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

OLUWANGA
ENGLISH
SALUTATIONS
Milembe Hallo
   
   
   
TIME, DAYS, MONTHS
Eshiteere Daytime
   
   
PARTS OF THE BODY
Imoni, Tsimoni Eye, Eyes
Eshilenje, Efilenje Leg, Legs
Omukhono, Emikhono Arm, Arms
   
PARTS OF A HOMESTEAD
Olwichi (Omuliango) Door, Doors
Nabweru / Emukulu Front partition of a house (living room)
Nashikoro Bedroom (Evwasi in Logooli)
   
FURNITURE AND UTENSILS
Tsinyungu General term for pot/s
Isiongo, Tsisiongo Water pot/s
   
   
   
ANIMALS
Ifisi, Tsifisi Hyena, Hyenas
Ingokho, Tsingokho Chicken, chickens
   
   
   
FOOD PRODUCTS
Obusuma Maize meal, Ugali
Inyeni, Tsinyeni Fish (Isuchei)
   
   
KINSHIP TERMS
Khotsa Uncle (strictly maternal)
Senje Aunt (Senge)
   
COMMON PHRASES
Nyasaye akhoonye May God help you