Konjo language (Bantu)

The lhukonzo (Konzo) language, variously rendered Rukonjo, Olukonjo, Olukonzo and konjo, is a Bantu language spoken by the Konjo people of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has a 77% lexical similarity with Nande. There are many dialects, including Sanza (Ekisanza).[1]

Lhukonzo
Olhukonzo
Native toUganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo
EthnicityBakonjo
Native speakers
610,000 in Uganda (2002 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3koo
Glottologkonz1239
JD.41[2]

Basic vocabularyEdit

List of basic phrases and words.[3]

  • Good morning – Wabukire
  • Good afternoon – Wasibire
  • Thank you (very much) – Wasinja (kotsibu)
  • How are you? – Eriwa
  • How are you? – Munajo
  • Fine – Tunajo
  • Sir/Man – Mulhume
  • Madam/Woman – Mukali
  • Boy – Omojo
  • Girl – Masika
  • Dear – Mwanithu
  • Friend – Mwira
  • King – Mukama/Mwami omusinga
  • 2-10 – biri, ishatu, ini, ithanu, mukagha, musanju, munani, mwenda, ikumi
  • Car – Mothoka
  • Water – Amaghetse
  • Gift – Kihembo

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Lhukonzo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. ^ Kambale, Balinandi (2009). Lhukonzo - English -- English - Lhukonzo Dictionary. Kampala: Fountain Publishers. ISBN 978-9970-02-574-9.