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[Conversation] Time – Sample Sentences

Tudi diba kayi?
Quelle heure est-il ?
What time is it?

Tudi diba umwe
Il est 1 heure.
It’s 1 o’clock.

Tudi mundankulu
Il est minuit.
It’s midnight.

Tudi dya ibidi ne tusunsa dikumi
Il est 2h10
It’s 10 past 2.

Diba dya kuya dya kumbanyi
Il est temps de partir
It’s time to leave

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Diba dya kudya dyakumbanyi
Il est temps de manger
It’s time to eat

Leelu tudi wa manga ?
Quelle est la date aujourd’hui?
What is the day today?

Dibidi dya ngondu mwibidi
Le 2 février
February 2nd

Kudi mafuku abidi
Il y a 2 jours
Two  days ago

Note that to express time in Ciluba we use the first person of plural form so that “it is 1pm” is actually literally translated into “we are 1pm”…

Time – Vocabulary
Practice Counting in Ciluba

[Vocabulary] Time / Diba / Temps

Here’s a vocabulary list with words related to time. click on the link at the bottom to find a few sample sentences.

dîba
temps / timecidimu
année/ year

ngondu, mwenji
mois / month

ditùku / matùku
jour(s) / day(s)

dîba
heure / hour

kasunsa
minute / minute

cidimu
saison / season

luuyà
été / summer (hot season)

mashika makole
hiver / winter

muvwa wa mvùla
saison des pluies / rainy season

muvwa wa mashìka
saison sèche / dry season

mààlabà, makèèlèlà mushààla
hier/yesterdayleelù
aujoud’hui / today

mààlabà, makèèlèlà
demain / tomorrow

dìndà
le matin / morning

mundaamuunyà
l’après-midi / afternoon

dilòòlù
le soir / evening

bufùku
la nuit / night

mpindyewu
maintenant/ now

pashììsha
plus tard / later

diba dyônso
n’importe quand / anytime

Cyongu (wa minanga)*
janvier / januaryLwîshi*
février / february

Lwabanya (nkasu)*
mars / march

Cisanga (nkasu)*
avril / april

Lumùngùlù*
mai / may

Kabalanshipu*
juin / june

Kashipu (nkenza)*
juillet / juillet

Cimungù (wa mashika)*
aout / august

Kabitenda*
septembre / september

Kaswamansensa*
octobre / october

Kaswàbàngà*
novembre / november

Ciswà munèna*
décembre / december

lumingu
semaine / weekdiimwe
lundi / monday

diibidi
mardi / tuesday

diisatu
mercredi / wednesday

diinayi
jeudi / thursday

diitanu
vendredi / friday

diisambombu
samedi / saturday

dyalumingu
dimanche / sunday

ndekelu wa lumingu
fin de semaine / weekend

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*Baluba people traditionally call months by the event happening during the moon. for example Ciswa Munene, December, is the month where the big winged ants are out.

Time – Sample Sentences
Practice Counting in Ciluba