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congo rdc
Sentence :

nkulutu
nkulútu, pl. bankulutu (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)sonorous consonant
kulútu
nkolóto, pl. bankoloto (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
elder, old

boss
owner
see also : mama-kulutu
tags :
item 5 examples (bandakisa mítáno) ...
mama kulutu
maternal aunt (older than Mom, Mom's older sister)
tata kulutu
paternal uncle (older than Dad)
mama kulutu na biso azalaka baba.
My maternal great-aunt is deaf-mute.
maman nkulutu na biso azobela makasi
The big sister of my mother is very sick.
papa nkulutu na biso azalaka mutema mabe
The big brother of my mother is wicked.
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 'family' : mobóti, bokilo, bolóngani, bondeko, bonyangó, bosángó, bozéngé, ebóto, etike, nkulútu, léki, libála, libota, lipása, mama, litshombé, mwana, ndeko, nókó, papá, semeki, tata, yayá, kóko, nkóko, moana, muana, mobokoli, ya, nsimba, nzuzi, kulútu, kolonga, litsombé, mama-leki, tata-leki, tata-koko, mama-kulutu, mama-koko
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