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Chichewa Refresher

Vowel sounds: A=ah, E=A, I=ee, O=oh,U=ooh

English Chichewa
Greetings
Hello Moni
The proper response to “Moni” is Zikomo
Hello (all of you) Moni onse
Hello (to a church congregation) Moni pingo onse
Hello sir (father) Moni abambo
Hello ma’am (mother) Moni amayi
Hello Pastor Moni abusa
Hello (to the Pastor’s wife) Moni mayi abusa
Phrases
How are you (all)? Muli bwanji?
Response to Muli bwanji?: I am well. How are you (all)? Ndili bwino. Kaya inu?
Morning. How did you sleep? Magona bwanji?
Response to Magona bwanji? I slept well. Ndagona bwino.
How have you been since I last saw you? Madzuka bwanji?
Response to Madzuka bwanji? I have been well. Ndadzuka bwino.
Afternoon
How is your day? Mwaswera bwanji?
Response to Mwaswera bwanji? My day is going well. Ndaswera bwino
Arriving at the house
I’m home (entering). Odi.
Enter. Please come in. Odini. Lowani.
Be seated (on the chair). Khalani (pappando).
Leaving
I’m going. (I’ve gone). Ndapita.
Go well. Pitani bwino.
Stay well. Tsalani bwino.
Phrases and short sentences
Thank you (very much). Zikomo (kwambiri).
OK. Chabwino.
I’m sorry. Pepani.
I don’t know. Kaya.
Maybe. Kapena.
Yes. Ee or Inde.
No. Ai or Iai.
Certainly, Truly, Indeed. Ndithu(di), Zoona(di).
He/she is not here. Palibe.
There isn’t any. Palibe.
It doesn’t matter. Palibe kanthu.
I’m glad, I’m happy. Ndakondwera.
Please help me. Mundithandize.
What is your name? Dzina lanu ndani?
I want …. Ndilikufuna.
I don’t want …. Sindilikufuna.
Meals/Foods
Breakfast Mfisulo
Lunch. Nkhomaliro.
Dinner Mgonero
Bread Buledi
Corn Flour Ufa
A staple dish, made of ufa Nsima
Tea Tiyi
Coffee Khofi
Salt Mchere
Sweets Switi
Chicken Nkhuku
Rice Mpunga
Fish Nsomba
Lake Malawi specialty fish Chambo
Groundnuts (peanuts) Mtedzu
Nouns
Bed Kama
Luggage, stuff Katundu
Toilet Chimbudzi
Hospital Chipatala
Child / children Mwana / ana
Pastor Abusa
Pastor’s wife Mayi abusa
Sir, Father Abambo
Ma’am, Mother Amayi
Grandmother, grandfather Agogo
Everyone Onse
Money
How much is it? Mukuchita bwanji?
Church
Let us pray. Tipemphere.
Hymn Nyimbo
God bless you (all). Mlungu akudalitsen(i).
Questions
Who? Ndani?
What? Chiyani?
When? Liti?
Where? Kuti?
How? Bwanji?
 
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