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How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Lingala & Common Responses

In this post, you will learn how to say ‘how are you?’ in Lingala. You’ll also learn common responses so you can respond if you’re asked this question. 

This can be really useful if you’re speaking with someone from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or the Republic of the Congo or if you’re travelling there. 

Lingala is a Bantu language spoken throughout parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo. It is also spoken to a lesser extent in Angola, Central African Republic and parts of South Sudan. 

There are over 40 million native speakers. 

How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Lingala

There are a few different ways to ask ‘how are you?’ in Lingala. Below are the most common ways:

Are you well?Ozali malamu?
How is it going?Ndenge nini?
What’s new?Sango nini?

How To Respond To ‘How Are You?’ In Lingala

There are many different ways that you can reply to this question. Below are the most common responses to this question. I’ve also included how to say ‘thank you’ as it’s polite to thank someone if they ask how you are.

Thank youBotondi
I’m wellNazali malamu
Nothing’s newSango te
I’m happyNazali esengo

Check out this video to hear some of these phrases. It also includes some additional phrases:

It’s also useful to know how to say ‘and you?’ or ‘what about you?’ to find out how someone else is if they ask you.

And you?Na yo?

Example Conversation:

Person 1: Ndenge nini? (How are you?)

Person 2: Nazali malamu, botondi. Na yo? (I’m well, thank you. And you?)

Person 1: Nazali malamu. (I’m well)

Thanks for reading this post. 

You should now know how to say ‘how are you?’ in Lingala, and you should also be able to respond if you’re asked! 

You can’t go wrong with these simple phrases.

Increase your vocabulary further by learning how to wish someone a happy birthday in Lingala.

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