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About Rwanda

Rwanda is a Country in East Africa
Rwanda is a landlocked East African country with a green, mountainous landscape. Its renowned Volcanoes National Park is home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. The park encompasses 4,507m-tall Mt. Karisimbi and 4 other forested volcanoes. In the southwest is Nyungwe National Park, with ancient montane rainforest that's a habitat for chimpanzees and other primates.
 
CurrencyRwandan franc
Population11.61 million (2015) World Bank
GDP per capita697.35 USD (2015) World Bank
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Kinyarwanda is the national language of Rwanda, and the first language of almost the entire population of the country. It, FrenchEnglish, and Swahili are the official languages of Rwanda. Rwandan Sign Language is used by the educated deaf population.

Useful phrases in Kinyarwanda

Learn a few phrases in Kinyarwanda

Kinyarwanda is the national language of Rwanda, and the first language of almost the entire population of the country. It, FrenchEnglish, and Swahili are the official languages of Rwanda. Rwandan Sign Language is used by the educated deaf population.

English

Ikinyarwanda (Kinyarwanda)

Welcome

Murakaza neza

Hello
(General greeting)

Muraho / Bite (inf)

How are you?

Amakuru?
Umeze gute?
Bitese?

Reply to 'How are you?'

Ni meza

Long time no see

 

What's your name?
My name is ...

Witwa nde?

Nitwa ...

Where are you from?
I'm from ...

Muturuka he?

 

Pleased to meet you

Ndabishimiye (sg) Nishimiye kuba menya (pl/frm)

Good morning 
(Morning greeting)

Mwaramutse

Good afternoon 
(Afternoon greeting)

Mwiriwe

Good evening 
(Evening greeting)

Mwiriwe neza

Good night

Muramuke

Goodbye 
(Parting phrases)

Murabeho / Mwirirwe (afternoon) / Muramuke (evening) / Turongera

Good luck

Amahirwe masa / Mwishyuke

Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)

Kubuzima bwacu!

Have a nice day

Umunsi Mwiza

Bon appetit / 
Have a nice meal

Muryoherwe

Bon voyage / 
Have a good journey

Urugendo Rwiza

I understand

Ndabyumva

I don't understand

Sinumva / Simbyumva

I don't know

Simbizi

Please speak more slowly

Vuga buhoro buhoro

Please say that again

Subiramo

Do you speak English?

Uvuga icyongereza?

Do you speak Kinyarwanda?
Yes, a little

Uvuga Ikinyarwanda?

 

How do you say ... in Kinyarwanda?

Uvuga ngwiki ... mu Kinyarwanda?

Excuse me

Imbabazi / Ndasaba inzira

How much is this?

Nangahe?

Sorry

Babarira / Wihangane (expression of sympathy)

Please

 

Thank you
Response

Murakoze
Murakoze cyane

Ntacyo

Where's the toilet?

Aho kwituma ni he?

I miss you

Ndagukumbuye

I love you

Ndagukunda

Get well soon

Urware ubukira

Leave me alone!

Mvaho! Ndakwiyamye!

Call the police!

Hamagara polisi!

Birthday greetings

Isabukuru rwiza / Ugire umunsi mwiza wivuko ryawe