndre odraa, abija, angayika
odrokodro (n) a kind of nocturnal bird
onokono (n) praying mantis
odrota (n) chase
odru (n) buffalo eg Odru fu Anira ni te/ Odru fu Anera ni te! = A buffalo killed Anira (who thought he knew it all)/ Anera (who thought she had seen it all)/ Listen to advice! [Lugbara Proverbs]
odrua (n) small buffalo, motorcycle
odrukodru (n) toad, frog
odu (v) soak, wet; [(n) oil (also petroli), vaseline (also odu efizaru), lotion]
odukudu (n) cockroach
ofa (n) scrap, (v) scrape, remove or cut grass with a hoe, remove or cut hair
ofaza (n) removal
ofe (v) pay
ofenga (n) payment (also ofeta, ofeza)
ofi (v) enter
ofisa (n) officer
ofisi (n) office
ofo (n) tick (also oga)
ofono (n) big-size half litre Ofwono soda inspired by Ofwono, the Tallest Ugandan in the 2000s (also ofwono)
ofu (n) kind of white ant (also ifu); [leprosy, (v) release, exchange, kill; become pale (clothes)] eg Ben Hur ma andri azini amvi esu ofu aru-a. = Ben Hur's mother and sister got leprosy in prison.
ofu ojo (n) herbs
Ofude Hills (n) mountain ranges near Mt. Wati, viewable from Kololo in Maracha
Ofunyaru (n) leper Madi woman in Lugbara mythology whom Banyale met on Mt. Wati and conceived Angundru with
ofuruso (n) lather, foam
ofusara (n) mist, fog
ofuta (n) ash
ofutaku (n) ingredient produced by burning dried bean pods, banana peelings, etc and mixing the ash with water before sieving to produce a brown liquid used to cook greens like osubi. It maintains their green chlorophyll colour
ofuta (n) release, exchange, killing (also ofuza)
ofutaru (adj) shy
ofuza (n) production
oga (v) crawl, hatch, stop; [(n) tick]
ogara (n) axe
ogara'ba (n) English, Europeans, rulers
ogata (n) crawling, hatching, stopping (also ogaza)
ogayi (n) basket
ogba (v) beat eg with stick, draw
ogbe (v) vomit
ogbeta (n) vomiting (also ogbeza)
ogbi (v) shoot
ogbo (n) zero, nil
ogbuluku (n) large black bird, type of safari ant
ogea (n) big basket used for harvests
ogogo (prep) near
ogu (n) waist, back of the body, theft; [liver, (v) laugh]; steal
ogua (adv) on the back, (n) seat, chair
ogulegu (n) small ant
ogunga (n) throne, seat, chair (also kome, kiti)
oguo (n) thief
oguoei (n) chairman eg Draga ni oguoei. = Draga is chairman.
oguru (n) boat (also o'bo)
oguta (n) laughter
oguza (adj) stolen, (n) theft
ohelu (n) crested crane (also ohalu)
ohorokoto (n) empty shell
oi (n) kind of fish, (v) dry; [hang, tether, tie eg a goat]
oiza (n) dry
oja (v) change, exchange, translate eg MUNGU le ta 'ba onzi ma oja asi. = GOD wants bad people to change the heart (repent).
Ojapi (n) village in Tara Subcounty
ojata (n) exchange, change (also ojaza), translation, shift eg Mi iji ojata! = Bring change!
ojazaru (adj) (ex)changed
oje (v) bought more than one thing
ojeta (n) buying
ojeza (adj, n) buying
oji (n) cave, (v) take, deliver; [wash, bathe] eg Joyce ni i-ma dribi oji. = Joyce is washing her hair.
ojiata (n) baboon (also ojimata)
ojio (n) go between, one sent on errands, apostles eg YESU pe ojio mudri drini iri (12) ma ti. = JESUS sent 12 apostles.
ojita (n) bath, taking, steering, deliverance
ojizaru (adv) taken, delivered, washed, bathed
ojoo (n) heavy sauce made from beans and paste (also o'yoo); [medical practitioner (also dakitari, daktari), local medicineman or woman (also ojo)]
oju (n) twins (also eju)
ojuruko (n) termite
Ojurukombeni (n) place in Yumbe, means "The termite ate (literally licked) it"
oka (adj) sour, (n) sourness; [blacksmith, (v) become brownish with dirt]
okalamgba (adj) brown eg Grace su viato okalamgba. = Grace wore brown shoes.
okalamvu (n) factory
okangali (adj) very bitter, sour
okaritua (n) very sour colourless alcohol brewed from cassava, drunk while sitted in the sun
okata (n) becoming brownish
okaza (n) brown, brownish (also okazaru)
Okebu (n) ethnic group that specialised in iron smelting
okelea (n) calabash
oki (v) swallow
oko (adv) first, ahead, leading; [(v) fetch eg water; finish]
Okokoro (n) trading centre in Maracha on Koboko Highway after River Imve
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okpo bolo vuri (n) oomph, manly power (also okpo bolo driari), manyi ga kisajja in Luganda
okpoa (n) gizzard
okpojo (n) uterus
okpolo (adj) old fashioned
okporovu (n) pregnancy, pregnant person
okporu (adj) strong
oku biza (n) wedding
Okuambo Cuu (n) market formed by old women on Oluko Road after Mvara Trading Centre
okufuku (n) sth a Lugbara man does to keep his wife forever whether by giving her money support and gifts regularly, providing food and school fees for her children or love foreplay and good sex
okuku (n) tortoise
okuku nyazari (n) turtle (edible)
okule (n) transfeminine eg Kaitlyn Jenner ni okule. = Caitlyn Jenner is a transfeminine.
okuza (n) gathering, congregation (also okuta) eg Afeku mu Okuza-a. = Afeku went for the Gathering.
Okuza (n) festival where Lugbara Diaspora meet and fellowship for four to five days in a big venue like the Mvara Secondary School field or one day in KLA City somewhere near Mbuya
okuzaru (adv) collected, gathered
ola (n) root, (v) lie down
olaa (n) cassava (also gbanda)
olaa fura (n) cassava flour
olakula (n) restlessness, curiosity
olangi (n) bell
ole (adj) clean, bare, trick, deceive; [(n) witchcraft in the heart, indignation, moral anger, Parallax]
Oleba (n) subcounty in Maracha
oleo (n) witch
Olewa Falls (n) water falling about 10 meters from River Enyau as it descends towards River Nile at the foothill of Mount Wati
olezaru (adv) tricked
Oli (n) cannibalistic ancestor also known as Banyale in Lugbara mythology, eldest son of Gboro, had supernatural powers and kingship privileges symbolised by a bead, brother to Olu, Kibira and Obaru. His first descendants were Madi Pawor. He killed children and ate their liver
oli vu (v) whistle
oli vuza (n) whistling
olimangulu (n) sportsnews
olirika (n) wind [in Terego dialect] (also oliriko)
oliza (n) cut
olizaru (adv) cut
olo (v) touch eg A'di ni ma olo ni? Ma ori yo... YESU pa ma 'bo! = Who can touch me? I have no fear... JESUS has saved me!
olokoto (n) lizard
olu (v) lower sth or sb, slope; [preach, report, reveal, fall off eg leaves] eg Fanuel Onzima olu e'yo ni. = Fanuel Onzima preached the message.
Olu (n) second son of Gboro in Lugbara mythology; brother to Oli, Kibira and Obaru
olufe (n) bridge (also alofe); [mingling stick]
Oluffe (n) river on the Koboko Highway after Inve River
Oluko (n) suburb east of Arua City beyond Mvara
oluta (n) preaching (also oluza)
olupi (n) preacher, catechist
oluzaru (adj) sloppy, sloping
omba (n) anger; [(v) stiffen, toughen]
omba omba (n) edible rats enjoyed mainly in Terego eg Omba omba 'ba esu ngoa? = Where can people find edible rats?
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ombaru (adj) angry
Ombatini (n) place reachable eastwards from Ombaci via Rhino Camp Road eg Adra la sukulu ombatini-a. = Adra studied in Ombatini.
ombazaru (adj) stiff, tough
ombe (n) neck (also ombele, ombeleko), lick; [tie]
ombeza (n) licking
ombezaru (adj, n) tied, licked
ombi (n) locust
Ombokolo (n) place in Koboko
ombu (v) jump, hop
ombulu (n) fake money, counterfeit, kiwani
ombuta (n) jump, hopping (also ombuza)
omgbo (n) size, volume
omi (v) press
Omi (n) village on Koboko Highway after Enyau River
omogo (n) vagina (also rua okuni, oma, angunya)
omu (v) visitor; [(v) combine; festival] eg SK ni mu omu-a. = SK is going to the festival.
