Here are some words/phrases you will need if you want to speak Namlish (the Namibian version of English).
Without a computer I have been lagging on the posts. But never fear, a new charger has been smuggled in by a fellow volunteer. Soon I’ll be back to binge watching Seinfeld.
Maybe because of no TV and little in person America time I’ve been starting to forget how to speak like an American. It took me two days to remember what that box that turns red yellow and green for cars is called. (I was stuck on street lamps but that felt wrong).
|Namlish||How It’s Used||
|Ne?||We all know why we’re here, ne?||
Right? / Ya know?
|Bots||They installed the bots last year||
|Mos “m-oh-s”||C’mon mos, you know how it is||
|Diary||No appointments in my diary||
|Aaye “ai-yay”||Aaye, I’m not doing that||
|Enjoying||She’s really enjoying tonight||
Drinking and having fun
|Bakkie “bah-key”||Climb in the back of the bakkie||
|Hello mama||Hello mama, how are you||
|Learners||Let’s get the learners together||
|Not serious||He is not serious||
|Nicely “niiiicely”||We immunized them niiicely||
Use to emphasize an action be done well
|I’m coming now.||(As I leave the room) I’m coming now||
I’ll be back, eventually
|I’m coming now now now||(As I leave the room) I’m coming now now now||
I’ll be back in a minute
|Combi “koom-bee”||I’m gunna take a combi to Swakop||
|Can you help me…?||Can you help me a dollar?||
Can I have…?
|Can you borrow me…?||Can you borrow me your phone?||
Can I borrow…?
If you want to know about the other languages spoken in Namibia, you’ll find them here.