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Word for the Travel Wise (04/04/06)
Today's phrase is a Mende phrase used in Sierra Leone:
Nya sinjii ve - Give me my change
So what if Sierra Leone isn't hot on the tourist maps? By the time things finally simmer down for good in all parts of the land you'll be one of the few rambling off in Mende. With this phrase you'll even be one of the smarter few making sure you're getting your change instead of getting ripped off. I am sure you can say this one a number of ways to be either demanding or polite. In most cases always request your change in a polite tone. The knowledge you hold will be perplexing enough.
Mende is going to be yet another toughie to learn online. For now I suggest going through this Mende Phrasebook published by the Bumumbu Press during colonial times to help Mende speakers learn English. In turn it can help you learn Mende in modern times.