Omugo (n) subcounty in Maracha
omunyale (n) refugee (also emunyale) eg Omunyale engazu South Sudan-a apa ki Uganda-a. = Refugees from South Sudan fled to Uganda.
omve (v) call eg Prezident Museveni omve Luwero "NRM ma e'doza". = President Museveni called Luwero "the beginning of NRM".
omvele (adv) called, named, entitled (also omvezaru)
omveta (n) calling (also omveza), call
omvezaru (n) called
omvi (v) reply, return; [feel, touch (also amvu, omvu)] eg Trevor omvi zita. = Trevor answered the question.
omvita (n) answer, reply (also omviza)
omvizaru (n) returned, replied
omvu (n) nose, sneeze; [orphan; (v) pick up]
omvu co (phr v) sneeze
omvumvua (n) drinks
ona (v) dodge, avoid
onda (v) look for, search for
ondakayi (n) red or brown sugar ants that reside mainly on mangoes, tangerines and jackfruits (also ondakaya)
ondaza (n) looking for or searching
ondere (n) giraffe
ondi (n) dirt, sweat; [(v) pinch] eg Ayiko ni ondi ma mva. = Happiness is sweat's child. [Lugbara Proverb]
ondikokoru (adj) clean, without dirt
ondiru (adj) dirty
ondo (n) barren person or animal, barrenness, infertility, impotency
ondoa (n) cleverness, brightness
ondoru (adj) barren
ondre (n) evening; [(v) look, search (also one)]
ondre ta (n) evening meal
ondrealesi (adv) by evening (also ondresi), in the evening
ondreondre (n) white ants harvested immediately after dusk from 7:30-8:30pm (also andre)
ondreta (n) supervision, checking (ondreza)
ondrezaru (n) checked, supervised
ondri (v) become thin or slim, bewitch
ondringa (n) slimming (also ondrita, ondriza)
ondrizaru (adj) slim
ondroko (n) snore
ondroko soza (n) snoring (also ondroko seza)
ondrukundrua (n) black ant
ondu (n) sorghum; [(v) cheat]
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one (v) look
oneza (n) looking
onga (n) trap, (v) fly
ongo (n) song, music, tune eg Yiga si ongo Maggie ni. = Yiga wrote a song for Maggie.
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ongo ngoza (n) singing
ongobi (n) gorilla
ongoni (adj) poetic
ongoro'bi (n) eyebrows
ongu (n) race, running (also ongu nzuta, ongu nzuza); [(v) dry] eg Mo Farah nde ongu. = Mo Farah won the race.
ongulumu (n) group, association, multitude eg Sudhir Ruparelia ma ongulumu amboo. = Sudhir Ruparelia's group is big.
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ono (v) complain (also onu)
onota (n) complaint (onoza)
onya (n) white ant, winged termites (also ona, una), enswa (in Luganda)
onyakunya (n) snacks
onyata (n) fraud, corruption, cheating (that does not involve adultery)
onyi (n) good, beauty (also ndrita), partner (also onyia) eg Idri ma onyi! = Life has beauty/ Life is good!
onyiru (adj) good eg Amina ni onyiru. = Amina is good.
onyofi (n) body nail
onyu (adj) half dry; [(v) wither, crumple, crash] eg Mutuka onyu-i. = The car was crashed.
onyukunyu (n) housefly
onyuonyu (adj) withered (onyuza, onyuzaru)
onyuta (n) withering
onze (v) bail, pluck, uproot
onzeta (n) bail (onzeza)
onzi (adj) bad, evil, (n) type of snake, bad attribute; [(v) show happiness, open] eg LGBT+ Afu onzi! = LGBT+ Pride is bad!
onzikanya (n) very bad (also onzirikanya)
onzita (n) happiness, opening (also onziza)
onzivu (n) ugliness
Onzivu (n) suburb south of Arua City after Sambya and Awindiri; narrow street between Arua Avenue and Transport Road
onzivuru (adj) ugly
onzo (v) belittle; [cheat, smash]
onzokonzo (n) smooth
onzomatara (n) belittling
onzoroko (n) dirt, many
onzorokoru (adj) dirty
onzota (n) belittling, minimizing; [cheating, smashing (also onzoza)]
onzu (v) off load; [run]
onzuta (n) offloading eg from a bag; [running (also onzuza)]
opa (v) nail, rob eg Francis opa kiti. = Francis nailed the seat.
opalaku (n) smooth stone used instead of a hammer
opasi (n) nape, back of your neck
opazaru (v) nailed, robbed
ope (n) guinea fowl; [(v) select, choose]
opendu (n) segregation, nepotism
operea (n) swallow (bird)
opeta (n) choice, selection (also opeza), election, voting
opezaru (adv) selected, chosen
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Opi ma ndrita ma ovu mibe! (greeting) May the glory of LORD be with you!
opi mva (n) prince (plu. opi anzi)
opi nyaza (n) power
opi opi (adj) swollen
opi ti (v) close (mouth), switch off, conclude, finalise eg Mi opi redio ti! = Switch off the radio!
opimaopima (n) cabbage (also kebeji)
opipia (n) boil
opiza (n) swelling, act of unshelling eg Dokta Birungi nze opiza agu azoru ma pa-a Arua Hospital-a. = Doctor Birungi removed a swelling in a patient's leg at Arua Hospital.
opizaru (adj) swollen, peeled
oporovu (n) pregnancy
ora (v) leak; [think]
Ora (n) River Nile tributary flowing eastwards to the Albert Nile near Madi Okollo Town as you enter Arua District
Orani (v) rock formation and village in Tara Subcounty
orata (n) leakage, thought (also oraza)
ori (n) snake; [fear, cowardice (also uri), seed; (v) settle at the bottom of a liquid] eg Ori ci ya? Ori yo! = Is there fear? No fear!
ori zoza (n) crop growing, seed planting
ori'ba (n) family (also aku)
oria (n) half-breed usually with Asian descent eg Chenene ni oria. = Chenene is of Asian descent.
oriahulu (n) cobra
Oriental Province (n) region in northeastern DR Congo immediately west of Arua District
orii (n) mixture of gold and other metals (also oruu) reference in Congo
orindi (n) spirit, soul (also urindi)
Orindi Alari (n) Holy Spirit (also Urindi Alari)
orio (n) coward (also urio)
oro (n) earth, universe, the world, upper part of thigh; [tiredness, (v) feel tired]
orobi (n) dream eg MUNGU eco e'yo nze orobi si. = GOD can speak through a dream.
orodri (n) profit, gain
orodriru (adj) profitable, gainful
oromi (n) nine eg Arsene Wenger nde kopo ku eli oromi engazu 2005. = Arsene Wenger did not win a cup for nine years since 2005.
oru (adv) up, high, (prep) above, (v) prepare (esp. porridge), wake up eg Gasi oru idi! = Gasi prepared porridge!
orukua (n) type of dodo greens
Orule'ba (n) highland people, a section of Lugbara
oruleru (adv) upper
oruta (n) waking up
osa (n) mixture, syrup; [(v) fly, mix, slap] eg Anyoya ma a, 'ba kaka osa osu be. = In anyoya, maize is mixed with beans.
osasaa (n) insect
ose (adj) fat, (v) fatten; [pull]
oseta (n) fattening
oseza (adj) fatness
osi (v) give birth, produce a baby; [roast; write] eg Neria osi mva ago. = Neria gave birth to a male child.
osisia (n) secretary, scribe (also osipiri)
osita (n) birth; [roasting, writing, registration (also ositaa)]
osiza (adj) roasted
osizaru (adj) roasted; [written]
Oska (n) Oscar Award
oso (n) fat; [pole with sth sharp]
osolo (n) mucus-like substance that comes from chest while coughing, sputum
osoroko (n) old clothes
Osu (n) river through the Arua Golf Course, suburb near Osu River behind Hospital Road and Rhino Camp Road
osu nyirikia bi (n) leaves of tiny beans
osofi (n) protruding middle part of upper lip
osubi (n) bean leaf (also gobe)
osuta (n) miracle, marvel (also osuza)
osutaru (adj) marvelous, miraculous (also osuzaru) eg Onduparaka FC ma rukuza osutaru. = Onduparaka FC's popularity is marvelous.
