Below are some common words/phrases that might help you converse more easily with our brothers and sisters from Africa. We have chosen to provide Kinyarwandan translations, as that is a language that the majority of our friends can speak, whether they are from Congo, Rwanda, or somewhere else.

Good morning: MwahRahMootZAY (Mwaramutse)
Good afternoon: MweeReeWay (Mwiriwe)
How are you?: AhMahKooRoo (Amakuru)
I’m fine: Nee MAYza (Ni meza)
I’m not good: MayZay NahBee (Meze nabi)
Thank you: MooRahKohZay (Murakoze)
Goodbye (afternoon): MeeReeGway (Mwirirwe)
Goodbye (evening): MooRahMooKeyAy (Muramuke)
See you next time/soon: TooRohnGayRah (Turongera)
Yes: YAYgo (Yego)
No: Oya (Oya)
Okay: SahWah (Sawa)
What’s your name?: WitWAHNday? (Witwa nde)
My name is _____.: NEETwah _____. (Nitwa)
Nice to meet you (one person): NdahBeeSheemYay (Ndabishimiye)
Good: MAYza (Meza)
Bad: BeeBee (Bibi)
Welcome: MooRahKahZah NayZa (Murakaza neza)
Feel at home: MooReeSahnGah (Murisanga)
Do you have children?: OoFeeTahBahNah? (Ufite abana?)
What is your profession?: OoKohrEekEe? (Ukora iki?)
How is your family?: AhMahKooRoo YohMooRooGoh? (Amakuru yo murugo?)
What are you looking for?: OoRahShahKeeKee? (Ura shakiki?)
Friend: EenShooTee (Inshuti)
I love you: NDah GooKoonDah (Nda gukunda)
Family: MeerYahnGo (Miryango)
Mama: Mama
Papa: DahTah (Data)
My wife: OoMooGorAy WahnJeeYay (Umugore wanjye)
My husband: OoMooGahBow WahnJeeYay (Umugabo wanjye)
My child: OomWahNah WahnJeeYay (Umwana wanjye)
My children: AhBahNah BanJeeYay (Abana banjye)
Peace: AhMahHorOh (Amahoro)
God Bless You: EeMahNah AhGooHay OoMooGeeSha (Imana aguhe umugisha)
Thank God: EeMahNeeSheemWay (Imana ishyimwe)