Maasai Culture

MAYOO Foundation

 

Learn the language of Kimaasai!

 

The language of the Maasai has 30 individual sounds, 9 contrasting vowels and is dependant on tone and pitch.

 

Hello - Supa, Soup-a

In response to greeting - Ipa, Eep-a

Goodbye - Olesere, Ol-es-air-ay

How are you? - Supa Oleng, Soup-a O-leng

 

Yes - Ee, Ay

Yes (after being called) - O

No - Haprah/Ahah, Hap-rah/ah-ah

 

Thank you (very much) - Ashee (oleng), Ash-ay (o-leng)

Good - Sidai, Sid-ae

I miss you - Anyor naleng, any-your nay-leng

 

What is your name? - Kekijia engarna ino, Kek-ejia en-g-arr-naa

My name is - Aji, A-jee

 

Necklace – Enengaina, E-nen-gay-na

Bracelet – Enemurr, E-nem-murr

Belt – Emuship, Emu-ship

Bag – Orbena, Orb-ena

 

Bomba - The boundary marking land around the home, excluding farm land

Manyatta - Buildings inside a bomba