Simple Three letter Somali Words

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Simple Three letter Somali Words. 

These will not be all the three letter Somali words, but will include many that are used on daily conversations. The third column  consists of pronunciation help, synonyms and related things.

Letter B

Somali.

English

Tusaale.

Example sentence

Oraah.

Comments

Baq.

Scare

Waan baqayaa.

I am scared.

Naxay

Startled.

Bar.

Teach.

Bar caruurta edeb.

Teach the kids discipline.

Bar

Dot, especially on skin

Bil.

Month.

Hal Bil.

One month.

Bil

Crecent Moon

Bax. – (Bah)

Leave .

Ka bax Meeshaan.

Leave this place.

This one is a bit rude.
Bad.

Sea.

Badda cas.

The Red sea.

This is not the English (bad)

sounds like (but) with D

Bes.

Stop.

Bes! wuu buuxaa.

Stop! it is full.

You cannot use this word for stopping the car.
Bas.

Bus.

Baska iskoolka.

School bus

Borrowed words
Bus.

Dust.

Ka hurguf busta.

Shake the dusty off

This is not the school bus sound. it is the U sound.
Bir.

Metal.

Bir laga sameeyay.

Made of Metal.

Samayn.

Make/Do.

Bac.

Plastic bag.

Isii bacda madoow.

Give me the black bag.

Remember Somali C is the arabic  (ع) It can be silent.
Bun.

Coffee beans.

Bun la dubay.

roasted coffee beans

Make sure U in (bun) is same one in Uber
Bug.

Boom.

Maxaa bug yiiri.

What was that boom.

Same U as above. Always the case in Somali language
Bur.

Flour.

Bur soo gad.

Buy some flour.

Gad – ii gad

Buy  – buy it for me

Somali alphabet starts B.

 

Letter T

Somali.

English

Tusaale.

Example sentence

Oraah.

Comments

Tan.

This

Tan ma ahan.

Not this one

Tan is feminine (This)

Kan is the masculine (This)

Tir

Erase

Tir kan.

erase this.

Synonym: Tirtir
Tol

Sew

Ii tol shaatiga, fadlan.

Sew the shirt for me, please

Harqaanle

Tailor

Tin

Hair

Tin iyo cirib.

From hair to heels

Plural -Timo

An expression: all over

Tuf.

Spit

Ha tufin

No Spitting

Saliva.

Candhuuf

Tus.

Show

I tus aqoonsigaaga.

Show me your ID.

Aqoonsi

ID

Tun

Mince

Toon la tumay

Minced Garlic

Noune: Tumid

 

Letter J

Somali.

English

Tusaale.

Example sentence

Oraah.

Comments

Jab.

Break

Way jabtay.

It broke.

Ha jabi. Don’t break.

Ma jabin – Did not break

Jar

Cut

Xariga baan jarayaa.

I’m cutting the robe.

Synonym: Jarjar
Jir

Skin

Jirka u fiican.

Good for the skin.

There is also  (Jiir) which is a mouse.
Jug

Injury

Jugtii Shilka.

The Injury from the accident.

Jug – can be used anything that hits you slightly.
Jiq.

Dense

Kayn jiq ah.

Dense forest

Jiq – also something that is blocked and not moving.
Jil.

Act in theatre

Wuxuu jilay James Bond.

He asked as James Bond

Jilaa – Actor

I will not make new posts for the rest of the Simple Three letter Somali Words in Sentences, but will keep editing this page until we hit letter Y, which is the last alphabet.

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