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Bambara/Dioula Dictionary

 Manding (Bambara/Jula)

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jǎ   vt. dry; sécher.

vi. dry, dry up; sécher.

jǎ   n. 1 • dryness.

2 • draught; sécheresse.

jǎ2   vt. accueillir; héberger; reçevoir un étranger. N tɛri ̀ jàlà n kàn J'ai reçu un ami chez moi. N ye lonan ̀ jà I hosted an outsider. J'ai accueilli un étranger.

jǎ2   n. 1 • spirit, soul; esprit, âme.

2 • shadow; ombre.

3 • image, photo, photograph; drawing; image, photographie, photo, dessein.

k'i jǎ tìgɛ   frighten, scare.

jà(la)    ...kà gɛ̀lɛn

jaabi   vt. respond; répondre. Variant: la(a)bi.

jaabi   n. response; réponse.

jaati   interj. exactement, tout à fait.

jàba   n. onion; ognion. N jàba! I don't care!

jàbi   n. Henna tree, henna; henné, arbre d'henné.

jàbibi   n. pineapple; ananas.

jàgo   n. trade, trading, commerce; commerce, affaires, traite. kà jàgo ̀ kɛ engage in trade or commerce. Sim: jùla.

jàgòkɛ̀la   trader; commerçant.

jakabɔ   vt. ridicule; se moquer de.

jàkuma   n. cat; chat.

jala   n. Senegalese mahogany; caïlcédrat, acajou. Used for a variety of purposes including medical ones involving its bitter-tasting bark. Khaya senegalensis.

jàla    See: jǎ spirit.

jàlàgɛlɛn   adj.

jàlàki   vi. do wrong, err; se tromper.

vt. denounce, accuse; accuser, dénoncer.

jàlàki   n. wrong, mistake, error, fault; faute, erreur, tort.

jama2   vi. tempêter.

jàma   n. crowd, audience; foule, du monde, audiénce.

jàmàna   n. country, state; pays, état.

jàmu   n. last name, family name; nom de famille.

jàmu   vt. chanter les louanges.

jan   vt/vr. turn face up, lay face up; tourner vers le haut.

jǎn   vq/adj. 1 • tall, long; grand, long. Cɛ̀ jan ̀ bɛ yàn. There's a tall man here.

2 • far; loin, éloigné. Adj: jànmànjan; V: jànya; N: jànya.

jànfa1   vi. 1 • go far (in space or time), distance; s'éloigner.

2 • be late; être tard. Usage: This verb is not used in the English sense of "I am late (to a meeting)." But it can express the idea of the "It's late" (as in, "It is late at night.") Tìle ̀ jànfàrà. It's getting late (lit. "The day has gone long"). Il se fait tard.

jànfa   vt. betray, cross, back-stab; trahir.

jànfa   n. betrayal, treason, conspiracy; trahison.

jàngo   afin que. An ye baara caman ̀ kɛ jàngò an ka wari caman sɔ̀rɔ̀. Nous avons travaillé beaucoup afin que nous ayons beaucoup d'argent. Variant: jànko.

jànko   conj. 1 • a fortiori, with greater reason, especially; à fortiori.

2 • so that, in order to; pour que. Variant: sànko.

jànmànjan   adj. 1 • tall, long; grand, long.

2 • far; loin. VQ: jǎn tall, long, far. Variant: jàmànjan. See: jǎn tall, long, far.

jànto   vr. be vigilant, be wary, be careful; se méfier.

jànto [f] la   be careful of [sth], be mindful of [sth], mind [sth]. I jàntò wùlu` la. À ka jugu! Be careful of the dog. It's mean! Méfiez-vous du chien. Il est méchant.

jàra   n. lion; lion. Syn: waraba.

jàràbi   vi. fall in love, become infatuated, be passionate; tomber amoureux.

jàràbi [m.] la   fall in love with X, become infatuated with X, be passionate about X. kà jàràbi mɔ̀gɔ` la to fall in love with someone.

jàràbi   n. 1 • passion, infatuation; passion.

2 • sweetheart, darling; chéri(e).

jàràki   vt. accuse; accuser.

jasa   n. 1 • enclosement.

2 • livestock corral.

Usage: Ivoirian Jula 3 • bathroom; salle de bain.

jàte   vt. 1 • count; compter. kà jàtìli ̀ kɛ count, calculate.

