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butiku mbagg bi
the salesman who displays his wares on a board carried on his shoulders
daŋtist bi
the dentist (from French)
defarkatu pañe bi
the basket maker
fajkat bi
the doctor of African medicine
gànc bi
the prostitute
gellwaar bi
the prince
jàngkat bi
the scholar/student
kaadi bi
the judge
komiseer bi
the police chief (from French)
làbbe bi
the priest/minister (from French)
làpto bi
the man who works as a temporary laborer on boats in a port city
léttkat bi
the hairbraider
xarala bi
the artist
Ab xarala laa.
I'm an artist.
jëfkat bi
the author
Naka la jëfkatu téere bi tudd?
What is the author of this book called?
awokaa bi
the lawyer
Awokaam layal na ko bu baax.
His lawyer argued well for him.
tëggu wurus
jeweller
Sama jëkker tëggu wurus la.
My husband is a jeweller
buuse bi
the butcher (from French)
Buuse yi dañu gerew
The butchers are on strike.
mbulañse bi
the baker
tëggkat bi
the drummer
Tëggkatu ndënd la.
It's a tam-tam drummer.
rëbbkat bi
the hunter
borom-dëkk bi
the village chief
jula bi
the trader; import/export businessman
dag bi
the courtisan
Buur aayul, dag yaa aay.
The king isn't evil, it's the courtisans who are evil.
fecckat bi
the dancer
kaañfóore bi
the scholar, erudite person
Abdulaay kaañfóore la.
Abdoulaye is an erudite person.
jaam bi
the slave
Dañu koy liggéeyloo ni jaam.
They made him work like a slave.
etijaa bi
the student (from French)
Etijaa yaangiy laaj seen burs.
The students are claming their bursaries.
foksineer bi
the civil servant (from French)
Jëkkëram foksineer la.
Her husband is a civil servant.
tëgg bi
the blacksmith
Këru tëgg baangi nii.
This is the house of the blacksmith.
wottukat
guard
aasaa sekkere
informer/secret agent (from French)
Am na ab aasaa sekkere ci ñoom.
There is an informer among them.
eesiñoor bi
the engineer
nemmikukat bi
the inspector
Moom mooy nemmikukat bi.
It's him who is the inspector.
làppatoo bi
the interpreter
Duma soxla làppatoo.
I won't need an interpreter.
ñeengokat bi
the magician
Noo ngiy seeti ñeengokat bi,
We're going to see the magician.
mécce bi
the profession/occupation
Luy sa mécce?
What's your profession?
soldaar bi
the soldier
Soldaar yaa ngiy xareji.
The soldiers are going to war.
ministar bi
the (government) minister (from French)
jawriin bi
the (government) minister
Ministaru bittim-réew
Minister of Foreign Affairs
maneebar bi
the worker/labourer
oborye bi
the worker/labourer
Abdu oborye bu xam liggéeyam la.
Abdou is a worker who knows his job.
waay-defal-yàlla bi
the philanthropist
Góor googu waay-defal-yàlla lawoon.
That man was a philanthropist
xeltukat bi
the philosopher
xalaatkat bi
the philosopher
fotokat bi
the photographer
portalekat bi
the photographer
Noo ngiy xaar portalekat bi.
We're waiting for the photographer.
Bëgg naa taalifu Sengoor lool.
I really like the poetry of Senghor.
taalifkat bi
the poet
pompiye bi
the fireman
Oto pompiye yi jaar na fi léegi.
The firemen's vehicle passed by here just now.
doomu-buur bi
the prince(ss)
Sama jabar doomu-buur la.
My wife is a princess.
caga bi
the prostitute
Poliis ramaas na ay caga yu bare.
The police nicked lots of prosititues.
defarkat
repairer/repairman
Ndax fii am na defarkati montar?
Is there a watch repairer here?
paasyoŋkat bi
the restaurateur/restaurant owner
Nijaayam paasyoŋkat la.
His uncle is a restataurant owner.
buur bi
the king
Buuy aayul, dag yaa aay.
The king isn't pad, it's the courtiers who are bad (meaning: to be more Catholic than the Pope)
sekkerteer bi
the secretary
Amatuma ab sekkerteer.
I don't have a secretary anymore.
sóor
nun
Bi ma nekkee soldaar, xare amulwoon.
When I was a soldier, there was no war.
ràbb bi
the weaver
firikat bi
the translator
Firikatu Alxuraan
Translator of the Qur'an
lappatoo bi
the oral translation/interpretation'; the interpreter
liggéeykat
worker
Liggéeykat yépp dem nañu.
All the workers have left.
seetkat bi
the clairvoyant
Am na ab seetkat bi kër gii.
There is a clairvoyant in this house.
booy bi
male domestic worker
Bu mbindaan mi ñowul, booy bi mooy toog.
When the maid doesn't come, it's the male domestic worker who cooks.
géwél gi
the griot
Géwél gi xam na cosaanu dëkk bi bu baax.
The griot knows the history of the village well.
Jula yi taxawal nañu ab sàndikaa.
The merchantes formed a syndicate.
dawalkatu roplaan
pilot
piloot bi
pilot
Roplaan bi amatul piloot.
The airplane no longer has a pilot.
buur bu jigéen bi
the queen
tusuñe bi
the cook
meetar bi
the master (of school) (from French)
muse bi
the master (of school)
Sunu meetar nekku fi.
Our master isn't here.
Taalifkat bu mag la.
He's an important poet.
ndaw li
the messenger
Ndawal buur egsi na.
A messenger of the king arrived.
koksóor
tout for public transport
kurce bi
the tout (for businesses)
Koksóor la ca gaaraas bi.
He's a tout at the station.