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congo rdc
Sentence :

talo
tálo
ntálo, pl. bantalo (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
number, price, value, price, cost
see also : ntína, tina, motúya
item 8 examples (bandakisa mwámbe) ...
soso ezali talo makasi likolo ya dollar.
The chicken is very expensive because of the dollar.
libanga ya talo
kostbare steen, erts, (diamond,...)
kitisa talo.
lower the price.
talo boni ?
How much does it cost ? (how's the price ?)
bilamba yango eza talo penza.
Those clothes are really expensive.
Awa biloko nyoso ezalaka ntalo.
Here everything is expensive.
Biloko nyonso ekomi ntalo mingi.
All things became expensive.
Ezali ntalo mingi. Kakola moke.
That's very expensive. Negotiate a bit.
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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