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congo rdc
Sentence :

pongi
pongi
mpongí, pl. bampongi (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
sleep
item 9 examples (bandakisa libwá) ...
olali pongi ya moyi
you've slept a daysleep (you have done your nap)
pongi eyaki te
sleep did not come
nzinzi ya pongi
Tsetse
balongolaka pongi ya mbwa te. Balamusaka te mbwa oyo azali kolala.
"One" does not interrupt the sleep of a dog. "One" does not wake the dog that is sleeping.
bololo ya kafé esilisaka pongi
the bitter taste of coffee makes ends the fatigue
Aza kotungisa ngai ti na pongi na ngai.
She's disturbing me up to in my sleep.
mwana na yo aza na bokono ya mpongi.
Your child has the sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis).
kende kolala soki oza koyoka pongi.
Go to sleep if you feel tired.
Ozali na mpongi ? - Nanu te.
Are you sleepy ? - Not yet.
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


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