luo love words, greetings,directions and basic conversations

Dholuo language is one of the major local languages in Kenya, with those who speak it living majorly in the Nyanza region of the country. The language is also spoken in the Mara region of Tanzania.

Luo language, like any other language, has its grammatical guidelines. In this piece, you will learn about Luo phrases and how to use them in everyday life. From the essentials like greetings to other speech-prone words.

The main parts of speech are nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.

 Check out a few examples of pronoun usage in the table below.  

FIRST-PERSON SECOND PERSON THIRD PERSON
SINGULAR PLURAL SINGULAR PLURAL SINGULAR PLURAL
An Wan In Un En Gin

An a chiemo
Wan wa chiemo In ichiemo Un uchiemo En ochiemo Gin gichiemo
I am eating We are eating You are eating You are eating He/she is eating They are eating

GREETINGS IN DHOLUO- MOS GI DUOKO MARGI

ENGLISH RESPONSE LUO RESPONSE
Good morning Good morning too Oyawre Oyawre ainya
Good afternoon Good afternoon too Irio nade Ario maber
Good evening Good evening too Oimore Oimore ainya
Good night Good night too Otieno maber Ne in bende
Hi, Hello Hi, Hello Nang’o Ber
How are you doing? I’m doing good Idhi nade? Adhi maber
How are you today? I am good In nade kawuono? An maber
Nice to meet you Nice to meet you too Amor kuom rado kodi An be amor
See you soon   Wanenre machiegni  
Have a good day You too Bed gi odiochieng’ maber In be

LUO LOVE WORDS – DHO HERA

ENGLISH LUO
I love you Aheri
I miss you Agombi
Love you so much Aheri ainya
I want to see you Adwa neni
I love you with all my heart Aheri gi chunya te
I love you too An bende aheri
I like you Aheri
You are beautiful Ijaber
My love Jaherana
My beautiful wife Chiega ma jaber
I miss you so much darling Agombi ainya osiepa
I need you Adwari
You will miss me Ibiroi gomba
Goodbye, my love Oriti, jaherana
See you tomorrow Wanere kiny
I will marry you Abiro kendi
I want some space Adwaro thuolo matin
I need your love Adwaro hera ni
You are mine In mara

COMMON QUESTIONS IN DHOLUO/LUO – PENJO MAPILE

ENGLISH RESPONSE LUO TRANSLATION RESPONSE(DUOKO)
How much? Just a little Marom nade? Mana matin
How are you feeling? A bit better Iwinjo nade? Maber matin
How have you been? I’ve been good Isebedo nade? Asebedo maber
What is your name? I am Daniel Nyingi ng’a? Nyinga Daniel
What are you doing? Nothing much, just cooking Itimo ang’o? Onge kata, mana tedo
What are you cooking, eating? I’m cooking succotash Itedo, ichamo ang’o? Atedo nyoyo
Are you okay, dear? I am good thanks Be in maber osiepa? An maber, ero kamano
When are you coming? Later today Idhi biro saa adi? E kor kawuono
How was your night, day? Was really good Odiechiengi, otieno ne ni nade? Ne ber
How are you doing? I’m not okay Idhi nade? Ok adhi maber
How is your family? They are good Odu ni nade? Gin maber?
How is your day? Very tiring Odiechiengi ne ni nade? Oola mang’eny
What is wrong? Nothing, i am okay Ang’o marach? Onge, an maber
What do you mean?  The boy is dead!! Iwacho nade?  Wuoyi cha othoo!!
What is this? My new shoes Magi ang’o? Wuoche ga manyien
How is the weather there? It is really cold Kor yamo chal nade kuno? Koyo ng’ich ma
Have you gone to church? Yes, i am just from church Be ne idhi kanisa? Eeh, koro e ka aa kanisa
What is going on? We are watching soccer Ang’o ma dhi mbele? Waneno adhula
Are you listening? Yes, i am keen Be iwinja? Eeh, awinji
Have you heard? Not really, what is up? Be isewinjo? Podi, ang‘o?
Can I go home? Yea, goodbye Anyalo dhi dala? Eeh, oriti
Can I ask something? Sure, ask Anyalo penjo gimoro? Eeh, penji
How is everything? We are managing well Gik moko dhi nade? Wan maber, watemo tu
What is your phone number? I gave it to you already Namba ni cha mar ong’ue yamo en? Dong ne ase miyi

EVERYDAY CONVERSATION – WUOYO MA PILE

ENGLISH LUO
Happy birthday Mor kuom odichieng’ nyuol mari
thank you Ero kamano
I am sorry Ago mos
You are welcome Aruaki ainya
Me too! Anbe!
God bless you Nyasaye oguedhi
May God protect you Nyasaye oriti
She is happy Nyako no omor
Please help me Akwayi, konya
I don’t know An akia
I will come tomorrow Adhi biro kiny
Come here! Bi kae!
Feel at home Winj ka in dala
Be blessed Bed gi gueth
I am coming soon Abiro machiegni
Excuse me Ng’uon na
Leave me alone! Weri koda!
It is okay Ber a bera
I am going home Adhi dala
I don’t want Ok adwa
Love is a beautiful thing Hera en gima ber
Let me try We atem
Welcome home Aruaki dala
I reached home safely Ne achopo maber
God is good Nyasaye ber
I don’t understand Ok ayua
We are happy to see you Wamor neni
I have it An kode
Rest in peace Nind gi kue
I don’t have money Aonge pesa
I am done Asetieko
I am going to the shop An adhi e duka
Happy new year Mor e iga manyien
Bad manners! Tim marach!
Stop using your phone We tiyo gi sime
I need a favor please Adwa ni ikonya
I haven’t seen you in ages Pok aneni ndalo mathoth
Great to see you again Amor neni kendo
You made my day Iloso odiechienga
No problem Onge nuksi
I really appreciate Ago erokamano sana
Let’s go!! Wadhi!!

 

DIRECTIONS IN DHOLUO - SIEMO

QUESTION RESPONSE PENJO DUOKO
Where are you? I am at dans In kure? An ka dan
Where were you? I was at home Ne in kure? Ne an dala
Where did you go? I went shopping Ne idhi kure? Ne adhi nyiepo
Where do you live? I live in school Idak kure? Adak e sikul

 

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