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Chitonga Dictionary
Sunday, 20 June 2004 20:49

Mapona!
Welcome to the second edition of the Chitonga Online Dictionary. It was originaly created 1997 when Simonga traveled to Austria. This 2nd edition was done as part of the ICT Workshop in Syansundu in May 2004. Thanks to Mildred, Notie, Lackson, Norman and Kapongo Chipo for their contribution.

Please feel free to mail more words and sentences!

ChitongaEnglishDeutsch
MwaponaHow are You? (Greeting)Servus, wie gehts
KabotuGood, Fine (the Answer)Danke gut
TwalumbaThank YouDanke
TwalumbaCheersProst
Mwabuka ButiGood MorningGuten Morgen
MwayusaGood AfternoonGuten Tag
KwasiyaGood NightGute Nacht
MwabonwaWelcomeWillkommen
Mwabonwa Bassa Noose Very WelcomeHerzlich Willkommen
MeendaWaterWasser
ChakulyaFoodEssen
Kuliyaeatessen
Kunywadrinktrinken
TukalyeLet's go & eatGehen wir essen
AtwendeLet`s goGehen wir
iyiiyesja
pepenonein
Takwepenothingnichts
Koyagogehen
imeIIch
IweYouDu
IsweWeWir
Nduwe ni?what's your name?Wie heisst du?
NdimeMy Name isIch heisse
NsimaSadza (in Shona)Polenta
Bukoko or BukandeBeerBier
Mutalika Cindinzi Kusobana?When will you start to play?Wann spielt ihr?
kwezacome hereKomm her
langalookingschauen
nywadrinktrinken
sunutodayheute
junzatomorrowmorgen
zonathe day after tomorrowübermorgen
mwanachildkind
Mukulana BrotherBruder
Bama MotherMutter
NdendeFatherVater
TatalenziUncleOnkel
Nzokubona Junza See you tomorrowBis morgen
BanakaziLadiesFrauen
BalumiMenMänner
MesoEyesAuge
ImpemoNoseNase
MenoTeethZähne
yeya thinkdenken
cijanarunrennen
wambulatalkreden
sekaloughlachen
Camuntendelele BicycleFahrrad
Imota carAuto
Mpongo GoatZiege
imbelele sheepSchaf
Mucaale kabotu good byeAuf Wiedersehen
yungizya adderweitern
lwaana fightKampf
kondwahappyglücklich
mwenzuma/baasafriendFreund
buusu mealie mealMaismehl
lweele porridgeSterz
muundafieldFeld
myundafieldsFelder
cikolo schoolSchule
kwiiyalearninglernen
malangazubamalariaWechselfieber
lumunopeaceFriede
mulimo workArbeit
cilundu mountainBerg
kamwi oneeins
tubilitwozwei
tutatuthreedrei
tunefourvier
musanufivefünf
musanu akamwisixsechs
ikumi tenzehn
ikumi amusanu akamwisixteensechszehn
makumi obiletwentyzwanzig
makumi atatu thirtydreissig
mwandaone hundredeinhundet
cuuluone thousandeintausend
lemba writeschreiben
bbaasibusBus
ciini/bwiini truthWahrheit
kulya to eatessen
ndalya kale I have eatenich habe gegessen
kulwana to fightkämpfem
kukondwa to be happyglücklich sein
muya kuli? where are you goingWohin gehst du?
ndiyanda kwambula ayebo I want to talk to youIch möchte mit dir sprechen
indawo nimbotu lokothe place is niceder platz ist nett
kucijanato runlaufen
kufwato diesterben
kuulukato flyfliegen
kupengato be madverrückt sein
masimpeare you telling the truthstimmt das?
Bulangazi GreedinessGier
LubonoProperty / WealthEigentum
IncelelaGardenGarten
InzilaFoot pathFußweg
MugwagwaRoadStraße
Lweendo JourneyReise
Polya / tombweTobaccoTabak
ItombeDirtDreck
KulyookezyaRestingrasten
KandunduCigaretteZigarette
Kusikika/KujanikaAccessZugang
MalwezaBad omenSchlechtes Omen
CiboniboniMirrorSpiegel
CipekupekuTelevisionFernseher
Bucete PovertyAmut
CisyomezyoA promisedas Versprechen
BukamboniEvidenceBeweis
Ceelelo Right (e.g right to education, live, information)Recht
InvikiWeekWoche
Muvulo MondayMontag
BwabiliTuesdayDienstag
Bwatatu WednesdayMittwoch
Bwane ThursdayDonnerstag
Bwasanu Friday Freitag
Mugibelo SaturdaySamstag
NsondoSundaySonntag


