I love the cadence of the locals’ speech, and since I cannot replicate it verbally I thought I would do it phonetically. I have to admit that this idea is not my own – one of the former interns named their laptop “Kompyuutah.”
Spelling isn’t really an issue in Uganda either (my kinda country!) and changes depending on the emphasis within the word. For example, a major nearby street is called Gaba Road, but with the accent on the first syllable it can either be spelled Ggaba or Gaaba.
So here’s some soothing sounds from Uganda:
“‘Zungu! ‘Uungu!” – Short for “Muzungu! Muzungu!”, which means “White person! White person!” somehow it sounds a lot cuter (and actually is much more affectionate) in Uganda.
Aallo! – “Hello!” I believe I am now saying this, too.
Faadah Gahd – “Father God”, usually heard in morning prayer by the local staff.
Waahk – “work”
Chaahych – “church”
Laahnch ees raaidy! – “Lunch is ready!”, said by the lady who cooks for the office. Might be my favorite three words of the day.
Dis-ah one o, dat-ah one – “this one or that one”, usually used instead of “him/her/you”.
Aah you peeking meh? – “Are you picking me?” as in, “Are you picking up anything I’m saying?”, or “Do you understand me?”
Yuu aah mahy siize. – “You are my size”, usually heard in the market spoken by a Ugandan man in to a Muzungu woman. Sometime followed with Taek meh to Amaarika.
I’m sure there’s more to come and the list will be much longer soon. Thanks for staying posted…think I have another blog on the way before the weekend is over!