malawi 2000

words and phrases in Chichewa
or, how to explain your stuff to the Chief
somba fish
kampango the mighty catfish
mpguna rice
bokho hippo
ng'ona crocodile
mazungu white man
chabwino yes
bwino great, fantastic, nice
iyayi no
boma district
lero today
mawa tomorrow
chani cooking
bambo man [respect to elders]
mpepo wind
mwera predominant wind on the lake, southeasterly, perfect for tanga
nvuma light easterly wind, generally onshore
bata windless calm lake
chamba, mutu, green [though not Green] wild therapeutic herb
cob chamba packaging - banana leaf wrapped with twine
Green a Carlsberg brew, drunk for its restorative qualities
makoro, makolo, bwato dugout canoe
tanga, katanga sail rig on a makoro
mwazuka bwanje how is the morning?
maswera bwanje how is the afternoon?
sindili bwino i am not okay
tsalini bwino stay well
pitani bwino go well
gonani bwino have a nice sleep
mukopita kuti? where [tf] are you going?
kuoni ndi kuti? where is this place?
timafuna amfumu apano we want [to talk to] the chief of this place
dikupeta di bwato ku Mbenje we are going by canoe to Mbenje fishing ground
tili kuyenda mphepete mwa nyanja we are travelling along the lakeshore lake
tingapeze kuti malo ogona? where can we find a place to sleep
tili ndi nyumba yathu we have our own house
tinyamuka mawa we are going tomorrow
kodi abokho kuno ndi owapsa? are hippos dangerous here?o
tingagule kuti mpunga? where can we buy rice?
ndikufuna mundiuze mmene mumapangila show me the controls
lekker [afrikaans] nice, great, tasty [often applied to poijtes]
braii [afrikaans] no nonsense barbeque technology
Sobo Malawi's stock soft drink, comes in a surprising range of colours
Powers #1 Cheap spirit, sells itself on "Purity", strange effects if taken in excess
Kinchasu Extremely dangerous homemade spirit. Caution.
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