Useful Luganda

English is spoken all throughout Uganda, but learning some Luganda is a great way to connect with Ugandans and to give yourself the challenge and satisfaction of learning another language.

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Good morning – Wasuze otya nno? (lit. ‘how was your night?’)
Good afternoon – Osiibye otya nno? (lit. ‘how was your day?’)
Good evening – Osiibye otya nno?

Hi (informal) – Ki kati?
How are you? – Oli otya?
I am OK – Gyendi
Have a nice day – Siiba bulungi
Good night – Sula bulungi

Please – Mwattu
Please come in – Mwattu yingira
Please sit down – Mwattu tuula wansi
Thank you – Weebale
You are welcome – Kale
Excuse me (to get attention) – Owange
Pardon? (What did you say?) – Wangi? / Ogambye ki?
I’m sorry (apology) – Nsonyiwa

Sir – Ssebo
Madam – Nnyabo
Mr – Mwami
Mrs – Mukyala

Look! – Laba!
Listen! – Wulira!
I am ready – Nneetegese
Slow down! – Genda mpola!
Hurry up! – Yanguwa!
Come here – Jangu wano
Go away! – Genda eri!
Watch out! – Wegendereze!
Help me – Nnyamba
It is possible – Kisoboka
It is not possible – Tekisoboka
I forgot – Neerabidde
It is important – Kikulu
It is not important – Si kikulu
What is the time? – Saawa mmeka?
Where are you going? – Ogenda wa?
What is that? – Ekyo kiki?
It doesn’t matter – Ssi kigambo / Tofaayo