Let us show you some everyday phrases in Lingala to help improve your vocabulary in minutes.

One of the wonders of Congolese culture is its splendid national language Lingala, which is the most widely spoken language in the Democratic Republic of Congo after French but it is also spoken in central African Republic, Congo Republic, particularly in the capital Brazzaville. If you want to travel to the DRC, to Kinshasa precisely, where this language is commonly spoken, you can learn everyday and easy phrases in Lingala.

How to learn Lingala?

  • Learn easy Lingala phrases
  • How to pronounce Lingala words

Fun easy phrases in Lingala

In this part we will discover the easy, fun and common phrases in Lingala.

Mbote: Hello is the most common Lingala words
Ndenge nini: how is it going?
Na za Kitoko or tokoss from a Congolese singer Fally Ipupa since it is his own music style: I’m fine I’m beautiful, I’m well or well dressed
Oza kitoko: you are beautiful or well dressed, but the most used tokoss
Na za Malamu: I am fine
Oza malamu: you are fine

Na za Mabe: I am bad
Eza mabe: it’s bad

So romantic: How to say I love you in Lingala? To say I love you in the Lingala language we say ‘na lingi yo’; ‘Lingi’ comes from the word ‘Bolingo’ meaning love. I would be tempted to say that it is the Lingala word most used by singers from Kinshasa.

Nako bala yo: I will marry you
How to say shut up in LINGALA? We say Kanga monoko na yo
Ye moko: him alone
Yo moko: you alone
To za awa: we are here
Mwasi na nga: my woman if you combine a little with Na lingi yo Mwasi na nga
Maman na nga: your mother

Olingi nini: what do you want? What are you looking for?
Nazo Yoka te Lingala I don’t understand LINGALA
O Yoki: you understand
Ndeko: friends
Motema na nga: my heart
Nake ko sombela bilamba I’m going to buy the clothes
Eza mawa: it’s sad, it’s a shame
Mikolo nionso: every day
Na brosser minu: I brush my teeth
Kombo na nga Felie: my name is Felie
Kombo na yo eza nani: what is your name?
Sangonini: what news?
Boni: how are you?
Mobali na ye: her husband
Na key: I am leaving
Oh nzambe na nga: my God

Lingala in the market: na wenze 

I am going to buy food: Nake kosamba bileyi na wenze 

How much does it cost? Eza how much 

You have the oil: boza na mafuta 

Get out: kende kuna 

To learn and improve your language as much as you really want, you can watch our YouTube videos on how to learn Lingala.

Lingala At home: na ndako

What time is it? Eza tango nini eza hour nini

I am hungry: naza na nzala 

I’m going to eat the foufou: nako lia foufou 

I wash the plates: Nazo nika ba sani

I wash nazo: Nika bilamba 

I go to wash: nake kosokola 

I cook: nazo lamba

With friends: na ba masta 

I am going into my room: I am going into the bathrooms 

I am going to hit you: nako beta yo

it’s his child: Eza mwana na ye 

Azokomba nse: He is sweeping the floor.

Azopangusa mesa: She is cleaning the table.

Bakobamba ndako na biso: They will repair our house.

Nasengeli kokombola ndako: I am going to clean the house.

Pompe ezali ya kotoboka: The pipe has a hole.

Tozofutela ndako: We are going to rent a house.

Nasepeli yo: I thank you

Lingala at school: na kelasi

Kake na kelasi: I am going to school 

Pesa nga bic: give me a pen 

Pesa nga notebook: give me a pen 

Nazo yo kate: I don’t understand 

Na Ba camarad na ye: with your classmates

You can improve your fun and easy phrases in Lingala by watching this Video.

How to pronounce   Lingala words

Example with vowels 

A as potato 

E as dwell 

O as close 

I as It

U as put

Example of Lingala  phrases with English phonetics:

Na zo yoka te: Nah Zoh yo kah teh 

Oza kitoko makasi: Oh za Kee-toh-Koh mah-kah-See 

Na lingi yo : Na Lin-gee Yoh 

Kombo na yo eza nani ?: Koh-Mboh nah-yo-azah Nah-Nee

Na Ko Beta yo:  Nah ko Betah yo

I think with these pronunciations you will be able to read well in Lingala.


Lingala is the easiest language in the DRC, Angola, Central Africa, and the Republic of Congo; so a large part of the Kongo kingdom. These easy and common phrases will help you to learn Lingala faster. How much does it take? Only a few minutes with this article, or visit our YouTube channel where you can learn more to deepen your knowledge of Lingala in particular and of Congolese culture in general.