ota (v) sympathise, show pity
otaka (n) pot with wide mouth
otakua (n) small pot used for boiling sauce
otala (n) go between in marriage, best man in wedding
otaramba (n) gold in Aringa dialect
otaria (n) cricket (also etirili, etiringili) eg Tindu nya otaria. = Tindu ate a cricket.
ote (v) wait
oteta (n) waiting for sb
otwenge (n) dance by the Lugbara and Kebu, literally means "elbow" and involves raising those joints
oti (v) arrange in order, pluck eg fruits from tree; [hang sb, tie eg animals; swallow]
otita (n) program(me), radio show, arrangement
Otitia (n) bare peak of Mt. Wati
otoko (n) anthill (also otoo)
otonoko (n) kind of bird with a very long neck
otoo (n) hare, rabbit (also etoo)
otra (v) fold, roll
otralaku (n) small anthill
Otravu (n) place in Maracha farther inside reachable westwards from Okokoro
otraza (n) rolled, folded
otrazaru (adj) folded, rolled
otre (v) shout
otrenga (n) shouting (also otreta, otreza)
otri (v) curse, rub, scrub
otrikutri (adj) dirty
otrita (n) scrubbing, rubbing
otriza (adj) cursed
otro (v) smear
otrota (n) smearing (also otroza)
otrozaru (n) smeared
otru (n) gum
otruta (n) movement (also otruza)
Otsho (n) Lugbara dialect in DR Congo (very similar to Ugandan Lugbara)
otu (n) navel, umbilicus, umbilical cord, sun (also etu, itu); [(v) correct, straighten, kick]
otunyu (n) white ants crushed and left to ferment for some time to be used as condiment in sauce, yesterday's white ants (also otunyo)
otunukua (n) scorpion eg Otunukua ni aa Sahara-a. = A scorpion stays in the Sahara.
otuo (n) brother-in-law eg Jaremy ni ma otuo. = Jaremy is my brother-in-law.
otupika (n) in-laws (also otupi)
otuta (n) straightening, correction, kicking, raising, plan, arrangement (also otuza)
otuzaru (adj) raised, straightened
ova (v) make a hole in the ground, excavate, uproot
ovakedo (n) avocado
overeko (n) remaining bits of food burnt in container
ovi (n) lightning, thunder, scratch
Ovisoni (n) town in Vurra, means "struck by lightning"
ovita (n) scratching (also oviza)
ovo (v) curse
ovu (n) kind of basket made from sorghum stalk; [laziness, idleness; (v) stay, keep quiet]
ovua (n) big basket for carrying seedlings
Ovujo (n) trading town in Maracha
ovuzu (v) stay, be, keep quiet
Owaffa (n) headquarters of Terego meaning elephant bone (Ewa falako) after an injured elephant ran from poachers but died there and rotted until the bones showed, originally called Imirua (meaning Spy Area)
owi (n) dawn; [(v) spit, make sacrifice, peel, unshell]
owita (n) sacrifice, peeling, unshelling (also owiza)
owoko (n) anger (also awoko), direction
owokoru (adj) angry (also awokoru) eg Mario ni owokoru! = Mario is angry!
owoko si (adv) angrily
owu (n) cry (also owuta); [(v) gather things] eg Darnell ni owu. = Darnell is crying.
oya (n) yaws; [salary, wages, payment, earnings; syphilis (also nzuku); (v) shake]
oyata (n) shaking (also oyaza)
oyakiya (n) earthquake, tremor
oyaliko (n) rag clothes
oye (pron) for nothing
oyi (v) slim, leave
oyita (n) slimming
oyiza (adj) thin (also oyizaru)
oyo (n) oath
oyokolo (n) whisper
oyoo (n) monkey
oyoro (n) rags
oyu (n) mole; [(v) announce] eg Elekitoro Komisoni ma amboo Engineer Badru Kiggundu oyu kalulu ma o'du. = Electoral Commission boss Engineer Badru Kiggundu announced the election date.
oyuta (n) announcement (also oyuza)
oza (v) sting, shout
ozezee (n) second hand clothes
oze (v) push down
ozi (v) sell, unshell open, hide; [(n) black and white insects that come out of anthills]
ozizaru (adv) for sale eg Nyaka ozizaru Oasis 24/7-a. = Food is for sale at Oasis 24/7.
ozizia (n) interview, questions
ozo (n, v) roast
ozoforo (n) gray hair
ozoo (n) rain eg Ozoo ni idri! = Rain is life!
ozoo opi (n) king of the rain, most important figure in Lugbara politics, chief custodian of clan property
ozoza (adj) roasted
ozozaru (adj) roasted
ozu (n) reeds, elephant grass; [(v) multiply]
ozuta (n) multiplication (also ezuta)
ozuku (n) porcupine eg Ayia nduri ozuku fi ni! = A stepmother is [like] a porcupine's intestines/ Stepmothers are usually bitter! [Lugbara Proverb]
ozuruko (n) aeroplane
pa (n) leg; [(v) knock eg door, crucify, nail, rob, save] eg A'di pa Kapteni Aleksi-i ni? = Who saved Captain Alex?
pa ale (n) inside of the foot
pa dria (adj) standing (literally on top of leg)
pa so (v) stand for election
paago (n) big toe
paale (adv) times
paanzi (n) toes
padre (n) priest eg Joel Obetia ni padre. = Joel Obetia is a priest.
paedu (n) heel
paipu (n) pipe (also payipu) eg Sunday ni paipu su. = Sunday is fixing a pipe.
paipai (n) pawpaw (also payipayi)
pajama (n) pants
Pajama (n) village in Tara Subcounty
paka (prep) up to the end, until
pakasa (n) servant (also waka)
Pakistani (n) Pakistani eg Malala ni Pakistani ni. = Malala is a Pakistani.
pala bi (n) jute leaf (totem for Ayivu Clan)
palaa (adv) at the footside of, under the mentorship of, under the guardianship or care of sb
palamenti (n) parliament (also koloseni) eg Palamenti Ugandaniri Kampala-a = The Ugandan Parliament is in Kampala.
Palestini (n) Palestine
pali (n) pair of shorts
pamba (n) cotton
pamva (n) toe
pamvu (n) footmark, footprint, point
pandu (n) cassava leaves pounded and cooked as sauce (also banda bi)
panga (n) punishment
panya (n) shortcut
papa (adv) nailed; [(n) shoes, footwear (also jijima, nyila, viato); father (also baba), Pope] eg Papa Francis imu Uganda-a eli 2015. = Pope Francis came to Uganda in the year 2015.
paradisi (n) paradise
paraka (n) stem eg ondu paraka = sorghum stem
parasetamo (n) paracetamol, Panadol (also Panadolu)
pari (n) mat made from papyrus, place
pari 'bani mi tizu (n) birthplace, hometown
pari mini efuzu (n) origin
pari pari (n) dullness, not active
pasi (adv) on foot, (n) flatiron
pasipoti (n) passport (also waraga acizuri)
pasita (n) pastor
pasta (n) Italian food like lasagne and spaghetti
pata (n) redemption, salvation (also paza)
pati (n) tree, substance for holding glass panes in window frame eg Dramani ni pati ga. = Dramani is cutting a tree.
pati efi osale (n) ingredients (also pati ifi osale)
pati ifi (n) plant seed eg Pati ifi i-deni re ku! = The seed of a tree doesn't fall very far/ A parent's behaviour can be reflected in his or her children. [Lugbara Proverb]
patifu zopi asea (n) lillies of the field
patoro (n) rich guy
paturu (n) millipede
patuza (n) standing
Pawor (n) subcounty in Lower Madi next to Wadelai, Alur name for a place in Arua
pe (v) select, choose
peji (n) page
penati (n) penalty eg Shevchenko ma penati fi ra. = Shevchenko's penalty went in.
pensilu (n) pencil
pere (conj) until, up to, till, til
Pere 'bani nezuru dika! (greeting) Till we see each other again (also 'Ba neru dika, 'Ba ne 'ba dika), Auf Wiedersehen (in German)
peta (n) selection, choice
petroli (n) petrol (also odu)
pi (adj) whole, [(conj) and, (v) twist, plait; swell, expand]
pie (adv) also, as well
pilawo (n) rice cooked with small chops of meat as a recipe (also pilau) eg Tomu ni pilawo nya Dereva ma Kona-a. = Tom is eating pilau at Drivers' Corner.
pilili (adj, n) naked, undressed
pilipili (n) red pepper (also piripiri)
piri (adj) straight, erect, upright, straight forward, (pron) all, everything (also piripiri)
piri ku (adj) informal
pirini (n) without
piripiri (n) red pepper (also piza)
pita (n) swelling
plani (n) plan, strategy (also otuta)
pleti (n) plate (also saani)
po (v) hide, knock
pokopoko (n) yapping, loose talk
polisi (n) policeman eg Feliksi ni polisi. = Felix is a policeman.
prezidenti (n) president eg Donald Trump ni Amerika ma prezidenti. = Donald Trump is America's president.
profeta (n) prophet (also nabi)
programu (n) program, programme, TV show eg Kari Ticitaru Programu Zota ni = United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
puru (adj) quick, fast
putuku (n) cooked leg or hoof of a cow (also mulokoni)
ra (v) flow eg liquid, (adv, n) throughout the night, affirmative at the end of a sentence
radio (n) radio (also redio, uzunguruku)
radio eri (v) listening to radio eg Ma Voice Of Life eri. = I'm listening to Voice Of Life.
ragbi (n) rugby eg Nuu Zilandi All Blacks ndeki Springboks Ragbi-a. = New Zealand All Blacks beat Springboks in rugby.