expressions
mwazwida kuli where are you coming from?
ndilombwa kubuzya may I ask?
Ino tusike lili when are we going to arrive
nkule buti how far is it?
kwafwiimpa is it getting close
kukaalila limwi staying for good
ndafwa nzala l'm hungry
ndafwa nyota l'm thirsty
tweende let's go
nouns
cintolo shop/store
Kaulunzuma one million
Cibbadela Hospital
mavwambukila rumours
cibbeke a bag
Musyika market
ntolongo prison
cinkwankwani sign post
luciso malice
magesi electricity
maali polygamy
kulyanankwela imorality
dolopo a town
muunzi village
ndeke aeroplane
lwizi lake
mulonga river
cizyiba swamp
lwaanje an ocean
citupa a registration card
lugwalo a letter
tusi insult
citondwa a taboo
people and jobs
Musankwa boy
Musimbi girl
Namutekenya driver
mwaamu a prostitute
muubi a thief
mubelesi worker
Muvwubi rich person
mukuwa/muntu uutuba a white person
muntu uusiy a black person
body
musana backbone
cibuno waist
cibelo thigh
nkolo breast
animals
Munyama an animal
banyama animals
kuvwima to hunt
suntwe hyena
Sulwe rabbit/hare
siluwe leopard
Munyati buffalo
Inzovwu an elephant
malama cheetah
syambololo kudu
Insya a duiker
inzoka a snake
mbabala waterbuck
Incengu eland
umpe wild dog
syuumbwa lion
civwubwe hippopotumus
months
Mukazimazyiba January
Mulumi February
Miyoba March
Mukubwekangala April
Kandakamanini May
Gandapati June
Kkunkumunamasamu July
Itwe August
Ivwivwi September
Kavwumbi October
Vwumbipati November
nalupale December
seasons
Mainza rain season
Cilimo dry season
Mupeyo cold season
Zuba sun
Buzuba day
mwezi moon/month
drought cimpayuma/cilanga
orientation
kujwe East
Kumbo West
Kunyika North
Kumusanzya South
clothes
zisani clothes
Buluke trousers
Munsisi skirt
Delesi dress
Ngubo blankey/s
Bulo bed
food
fuleenke an orange
gwaba guava
itanga pumpkin
kkowa cucumber
deede a tomato
hanyisi onion
nyama meat
bbobola pumpkin leaves
munsale sweet cane
verbs
Kuzuzikizya to fulfil
Kubala to read
Kulemba to write
Syoma believe
Kwata marry
Kwiingana to intrude
Kubula to lack
Mucaala ophan
Kutanda to chase
Koompolola shouting
Kudubula to shoot
Kukomba to worship
Kukombelezya pleading
Kwiimba to sing
kusweka to get lost
zyana dance
fwambaana hurry
kuubato steal
kweena to cheat/desire
Kukwabilila to prevent
kunyanga to grab/reposes/confiscate
kupa to give
kulisumpula to be pompous
kufwundilila sufocate
Kunyomenena to admire
kuunina to swindle
kuulanamakulo to bribe
lubomba mercy
kugwasya to help
kusambala to sell
kufwotola to photograph
Kutondeka to point at
feeling
Buusu shyness
Kulomana to be humble
Kulomba to beg
Kuyoowa to fear
Kupandulula explain
Kusampuka get embarassed
Kugunwa to be ashamed
Kasinganyo to curse
Kuzoonda to hate
kuyandisisyato be anxious
kuyanda to love/like
kutukila to insult
adjectives
kulweela sweet
kulula bitter
mubotu beautiful/handsome
kukolwa to be drunk/intoxicated
colours
musyobo wa mukuba orange colour
musyobo uusiya black
musyobo uusalala red
musyobo uutuba white