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congo rdc
Sentence :

safu
bonsáó (class 14 : abstract nouns - no plural)
sáfú, pl. basafu (class 9a/10a (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural from context (or informal/modern ba-), not with n-/m-)
nsáfú, pl. bansafu (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
bonsau (class 14 : abstract nouns - no plural)
monsáó, pl. minsao (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
monsáú, pl. minsau (class 3/4 : mo- (mu-) / mi- : objects)
nsáú
scientific name : Dacryodes edulis

sort of fruit, nsafu
also called african plumb (or african pear)

nsafu tree


mai ma nsáfú
color of a nsafu =  purple/violet 
safu ya kokalinga
safu ya kokalinga
© pvh (Letitia Nkanza Kalawuma)
safu
safu
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nsafu
nsafu
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synonymes : bonsáó, bonsau, sáfú, nsáfú
tags :
item 2 examples (bandakisa míbalé) ...
nzete ya safu
safou tree
mai ya mpondu. mai ya malala. mai ya nsáú.
green (the color of mpondu). orange (the color of an orange). purple/violet (the color of a nsafu).
item Article : consonants
In Lingala, sometimes you hear "nsoso" and sometimes you hear "soso". You might get the impression that
it would be free to choose wether to use the first letter m or n when the word starts with two consonants,
but in reality there is a precise rule for it :

In lingala, the first letter m or n may be ommitted for words that start with mp, nt, ns or nk.
(The voiced consonants - FR: Les consonnes sonores)

NK
nkama / kamacent
nkingo / kingocou
nkisi / kisimédicament
nkulutu / kulutuaîné
nkoba / kobatortue
MP
mpinzoli / pinzolilarme
mpo / popour
mpamba / pambanul
mpuku / pukusouris
mpongi / pongisommeil
NS
nse / sedessous
nsoso / sosopoulet
nsambo / sambosept
nsango / sangoinformation
nsinga / singafil
NT
ntina / tinaimportance
ntolo / tolotorse
ntalo / talovaleur
ntango / tangotemps
ntaba / tabachèvre

In all other cases, the first letter is mandatory.
(The unvoiced consonants - FR: Les consonnes sourdes)

NG
nguyapouvoir
ngaimoi
ngandabar
ngubaarachide
ngulucochon
MB
mbokavillage
mbelicouteau
mbetulit
mbilapalmier
mbisipoisson
ND
ndakomaison
ndekocousin
ndakisaexemple
ndumbaprostituée
ndundalégume
NZ
nzotocorps
nzetearbre, baton
nzelachemin
nzungumarmite
nzalafaim
NY
nyeiexcrément
nyosorien
nyokaserpent
nyamaanimal
nyongodette


other words with the tag 'fruit and vegetables' : ananási, bikedi, eloló, bitekuteku, bonsáó, dongódongó, ekéké, ekútu, esápa, etabe, etabi, fumbwa, kwánga, lidésu, likémba, lilála, lingolo, litungúlu, liyebo, lisángó, mbálá, mbika, mbíla, mbuma, ndúnda, ngúba, paipái, payipayi, pilipili, pondú, pwaró, tomati, tondolo, ndímo, likásu, kokotí, likombó, liyebú, mosángó, liboké, kúnde, lisángú, libengê, mbomá, avoká, savoká, mpondú, lidamé, lipéla, litóngé, payi, linanási, ndiká, pakápáka, mokókóló, linioko, misili, sáfú, tomato, sakasáka, nkúnde, pili-pili, ndembi, limona, likásó, lilebó, mongúba, nsáfú, bonsau, ngombo, gombo, mondiká, sóló, sinda, mondéngé, mundenge, biteku-teku, mádamé, poilu, liebú, mazulu, mungenge
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