Kongo Vocabulary

The Kongo vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: mosi Two: zole Three: tatu
Four: iya Five: tanu Six: sambanu
Seven: nsambwadi Eight: nana Nine: uvwa
Ten: kumi First: ya ntete Second: ya zole

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: kintete Tuesday: kizole Wednesday: kitatu
Thursday: kiya Friday: kitanu Saturday: mposo
Sunday: lumingu Now: ntangu yai Yesterday: mazono
Today: bubu Tonight: na nkokila yai Tomorrow: mbasi

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Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: mbuma Apples: mabamfu
Bananas: mankondo Tomatoes: tomata
Potatoes: mbala Onions: matungulu

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: mbwaki Green: masa ya saka-saka Blue: bule
White: mpembe Black: ndombe Grey: fututu

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: madia ya suka Lunch: madia ya midi
Dinner: madia Milk: mabele
Coffee: kafe Bread: dimpa

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Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: ya ntangu Windy: ya mupepe Rainy: ya mvula
Snowy: ya mvula ya mpembe Cold: madidi Hot: tiya

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: mwana yakala Girl: mwana nkento
Son: mwana ya yakala Daughter: mwana ya nkento
Brother: mpangi ya yakala Sister: mpangi ya nkento
Man: yakala Woman: nkento
Father: tata Mother: mama
Grandfather: nkaka ya yakala Grandmother: nkaka ya nkento

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: nzo Toilet: kabini Room: kisuku
Bedroom: sambele Kitchen: kikuku Table: mesa

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: pusu Dog: mbwa Mouse: mpuku
Bird: ndeke Cow: ngombe Horse: mpunda

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: sosete Shoes: nsampatu Trousers: pantalo
Shirt: simisi Sweater: sengele Coat: kazaka ya madidi

Most popular languages in the world:

English: angele French: falanse German: alemani
Spanish: esipaniole Italian: ya italia Portuguese: polotugesi
Greek: greki Russian: rusi Arabic: ya balabia
Hindi: hindi Chinese: ya bashinwa Japanese: japone


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Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: takisi Bus: bisi
Hotel: lotele Reservation: kubumba kisika/nzo
Airport: pleni ya avio Passport: pasepor

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: mwana nzokanda Teacher: nlongi Pen: kilapi
Books: minkanda Page: dititi Dictionary: dikisionele

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: diboko Feet: makulu Hair: nsuki
Eye: disu Mouth: munoko Nose: mbombo

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: ambilansi Doctor: munganga
Hospital: lopitale Pharmacy: farmasi
Police: polisi Stomach Ache: mpasi ya divumu

As you can see, this Kongo vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.