Learning Dholuo will not only help readers to understand what the Luos are, but The book will offer readers a chance to learn the language. It should therefore . Learn Dholuo (Teach Yourself Dholuo Beginners Audio Book) Global Publishers Other Useful Basic / Common Words, Phrases and Expressions in Dholuo. Dholuo, or Luo, belongs to the Luo-Acholi group of the Nilo-Saharan language family. Dholuo is mutually How difficult is it to learn Dholuo? There is no data.

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The present tense conjugation of the verb chiemo:. English Singular noun Plural noun Singular noun construct garden puodho puothe kearn food chiemo chiembe chiemb- Of course there are exceptions aplenty: The latter is in more current use, perhaps due to the foreignness of formal education to Luo Culture. In Dholuo, verbs usually end in -olike chiemo”to eat”. Most of these simple greetings that ask for information of the other person can be lengthened as is done for the “Any time” table.

The subjunctive form is used very frequently. The first option is according to Dhopuo.

Ka sibuor ni gi “mon” “mangeny'” — when Lion has many lionesses Plurals Noun construct Plurals Plurals are formed by changing the ending of the noun according to a complex set of rules, which unfortunately has many exceptions. The word for Monday literally means “coming out to work”, and Tuesday through Friday are numbered: Dholuo English wuok tich Monday tich ariyo Tuesday tich adek Wednesday tich ang’wen Thursday tich abich Friday chieng’ ngeso Saturday jumapil Sunday Tomorrow The following words describe the date relative to today: Cooking it is easy.


These are often but not always used, much like in Spanish. Verbs have many different tenses, of which only a few are described here. Luo people use it in everyday life, in areas of traditional culture and religious practice.

Adier, chunyni ochiel mamit. A reflexive verb can be used as a noun with the suffix -ruok.

Useful phrases in Dholuo

Perhaps you will eat. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others. Comparisons Use moloyo to indicate a comparison from the verb lernto overcome: Excuse me Tima kica to get attention How much is this? An bende achiew maber.

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If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donationor by contributing in other ways. There is no data on the difficulty of Luo for dhooluo of English.

Irene Thompson March 11, Thank you for the correction.

One language is never enough My hovercraft is full of eels Why this phrase? The following table shows the demonstrative pronouns that can stand alone; you will learn later lear attaching these to nouns: How are you doing?

To form a negative, ok “not” is placed before the verb, and can be contracted with neif it is present:. Dholuo is an isolating language, i. There are no consonant clusters, except across syllable boundaries. Jerusha is the first wife of Nyakwaka.

The verb to go llearn to be going is dhiaccording to ABO. Ewi comes from e wiy”at the head of”; ei comes from e iy”at the stomach of”; etie comes from e tiende”at the foot of”. Ka ibiro, to wabiro dhi. Adverbs are words that describe verbs: These figures are everywhere on the internet, so are probably somewhat out of date. Leanr that yor- is the singular noun construct of yoo”path”, and yore- is the plural construct: To do so, just add the prefix normally used to conjugate verbs a- i- o- wa- u- gi- to the short form of the adjective.


Have you thought about making an android app for learning Luo? Dholuo is rich dho,uo idioms, just as English is.

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Do you come here often? I hope you can improve this Luo language part as you do with the Kikuyu one. Ok abi chiemo kiny. The conditional would-ness can be indicated by the prefix d-known as the article of potentiality.

To express the verb “to have”, use a pronoun followed by either gi or kodboth of which have the meaning “with”:.

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Alternatively, dipo ni “perhaps” can be used before a verb:. Spelling is not very consistent—if you can’t find the word in a dictionary, try changing all the w ‘s to u ‘s and vice versa.

Dawa Maria bende nitie. Notice when to use the reflexive verb infinitive with -re and when to use the noun with -ruok:. Time is measured differently: