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Language is the custodian of a people's cultural values. By learning the language of your ancestors you are not only helping to preserve your rich heritage, but also carving a niche for yourself in a world that continues to be crowded with each day that passes. Children born out of the tribal homeland often lose out on this vital aspect of cultural identity and it is to these young ones that this page is dedicated. If you can make a contribution on basic Olunyole language precepts, CLICK HERE to contact the editor. Brackets indicate variations in other Luhya tongues.

OLUNYOLE
ENGLISH
SALUTATIONS
Milembe Hallo
Mbwena? How are you?
   
   
PARTS OF THE BODY
Imoni, Tsimoni Eye, Eyes
Esilenje, Ebilenje Leg, Legs
Omukhono, Emikhono Arm, Arms
   
PARTS OF A HOMESTEAD
Omuliango, Emiliango Door, Doors
Mbwelu Front partition of a house (living room)
Mwisisi Bedroom (Evwasi in Logooli)
   
FURNITURE AND UTENSILS
Indabu, Tsindabu General term for pot/s
Isongo, Tsisongo Water pot/s
   
   
   
ANIMALS
Ifusi, Tsifusi Hyena, Hyenas
Ingokho, Tsingokho Chicken, chickens
   
   
   
FOOD PRODUCTS
Obusuma Maize meal, Ugali
Isuche, Tsisuche Fish (Inyieni)
   
   
KINSHIP TERMS
Khotsa Uncle (strictly maternal)
Senje Aunt (Senge)
   
COMMON PHRASES
Nyasaye akhoonye May God help you