Ragem (n) suburb south of Arua City (also pronounced Ragemu)
Ragem Beach (n) canopied rivershed with meanders on River Enyau about 3 kilometres south of Arua City, half a kilometre from CEFORD Arua eg Bob nya mukati towi azini i'bi iri Ragem Beach-a. = Bob ate five loaves of bread and two fish at Ragem Beach.
Ramadani (n) Muslim month-long period for fasting (within 29 or 30 days) after and before sighting a new moon-crescent eg Yahya Au ni nyaka 'da Ramadani si. = John Au fasts during Ramadan.
rangi (n) paint
rangi gbaza (n) painting
Rasta (n) Rastafarian eg Adima ni Rasta. = Adima is a Rastafarian.
rata (n) flow, melting (also raza)
Rawule (n) Oli Banyale's uncle in Lugbara mythology who escorted him to Mt. Wati
rawundi (n) round (in boxing)
re (adj) far away, (v) peel, peeled, rob, take away by force
redio (n) radio (also radio) eg Ngobeni ni "China Radio International" iri Gauteng-a. = Ngobeni listens to China Radio International in Gauteng.
rehabu (n) rehab eg Rihanna mu rehabu-a. = Rihanna went to the rehab.
rekodi (n) record
reluwe (n) train, railway
Rembe (n) one of the Greatest Prophets in Lugbara History who was taken by Whitemen to Yei [Sudan] for hanging in 1916 but Lugbara believe he never died and will return, rainmaker, emissary of divinity who claimed to perform miracles and heal illnesses. His footmarks were embedded on a bare rock between Mekki and Loinya in Yivu Subcounty, Maracha
republiki (n) republic
reta (n) peeling, robbing (also reza)
Rhino Camp (n) town in eastern Arua near the Albert Nile eg Emmy mu Rhino Camp-a. = Emmy went to Rhino Camp.
ri (v) broadcast eg seeds; [sit] eg Oketa ri pikipiki dria. = Oketa sat on the motorcycle.
ribi (n) pasture
riboni (n) ribbon eg Arua Pioneer Decorators gba ki riboni mutuka rua. = Arua Pioneer Decorators put ribbons on the car.
Rigbo (n) Oldest Subcounty formed in Lower Madi even before Rhino Camp
rita (n) broadcasting, sitting
ro (v) carry a heavy object, curse, miss
robi (n) hippo
robia (n) finance, income
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Robu (n) place in Maracha after the forest next to Lokiragodo
roko (n) bare rock, vulture
Roleksi (n) Rolex watch
roleksi (n) rollex, Ugandan delicacy of fried eggs rolled inside a chapati and might contain tomatoes, onions, carrots, cabbages or any other additional ingredients eg Ozen ni roleksi nya anyoya si. = Ozen is eating rollex with anyoya.
rota (n) carrying a heavy object, curse
ru (adj) abrupt; [(n) name eg Candiru, Inzikuru, Aciru; (v) catch, mate, respect]
ru biza (n) baptism
ru siza (n) name registration
rua (n) body (also ruati)
rua agupini (n) penis (also agele)
rua driza (n) body fever
rua okuni (n) vagina (also omogo, angunya)
ruburubu (adj) sound of swallowing food (also nguringuri)
ruduku (n) forest (also oce, angu patiru, obibi)
rugbu (adv) abruptly, (n) noise made when something falls
rukuza (n) popularity
rumu (n) room eg Efe ni la rumu alu-a Spiff be. = Efe sleeps in the same room as Spiff.
Runyankole (n) tribe and language west of Buganda around Mbarara or Ankole Kingdom eg Amaniyo oni Runyankore. = Amaniyo learnt Runyankore.
ruta (n) mating, catching, respect (also ruza)
ruzali (n) rosary eg Gloria su ruzali ku. = Gloria does not wear a rosary.
Rwanda (n) country southwest of Uganda eg Mugema enga Rwanda-a. = Mugema comes from Rwanda.
Rwothu (n) king of Alur
Rwotu (n) king of Acholi
sa (v) bury, clap, fly, plant, slap eg Semwanga ma avu 'ba sa Kayunga-a. = Semwanga's corpse was buried in Kayunga.
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saa azia (n) lunch, 12 o' clock (also yi ali)
saani (n) plate (borrowed from KiSwahili)
saaru (n) so much
Sabato (n) Sabbath eg Sabato si = on Sabbath Day
Sabatu (n) Sunday (also Sabiti)
Sabatu Ndende ni (n) Palm Sunday
sabuni (n) soap
sadaka (n) banquet
Sadukeini (n) Sadducees
safari (n) safari, journey
saiso (n) sisal
saketi (n) sacket eg Lady Nana mvu ni iwa saketi-a ri ku. = Lady Nana does not drink alcohol in a sacket.
saku (n) type of calabash, an eliptical dish made of black clay and glazed to a dark color with a short handle on one side, used to serve food to the husband or an elderly person, utensil of great honor and prestige, available at Ajia Market in Vurra County (Arua District)
Sambya (n) suburb south of Arua Golf Course Roundabout
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San Siro (n) video hall in Osu Village found less than half a kilometre on the right as you slope from Hospital Road to Osu River and named after the football home of Inter and AC Milan in the Italian Serie A
sanduku (n) suitcase
sandukua sandukua (v) community (village) savings
sarasara (adj) levelled
saru (adv) a lot
sase (n) polythene bag (also kavera) eg Sase ci? = Is there a polythene bag?
sata (n) burial, planting, slapping, flying (also saza)
sati (n) shirt
sati ma wu (n) shirt sleeve (also sati ma wi)
sayansi (n) science
se (v) breathe, pull, smoke (also see), (adj) elastic (also sese, pakadili)
Sebei (n) Sebei eg Chemutai ni Sebei. = Chemutai is a Sebei.
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sekondari (n) secondary
sekondi (n) second of time
sekua (n) three sided gobea used for eating nuts or food
sende simu si (n) mobile money
seneti (n) senate
senge (n) leftover or remnant after sieving cassava flour
seniya (n) tray (also saniya)
seri (n) type of plant used for fencing
seta (n) breath (also ava), pulling, smoking (also seza)
setilaiti (n) satellite
shaolini (n) related to shaolin monk or temple, clean shave haircut
si (conj) on, because of; [(n) tooth, hailstone; (suffix) with, (v) write, knock; peel, build] eg Huang Ming si "Solar City" Chaina-a. = Huang Ming built Solar City in China.
si otru (n) gum
sidriani (conj) as if, as though, like eg Ma e'do ama sidriani ma asi imbu ma agati-a ri si. = I started to feel like my heart jumped out of my chest.
sigiri (n) charcoal stove
signo (n) signal
sikati (n) skirt
Silamu (n) Muslim eg Miriamu ni Silamu ma ru. = Miriam is a Muslim name.
sile (n) missing teeth
sileru (adj) toothless
Silimu (n) AIDS (also Azo ondrindria niri) eg Philly Bongole Lutaaya dra Silimu si. = Philly Bongole Lutaaya died of AIDS.
silingi (n) shillings, cash money eg silingi 40,000 = 40,000 Shillings
silipa (n) slipper(s) (also afa su pa-a)
simatifoni (n) smartphone eg Moon ni Samsung simatifoni ayu. = Moon uses a Samsung smartphone.
