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Bambara/Dioula Dictionary

 Manding (Bambara/Jula)

C - c

ca   vq. 1 • many, abundant, numerous; beaucoup, nombreux. Ò ka ca! That is a lot! C'est beaucoup!

2 • frequent; fréquent. À ká cá à lá… Frequently... Adj: caman; V/N: caya.

cakɛda   n. 1 • workplace; lieu de travail, bureau.

2 • enterprise; service, entreprise, organisme.

caman   adj/n. many, numerous, a lot of; beaucoup. See: ca.

camancɛ   n. middle; milieu.

capalo   n. traditional African millet beer; bière traditionelle. Syn: dɔ̀lɔ.

caya   vt/vi. 1 • increase, intensify; augmenter le nombre, la quantité.

2 • make excessive, exaggerate; exagérer.

3 • ...ye; be more than, exceed [sth.] Kuma cayara baara ye. There's been more talk than work. Il y a eu plus de paroles que d'actions. See: ca.

caya   n. 1 • large quantity, abondance; grand nombre.

2 • quantity; quantité.

3 • addition; augmentation. See: ca.

ce   n. 1 • "hi" or "hello " in greetings such as i ni ce; salut dans l'expression i ni ce! = salut (à des travailleurs notamment).

2 • thanks; merci dans l'expression : i ni ce! = merci à toi (pour ta bonne action).

i ni ce   mwe. 1 • "thanks", "thank you" (to one person); "merci" à une personne.

2 • "hi", "hello" (to one person); "bonjour/bonsoir/salut" à une seule personne. Usage: Use a or aw when greeting or thanking multiple people.

cègu   Variant: cèwu. See: kègun clever.

cèwu   Usage: Jula See: kègun clever.

   n. waist; taille.

   ppl. between, among; entre, parmi.

-cɛ   suff. Variant: -kɛ man ; male.

cɛ̌1   n. appearance, look; aspect. À cɛ̌ ̀ ka ɲi! It's pretty. It's nice looking. À cɛ̌ ̀ ka jugu! It's ugly.

cɛ̌2   vt. gather up, collect, pick up; ramasser.

cɛ̌2   n. 1 • man; homme.

2 • husband; mari.

cɛ̀farin   n. tough guy; homme résistant.

cɛfɛ̌   ppc.

cɛ̀gana   [cɛ̀gwana] n. bachelor, single man; homme célibataire. Variant: cɛ̀gwana.

cɛ̀gwana    See: cɛ̀gana bachelor.

cɛ̀jùgùya   n. uglyness; laideur.

cɛ̀kɛ   n. Attieké (a West African dish made from pounded and steamed Cassava); attieké.

cɛ̀kɔ̀rɔ̀ba   n. elder, old man; homme âgé, aîné.

cɛ̀kɔ̀rɔ̀nin   n. little old man; petit vieux. Usage: pejorative

cɛla   ppc.

cɛmǎ   ppc. amongst, among; parmi.

cɛmancɛ   n. middle; milieu.

cɛn1    See: tiɲɛ ruin ; break.

cɛn2   n. 1 • heritage, estate; héritage. Ni n sàrà, n ka cɛn ̀ bɛnà di n denw mà. When I die, my estate will go to my children.

2 • inheritance; patrimoine. N fǎ sàra mìnkɛ n taara n ka cɛn tà. After my father died, I went to get my inheritance.

cɛ̌n    See: tìɲɛ truth.

cɛ̀ncɛn   n. sand; sable. Variant: kɛ̀nkɛn.

cɛnni    See: tiɲɛni damage.

cɛ̀ɲɛ    See: cɛ̀ɲiya beauty.

cɛ̀ɲi   adj. good-looking, beautiful, pretty, handsome; beau, joli, mignon.

cɛ̀ɲiya   n. beauty; beauté. Variant: cɛ̀ɲɛ.

cɛ̀ɲuman   adj. good-looking, pretty, handsome, beautiful; beau, joli, mignon.

ci1   n. 1 • errand, commission; course, commission.

2 • message, order; message, ordre.

3 • mission, assignment; mission, devoir.

4 • utility; utilité. Variant: cira Jula.

ci2   n. farm work; travail agricole.

ci3   vt. send; envoyer.

cǐ1   vt. break, destroy, chop, split; casser, détruire, couper. kà lɔgɔ cǐ to chop wood.

cǐ2   n. mark, line, scarification marks; scarification.

ciden   n. messenger, person sent on an errand; envoyé, messager.

cin   vt. bite, sting; mordre, piquer. Variant: kin.

cǐn    See: kǐn neighborhood.

cira   Usage: Jula See: ci1 commission ; errand.

cogo   n. 1 • way, method, manner; manière, moyen.

2 • appearance, style, form; apparence, style, forme.

cogoya   n. way, method; méthode, moyen, manière.

   interj. exactly; justement, exactement.

cɔ̀gɔn   n. sweet groundnut; pois sucré. Variant: ncɔ̀gɔn.

cɔ̀ɔcɔɔ   n. drizzle; bruine.

cun   vi/vr. jump down, descend; tomber sur, descendre sur, sauter les pieds joints.

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