Kongo 101

Kongo Word List

The purpose of this list is to give a rough idea of the Kongo language. The words listed below are not the most common words, but a broad sampling of words. See the Word Lists page for more details.

English

Kongo
I

ngi-
you *(sing)*

u-
he

u-
we

tu-
you *(pl)*

lu-
they

be-
this

-ki
that

-kina
here

vava, eva, kuku, eku
there

vana, kuna
who

nani
what

nki
where

kweyi
how

bwe, bweyi
not

ka…ko
all

-onso
many

-bidi
few

-n'ke, -ndwêlo, -fyôti
other

-n'kaka
one

mosi, imosi
two

zôle
three

tatu
four

ya
five

tânu
big

-nene
long

-nda
heavy

-zitu
small

-fyôti, -ndwêlo, -n'ke
short

-nkufi
woman

nkento, ndumba
man

bakala
human

muntu
child

mwana
wife

n'kento, -busi
husband

bakala
mother

ngudi
father

sé, tata
animal

bulu
fish

mbizi
bird

nuni
dog

mbwa
louse

nyanzi
snake

nioka
worm

ngambu
tree

m'ti
forest

mfinda
stick

-bota
fruit

mbutu, mbuma
seed

nginga
leaf

-kaya
root

mwanzi
bark *(tree)*

-bâla
grass

tîti
rope

m'singa
skin

m'kanda
meat

m'suni
blood

menga
bone

visi
fat *(n.)*

mâzi
egg

dîki, diaki
horn

mpoka
tail

m'kila
feather

nsala
hair

nsuki
head

m'tu
ear

kutu
eye

disu
nose

m'zunu
mouth

m'nwa
tooth

dinu
tongue

ludimi
fingernail

nzala
foot

kulu, ntambi
leg

kulu
hand

kôko
wing

-ve
belly

vumu
guts

m'dia
neck

nsîngu
back

nima
breast

ntulu
heart

mbundu, m'tima
to drink

nwa
to eat

kudia
to bite

tatika
to vomit

luka
to blow

fula
to breathe

fulumuna
to laugh

seva
to see

mona
to hear

wa
to know

zaya, zaba
to think

yinda, banza
to sleep

lêka
to live

zînga
to die

fwa
to kill

gônda, vonda
to fight

nwana
to hunt

konga, wela
to hit

zuba
to cut

zenga
to split

bâsa, bâsula
to scratch

kwanza
to dig

tima
to walk

diata, zieta
to come

kuiza
to lie *(bed)*

lêka, lambalala
to sit

vuanda
to stand

telema, sikama
to turn

baluka
to fall

bwa
to give

vana, va
to hold

simba
to wash

sukula
to wipe

kusuna
to pull

benda
to throw

losa
to count

tanga
to say

ta, tela
to sing

yimbila
to play

sakana
to flow

kukula
to swell

vimba
sun

ntangu
moon

ngonda
star

ntetembwa
water

maza
rain

mvula
river

m'koko, nzadi, n'to
lake

zanga
sea

m'bu
salt

mungwa
stone

tadi
sand

zielo
earth

n'toto
cloud

tuti
fog

dime
sky

zulu
wind

mupepe
snow

mvula mpembe
smoke

mwisi
fire

tiya
ash

bombe
to burn

vya
road

nzila
mountain

mongo
red

mbwaki
white

-mpêmbe
black

-ndômbe
night

mpimpa
day

lumbu
year

mvula
warm

tiya, kiungila
cold

kiozi, nzizi
full

-zala
new

-mpa
old

-ntama, -nkulu
good

-mbote
bad

-mbi
rotten

-bola
dirty

mvindu
straight

-singama
round

-vindumuka
wet

-bola
dry

-yuma
near

-mbela
far

ntama, -ntaku
right

lubalkala
left

lumonso
at

ku, kuna
in

mu
with

ye
and

ye
if

vo
because

kadi
name

nkumbu, zina

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