Here are some useful phrases

A few words on pronunciation:

Some Rwandans pronounce "k" as "ch." Many pronounce "l" like "r" and vice versa, which means that some Rwandans pronounce "Kigali" as "Chigari." Similarly, some pronounce "g" as hard and others pronounce it softer, so "Ruhengeri" can sound like "Ruhenjeli."

If you are a stickler for pronunciation, try to imitate the way they pronounce their "l," which, if said correctly, should also sound vaguely like an "r" or a "d." After much practice, I've discovered that all it takes is a simple tap of the tongue on the hard palate behind your top teeth. It sounds harder than it is....in fact, Kinyarwanda is very easy to pronounce once you get the hang of it!

Everyday
Good morning: MwahRahMootZAY (Mwaramutse)
Good afternoon: MweeReeWay (Mwiriwe)
Hello (anytime): MooRahHoh (Muraho)
Hello (pidgin Swahili): JahmBoh (Jambo)
How are you?: AhMahKooRoo (Amakuru)
How are you? (reciprocated): AhMahKooRoo Yah Way (Amakuru yawe)
How are you doing?: OoMAYzay GOOtay? (Umeze gute)
What's up?: BEEtess? (Bitese?)
I'm fine: Nee MAYza (Ni meza)
I'm not good: MayZay NahBee (Meze nabi)
I'm fine: MAYzay NAYzah (Meze neza)
Thank you: MooRahKohZay (Murakoze)
Thank you very much(Swahili): AhSANtee SAHna (Ahsante Sana)
You, too: NahWay (Nawe)
Goodbye (afternoon): MeeReeGway (Mwirirwe)
Goodbye (evening): MooRahMooKeyAy (Muramuke)
Goodbye (general): MooRahBAYho (Murabeho)
See you next time/soon: TooRohnGayRah (Turongera)
Yes: YAYgo (Yego)
No: Oya (Oya)
What's your name?: WitWAHNday? (Witwa nde)
My name is _.: NEETwah _. (Nitwa)
Nice to meet you (one person): NdahBeeSheemYay (Ndabishimiye)
Nice to meet you (plural, polite form): NeeSheemYay KooBah MenYah (Nishimiye kuba menya)
Good: MAYza (Meza)
Bad: BeeBee (Bibi)
No problem: NAHkeyBAzoo (Nakibazu)
No problem (Swahili): Hakuna Matata (or) Hamna Shida
Welcome: MooRahKahZah NayZa (Murakaza neza)
Welcome (Swahili): KahReeBoo (Karibu)
Feel at home: MooReeSahnGah (Murisanga)
Excuse me (also means "have compassion"): ImBahBahZee (Imbabazi)
I am an American (woman): NDOOmnyaMayreekah KahZEE (Ndu mnyamerikakazi)
I am an American (man): NDOOmnyaMayreekah (Ndu mnyamerika)
I work for . : NhoRerAh (Nkorera _. )
We work for _. : DooKohRerAh _ (Dukorera _.)
Have a good day: OoMoonSee MweeZah (Umunsi Mwiza)
Have a good night: EeJoro GweeZah (Ijoro Rwiza)
Have a good trip: OoRooGenDoh GweeZah (Urugendo Rwiza)
I speak a little Kinyarwanda: KeenYahGwanda CheeAnJeeay NeeGeeKeeay (Kinyarwanda cyanje n'igikye)
I'm trying: NdaGayraGayZah (Ndagerageza)
I don't understand that: SeemByoomVah (Simbyumva)
Repeat: SooBeeRahMoh (Subiramo)
Excuse me (e.g. if trying to get through a crowd) : NDahSahBah EenZeeRah (Ndasaba inzira)
Me, too: NahJeeYay (Najye)
You, too: NahWay (Nawe)
what do you want?; OoRahShahka eeki? (Urashaka iki?)
where are you going?;OoGeeye he?(Ugiyehe?)
Beverages
Drinks: EeBeenYobGah (Ibinyobwa)
Milk (general): AhMahTah (Amata)
Drinking milk: EenChiuChiu (inshyushyu)
Yogurt milk, like an Indian lassi: EeKeyVooGooToe (Ikivuguto)
Powdered milk: AhMahTah YeeFoo (Amata Y'ifu)
Water: AhMahZee (Amazi)
Cold water: AhMahZee AhConeJay (Amazi akonje)
Beer: EeBeeYehRee (Ibyeri)
Local brew: EeRahGwa or EeGwaGwa (Iragwa)
Tea: EeKEYAhYee (Icyayi)
Coffee: EeKAHwah (Ikawa)
Fruit juice: OoMooToeBay WeemBooToe (Umutobe w'imbuto)
Coke: CoCah (Coca)