simiti (n) cement eg Edmund je simiti Hardware World Ntinda-a. = Edmund bought cement at Hardware World Ntinda.
simu (n) phone
simu gba (v) ring, call eg Kazora gba simu Yemi ni. = Kazora phoned Yemi.
simu ofelekuri (n) toll free telephone line
simu waraga aliaru (n) Short Message Service (SMS)
sindani (n) syringe, needle (also libira)
sindani bongo sozuri (n) sewing needle
sinfoni (n) symphony
singiri (n) rigidity, refusal to change
siniga (n) flu, colds, influenza
sinthi (n) synthesizer, synth
siri (n) secret eg Enoka lu siri. = Enoch told a secret.
siso (n) jaw
siti (n) city eg Miguna Miguna ni mu Nairobi Siti-a. = Miguna Miguna is going to Nairobi City.
so (v) gather, collect, together, prick, pierce
so'bi (n) tail
soda (n) soda eg Ajua le Mirinda soda! = Ajua loves Mirinda soda!
sokisi (n) socks eg Asizuru su sokisi angu ambiza si. = Asizuru wore socks because of cold weather.
sokolo (n) thin line inside cassava tuber, sth to do with sitting
sola (n) solar
solusoni (n) ORS first aid dehydration solution for running stomach made by mixing half teaspoon of salt, one cup of water and two teaspoons of sugar
soro (n) board game
sowani (n) plate, satellite dish (also bakule)
spageti (n) spaghetti, long and thin pasta
Speini (n) Spain
spidi (n) speed
spika (n) speaker
spoki (n) spoke
stanja (n) stanza
stesoni (n) station eg UNHCR ma stesoni azi Bidibidi-a. = UNHCR has another station in Bidibidi.
stowa (n) store eg Aseru ni stowa we. = Aseru is sweeping the store.
stresi (n) stress
su (n) four, (v) put in, score, hurt, pain; [wear, put on, pour eg water, to have diarrhoea] eg Maria ma asi su. = Mary's heart pained.
Sudan (n) country north of Uganda and South Sudan, zone in Mvara Cell near where Emmanuel Cathedral is located eg Juliet imvi Sudan-a risi. = Juliet returned from Sudan.
sufaria (n) saucepan
sukari (n) sugar eg Sukari 'di enga Lobe-a. = This sugar is from Lobe.
sukari azo (n) diabetes
sukulu (n) school (also skulu) eg Sukulu pe ma mile ni, mi iza mi sawa aku-a ku! = School picked my eye, do not waste your time at home!
sukuma wiki (n) spinach eg Popeye ni sukuma wiki nya okpo isuzu. = Popeye eats spinach to get power.
Sultan Isara (n) great Vurra chief
suluwayiwayi (n) small donuts usually less than 2 centimetres in length and width
suru ma kala andraleru (n) downcountry
suru ma kala oruleru (n) upcountry
suruali (n) shorts
sururu (n) mattock, pick axe, metal tool with two pointed ends (one sharper) for digging hard soil and attached to a long handle
suta (n) pain (also suza)
swici (n) switch eg Martini ipa swici. = Martin pressed the switch.
Swideni (n) Sweden eg Yofasi ni Swideni-a. = Yofasi is in Sweden.
ta (v) endure; [(n) sound when sth is slapped or struck]
ta mba (v) take care, keep safe
ta sipikuri (n) unfamiliar
taba (n) tobacco, cigarette eg Gamete atri taba oziza. = Government has blocked tobacco selling.
taba see (n) smoking (also taba seza)
tabunakulu (n) tabernacle
tai (n) pity, surprise, necktie
taikondo (n) taekondo eg Semujju ni taikondo avi. = Semujju plays taekondo.
tajiri (n) rich person
tala (n) lamp; [side, hurricane] eg Tala Katrina eza jo karakara New Orleans-a. = Hurricane Katrina destroyed several houses in New Orleans.
talakpa (adj) not tasty (also talapa)
tali (n) magic, marvel, miracle, seat of the ability of an individual to influence others
taliru (adj, adv) magical, marvelous, miraculous
tamborini (n) tamborine
tambula (n) tumbler, coneshaped metallic cup
tampeko (n) metallic cup (also probably made by Tumpeco Limited in Ntinda Industrial Area)
tandi (adj) true (also ada, adaada)
Tanganyika (n) suburb near Arua City and towards Arua Airport
tangawuzi (n) ginger
tapu (n) tap
Tara (n) subcounty in Maracha comprising Ojapi, Ajulepi, Yidu, Oliapi (also Oliyepi), Aruwe and Rendu parishes
tasipiku (adj, adv) unbecoming
tata (adv) always, daily
tawulo (n) towel, large intestine of a cow
tawuni (n) town eg Dreki ni tawuni-a Koka Kola mvu. = Drake is in town drinking Coca Cola.
tayataya (n) (of movement) tilted side to side
te (adv) affirmative at the end of sentence; [(conj) but (also tedi), (v) gas, break wind; wait, collect white ants (fig)] eg MUNGU ni 'ba nyakua 'diyi lele turisi ERI fe mvi ERINI tile aluri, 'dini 'ba dria alu alu eri aipiri ma ja dri ku, te ma ovu idri 'dani 'dani ri be. - Yohana 3:16 = For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. - John 3:16
tegula (n) tiles
teketeke (adv) completely
televisoni (n) television (also teli) eg Uganda anyu analog televisoni kari aziri le. = Uganda switched off analog television like other countries.
tena (n) tennis eg Steffi Graf ni tena avi. = Steffi Graf is playing tennis.
tepu n) tape
Tere (n) great grandfather of Terego forced out of Bahr el Ghazal, moved to Nimule then Acholiland. Tere married an Acholi woman and got two sons: Gboro and Tifoli
Terego (n) Lugbara clan and area northeast of Arua City surrounded by Ayivu, Maracha, Yumbe and Moyo; location of Mt. Wati where Lugbara are believed to have originated
teri (n) load, luggage
Teso (n) tribe in eastern Uganda settled mainly in Soroti and Serere plus other areas, sb from Teso
teta (n) waiting, collecting white ants
theata (n) theatre
ti (adj) in vain; [(n) cow; sound of dropping liquid, hang (oneself); mouth (also tile), language; (v) dress smartly, thatch, sign, press a button; give birth, deliver] eg Ti Uganda-a lu su: Bantu, Luo, Karamojong-Ateso azini Madi-Lugbara. = There are only four languages in Uganda: Bantu, Luo, Karamojong-Ateso and Madi-Lugbara.
ti aroni (n) cow, heifer
ti ago (n) bull
ti ape (phr v) comment
ti onzi (n) bad mouth, foul, vulgar language eg Nyanzi ayu ti onzi. = Nyanzi used vulgar language.
ti'bi (n) beard (also ti'biti'bi, tibitibi)
tibi (n) sauce
ticita (n) unity
ticitaru (adj) united eg Kari Ticitaru = United Nations
tiicima (n) unity (also tiicita, ticita, ticima)
|(The super-sleek) Messi|
tile (n) shutter
tilikpa (adj) tough, half boiled (meat)
tinzeta (n) speaking
tinzeza (n) spoken language
tisi (adv) orally, by mouth
tita (n) hanging
tivi (n) television (also TaVa) eg Mi anyu tivi ku! = Don't switch off the television!
tiza (n) beef
to (v) fill liquid in container, accuse, report eg Alesi to ndima cupa ma-a. = Alesi poured orange juice in a bottle.
toci (n) torch eg eg Aburahamu je toci Kubala-a. = Abraham bought a torch in Kubala.
toko (adv) zero, for nothing, for no reason
toro (n) beehive (also turu)
torozi (n) pair of trousers (also suruali, pa ali, pali)
tota (n) accusation, report (also toza)
towi (adj, n) five
tra (v) satisfy, gather
traa (n) robin (bird) (also traatraa)
tratra (n) collection (also traza), heap
trazaru (adj) satisfied, for collecting
tre (adj) many, numerous, full; [(v) shout, rebuke]
tri (v) brush, rub, curse, smear
tro (adv) even though, even if, (v) become soft eg overcooked meat
trotro (adj) equal, the same eg Kijomoro FC azini URA de mupira trotro. = Kijomoro FC and URA ended the football game equal.
