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Bambara/Dioula Dictionary

 Manding (Bambara/Jula)

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ga   [gwa] n. overhang or stand providing shade to sit under, "hangar"; hangar. Variant: gwata Jula.

gǎ   [gwǎ] n. 1 • hearth; kitchen.

2 • cooking; cuisine.

3 • household; foyer.

kà gǎ ̀ kɛ   cook; cuisiner. Variant: gwǎ.

gaari   n. string, thread; fil.

gàbugu   n. kitchen, hut for cooking; cuisine, salle de cuisine. Variant: gwàbugu Jula.

gafe   n. book; livre.

gàla   n. indigo; indigo. Sim: bula. Variant: gàrá Jula.

galaka   n. ribs, side (of one's body); côte, côtes.

gàlàma   n. ladle; louche.

gàlon   n. lie, fib; mensonge. Usage: Jula Variant: nkàlon Bamanan.

gàlòntigi   n. liar; menteur. Variant: nkàlòntigi Bamanan.

gàman    See: kàman shoulder.

gan1   [gwan] n. Gumbo, Okra; Gombo. Variant: gwan.

gan2   suivre.

gǎn   [gwǎn] vq. 1 • hot, warm, virulent; chaud, vif, rapide.

2 • difficult; difficile.

3 • urgent; urgent. Syn: gòni, kalan; Adj: gòni; N: gànya. Variant: gwǎn.

gǎn   [gwǎn] 1 • vt. heat, heat up, warm, warm up; chauffer.

2 • vi. heat up; chauffer. Yɔrɔ ìn gànna. It's hot here. ("in this place").

3 • vi. become lively, animated, heated, tense; devenir animé. À gànna. Things have heated up (or become tense).

...la   be difficult for. Àle bɛ gàn n na. That's hard for me. Variant: gwǎn.

gana   [gwana] n. bachlor, single young man; célibataire. Variant: ganan.

gangan   [gwangwan] n. dust; poussière. Variant: gwangwan; gɔngɔn; gwɔngwɔn.

gansan   [gwansan] adv. 1 • free; gratuitement. I b'à fèere n mà gansan? You'll sell it to me for free?

2 • simply, without reason, uselessly, unprovoked, accidently; par accident. À tɛ kɛ gansan! It doesn't just happen!

adj. 1 • free; gratuit.

2 • valueless, no-good, expected; attendu.

3 • ordinary, common, plain; ordinaire. Mɔ̀gɔ ̀ gansan tɛ -- màsa ̀ dòn! It's not just some person -- it's the king! Variant: gwansan Jula.

gàra   Usage: Jula See: gàla indigo.

garabali   n. livestock market, corral; marché de bétail. Syn: wɛ̀rɛ; Sim: jasa. Variant: darabali.

garanke   n. cobbler, leather worker, leather artisan; artisan qui travaille le cuir.

gàrìbu   n. 1 • beggar; mendiant, mandiant.

2 • koranic student; élève d'une école coranique.

gàrìjɛgɛ   n. luck, fortune; chance, fortune. Variant: gàrìjigɛ; gàrìsɛgɛ.

gàsi   n. 1 • insult, offense; offense, malheur.

2 • consideration, regard; considération, regard. kà dòn mɔ̀gɔ gàsi ̀ la kà mɔ̀gɔ gàsi dɔn

gàwa   n. clueless fool; beauf.

gèren   adj. unripe, green, fresh; non-mûr, vert, frais.

gèse   n. string, thread, yarn; cordon, fil. kà gèse ̀ da weave thread. Variant: jèse.

gɛ̀lɛn   vq/adj. 1 • hard, firm; dur.

2 • difficult; difficile.

3 • expensive; cher.

4 • dear to. N teri gɛlɛn ̀ ye Sekù ye. Seku is my really good friend.

...mǎ   dear to. Ò ko ̀ ka gɛ̀lɛn à mà. Adj: gɛ̀lɛ̀nman; V/N: gɛ̀lɛ̀ya. Variant: gɛ̀lɛ; gwɛ̀lɛn.

gɛ̀lɛ̀ya   1 • vt/vi. harden; durcir.

2 • vt/vi. make/become difficult; rendre difficile.

3 • vt/vi. make/become more expensive; rendre cher, devenir cher.

4 • vi.

5 • vi. strive. See: gɛ̀lɛn.

gɛ̀lɛ̀ya   n. 1 • hardness, solidness; dureté, solidité.

2 • difficulty; difficulté.

3 • expensiveness.

4 • hardship (frequently economic).

gɛn   vt. hunt, expel, kick out, fire; chasser, expulser. Variant: gwɛn.

gɛ̀nɛ̀nkala   [gwɛ̀lɛ̀nkala] n. shin; tibia. Variant: gɛ̀lɛ̀nkala; gɛ̀nɛn; gwɛ̀nɛ̀nkala.

gɛ̀rɛ   [gwɛ̀rɛ] vi. approach, get close; s'approcher.