Food
Food: EeBeeReebGah (Ibiribwa)
Sugar: EeSooKAHree (Isukari)
Salt: OoMoonYoo (Umunyu)
Eggs: Ahmahgee (Amagi)
Meat: EenYahMah (Inyama)
Passionfruit: MaraKOOja (Marakuja)
Bananas: EemeeNAYkay (Imineke)
Plantains: IGeeToeGee (Igitoke)
Corn cake: Kayk (Keke)
Bread: OomooKAHtee (Umukati)
Butter: AhMahVooTah (Amavuta) (Though you might get margarine instead)
Donuts: AHmahndAHzi (Amandazi)
Potatoes: EeBeeRAIYee (Ibirayi)
Avocadoes: AhVohKah (Avoca)
Sweet potatoes: EeBeeJoomBah (Ibijumba)
Corn: EeKeyGorEe (Ikigori)
Cassava (Manioc): EemYoomBahTee (Inyumbati)
Sorghum: AhMahSahKah (Amasaka)
Tree tomatoes: EeKeenYohMorOh (Ikinyomoro)
Pineapple: EeNahNahSee (Inanasi)
Beans: EeBeeHEEMboh (Ibihyimbo)
Rice: OoMooCHELLee (Umuceli)
Peas: AhMahShahZah (Amashaza)
Carrots: AhMahKahRowTee (Amakaroti)
Tomatoes: EenYAHNyah (Inyanya)
Onions: OoBooToonGooRoo (Ubuntunguru)
Chicken: EenKohKoh (Inkoko)
Sheep: EenTahMah (Intama)
Goat: EeHenAy (Ihene)
Fish: EeFee (Ifi)
Little fish (lake smelts, often fried): SahmBahZah (Sambaza)
Corn or Cassava starchy accompaniment to many meals: OoGahLee (Ugali)
Banana mash: MahToeKay (Matoke)
Rice: OoMooChelEe (Umuceli)
Soup: EeSooPoo (Isupu)
Hot Chili: PeeLee PeeLee (Pili pili) (Swahili)
Hot Chili: OoRooSenDah (Urusenda)

Other Food/Drink-Related Terms
What are you looking for?: OoRahShahKeeKee? (Ura shakiki?)
I am looking for/I want: NDahShahKah (Nda shaka)
Here is sold _.: HAHno Hahree _: (Hano Hari)
We sell ___: DooKooRooZah (Ducuruza)
Plastic bottle (such as one that holds water) : AhgahCHOOPa (Agacupa)
I don't have a plastic bottle: AhGahCHOOPa PfEEtay (Agacupa Pfite)
There's still water in this bottle: HahRee MooAhMahZee (Hari Mu Amazi)
The last glass (such as "one for the road"): AhGahShinGooRahChooMoo (Agashyinguracumu)
When is the food going to be ready? (Very important here!): BeeGayZay Hay? (Bigeze he?)
It's going to take a while: BeeRahTeenDah (Biratinda)
I'm hungry: NDah ShownJay (Nda Shonge)
I'm thirsty: MFeeTay EenYowTah (Mfite Inyota)
Have you eaten? (singular): WahReeAy? (Wariye?)
Have you eaten? (plural): MwahReeAy? (Mwariye?)
Are you hungry?: OoRah ShownJay? (Ura shonge?)
I'm not hungry: NHahbGoh ShownJay (Ntabwo shonge)
Quench your thirst: SheeReenYohTah (Shirinyota)
I'm full: Ndah Hahzee (Nda Haze)
Bon Appetit: MoorYeohHairGway (Muryohe Rwe)
Cheers (when toasting a drink) : DooSahnGeeRay CarGeeOhHay (Dusangire Karyohe)
The food is good: EeBeeBeerGyo Nee ByeeZah (Ibibiryo ni byiza)
A little, Slowly: BooHorOh (Buhoro)
A lot, much, many: ByeenShay (Byinshe)
Cold: BeeCONEjay (Bikonje)
Room temperature/Tepid: EensheeooShay (Inshyushye)
Hot: EensheeooShay Cheeanee (Inshyushye cyane)

