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po na ba mboka nionso pe na pikolo nionso

English translation: po na ba...

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17:47 Mar 8, 2004
Swahili to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / cultural idioms
Swahili term or phrase: po na ba mboka nionso pe na pikolo nionso
Is this Swahili?
It's a line of lyrics from a song.
Please, if anyone can help with decyphering just SOME of the individual words, I'd be most grateful.
markmx
Local time: 04:54
English translation:po na ba...
Explanation:
This is not Swahili, I guess it's lingala (spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo). Some of the words can be found in this lingala-french dictionary, but it contains only 539 words so you'll have to look up the rest somewhere else.

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Note added at 2004-03-08 21:45:35 (GMT)
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Lingala, with a capital L, of course.
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Dorota Strzyzewska-Kingori
Netherlands
Local time: 04:54
Grading comment
You deserve the 4 points for some very helpful leads. Even though I'm still struggling to match this phrase linguistically, you've been most useful in putting me on track. I'm still not clear about 'pikolo' (skin colour, or family, perhaps?), I'm delighted to have made a bit of progress with your follow-up email explanation.
Thank you.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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po na ba...


Explanation:
This is not Swahili, I guess it's lingala (spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo). Some of the words can be found in this lingala-french dictionary, but it contains only 539 words so you'll have to look up the rest somewhere else.

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Note added at 2004-03-08 21:45:35 (GMT)
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Lingala, with a capital L, of course.


    Reference: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/pascal.grouselle/lin-fra.htm
Dorota Strzyzewska-Kingori
Netherlands
Local time: 04:54
Works in field
Native speaker of: Polish
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
You deserve the 4 points for some very helpful leads. Even though I'm still struggling to match this phrase linguistically, you've been most useful in putting me on track. I'm still not clear about 'pikolo' (skin colour, or family, perhaps?), I'm delighted to have made a bit of progress with your follow-up email explanation.
Thank you.
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