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English - Lusoga - Newly Added Terms

Any news, sir?
**Ágafeeyó, isébo?**
Hallo, I am...
**Múna, ninzé...**

Lusoga-English - Newly Added Terms

**Thank you**
**What is the news at your place?**

Some history and background on Lusoga

Lusoga is a Bantu language related to other regional languages, especially to Luganda. Bantu languages were spoken until about 1000 bce (before common era - the more ideologically neutral term for "before christ") by a relative small population in Western Africa (see for an introduction to the history of languages, e.g.: Tore Janson: "Speak - A Short History of Languages", 2002, Oxford University Press.).

With the rise of agriculture and animal husbandry they spread rather quickly across Sub-Saharan Africa now counting approximately 180 million speakers and covering an area of more than 5000 km in north-south direction and 3000 km in east-west direction. Furthermore, it is estimated that between 300 and 600 different Bantu languages exist only a handful of which is known outside Africa (e.g. Zulu, Swahili, Xhosa). For comparison: There are roughly only 100 Indo-European languages (e.g. German, French, Spanish, etc.), some with quite a lot of speakers though.

Lusoga Grammar

In 2000 Fr. Piet Korse published the third edition of one of the first systematic presentations of the Lusoga language, "A Lusoga Grammar" with the Jinja Cultural Research Centre. In this section large parts of this booklet are reproduced.

Especially native speakers are invited to comment in order to improve upon the grammar and extend the scope of the dictionary.

Since Lusoga has, like a few other Bantu languages, an inverted tonality system, the reader may find accents ´on a vowel or a consonant with a high tone. For instance, the word "omutí" means tree in Luganda. In Lomongo (Congo) the same word is "boté", whilst in Lusoga that word is spelled the same as in Luganda but pronounced differently: "omúti". The same holds true for the word Luganda. The Baganda say "Lugánda" while the Basoga pronounce it "Lúgandá".

As a Bantu language Lúsogá conjugates the verbs with prefixes, infixes, and suffixes. Tonalities change on account of the different tenses as well as sometimes due to different infixes making Lúsogá a complicated representative of the Bantu-language family.

However, complicated means challenge equals fun (for some)!


Available Translations


Lusoga English


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Conjugation of okuba = to be PDF Print E-mail
Dictionary - Progressive Forms Lusoga

Present Simple Tense



I am:

ndí we are: tulí
you are: olí you are: mulí
he is: alí they are: balí


Conjugation: to speak=okúkóbá PDF Print E-mail
Dictionary - Progressive Forms Lusoga

Conjugation okúkóbá = to speak

The root of the verb is high and remains high in the singular only, the prefix is high in the plural only:


I speak:

nkóbá we speak: túkobá
you speak: okóbá you speak: múkobá
he speaks: akóbá they speak: bákobá

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