Money
Money: AhMaFahRanGah (Amafaranga)
I don't have money: INhaMaFahRanGah (Nta mafaranga)
There is no money: AhMaFahRanGah FeeTay (Amafaranga pfite)
How much does this cost? :NahnGahHay? (Nangahe)
Where is the bank: EeBONGki Ni Hay Hay? (Ibanki ni he he?)
Where is the currency exchange?: Forex Ni Hay Hay? (Forex ni he he?)
Lower the price! (Good for bargaining): GahBahnYah! (Gabanya!)

People
White person: OoMooZoonGoo (Umuzungu)
White people: AhBahZoonGoo (Abazungu)
Small white person: KAHzoongoo (can be derogatory, when used between Rwandans) (Kazungu) Man: OoMooGahBoh (Umugabo)
Woman: OoMooGohRay (Umugore)
Girl: OoMooKohbGah (Umukoobwa)
Boy: OoMooHoonGoo (Umuhuungu)
Baby, Toddler: OomWahNah (Umwana)
Friends/Lovers: MooKoonZee (Mukunzi)
Friend: EenShooTee (Inshuti)
My friend: EenShooTee WahnJeeYay (Inshuti wanjye)
Children: AhBahNah (Abaana)
Men: AhBahGahBoh (Abagabo)
Women: AhBahGohRay (Abagore)
Boys: AhBahHoonGoo(Abahuungu)
Girls: AhBahKohbGah (Abakoobgwa)
Person: OoMoonToo (Umuuntu)
People: AhBahnToo (Abaantu)

