Learn Dagbanli (Dagbanli Bɔhimbu)

Everyday Nouns (Part 1) – Nouns In The Home

In this section, we are going to study everyday nouns. We are studying names of some things around us. We shall first look at things we find in our homes. After that we will look at things we find in our schools. We shall again look at some common nouns as well.

Items Around The House

SingularPluralNoun In English
YiliYiyaHouse
DuuDuriRoom
DundoliDundoyaDoor
Mopil'liMopilaRoof
GooniGomaWall
zɔŋ zɔndi Hall/Living space
Gbal'liGbayaGrave
DuduhiguDuduhusiKitchen

 

Items In A Room

Singular    Plural         In English

kuɣa             kuɣisi          seat

garo              gariti           bed

sɔŋ                sɔna             mat

kpahiga       kpahisi        zana mat

piɛm             piɛma          arrow

lɔɣu              lɔɣiri             quiver

tɔbu             tɔbiri             bow

adaka         adakanima  box

dufiɛli         dufiɛya        pillow

takɔbi         takɔbri         sword

jaambɔŋ     jaambɔna    cudgel

zaani          zaaninima    cudgel (iron)

sutitali        sutitaŋa       cutlass

firila           firilanima    lantern

 

Items In The Kitchen

SingularPluralEnglish Translation
bindirigu bindira food
duɣu duɣuri pot
ʒiɛri ʒiɛri soup
ʒekuri ʒekuraingredients of soup / vegetables
daaŋa daansi cooking place/area
dirigu diriti spoon
chɛriga chɛriti ladle
tahili taha basin; sink
ŋmani ŋmana bowl
kuriga kuriganima bowl
yalim salt
naanzua pepper
kpaligu kpaliti dawadawa
kantɔŋ kantɔna ingredient prepared from kapok seeds
kom koma water
alibarisa alibarisanima onion
sua suhi knife
maani mana okro
buɣim buɣima fire
zahim zahim fish
kamantooŋakamantoonsi tomato
gabo gabo pounded onion leaves used as spice
kpam kpama oil

 

 Items In The Bathroom

Singular              Plural                       In English

bɔɣati                      buɣatinima                bucket

chibo                       chibiti                         soap

bodua                     boduanima                towel

ŋmani                     ŋmana                        calabash

kpaʒiɛrim               kpaʒiɛrima                 pomade

zabisahirigu          zabisahirisi                comb

kom                        koma                         water

chibitariga            chibitarisi                  soap dish

sɔɣiso                     sɔɣisonima                sponge

 

 

Lesson by: Osman
Reference: Adam, P. P. (2013). Dagbani an Introductory Course for Beginners. Koforidua: Pedaddo Ventures.