As I mentioned it earlier, my fluency in Wolof is limited BUT today I will give you basics that will help you get around Dakar easily. Wolof originated as the language of the Lebu people, an ethnic group of Senegal. It is the most spoken language in Senegal.


Spoken natively by the Wolof people, who make up 40% of the population, but also by most other Senegalese people as a second language. Wolof dialects vary geographically and between rural and urban areas. For instance, Dakar – Wolof is an urban mixture of Wolof, French and Arabic.


  • Greetings:

Salaam alekum: Good Morning/Good Afternoon, Greetings in general:


Nanga def: How are you?


Mangi fi rekk, na nga def?: Im fine, How are you?


Jamm rek, Yow nak?: I’m good and you?


Ba beneen [Beu bénéen]: Goodbye


Dalal ak jamm: Welcome dakar senegal (2)

  • Conversations:

Noo tudd [No tudu] : What’s your name


Marie la tudd [… la tudu] : My name is Marie


Deg nga Wolof? : Do you speak Wolof ?


Fan nga jog [Fan ngeu jogé]: Where are you from?


Jerrejef [Jai-ruh-jeuf]: Thank you dakar senegal (3)

  • Transportation:

Mangui dem: I’m leaving


Da mey dem Mermoz. Ñaata la? [Nyata leu]: Im going to Mermoz. How much is it?


Fi bakhna: Stop here dakar senegal (5)

  • Food :

Kaye ndekki: Come eat breakfast


Kay an [Kaye agne]: Come eat lunch


Kat reer [Kaye rér]: Come eat dinner


Thiep bi nekhna [Fan ngeu jog]: This thiep is good


Jaay me biscuit biskrem [Djaie meu …]: Sell me some biscuit/biskrem dakar senegal (4)

  • Wolof sayings :


Yallah bakhna: God is good. Said to express hope


Lou méti yagoul: Hard times never last long


Gueumeul yalla: Believe in God


Mbolo moy dolle: Unity is strength