2 • consider; considérer. À tɛ n jàte mɔ̀gɔ ̀ye. He doesn't consider me a person. Òlu t'an jàtè. They don't take us into consideration. Variant: jàti.

jàtèden   n. number; nombre, chiffre.

jàtèminɛ   n. calculation; calculation. kà jàtèminɛ ̀ kɛ calculate, do a calculation. Variant: jàtèmina.

jàtigi   n. host; hôte.

jě1    See: dě hush up.

jě2   squash; courge.

jele   n. axe; hache.

jèli   n. Manding bard, "griot"; Manding bard or "griot"; griot.

jèni   vt. burn; grill, brûler, griller.

jèse    See: gèse thread, string, yarn.

   vq/adj. 1 • white; blanc. Cɛ̀ jɛ ̀ taara so ̀. The white man went home.

2 • clean; propre.

3 • faultless, clear, pure, innocent; pure, clair, innocent. À ka jɛ. It's white/clean/faultless. Adj: jɛman; V/N: jɛya. Variant: gwɛ Jula.

   Variant: gwɛ. vi. 1 • whiten, be white; blanchir. À jɛra. It whitened/became white/is white. Dùgu ̀ jɛra. Morning has broken.

2 • become clean, be clean; devenir propre, n.

3 • be sure, be certain. Cɛ̌ ̀ ka ko ̀ jɛra. This guy's story checks out.

...la/mǎ   be sure of; être certain. N ma jɛ à la. I'm not sure about it.

vt.

4 • whiten, bleach; blanchir.

5 • clean; nettoyer. Ù y'à jɛ. They whitened/cleaned it.

6 • clarify, make flawless; éclaircir. Sim: jɛya.

   Variant: gwɛ. adv. faultlessly, clearly, correctly; sans faute, correctement. À y'à fɔ jɛ! He told it like it is!

   n. 1 • white, the white; blanc.

2 • truth, clarity; vérité, clareté.

3 • cataract. Variant: gwɛ Jula.

jɛ̌1   1 • vi. lack, miss, be absent; manquer.

2 • vt. deny, deprive, refuse; refuser, priver.

...la   Variant: jɛ̌n Jula. I ye n jɛ̀ dumuni ̀ na. You denied me food. Mɔ̀gɔ́ fìla jɛ̀ra. Two people are missing.

jɛ̌2    See: jɛ̌n unite.

jɛgɛ   n. fish; poisson.

jɛman   adj/n. 1 • white; blanc.

2 • clean; propre.

3 • faultless; sans faute. Variant: gwɛman. See: .

jɛ̌n   1 • vi. come together, unite; s'unir.

2 • vi. have sex, sleep with; coucher ensemble.

3 • vt. unite; unir, regrouper. Variant: jɛ̌.

jɛ̌n   n. 1 • union; union.

2 • sex, sexual relationship; rapport sexuel.

jɛ̌n3   Usage: Jula See: jɛ̌1 lack ; miss ; deprive.

jɛnbe   n. type of drum, "djembe"; "Djembe" drum; a traditional style of Manding drum; batterie traditonnelle mandingue.

jɛ̀ngɛ   vt. tilt, lean; pencher.

vi. bend; courber.

jɛ̀nkulu   n. group; groupe.

jɛnsɛn   vt. disperse, spread, spread out, diffuse, disseminate, broadcast, announce; disperser, diffuser, disséminer, annoncer. Syn: yɛrɛkɛ.

jɛya   1 • vt. whiten, bleach; blanchir.

2 • vt. clean; nettoyer.

3 • vt. clarify, clear of faults or wrongdoing; éclaircir.

4 • vi. become white; devenir blanc.

5 • vi. become clean; devenir propre.

6 • vi. be sure.

...la/mǎ   be sure of; être sure de. Ne ̀ ma jɛya kuma ìn mà. I'm not so sure of what you said.

jɛya   n. 1 • whiteness; blancheur.

2 • cleanliness; propreté.

3 • clarity, innoncence, purity; clareté, innocence, pûreté. Variant: gwɛya Jula. See: .

ji   n. water; eau. kà se ji ̀ la to be able to swim.

kà se ji ̀ la   be able to swim.

-ji   liquid, juice.

k'à sàma   draw water; puiser de l'eau. kà ji ̀sàma

jìgi1   n. hope; espoir.

kà jìgi ̀tìgɛ   lose hope.

kà jìgin da…kǎn   have hope in.

jìgi2    See: jìgin descend.

jìgin   Variant: jìgi. vi. 1 • lower, go down, descend, get down, get off; descendre, baisser. Tùbàbùkɛ ̀ ko à bɛ jìgin yàn! The white guy says that he's getting off here! (in a bush-taxi for instance). Le blanc dit qu'il descend ici! (en taxi-brousse par exemple).

