Basic Saho Vocabulary

The other day, I was looking for a basic Saho vocabulary list, to support some Saho-speaking English-learners. While I found a few dictionaries, and plenty of academic/grammatical analyses, I couldn’t find any sort of basic vocabulary list, organised by topic. So, I made one (based on a few of the dictionaries)! It’s not a complete language guide (not by a loooooong stretch) — but, it’s a start!

Note: I am not a Saho-speaker. If you see anything which needs to be corrected, please let me know in the comments!

KALLAAXE (TRAVEL)

  • attobus = bus
  • roblaano = airplane
  • tikket = ticket
  • tsirga = road
  • cibri = boat

SAACA (TIME)

  • sekkendi = second
  • daquiiqha = minute
  • saaca = hour
  • kado = now

LELLEC (DAY/DATE)

  • kumal = yesterday
  • kaafa = today
  • beera = tomorrow
  • erekkaso = the day before yesterday
  • beexa = the day after tomorrow
  • sanii = Monday
  • saluus = Tuesday
  • rabac = Wednesday
  • xamus = Thursday
  • jumcat = Friday
  • cindha sambat = Saturday
  • naba sambat = Sunday

MAAL (MONEY)

  • limo = cost/price
  • dago limo = cheap
  • qaali = expensive
  • foyyah = free (nothing)
  • fida = refund
  • ikfile = pay

XAWAX (FAMILY)

  • abo = grandfather
  • aboyya = grandmother
  • awkä = girl
  • awka = boy
  • sacal = brother
  • sacla = sister
  • ina = mother
  • abba = father

CARE (HOUSE)

  • carat = bed
  • shiquaaqh = toilet
  • difeena = chair
  • thawla = table
  • farnello = stove
  • bumba = faucet
  • finistira = window

MACAASHA (FOOD)

  • baani = bread
  • xarich = flour
  • lay = water
  • kudaar = vegetables
  • xazo = meat
  • lalim = egg
  • daro = fruits
  • ruuz = rice
  • qurse = breakfast
  • dirar = dinner
  • dhacamto = snack
  • maaddi = meal