Welcome to the smallest country in African, filled with different species of birds and beautiful coast line that open into the Atlantic Ocean. Welcome to the smiling coast of Africa, Gambia. It has a total area of around 11,295km2 with about 1.7 million people. Gambians are known for their excellent music and dancing steps and the majority of the populations are Muslims. The country has many ethnic groups with Mandika as the largest ethnic tribe followed by Fula, Wolof, Jola , Serer etc.
Although the country was a flash point for slave trade in the past and a visit to St James slave station is a reminder of past slave trade perpetrated by the colonial master. Other exciting places to visit in Gambia are the Baboon Island which is also known as the River Gambian National Park where you can find Wassu stone which is believed to be over 1200 years old and were added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 2006, Kiang West National Park and many more.
The capital city of Gambia is Banjul and English is the official language for business and it is used in school as a means of learning, but there are other dialects which are spoken by the Gambians like Mandika, Wolof, Fula and many others. However this article will focus on some of the simple Wolof words and its meaning in English and Swedish.
ENGLISH SWEDISH GAMBIA WOLOF
Good morning Godmorgon Nakah suba see
Good afternoon Godmiddag Nakah njun see
Good evening God afton Nakah gudi bee
What is your name? Vad heter du? Nakah nga tuda?
How old are you Hur gammal är du? Njata att nja a?
Welcome Välkommen Ack see len
Goodbye! Hejdå! Daggoh nen!
Thank you Tack Jereh jeff
How are you? Hur mår du? Nakah nga deff?
I am fine Jag mår bra Mang see jamah
Where can I get a taxi? Var kan jag hitta en taxi? Fan lah muna ameh taxi?
Where can I find a hotel? Var kan jag hitta en hotel? Fan lah muna hotel?
I want to eat Jag vill äta Dama buga lekah
I want to drink water Jag vill dricka vatten Dama buga a naan nduh
I want to buy a drink/beer Jag vill köpa en drink/öl Dama bug genda naan
I want to buy cigarette Jag vill köpa cigaretter Dama buga gena cigarette
I want to sleep Jag vill sova Dama buga nea lew
I like you Jag gillar dig Dama lah buga
This is my friend Det här är min kompis Key sumah harit lah
Gambian population; ≈1.7 million
Where in Africa; West Africa
Capital city; Banjul
Official Language; English
Other Languages; Mandika, Wolof, Fula etc.
For further information check: http://www.gambia.gm/