2 • bear, give birth to, give birth; accoucher. I mùso jìgìnna don jùmɛn? I mùso ̀ jìgìnna don jùmɛn? What day did your wife give birth?

vt. bring down, decrease, bring down, decrease; descendre, baisser.

jìgìya   n. hope; espoir.

jijǎ   1 • vt. pull taught; tendre.

2 • vr. make an effort, try hard; faire un effort.

jiminnɔgɔ   n. thirst; soif. Syn: mìnnɔgɔ.

jinɛ   n. "genie", ghost, spirit, demon; génie, spectre.

jìra   vt. show; montrer. Variant: yìra Jula.

...la   show to.

jiran   vt. roast, fry; frire, rôtir. Variant: yiran Jula.

jiri   n. tree; arbre. Variant: yiri Jula.

jiriden   n. fruit; fruit. Variant: yiriden Jula.

jitɔ   n. scaredy cat, coward; lache. Syn: sìrànbagatɔ.

jo   n. right; raison. I jo dòn. / I jo ̀ b'à la. You're right.

jǒ   n. fetish; fétiche. Syn: basi, boli.

jogo   n. character, personality, temperment; caractère.

joli   n. wound, cut; plaie.

jòli   int. how much; combien.

jòli jòli   how much a piece.

jòli2   n. blood; sang. Syn: basi.

jòlìmàndi   adj.

jòlìmàngo   adj.

jòlìnan   int. which number; lequel des choses numerotées.

joona   adv. 1 • quickly, fast, speedily, quickly, fast, speedily; vite, sous peu, rapidement. À kɛ joona! Do it quickly! Fais le rapidement!

2 • early; tôt. N wulila joona. I got up early. Je me suis levé tôt.

jɔ̌1   v. 1 • stop; arrêter.

2 • stand, stand up; mettre debout, se tenir debout.

3 • erect, build (for buildings and houses typically); bâtir (pour des bâtiments et maisons seulement). Ni tìlèma sera an bɛnà so kura ̀ jɔ̀. When it's the hot season, we're going to build a new house.

4 • do one's activities or participate as appopriate (buying or selling) in the market. Fèerèkɛ̀law bɛ taa sugu ̀ jɔ̀. The sellers are going to go set up shop for the day. Variant: lɔ̌ Jula.

jɔ̌2   n. 1 • net; filet.

2 • hammock; hamac.

jɔn   int. who, whom; qui.

jɔ̌n1   n. slave, captive, slace, captive; esclave, captif.

jɔ̌n2   vi. mépriser. À jɔ̀nnà i la Il t'a méprisé.

jɔ̀nmàya   n. offense, disrespect, disdain; offence, dédain.

jɔ̀si   vt. wipe, wipe down, mop, wipe, wipe down, mop; essuyer; frotter.

jǔ   n. 1 • ass, butt; cul, fesses.

2 • base, bottom, source; base, en-dessous, source; fond.

jù(la)    kà jugu

jufa1   n. pocket; poche.

jufa2   n. animal cadaver; cadavre d'animal.

jugu   vq/adj. 1 • mean, cruel; méchant, cruel.

2 • grave, bad.

...ye   worse; mauvais, grave. À ka jugu n'à yé. It's worse than it. Adj: juguman; V/N: juguya.

juguman   adj/n. 1 • cruel, ugly, mean; méchant, laid, cruel.

2 • grave, bad; grave, mauvais.

juguya   1 • vt/vi. worsen; s'empirer.

2 • vt/vi. make/become cruel.

3 • vt. wrong, mistreat; maltraiter.

juguya   n. 1 • cruelty; cruauté.

2 • gravity, seriousness (as in the seriousness of sickness for instance).

jùkɛ   vt. sleep with, have sex with, screw; baiser, coucher avec. Usage: vulgar

jùkɛ̀li   n. sexual intercourse; relation sexuelle.

jǔkɔrɔ   ppc. underneath; en-dessous, sous.

jùkunan   n. butt, buttocks; cul, fesses.

jùla1   n. 1 • trader; commerçant.

2 • Jula ethnocultural group; Jula.

jùla2    See: jǔ butt.

jǔla   ppc.

jùlàjugu   adj.

jùlàkan   n. Jula language; langue Jula.

juma   n. Friday; vendredi.

jùman    See: jùmɛn which.

jùmɛn   int. which; lequel. Variant: jùman.

jùru   n. 1 • string, cord; fil, corde.

2 • loan, debt; crédit, dette. kà jùru dòn…lá lend/extend credit to...

jùsu   Usage: Jula See: dùsu heart ; mood.

jùsùkun   Usage: Jula See: dùsùkun heart.

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