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Fulfulde, Fula, Fulani or Fulah is a major language in Northern Cameroon. Fulfulde is the language of the Fulbe people (also known as Peul or Fulani), who are found throughout West Africa. The Adamawa dialect is widely spoken in the Adamawa Province, North Province and Extreme North Province of Cameroon.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Hello.
Salaamu Aleykum (This is an Arabic phrase, used when entering houses).
Hello. (informal)
Sannu, Sannuko.
How are you?
Jam na?,
How is your health?
Jam bandu na?
Fine, thank you.
Jam koo dume.
Fine for the moment.
Jam ni tawone
What is your name?
Noy innde ma?
My name is ______ .
Innde am ______ .
Please.
Useni.
Thank you.
Useko.
You're welcome.
Koidum (it's easy)
Yes.
Ohoo.
No.
Kay.
See you later
Sey yeeso.
See you tomorrow
Sey jango.
I can't speak/understand Fulfulde [well].
Mi nanata Fulfulde.
Do you speak English?
A don wolwa Anglais na?
Look out!
Hakkilo! (Careful!)
Did you sleep well? (good morning)
A waali jam na?
Good night (to sleep)
Jam walla.
I don't understand.
Mi faamay.
Where is the toilet?
Haa toy baawo saare na?
I want water.
Mi yidi ndiyam.
White person.
Nasara
White person with pointy beard.
Nasara Wakude

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone.
Achu (fairly rude...)
Thief!
Guujo!
I'm sick.
Bandu am don nawa. (my body hurts.)
I need a doctor.
Mi yiddi dofta.
Are you courting her?
o don sartina mako?

Numbers[edit]

1
Go'o (if used for a single object, use "gotel")
2
Didi
3
Tati
4
Nay
5
Jowi
6
Jowego
7
Joywe didi
8
Joywe tati
9
Joywe nye
10
Sappo
11
Sappo e go'o
12
Sappo e didi
13
Sappo e tati
14
Sappo e nye
15
Sappo e jowye
16
Sappo e jowyego
17
Sappo e jowye didi
18
Sappo e jowye tati
19
Sappo e jowye nye
20
Nogas
21
Nogas e go'o
22
Nogas e didi
23
Nogas e nye
30
Ceppan tati
40
Ceppan nye
50
Ceppan jowye
60
Ceppan jowyego
70
Ceppan jowye didi
80
Ceppan jowye tati
90
Ceppan jowye nye
100
Temeri
200
Temeri didi
300
Temeri tati
half
Raita
less
Looti

Time[edit]

now
Jonta
morning
Fajira
evening
Kikide

Clock time[edit]

one o'clock
Jamndi go'o
two o'clock
Jamndi didi
noon
jura

Days[edit]

today
Hande
yesterday
Hanki
tomorrow
Jango

Colors[edit]

black
Balajum
white
Danajum
gray
Purum purum
yellow
Ndiyam Goro
green
Haako Haako

Taxi[edit]

I'm going to _____.
Mi dilli ________ .
How much does it cost?
Dala noy?
Let's go.
en dillan.

Money[edit]

Money up to 250 Francs CFA is counted by five.

25 Francs CFA
Dala jowye
50 Francs CFA
Dala sappo
75 Francs CFA
Dala sappo e jowye
100 Francs CFA
Dala Nogas
1000 Francs CFA
Booro
2000 Francs CFA
Booro didi
3000 Francs CFA
Booro tati
3000 Francs CFA; Boori tati be raita

Eating[edit]

I'd like to eat.
Mi yiddi nyamugo
What do you have to eat?
A be dume jey nyamugo?
I'd like to look at the menu
Mi yiddi laarugo carte.
I'd like to look at the kitchen
Mi yoddi laarugo kissin.
I don't eat meat, fish or chicken.
Mi nyamata kussel, liddi e gertegol.
I don't eat beef.
Mi nyamata kussel.
I don't want a lot of oil.
Mi yidda n
I want _____.
Mi yiddi ______
chicken
Gertogol
beef
Kussel
goat
Mbewa
fish
Liddi
eggs, omelette
Geroode
bread
Barret
rice
Maroori
beans
Nyebbe
cous-cous
Nyiri
sauce
Haako
sweet potato
Dankali
peanuts
Biriji
roasted peanuts
Mandawa
beignets
Makala
milk: Kossam
yogurt
Kindrimou
Butter
Lebbam
dates
Debbinoje
guava
Goyave
mango
Mongoro
hot sauce, hot peppers
Chita
tea, coffee
Sihye
juice, soda
Jus
water
Ndiyam
water
water (...)
beer, wine, alcohol
mbal
millet beer
bili bili
I'm full.
Mi haari
I'm finished.
Mi timini.
good tasting
Welli
I want the check
Mi yiddi facteur.

Shopping[edit]

How much is this?
Noi ah sorata ?
That's too expensive.
Kai, naawi.
Would you take _____?
A hoosi _____?
What is the real price?
Noy gonga man?
What is the last price?
Noy gaskiya man?
Not possible
Watataako
I don't accept that
Albarka
I won't accept that
Mi jabbata
expensive
Naawi
cheap
cheap Naawye
I don't have the money.
Mi walla dala
I don't want it.
Mi yidda
OK, I'll take it.
To, mi hoosi.
I want a bag.
Mi yiddi leyda
I need...
Mi yiddi
...medicine.
lekki
...cold medicine.
...lekki damba
...a pen.
...biro
...English-language books.
...deftere Anglais.
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