Common Expressions
What?: EeKey (Iki)
Why?: KooKee? (Kuki)
How?: BeeTay (Bite)
Who? (singular): Nday (Nde)
Who? (plural): BahnDay (Bande)
When?: ReeAhDee? (Ryali)
But: AhREECoh (Ariko)
Or: CheeahnGwa (Cyangwa)
Very: CHAHNay (Cyane)
Is: Nee (Ni)
And: Nah (Na)
Also: KahnDee (Kandi)
Always: EeTayKah (Iteka)
Never: NhabGwo (Ntabwo)
I want: NDah SHAHkah (Ndashaka)
I don't want: DTABgoneSHAHkah (Ntabwonshaka)
I don't want: SeenShahKah (Sinshaka)
Isn't that so? (If you say it): See Byoh? (Si byo?)
Isn't that so? (In response to something someone else has said): Nee Byoh? (Ni byo?)
Where is the bathroom?: AhHo KweetOoMah Nee Hay? (Aho kwituma ni he?)
Do you need to go to the bathroom? (singular): OoRah ShahKah Kwee TooMah? (Ura shaka kwi tuma?)
Do you need to go to the bathroom? (plural): MooRah ShahKah Kwee TooMah? (Mura shaka kwi tuma?)
Bless You (after a sneeze): KeeRah (Kira) or, more formally, MooRahKeeRay (Murakire)
You're welcome (after the "Bless You"): TooAySay
How is your family?: AhMahKooRoo YohMooRooGoh? (Amakuru yo murugo?)
You are cute/pretty: OoRee MweeZah (Uri mwiza)
It is pretty: Nee HayZah (Ni Heza)
It's good: Nee Byeeza (Ni byiza)
That's right/Isn't that right?: Nee Beeyo (Ni byo)
You are crazy (this should be reserved for good friends only, otherwise, an insult!): Oorah SahZay (Ura Saze)
You are crazy (Swahili): WayWay Cheesy
Unity: OOBOOMway(Ubumwe)
Peace: AhMahHorOh (Amahoro)
Hope: KweeZerAh (Kwizera)
Compassion/mercy: EemBahBahzi (Imbabazi)
Cooperation: OoMooBahNo (Umubano)
Truly: KahBeeSah (Kabisa)
Organization (like a humanitarian organization): OoMoorYahnGoh (Umuryango)
God: EeMahNah (Imana)
God Bless You: EeMahNah AhGooHay OoMooGeeSha (Imana aguhe umugisha)
Thank God: EeMahNeeSheemWay (Imana ishyimwe)
I'm tired: EndAHNahnEEway (Ndananiwe)
Listen: OomVah! (Umva!)
Go ahead: KohMayZah (Komeza)
I love you: NDah GooKoonDah (Nda gukunda)
I wish you a Happy Birthday: OoGeeRay OoMoonSee MweeZah WeeVooKoh ReeAhWay (Ugire umunsi mwiza wivuko ryawe)
Be strong: KohMayRah! (Komera!)
What are you saying?: OoTeeKey? (Uti iki?)
What are you doing?: OoRahKohReeKee? (Urakora iki?)

Family
Family: MeerYahnGo (Miryango)
Mama: Mama
Papa: DahTah (Data)
My wife: OoMooGorAy WahnJeeYay (Umugore wanjye)
My husband: OoMooGahBow WahnJeeYay (Umugabo wanjye)
My child: OomWahNah WahnJeeYay (Umwana wanjye)
My children: AhBahNah BanJeeYay (Abana banjye)

Miscellaneous
Rain: EemVOODah (imvura)
Rainy season: EegEEHay CheemVOODah (Igihe cy'imvura)
Mosquito: OoMooBoo (umubu)
Mosquitoes: EeMeeBoo (imibu)
Card: Eecartee
Hospital: EeVooReeRo (Ivuriro)
Prison: GayRayZah (Gereza)
Office: EeBeeRo (Ibiro)
Work: AhKAHzi (Akazi)
Pharmacy: FarMahSee (Farmasi)
Health Center: EeVooREERoh (Ivuriro)
Hospital: EeBeeTAHRoh (Ibitaro)
Gas station: AhHo KoonyeeWeshErAyZah AySahnSs (Aho kunyweshereza essence)
Village: AhKahDooGooDoo (Akadugudu)
Toilet Paper: EemPahPooRoh Zoh Moo MooSahRahNay (Impapuro zo mu musarane)
Matches: EeKeeBreeTee (Ikibriti)
Bandage: EeGeepFooKoh (Igipfuko)
Candle: BooJee (Buji)
Subsidized housing: OOmooDOOgoodoo (Umudugudu)
Community work: OOmooGahnDah (Umuganda)
Lodging: AhmahCHOOmbee (Amacumbi)
Telephone: TooVooGahNee (Tuvugane) (Literally, "Let's Talk")
Thief: OoMooJooRah (Umujura)
Thief (Swahili): MweeZee (Mwizi)
Lake: EeKeeYahGah (Ikiyaga)
Mountain: OoMooSohZee (Umusozi)
Volcanoes: EeBeeRoonGah (Ibirunga)
Baskets: AhGahSayKay (Agaseke)
Hug: HoBee (Hobe)
I love Rwanda: NdahKoonDah OorGwahnDah (Ndakunda urwanda)
I love Rwanda: NhoonDah OorGwanDah (Ntunda urwanda)
I'm happy: NdeeSheemYay (Ndishimiye)
Are you happy?: OoReeSheemYay? (Urishimiye?)
I'm unhappy: NHahbGoh NeeSheemYay (Ntabwo nishimiye)
Are you unhappy? NHahbGoh OoReeSheemYay? (Ntabwo urishimiye?)
I live in America: NHOOYay MooRee AhMayReeKAH (Ntuye muri Amerika)

