Kongo Phrases

The Kongo phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: mbote
What is your name?: nki kele zina na nge?
Nice to meet you: kiese ya kuzabana na nge
How are you?: ebwe nge?
I'm good, thanks: mono ke mbote, matondo/melesi
And you?: ebwe nge si?

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Kongo)?: nge ke tubaka (angele/kikongo)?
Does she speak Chinese?: yandi ke tubaka shinwa?
A little bit: kaka fioti
How old are you?: nge ke na mvula ikwa?
I'm 33 years old: mono kele na mvula makumi tatu na tatu
It was nice talking to you: yo vandaka mbote kusolula ti nge

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: nge ke zola kutuba inki?
I don't understand: mono ke bakisa ve
I don't know: mono ke zaba ve
Sorry: lolula mono
What is that called in Kongo?: nki bo ke binga yo na kikongo?
What does that word mean in English?: ngogo yai ke tendula nki na angele?

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: nge me katuka wapi?
I'm from the U.S: mono me katuka na etazini
I'm American: mono kele amerikani
Where do you live?: nge ke vandaka wapi?
I live in the U.S: mono ke vandaka na etazini ya amerika
What do you do for a living?: nki nge ke salaka sambu na kuzinga?
I'm a student: mono kele mwana nzonkanda

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: mono lenda sadisa nge?
Can you help me?: nge lenda sadisa mono?
Where is the airport?: wapi pleni ya avio?
Go straight: kwenda kaka na ntwala
Then: na nima
Turn left: baluka na diboko ya nkento
Turn right: baluka na diboko ya yakala


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Good wishes in Kongo in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: lubutuku ya mbote
Happy new year: mvula ya mpa
Merry Christmas: nkisi ya mbote ya lubutuku
Good luck: (bula) dibaku ya mbote
Congratulations: lungonia

Kongo expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: bo bumbilaka mono kisika awa
Do you have rooms available?: nge ke na nzo ya kele mpamba?
I would like a non-smoking room: mono ke zola nzo ya makaya ve
How much it costs per night?: nki kele ntalu ya mpimpa mosi?
Waiter: nsadi
How much is this?: yai kele inki ntalu?
What is this?: yai ke nki?

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: nge ke mbote?
I need a doctor: moko ke na mfunu ya munganga
Help: lusadisu
Call the ambulance: binga ambilansi
Call the police: binga polisi
I am sick: mono ke bela

These Kongo phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Kongo Vocabulary and Kongo Grammar, you might want to visit our Kongo Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Kongo Vocabulary

Kongo Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Kongo phrases.