Talking in Nkwen Language – Mǝ̀bòŋnǝ̀nǝ̀

Nkwen Traditional dish

Talking in Nkwen Language Mǝ̀bòŋnǝ̀nǝ̀
1. Mǝ̀tsὲ’ὲtənǝ̀: Common Greetings

Titles

  • Ndə̀Madam/Sir ( short form of Ndə-ŋwa’arə̀ – Teacher or Instructor)
  • Mma, Mabrә mother
  • Әtàà Father
  • Ndәmә – my brother/sister
  • Ndì/Ndiwì older sibling/relative
  • Muwìyounger sibling/relative
  • Tanka wà my friend
  • Ndә̀ Instructor

a) Yǐ nshiˀinә̌ – Welcome

  1. Yǐ nshiˀinә̌ À a (Ndə) Yes (Madam/Sir)
  2. yǐ (lo) (You are welcome. Pl.) À a (Ndə)̀. Yes Madam/Sir.
  3. Ò yìi (You are welcome. Sg. ) À a. (Title or Name)
  4. A yǐ nshiˀinә̌. (You are welcome. Pl.) À a. Mә. Yes. Thanks.
  5. Yǐ nshiˀinә̌ (Name): Mma, Mabrә Welcome Mother
  • Әtàà Father
  • Ndәmә – my brother/sister
  • Muwìyounger sibling/relative
  • Ndì/Ndiwì older sibling/relative
  • Tanka wà my friend
  • Ndә̀ Instructor

Ǹjwelǎ?  –  Good morning

  • Ǹjwelǎ  –  Ǹjwelǎ   Good morning
  • Ǹjwelǎ      –    À a. Ǹjwelǎ (Name)    Yes. Good morning
  • Ǹjwe lǎ/zinә lǎ  Good morning to all/us –  À a. Ǹjwelǎ (Name).  Yes. Good morning, (name/title).
  • Ǹjwelǎ (Name/title):  Mma, Mabrә   –    mother
  • Әtàà    –    Father
  • Ndәmә  –    my brother/sister
  • muwì    –    younger sibling/relative
  • Ndì/Ndiwì    –    older sibling/relative
  • Ndә̀    – Instructor
  • Tanka wàmy friend    

C. Ò zǐ? Good afternoon

  • Ò zǐ   –  À a
  • zǐ    –    À a Ndə̀.  Yes Madam/Sir.
  • Ò zǐ   –  À a. Ò . Yes. Welcome back
  • Ò zǐ (Name/title): Mma, Mabrә     –    mother
  • Әtàà    –    Father
  • Ndәmә  –    my brother/sister
  • muwì    –    younger sibling/relative
  • Ndì/Ndiwì    –    older sibling/relative
  • Ndә̀    – Instructor 
  • Tanka wàmy friend  

d. ? –  Welcome back.

  • (welcome back sg.)  –  À a.
  • (welcome back pl.)  –  À a Ndə̀.  Yes Madam/Sir.
  • Ò (welcome back sg.)   –  À a. (Ò zǐ ?)   Yes. (Good afternoon)
  • Ò (Name): Mma, Mabrә     –    mother
  • Әtàà    –    Father
  • Ndәmә  –    my brother/sister
  • muwì    –    younger sibling/relative
  • Ndì/Ndiwì    –    older sibling/relative
  • Ndә̀    – Instructor 
  • Tanka wàmy friend  

e) Bù sa’à ̀? How are you doing?

  • sa’à ̀? How are you? Pl.   –  Bì bonə/Bì dzwi nshi’ìnǝ̌, We are fine, (̀ sà’a ?) and you?
  • sa’à ̀? How are you? sg.  –  ̀ bonə/ ̀ ndzwi nshi’ìnǝ̌, I’m well,  (̀ sà’a ?) and you?
  • sa’à kə̀? (name/Title): Mma, Mabrә       –  mother
  • Әtàà    –    Father
  • Ndәmә  –    my brother/sister
  • muwì    –    younger sibling/relative
  • Ndì/Ndiwì    –    older sibling/relative
  • Ndә̀    – Instructor 
  • Tanka wàmy friend  

 

Talking in Nkwen Language Mǝ̀bòŋnǝ̀nǝ̀

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