Numbers
0 OhBooSah (Obusa)
1 ReemWay (Rimwe)
2 KahBeeRee (Kabiri)
3 GahTahToo (Gatatu)
4 KahNay (Kane)
5 Gahtahno (Gatanu)
6 GahTahnDahToo (Gatandatu)
7 KahReenDwee (Karindwi)
8 OoMooNahNay (Umunane)
9 EeCheeEnDah (Icyenda)
10 EeChooMee (Icumi)
100 EeJahNah (Ijana)
200 MahGahNahBeeLee (Magana Abili)
300 MahGahNahTahToo (Magana Atatu)
400 MahGahNahAhNay (Magana Ane)
500 MahGahNahTahNoo (Magana Atanu)
600 MahGahNahTahnDahToo (Magana Atandatu)
700 MahGahNahLeendWee (Magana Alindwi)
800 MahGahNeeNanEe (Magana Inani)
900 MahGahNah OorGwenDah (Magana Urwenda)
1000 EeGeeHoomBee (Igihumbi)
1500 EeGeeHoomBee Nah MahGahNahTahNoo (Igihumbi na magana atanu)
2000 EeBeeHoomBee BeeBeeRee (Ibihumbi Bibiri)
2500 EeBeeHoomBee BeeBeeRee Nah MahGahNahTahNoo (Ibihumbi bibiri na magana atanu)
5000 EeBeeHoomBee BeeTahNoo (Ibihumbi Bitanu)


Time
Today: NoNay (None)
Tomorrow: AyJoh HahZahZah (Ejo hazaza)
Yesterday: AyJoh HahSheeZay (Ejo hashize)
Soon: VooBah (Vuba)
Now: OoBoo (Ubu)

Morning: EeGeeToneDoh (Igitondo)
Afternoon: NeeMoonSee (Ni munsi)
Evening: OoMooGohRohBa (Umugoroba)
Night: EeJohRoh (Ijoro)

Last week: EeChoomWayroo GeeSheeZay (Icyumweru gishize)
This week: EeKee ChoomWayroo (Iki cyumweru)
Next week: EeChoomWayroo GeeTahHah (Icyumweru gitaha)
Last year: OomWahKah OoSheeZay (Umwaka ushize)
This year: OoYoo MwahKah (Uyu mwaka)
Next year: OomWahKah NhaHah (Umwaka ntaha)

On Monday: KooWah MbayRay (Ku wa mbere)
On Tuesday: KooWah KahBeeLee (Ku wa kabili)
On Wednesday: KooWah GahTahToo (Ku wa gatatu)
On Thursday: KooWah KahNay (Ku wa kane)
On Friday: KooWah GahTahNoo (Ku wa gatanu)
On Saturday: KooWah GahTahnDahToo (Ku wa gatandatu)
On Sunday: KooWah ChoomWayRoo (Ku wa cyumweru)

January: MooTahRahMah (Mutarama)
February: GahShyanTahRay (Gashyantare)
March: WerOorGway (Werurwe)
April: MahTah (Mata)
May: GeeChooRahZee (Gicurazi)
June: KahMayNah (Kamena)
July: NeeYahKahnGah (Nyakanga)
August: KahNahMah (Kanama)
September: NzayLee (Nzeli)
October: OoKwahKeeRah (Ukwakira)
November: OoGooSheenGoh (Ugushyingo)
December: OoKooBohZah (Ukuboza)