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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 Olunyala language precepts, CLICK HERE to contact the editor. Brackets indicate variations in other Luhya tongues.

OLUNYALA
ENGLISH
SALUTATIONS
Milembe Hallo
Oboola oti? What do you say? Any news?
   
   
PARTS OF THE BODY
Imoni, Tsimoni Eye, Eyes
   
   
   
PARTS OF A HOMESTEAD
Omuliango Door
   
   
   
FURNITURE AND UTENSILS
Indabu Pot
   
   
   
   
ANIMALS
Hyena Ifusi
   
   
   
   
FOOD PRODUCTS
Obusuma Maize meal, Ugali
Inyieni Fish (Isuche)
   
   
KINSHIP TERMS
Khotsa Uncle
   
   
COMMON PHRASES