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FAMOUS KALENJIN WORDS AND MEANING IN ENGLISH

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We will provide Kalenjin words to English translation. The Kalenjin are a group of Southern Nilotic tribes indigenous to East Africa, residing mainly in what was formerly the Rift Valley Province in Kenya. They number 6,358,113 individuals as per the Kenyan 2019 census and are divided into the Kipsigis, Nandi, Keiyo, Marakwet, Sabaot, Pokots, Tugen, Terik and Ogiek.

KALENJIN TO ENGLISH TRANSLATION

    Chamgei mising – Hello (a response to Chamgei)

Kaikai – Please

Achamin – I love you

Koikeny – Forever

    Yamonei – How are you?

    Mamogi – I am fine

    Kongoi – thank you

    Seiseri – Goodbye

    Mutyo – sorry

    Runemie – goodnight

Koikeny – Forever

   chemogoch : choir master

    Takaliet- only child

    Cheptongilo – young woman

    Chepyoset – Old woman

    Kwondo – woman

    Tamonet – pregnant woman

    Boiyot – old man

    Muren – man/moran

    Kiptoiyot – young man

    Pamon’go – father

    Iyoo – mother

    Lakwet – child

FAMOUS KISII WORDS AND MEANING

    Werit – son

    Chepto – daughter

    Pomori – grandfather

    Patiem – grandmother

    Abule – uncle

    Ngetet – boy

    Metit – head

    Moet – stomach

    Iitit – ear

    Konda- eye

    Konyek – eyes

    Keldo – leg

    Eut – arm

    Tai – right hand

    Patai – back

    Siiyet – finger/fingernail

    Sumek – hair

    Karit – car

    Sanit – plate

    Kigombet – cup

    Mat – fire

    Sotet – gourd

    Itook – bed

    Koitama – fireplace

    Choogo – granary

    Kaptich – cowshed

    Artet – goat

    Ingokyet – hen

    Kechiryet – Sheep

Masikchini – Its not possible

    Koot – house

    Gaa – home

    Teta – cow

    Sigiriet – donkey

    Kiptawirit – dog

    Pakeet – cat

    Arek – young of a bird, dog, cat, etc.

    Segemiat – bee

    Tisyet – colobus monkey

    Taratiet – bird

    Pandek – maize

    Kimyet- corn meal

    Pendo – meat

    Peek – water

    Chego – milk

    Mursik – sour milk

    Rongorik – porridge

    Mwetkei – bath

    Mwet – wash

    Buuch – sweep

    Tem – plough/dig

    Miin – plant

    Ges – harvest

    Mee – die

    Pol – quarrel

    Tien – sing

    Wendot – walk about

    Labatet – running

    Rirek – crying

    Ketoret – to help

    Chaktaet – hasty

    Boisiet – work

    Betusiek – days

    Asista – sun

    Arawet – moon

    Kasubutik – customs

    Awendo – armed warriors

    Oret – road/clan

    Kosobindet – healer

    Ingoryet – cloth, dress

    Kaliget – skin dress

    Ropta – rain

    Luu – shine

    Sugul – school

    Kirwongindet – chief

    Konetindet – teacher

    Konetindet ne oo – headteacher

    Chepsageiyot – witchdoctor

    Katunsiet – wedding

    Chepkondok – money

    Cheptalel – Supreme God

happy birthday in kalenjin – Boiboiyet ab sikengung

OTHER KALENJIN WORDS TO ENGLISH TRANSLATION ARE BELOW

Mwao: This word means tell me something or what you want whenever you enter a shop or a hotel. You should reply by mentioning whatever you want. 

Weri: This word is used by men who are about the same age or are in the same age set. Most men in the town use this word to call or refer to each other. 

Lakwet: It originally means a child but it is mostly used to refer to young and beautiful ladies.

Kass amwoun: This means to listen to me carefully. Someone will tell you this word when he is giving you instructions.

Wiru kiy: This word is mostly used by beggars or ‘wannabes‘. Someone will tell you this when he wants you to give him/her money. 

Chepkondok: It is the most important thing in town. Chepkondok simply means money. 

KIPSIGIS / KALENJIN WORDS WITH MORE THAN ONE MEANING

1. a)oret-clan

b)oret-road

2, a)muget-lid

b)muget-charges for murder

c)muget-navel

3. a)moeet-stomach

b)moeet-wound

4 a)talamwet- mouth fungal disease of children

b)talamwet-grasshopper

5. a)kapwalda-uterus

b)kapwalda-disease of protrution of rectum in children

6 a)kosobindet-healer

b)kosobindet-man from Gusii land

7 a)ndirit-part of a spear

b)ndirit-male genital organ

8 a)chepuchechet-alluminium beads

b)chepuchechet-beautiful lady

9 a)kelach-to give salt lick to cattle

b)kelach-to carry out mob justice to an evil doer by the masses

10 a) Segeeik-hooves of livestock

b) Seegeik-second spies of raid

11 a) sineet-deficiency

b) Sineet-higher fertile land free from water logging

12 a)Borowet-climber or liana plant

b)Borowet-after birth or placenta of livestock

13 a)kegoor-to be blind

b)kegoor-to heat animal fat till they melt

14 a)chepkileet-narrow road downstream

b)chepkileet-rope sewed by use of hand

15 a)Tageliet-dragon fly

b)Takaliet-only child born in a family

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