Kongo Verbs

Welcome to the 10th lesson about verbs in Kongo. We will first learn about the present tense, followed by the past tense, and future tense. We will also analyze some grammar rules, and finally practice how to ask for direction in Kongo.

Verbs are used to express an action (I swim) or a state of being (I am). The present tense in Kongo conveys a situation or event in the present time. Here are some examples:

Present Tense
Kongo
I speak English
mono ke tuba angele
you speak French
nge ke tuba falanse
he speaks German
yandi ke tuba alemani
she speaks Italian
yandi ke tuba italiani
we speak Arabic
beto ke tuba alaba
they speak Chinese
bo ke tuba shinwa

The past tense in Kongo conveys a situation or event in the past time. Here are some examples:

Past Tense
Kongo
I visited France
mono kwendaka kutala falansi
you visited Italy
nge kwendaka kutala italia
he visited Morocco
yandi kwendaka kutala maroko
she visited China
yandi kwendaka kutala shini
we visited Mexico
beto kwendaka kutala mekisiko
they visited Kenya
bo kwendaka kutala kenya

The future tense in Kongo conveys a situation or event which is anticipated to happen in the future. Here are some examples:

Future Tense
Kongo
I will drink milk
mono ta nuwa mabele
you will drink coffee
nge ta nuwa kafe
he will drink tea
yandi ta nuwa tii
she will drink water
yandi ta nuwa masa
we will drink apple juice
beto ta nuwa masa ya mabamfu
they will drink tea
bo ta nuwa tii

Now let's take a break and refresh our vocabulary by learning the body parts.

ear
ear
dikutu
eye
eye
disu
mouth
mouth
munoko
nose
nose
mbombo
hair
hair
nsuki
face
face
luse
head
head
ntu
heart
heart
ntima
hand
hand
diboko
fingers
fingers
misapi
leg
leg
dikulu
feet
feet
makulu

Travel Phrases in Kongo

Imagine yourself in some Kongo speaking country. The following travel phrases are highly important and can help you avoid misunderstanding. Try to memorize them and practice!

English
Kongo
Can you help me?
nge lenda sadisa mono?
Can I help you?
mono lenda sadisa nge?
Where is the airport?
wapi pleni ya avio?
Go straight
kwenda kaka na ntwala
Then
na nima
Turn left
baluka na diboko ya nkento
Turn right
baluka na diboko ya yakala

I hope this lesson about the verbs in Kongo was not hard for you. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Kongo Vocabulary   Kongo Vocabulary

Kongo Audio   Kongo Audio



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