tru (v) forgive, remove (clothes), take off, untie, move
|TRUTA (FORGIVENESS): "A Leopard cannot change its Dots, but JESUS died to heal our Souls..."|
tu (adj) much; [(v) climb, kick, dance] eg Shakira ni ongo tu Matonge Disko-a. = Shakira is dancing in Matonge Disco.
tualu (adv) together eg Mukwano Industries Kampala ni azi nga Ozuu Brothers Arua be tualu. = Mukwano Industries Kampala works together with Ozuu Brothers Arua.
tujari (n) business, trade (also biasara, tujara) eg Eli 2063 ka ca 'bo, Ongulumu Afrika ma Ticitani le tujari ma aci atrita koko. = By 2063, African Union wants trade to move freely.
tujari ru (n) trademark (also tujara ru)
tukutuku (n) rickshaw, tuk tuk, nickname for soldiers coined by ancient West Nile natives from the sound made by Belgian rifle gunshots
turismo (n) tourism (also angu oneza) eg Kemiyondo ni turismo icu. = Kemiyondo promotes tourism.
turu (n) beehive (also toro) eg Maneno ede turu. = Maneno made a beehive.
turu alu (adj, n) one hundred
tusu (n) saliva
tutua (n) motorcycle (also odrua, piki piki)
tutuni (adv) mainly, mostly
tuzu drile (adv) and above - said of ages (also muzu drile) eg eli 18 tuzu drile = 18 years and above
TV angu imve (n) TV white space
Uu [shares some words with Oo (sometimes Üü)]
ubalako (n) fox (also obalako, oboloko)
Ukreini (n) Ukraine eg Muzungu azi enga Ukreini-a imu olokoto ma odre nda West Nile-a. = Some muzungu came from Ukraine to search for the urine of a gecko in West Nile.
Ulaya (n) Europe eg Kristof ni Ulaya-a. Kristof is in Europe.
univasiti (n) university
uri (n) fear, cowardice, snake (also ori); [louse, sweat, rust; seeds for planting, seedlings]
urindi onzi (n) evil spirit, madness, lunacy, epilepsy (also orindi onzi)
uru (prep) high, up
uruleru (prep) upward, upper
urulesi (prep) up, standing
usu (n) gun, (v) dress (also osu)
va (v) guess, understand
vala (adj) vast, wide
vata (n) guessing, understanding
vata kokoru (adj) ignorant
vazaru (adj) understood
vaa (adv) down (also vaalesi)
vaale (adv) downward
vaaleru (adv, adj) downward
vasi (n) verse eg Vasi bi ma ra! = The verse moved me! (Literally The verse grabbed me!)
ve (v) burn
vele (prep) behind (also vile)
vi (n) tsetse fly, pus, scratch
viato (n) shoes (also wara, nyila, katara)
|The Passion of the Christ (2004 film)|
vile (adv) backwards eg Ama mu drile, acani go vile ku. = We are moving ahead, we won't go backwards.
vini (conj) also
vino (n) wine, ink
violini (n) violin eg Miri Ben-Ari ni violini avi. = Miri Ben-Ari plays violin.
vo (v) slash
vorovoro (adj) soft
vu (n) ground; [(prep) near, with him/ her/ it; (v) blow] eg Abiriambati ni Go Down Geri vu. = Abiriambati is near Go Down Road.
vudu (n) voodoo, vodou, witchcraft (also enata)
vule (adv) behind, backwards (also vile), follower (younger sibling)
Vurra (n) Lugbara clan, town and area south west of Arua City, URA Customs border post on the DR Congo International Boundary eg Kevin mu Vurra-a. = Kevin has gone to Vurra.
vuti (n) buttocks, behind
vuti bi (v) follow
vutia (adv) behind
vutini (adj) the next, the one that follows
vutinia (adv) afterwards, later, after him or her
vutisi (adj) the next, the one that follows
'W'w & Ww
'wara (adj) big
'warangala (adj) very big
'wi (v) dry
'wiza (adj) dry
wa (v) ripen
wa'di (n) relative, wife eg Eri ma wa'di ma ru Tenisha. = His wife's name is Tenisha.
wa'diko (adj) without relative
waa (v) prove
waka (n) servant, employee
wakoko (adj) weak, easy
wala (adj) wide, large, broad (also vala, ambo)
walaka (n) basket plate for eating
walala (adj) brown, light, lightskinned (also walalaru)
walaru (adj) wide, large, broad
Wandi (n) place near Terego reachable eastwards from Ombaci via Rhino Camp Road, road junction that connects Katrini and Oriajini to Owaffa and Odupi
wangi (n) season (also mange)
wara (n) shoes
waraga (n) certificate, newspaper, letter eg Mbabazi si waraga leta ni ima ago vu. = Mbabazi wrote a love letter to her boyfriend.
waraji (n) waragi, Ugandan liquor
wari (adj) round, circle eg Etu ni wari. = The sun is round.
wariru (adj) round, circular
wasi wasi (n) worry, care, alarm, concern, skepticism
waya (n) wire
we (v) dust, clean off dust, sweep eg Emi we emi yofe si! = Sweep yourselves with a broom/ Come in large numbers! [Lugbara Idiom]
webusaiti (n) website eg Ezuma zi i-ma webusaiti. = Ezuma opened his webusaiti.
WENRECo (n) West Nile Rural Electrification Company with the slogan "Diza - Powering West Nile", nicknamed Wasreco in Arua because of frequent loadshedding but still used to be more efficient than Umeme in KLA while using petrothermal generators before Nyagak Hydro Dams
were (adj) little, small, short (also gakanya, gakandia, alia, werea)
wetreko (n) mud (also orutreku)
wetrekoru (adj) muddy
weza (n) sweeping
wi (n) arm; [(v) peel off, skin; spit, yield (said of tubers eg Ayu wi saaru! = Yams yielded much!)]
wiketi (n) wicket (in cricket)
wiki (n) week
wiki deza (n) weekend
wiki e'doza (n) weekstart
wiri wiri (n) sling, whirlpool
wizi (n) thread eg Chi-Chi Gweno ni wizi ozi Ovujo-a. = Chi-Chi Gweno sells threads in Ovujo.
woko (n) direction, part, side (also kalati, boko) eg Woko 'dole = This side
woro (pron) all (also woro woro)
woroworo (n) sound made while walking on dry grass, leaves, etc
woroto (n) dung or animal waste product
wu (n) arm (also wi); [(v) cry, remove] eg Wu oboko ni ra. = S/he removed the shell.
wudrikuru (n) world (also oro), universe
|Aiko's Diamond of Paintmixing|
'Y'y & Yy
'ya (v) dig eg Sina ni amvu 'ya. = Sina is digging the garden.
'ye (n) arrow; [(v) do] eg Magufuli ni ta a'du 'ye? = What would Magufuli do?
'yeke (adj) okay, all right, correct
'yeta (n) deed, action
'yetasi (adv) by deed, by action
'yezaru (adv) done
'yo (v) say, speak, talk, utter eg Olive 'yo ica muke. = Olive said she reached safely.
'yota (n) saying, speaking, talking, utterance
ya (v) sieve, sort, shake eg Oyakiya ya angu. = An earthquake shook the place.
yaa (v) tremble
yabi (n) spear grass (also yebi)
yakani (n) fetish
yakpakpa (n) panic, hurrying, rushing
yamandu (n) segregation, bias, preferential treatment eg Yamandu Oviva Church of Uganda Aroi Joago-a yo! = There's no segregation at Oviva Church of Uganda in Aroi Subcounty!
yamari (n) banquet, feast (of wedding)
yata (n) shaking, sorting, separate, sieving (flour), trembling
YAWE (n) YHWH, LORD GOD
yazaru (adv, n) separated, sorted, shaken
yebi (n) spear grass
YEHOVA (n) ADRO, GOD, JAH, JEHOVAH - Latin name for YHWH or YAHWEH, MUNGU
yekeye (n) red safari ant (totem for Koboko Clan)
yekoko (pron) many, numerous, plenty (also yekokoru)
yere (n) bush buck
yereyere (adj) rough, scattered
Jerusalemu (n) Jerusalem
|KING of Kings and LORD of Lords|
yi (n) water (also iyi); [(pron) they; (v) pour] eg Ma yi mvu. = I'm drinking water.
yi ali (n) lunch, lunchtime (also nyaka itu-a) eg Etu ni yi ali o'bi ri-a! = The sun is measuring the water depth (when it is directly overheard around lunchtime)!
yi ti (n) goal post
yi kuru (n) waterfall
yi ondi (n) sewerage (literally dirty water)
yi weza (n) swimming (also yisaza)
yia (n) referring to Buganda or KLA City, (prep) in water, to the well or river
yiara (n) river, running water (also miri)
yikii (n) pity, mercy
yilemvu (n) water pot
yiru (adj) watery
Yivu (n) subcounty in Maracha
yiyia (n) mosquito eg Yiyia ci ma. = A mosquito bit me.
yo (adv) not, (interj) no, (pron) nothing
yofe (n) broom
yu (v) warm oneself with fire or sunheat
yuku (n) kite eg Yuku ni nga. = A kite is flying.