...la   approach, get close to. N tɛ gɛ̀rɛ cɛ̌ ̀ la. I'm not getting close to that guy. A ye gɛ̀rɛ̀ ɲɔgɔn na! Scootch together!

gɛ̀rɛfɛ̌    See: kɛ̀rɛfɛ̌.

gɛsɛ   n. traditional twig for teeth cleaning; brosse à dent traditionelle. Variant: gwɛsɛ.

girin1   vi. hurry; se dépêcher.

giringirin   précipiter. À giringirinna kà wili. He got up quickly. Il s'est levé brusquement.

girin2   vq/adj. 1 • heavy; lourd.

2 • solid; solide.

3 • consistant, thick (as in a liquid); consistant, dense.

4 • good at. Adj: girinman; V/N: girinya. Variant: giri; gwili; gwiri.

girinman   adj. 1 • heavy, weighty; lourd.

2 • solid; solide.

3 • thick, consistant; consistant. Variant: guliman Jula. See: girin.

girinya   vt/vi. 1 • make/become heavy; rendre lourd.

2 • make/become good. Variant: guliya Jula.

girinya   n. 1 • weight; poids.

2 • solidness.

3 • thickness. Variant: guliya Jula.

go   vq. 1 • unpleasant (to the senses), nasty, gross, bad; mauvais goût, dégoutant, mauvais.

2 • unpleasant, unenjoyable.

3 • difficult, hard; mauvais, désagréable. À fɔ ̀ ka go. It's hard to say. Adj: goman; V/N: goya. Variant: gwo Jula.

gòlo   Usage: Jula See: wòlo skin.

goman   adj/n. 1 • unpleasant, bad, gross; dégoutant, mauvais.

2 • unpleasant, unenjoyable.

3 • difficult; difficile. See: go.

gomi   n. starch; amidon, gomme.

gomiji   Usage: Jula See: ngomi dew.

gòni   vq/adj. 1 • hot, warm; chaud.

2 • quick, active; rapide. Syn: kalan, gǎn; Adj: gònìman; V/N: gònìya.

gònìya   vt/vi. 1 • heat, heat up; chauffer.

2 • speed up; accélerer.

vr. hurry up; se dépêcher. See: gòni.

gònìya   n. 1 • hotness, heat; chaleur.

2 • activeness, vigor; vigueur. See: gòni.

gòsi   vt. hit, strike; frapper, taper. Syn: bùgɔ. Variant: gwàsi Jula.

goya   1 • vt/vi. make/become unpleasant, gross (to the senses); rendre dégoûtant.

2 • vt/vi. sour, make/become unpleasant.

3 • vt/vi. make/be difficult; rendre difficile.

4 • vi. sour on one other. See: go.

goya   n. 1 • grossness, unpleasantness; dégoût.

2 • poor state.

3 • animosity, displeasure; animosité. See: go.

gɔn   n. horn (of an animal); corne.

gɔ̌n   n. baboon; baboune. Variant: ngɔ̌n.

gɔ̀nbɛlɛ   n. albino; albinos.

gɔngɔn    See: gangan dust.

gɔngɔrɔ   n. pebble, rock, clod of dirt; caillou.

gɔ̀nin   n. traditional Manding lute-guitar; guitarre mandingue traditionelle. Variant: nkɔ̀nin.

gɔ̀ɔnɔ   n. throat; gorge. Variant: ngɔ̀ɔnɔ; ngɔ̀nɔ; gɔ̀nɔ.

gɔ̀rɔ̀ntɔ   vi. 1 • snore; ronfler.

2 • growl (for dogs).

gɔ̀yɔ   n. bitter West African eggplant; aubergine africaine. Variant: nkɔ̀yɔ; ngɔ̀yɔ.

guliman   Usage: Jula See: girinman heavy.

guliya   Usage: Jula See: girinya1 weight.

guliya   Usage: Jula See: girinya2 become heavy.

gundo   n. secret, "the unsaid"; secret. kà gundo ̀ mara keep a secret. kà gundo ̀ walaka divulge a secret.

gùngurun   n. stump (of a tree); souche, chicot.

gwa   Variant: gwata Jula. See: ga overhang, "hangar".

gwǎ    See: gǎ hearth.

gwàbugu    See: gàbugu kitchen.

gwan    See: gan Gumbo, Okra.

gwǎn   Usage: Jula See: gǎn hot, heat up.

gwana    See: gana bachelor.

gwangwan    See: gangan dust.

gwansan    See: gansan free, ordinary, simply.

gwàsi   Usage: Jula See: gòsi hit.

gwata   Usage: Jula See: gwa overhang ; hangar.

gwɛ   Usage: Jula See:  white, whiten, clean.

gwɛ̀lɛn   Usage: Jula See: gɛ̀lɛn hard.

gwɛn    See: gɛn hunt ; expel.

gwɛ̀nɛ̀nkala    See: gɛnɛnkala shin.

gwɛ̀rɛ    See: gɛ̀rɛ approach, get close to.

gwɛsɛ    See: gɛsɛ toothpick.

gwɛya   Usage: Jula See: jɛya whiten, whiteness.

gwili    See: girin heavy.

gwingwin   v. hammer; nail down. Syn: banba Bamana.

gwo    See: go unpleasant.

gwɔngwɔn    See: gangan dust.

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