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                 African Words, Numerals, and Sentences
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    (Used by Former Slaves in Georgia and South Carolina in the 1890s)

Taken from John W. Blassingame, "The Slave Community," © 1979, Oxford Community Press., Appendix II

Table I: African Words _ _

                  .
alligator       ngundo                  hoe             sengo
baby            mauna                   hog             gooloo
                 _                                       .
back            nema                    horse           valo
                  _                                                  _
banana          biteba                  house           dro; nzo; bindu
                                                          _ _
beads           nzeembo                 knife           mbala
bear            nzow                    land            nte; nsetu
                  _                                      .
beard           njavo                   lie             gange
belly           vomo                    love            zola
                                                                  ,
skin seat       cando; conda            man (young)     tucka; mayuc'kala
                    _                                    _
bird            noona                   man (white)     feata
                                                         _
boat            coombay                 man (colored)   feta
                                                            _
boy             muana tucka             meat            zimbezy
bread           dimpa                   money           nzeembo
                                                         .
butterbeans     mongongo                monkey          cawah
                 _  _
butterfly       lumpungo                moon            gonda
cat             boomba; mboomba         partridges      goomba; kimbimbe
                 _ _                                      _
chickens        susu                    peach           ncepho
                  .  .                                           .
cities          mbamba                  peanuts         gooba; drangay
                                                           ,     .
cloth           nlilly                  peas            madaza; zangy
                 .  _
clouds          ma tute                 pipe            torida
                                                         _
coon            bungee                  pot             canzo
                 .  .   .
corn            massa; massango         rabbit          loomba
coconut         lombo                   rain            mvoola
                                                           .
cow             gomby                   rock            matade
                                                         .
dance           zacccomma               sense           gangu
                  _                                        .
dead            fuedy                   sheep           mamamy
                 ,  , .     _  _                         .
deer            paccasa; mibunga        shoulder        vambo
                                                         _ _
devil           doky                    sky             zulu
                                                         _
dirt            ntoto                   snakes          neoka
                 .  .
doctor          ganga                   spider          sembe
dog             boa                     squirrel        gemo; conka
ear             kootoo                  stars           birtity
                 .                                       __
eyes            maso                    steel           weer
                 .                                       .       _
fire            bazo; tuvia             sun             tango; muany
fish            golla                   sweet potatoes  zeembala
                 ,  ,                                    .
fly             pesse                   teeth           mano
                 .
foot            tamby                   tobacco         soonga
                                                         .      .
fox             coomba                  water           lango; maza
                 . .
give me         kala                    watermelon      malengy
                                                         , ,
gun             cully                   whiskey         malavo
                 _      _                                .
hair            suky; truky             women           canto
hand            corko                   women old       bauba
head            ntu                     women (young)   ndoomba

_ Table II: African Numerals _ _ _ 1: corse 20: makamorly . 2: corla 21: makamorly enwano . _ 3: kootatoo 22: makamorly ezoly . . 4: kooya 23: makamorly etatoo . . 5: kootano 24: makamorly eya' . . 6: koosambano 25: makamorly etano . . 7: tambwody 26: makamorly esambano . . . 8: nana 27: makamorly ensambody , . . . 9: evwa 28: makamorly enana _ , . 10: koome 29: makamorly evwa _ _ . 11: koome emorse 30: makomatatoo _ _ . . 12: koome enzole 40: makomaya _ . _ , 13: koome entate 50: makomatano _ _ . . . 14: koome eya' 60: makomasambano _ . . 15: koome entano 70: lusambody _ . . . 16: koome ensambano 80: luovwa _ . . . 17: koome ensambody 90: lunana _ , . . . . 18: koome enana 100: kama _ , . 19: koome evwa _

Table III: Sentences Employing African Words _ _

Ukola? How do you do?

Quer quenda? Where are you going?

      _

Pahnam bezy. Give me some meat. _ . _. Wenda twas mona kona keamvo. Carry me across the river.

Vo vonda ngondo. Kill that alligator.

_

Sheka. Shoot him.

  .

Borkala. Call him.

Weeza. Come here.

   . . .

Zola ana aku? Do you love your children?

Inga (or yinga). Yes.

Gogomby. No (or, Go away). _ . . _ Yala kayala. He is very sick. _ . . . Wenda baka ganga. Go bring the doctor.

_

Fuedy. He is dead. . . . . . A canto ana yaku? How many wives have you? _ _ Kutatu. Three.

 _     _ _

Ungaya muana ngo? Have you seen any lions?

    _

Noka kunoka. It is going to rain.

     .  .  _

Wenda banga tevia. Go build a fire.

_    .

Muany yama. The sun is hot.

 _   .    _ .  .      _

Unga gwaku wona yaku ungayi? Are you living with your mother? _ . Yala Where pains you?

    .

Ntu bwanga. My head aches.

.

Nzala. I am hungry. . . _ Mano ganze. My tooth aches.

_ .   _ _

Ruaka mbala. I cut him with a knife.

A kway tukiddy? How far away does he live? _ Wuto Coonawany. I was born in Coonawany. . . _ Mazo Mazema. He is blind. _

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