Yumbe (n) Ugandan district inhabited mainly by the Aringa, northeast of Arua and Maracha, east of Koboko, west of Moyo eg Dina ni Yumbe-a. = Dina is in Yumbe.
yumula (n) week, Sunday (also yumala, wiki, sabiti, sabatu, yinga)
yuthu (n) youth (also 'ba ode)
yuu (adj) lukewarm, warm
Zz [is pronounced j after n]
za (n) meat (also eza, iza)
za kalanya (n) beef
Zaki (n) Lugbara dialect in DR Congo
Zambia (n) cell, village or zone in Mvara after Barifa Forest and before Kenya Zone, country down south separated from Uganda by Tanzania eg Mvara Primary School ni Zambia Zone-a. = Mvara Primary School is in Zambia Zone.
zamva (n) girl
zapi (n) niece (daughter) eg Judith Babirye Ayikoru ni eri ma zapi. = Judith Babirye Ayikoru is his niece.
ze (v) defecate, push; [faeces, shit, dung]
zele (n) anus (also aise geri)
Zeroks (v) Xerox
zi (n) daughter (also zii); [(v) hide, open; ask, greet] eg Sandra ni Nyagua ma zi. = Sandra is Nyagua's daughter.
ziri (adv) far
zita (n) question, greeting (also ziza)
zizaru (adv) hidden, questionable, open
zo (v) cross (a river), grow, milk
zomaazi (n) peer, colleague eg Debele ni e'yo nze ima zomaazi be. = Debele is talking to his colleague.
Zombo (n) Alur town and district south of Arua before Nebbi
zori (suffix) number after the first eg Eri ma sukulu nazori andraa Muni Girls A-Level ni. = Her third school was Muni Girls for A-Level.
zota (n) growth, development, prosperity, length, milking (also zotaa, zoza)
zozo (adv) distant, far, long
zu (adv) whole day, morning to evening; [(phr v, suffix) for eg ayiko zu = enjoy (for happiness)]
zuru (adj) full to the brim
zuzu (adv) everyday, daily
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Buku Biblia Ala-a [Books in the Holy Bible]
Buku Okuri [Old Testament]
E'doza = Genesis
Efuza = Exodus
Kalafe = Numbers
Azita Amvizu = Deuteronomy
Yosua = Joshua
'Ba E'yo Lipi ('Diyi) 1ri azini 2ri (Aluri/ Okori azini iriri) = 1st and 2nd Judges
Rutu = Ruth
Samueli 1ri azini 2ri = 1st and 2nd Samuel
Opi 1ri azini 2ri = 1st and 2nd Kings
Suru ma E'yo 1ri azini 2ri = 1st and 2nd Chronicles
Ezira = Ezra
Nehemia = Nehemiah
Esiteri = Esther
Zaburi = Psalms
E'yo O'beza = Proverbs
Eklesiaste = Ecclesiastes
Ongo Sulemani ni = Songs of Solomon (Songs of Songs)
Isaya = Isaiah
Yeremia = Jeremiah
Imvo Ongo = Lamentations
Ezekieli = Ezekiel
Danieli = Daniel
Hosea = Hosea
Yoeli = Joel
Amosi = Amos
Obadia = Obadiah
Yona = Jonah
Mika = Micah
Nahumi = Nahum
Habakuki = Habakuk
Zefania = Zephania
Hagai = Haggai
Zekaria = Zechariah
Malaki = Malachi
Buku O'diri [New Testament]
Matayo = Matthew
Mariko = Mark
Luka = Luke
Yohana = John
'Yeta 'Ba Ojioru ('Diyi) ni = Acts of the Apostles
'Ba Roma-a ('Diyi) = Romans
'Ba Korinto-a ('Diyi) 1ri azini 2ri = 1st and 2nd Corinthians
'Ba Galatia-a ('Diyi) = Galatians
'Ba Efeso-a ('Diyi) = Ephesians
'Ba Filipi-a ('Diyi) = Philippians
'Ba Kolosi-a ('Diyi) = Colossians
'Ba Tesalonika-a ('Diyi) 1ri azini 2ri = 1st and 2nd Thessalonians
Timoteo 1ri azini 2ri = 1st and 2nd Timothy
Tito = Titus
Filemoni = Philemon
'Ba Ebraniani ('Diyi) = Hebrews
Yakobo = James
Petero 1ri azini 2ri = 1st and 2nd Peter
Yohana 1ri, 2ri azini 3ri = 1st, 2nd and 3rd John
Yuda = Jude
E'yo Ece = Revelation
eka = red
orenji = orange
yelo = yellow
grini = green
blu = blue/ cyan/ aqua/ sky blue
pinki = pink/ magenta/ hotpink
papo = purple
ini (inikini) = black (darkish)
inibiricici (inicici) = very dark
imve = white
imve silili, whilili = very white, pure white
enisi-emvesi, korikori = black and white
horohoro, perepere, walalaru = light
foro(foro), foroto = grey, greyish
okaza, okazaru, okalamgba, wara wara (walala), okata, oka, brawuni = brown (brown skinned), becoming brownish, become brownish with dirt
The verb "to be"
I am = Ma
He/ She/ It is = Eri
We are = Ama
They are = Eyi/ Yi
(Past tense for I and we is expressed by starting a sentence with a- before the verb [though pronounced differently] or ending for all with (ta and) ra = (then and) affirmative eg Amu (ta) ra! = I/ We went then! or 'bo = already eg Amu 'bo! = I/ We have gone already! Present tense for sb or sth is shown by following the subject with ni = is eg Uganda ni onyiru! = Uganda is good! Future tense is shown by nga = will eg Eri nga gu. = S/he will laugh.)
0. toko/ ogbo
2. iri/ eri
5. towi/ tawu
10. mudri (also modri)
11. mudri ni alu
12. mudri ni iri
20. kali iri
21. kali iri drini alu
22. kali iri drini iri
30. kali na
40. kali su
50. kali towi
100. turu alu
101. turu alu drini alu
102. turu alu drini iri
110. turu alu mudri
111. turu alu mudri drini alu
112. turu alu mudri drini iri
120. turu alu kali iri
121. turu alu kali iri drini alu
122. turu alu kali iri drini iri
200. turu iri
300. turu na
400. turu su
1,000. alifu alu
2,000. alifu iri
3,000. alifu na
1,000,000. milioni alu
Lugbara Relationships (The Clan)
Grandmother (dede, e'di, dii, dapi)
Grandmother's clan (a'bipi[ka])
Grandson, brother's son (mvia)
Granddaughter, brother's daughter (zia)
Parent[s] (ti pi[ka], 'ba matiba)
Father (ati, ata, atapi, baba, dadi, papa)
Mother (andri, andre, ayia, mama, mami)
Step-mother (andria, ayia ogu, andrapuru)
Husband (agupi, ago, culu)
Co-wife (oku pi, ai azi - because they can lend salt to each other)
Groom (izio, mugole)
Bride (amuroo, arusu, mugole)
Fiance ('ba lepi mi jepiri)
Fiancee ('ba mini le jeri)
Friend (agi, agyi, agoyi, alipi)
Family (ori'ba, aku)
Son (agupiamva, mvi)
Daughter (zamva, zi)
Illegitimate child (ali mva)
Brother[s] (adri, adripi[ka])
Sister[s] (amvi, amvipi[ka])
Siblings (ti pika anzi azi)
Brotherliness (adrizi, arizi)
Uncle[s] (paternal - atapiru[ka], atapuru[ka], atipiru, ata ogu, adropi; maternal - adro, adroyi[ka])
Aunt[s] (paternal - awupi/ owupi, a'wi, a'wizi, waco; maternal - andrapi[ka], andrapuru, andripiru[ka])
Maternal uncle's wife (o'dii, o'da)
Cousin brother[s] (adrii, [atapuruka anzi])
Cousin sister[s] (amvii, [atapuruka ezopi/ ezoanzi])
Nephew[s], sister's son (adro mva [adro anzi])
Niece[s], sister's daughter (adro mva, ezapi, za, zapi [adro ezoanzi])
Mother-in-law (idrii, edra, idra, idrapi)
Brother-in-law (otuo, otii), to wife (onyizi)
Relatives ('ba pi)
Kin and kith (ori'ba azini agi or agyi)
Neighbour (jo ejele, jirani)
Days of the Week
A day is called o'du in Lugbara; 1 week is wiki alu, yumala alu, yumula alu, sabatu alu, sabiti alu or yinga [Lingala for week] alu
1. Sunday (Sabatu, Sabiti, Sabatoni)
2. Monday (O'du alu, Wiki ma o'du alu)
3. Tuesday (O'du iri)
4. Wednesday (O'du na)
5. Thursday (O'du su)
6. Friday (O'du towi)
7. Saturday (O'du azia, Sabato [Jewish/ Seventh Day Adventist Sabbath])
The simplest way to refer to months or moons (mba in Lugbara) is to use numbers, for example January is Mba alu, February is Mba iri, May is Mba towi and so on. But below is the other latinized (and seasonal) way of mentioning them.
1. Januari (Oco 'dupa sere)
2. Feburili (Kulini)
3. Marici (Zengulu)
4. Aprili (Ayi – Wet season)
5. Mayi (Mayi)
6. Juni (Emveki)
7. Julayi (Irri)
8. Agoslo (Iripaku)
9. Sebitemba (Lokopere)
10. Okitoba (Abibi)
11. Novemba (Waa)
12. Desemba (Anyu fi kuma)
Marks for Simple Tones:
´ High tone (h.t.) e.g. ti /tí/ (cow)
- Mid tone (m.t) e.g. ti /tī/ (strangle)
` Low tone (l.t.) e.g. ti /tì/ (give birth)
Mid tone is the most common tone in Lugbarati!
Word Classes include:
1. Ecipiri (Conjunction)
2. Obi (Adverb)
3. Ru (Noun)
4. Ruparia (Pronoun)
5. Usuta (Interjection)
6. Vutivutia (Postposition)
7. Wura (Adjective)
8. 'Yeta (Verb)
How are you? = Ngoni?
OK (I'm fine)! = Muke (Ma muke)!
How is home? = Aku ngoni?
Home is good! = Aku onyiru!
What is your name? = Mi ru adi-i?
My name is Leila! = Ma ru Leila!
I'm a businesswoman. = Ma biasara azi nga.
I'm 40 years old! = Ma eli 40!
I'm Deno. = Ma Deno-i.
I'm a doctor at my clinic. = Ma daktari ni ma klinik-a.
I stay in Oluko. = Ma aa Oluko-a.
I'm Muslim! = Ma Silamu ni!
I'm a Christian! = Ma Kristiani ni!
I originate from Bunyoro. = Ma efu Bunyoro-a.
What do you sell? = Mi a'du ozi?
I sell food and pots. = Ma nyaka ozi azini imvu.
What time is it? = Saa si?
Exactly 4 O'clock! = Saa mudri (10) 'dere! [Time is told as the reverse number from the hour hand, so 1 O'clock is saa aziri (7); 2 O'clock is saa aro (8) and so forth]
4pm! = Etu 10! [that is 4 during the day, before the sun sets]
Give me one! = Ife mani alu!
This one is beautiful! = 'Di ndri ra!
How much is it? = Aje ni si?
2,000 UgX! = Silingi alifu iri!
The price has reduced! = Aje 'ba isi ra!
Give me a good one! = Ife mani ala ni!
Where are you going? = Mi mu ngoa?
I'm going to Pajulu. = Ma mu Pajulu-a.
What do you like about Arua? = Afa mini apizu Arua si a'duni?
Peace and friends! = Asianzu azini agi ki!
I want to go to Congo. = A le mu Congo-a.
I love my job! = A le ma azi ra!
GOD be with you! = MUNGU ma aa mi be!
I will see you again! = Ma nga mi ne dika!
Peace be still! = Ido mi ciri!
E'yo O'beza [Lugbara Proverbs]
Afa ada 'ba nzeni woro ku [Something true is not spoken in full]...
Amvu ambori 'ba 'ya oyasi [A big farm is dug with payment]...
Aparaka ma tibi agobi [The sauce (food) for carelessness is pumpkin leaves] = Frivolity is bad...
Aria gaa ti anya ose [A small bird dropped big millet faeces] = Do not underrate people...
Awoko so ti andre [Anger pierced the cow's tongue]...
Ayiko ni ondi ma mva [Happiness is sweat's child]...
'Ba alu pamvu siria/ lurua ru [One person's footprint (track) is narrow]...
"Ba yori ni, 'ba je oku ku [For someone absent, people do not buy a a wife]...
Drinzasi okuku dra jorovu-a [Because of shyness, the tortoise died in its shell]...
E ka te ise osiza ma nga mi ti-a, mi te sawa izu tu [If you wait for roasted grasshoppers to fly into your mouth, then you wait a very long time]...
E'yere e'yere, okuku mu re [Slowly slowly, the tortoise went far]...
E'yere nya ni [Slowness/ Patience is the one who ate]...
Ediako ma efini 'de ediako ma etia [The seeds of the ediako tree fell at its bottom] = Like father, like son...
Embeleke ka i-agi ma eti ne, eri gu si be imve [When a chimpanze sees its friend's behind, it laughs with white teeth] = Mock nobody because you also have fails behind you...
Icikili alu alu ni i-ma otii ma avu 'du ni [Every small black ant carries its brother-in-law's carcass]...
Imvu iniri ni mucele a'di imve [The black pot cooks rice white]...
Isakua luni i-eti ceni ku [The isaku sieve does not create holes in its bottom by itself]...
Kaka ni ka 'ba sikokori ni indi [Maize ripens for people without teeth too] = Good things also happen to people who least need them...
Mva alia ri ni, 'ba edeni/ jeni o'buka ku [For baby in the womb, a babycover is not made/ bought] = Never count your eggs before they hatch...
Oci ni mi so raka, mi le silipa je ndo [A thorn first pricks you, then you desire to buy slippers]...
Odrukudru alu ini yi mile woro [One frog dirtened all the water]...
Pati amburi 'ba omveni oce ni ku [A big tree is not called a forest]...
Si imve ma etia ari eka ci [Behind white teeth there is red blood]...
Toko andri dra 'bo [The mother of free gifts is dead] = Nothing is free...
He who has a hairy bottom should not jump over fire...
I can jump, but I cannot fly...
The Heaviest Thing you can carry is a grudge...
The pot breaks at the door...
O'du Peza/ Nyo [Lugbara Idioms]
Adriko pi Matua be eza pi si be [Adriko and Matua are like meat and teeth, always together] = They are in good terms and like each other...
Angu ri ti pi omvu be [The place sits or is located like the mouth and nose] = The place is near...
E ka nga de mabe ku ni [You will finish with me] = Warning!
Emi we emi yofe si [Sweep yourselves with a broom] = Come in huge numbers!
E'yo ma ndri a'bua le [Things should be nice like bananas]...
Eza nya maku maku [Eating a lot of meat like potatoes]...
Mi dra ma adri o'du [Your death should be like sleep]...
Mile iga [Dig an eye] = Interest sb...
Onya su-i aci-a ceni [The whiteant put itself in the fire by itself] = Deliberately look for trouble...
Machines (Artificial Intelligence) can be programmed to use Lugbara. Engineers, Designers as well as Technology Students in Ugandan Schools have always tinkered with this Possibility. Below are translated Commands you might see one Day in the mega, super-smart Videophones of the future [Vidiosimu] or at a GSMA Mobile World Congress:
Menu or Options [Pezu]
Select or Choose [Pe]
Call or Dial [Gba]
1 Missed Call [Gbata mini iceri 1]
Sim Card [Simkadi]
New Contact [Ru O'di]
Delete or Remove [Wi]
Send or Forward [Edri]
Sent [Edri 'bo]
Calendar [Mba o'du]
Images, Pictures or Photos [I'da]
Pause [Pa so]
Fast Forward [Avi drile mbele]
Rewind [Avi vile]
Page cannot open [Peji nzi-i ku]
Saved Pages [Peji tambari]
History [E'yo agapi'bo]
Memory Card [Memori Kadi]
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