When at the Market and Shopping

The biggest market for fruits, vegetables and other products in Teso is at the center of Soroti town called Soroti market. 

Finding your way

Ateso

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Akoto eong alosit osokoni/ agwelanaret

I want to go to the market

Aibo ejai esokoni / agwelanaret?

Where is the market?

Elwanikina / elwana kane. Eyapie kane

Is it far / it is far from here. Is it nearby

Itimoi, kitodikinai eong nejai esokoni /agwelanaret

Please, direct me to the market

Ilosi ijo aicanican / aboliare ikapun/isirigin?

You’re going to waste money?

At the market

Biaibo aswam?

How is work / How are you doing?

Igwelanari ijo araito or puruuts?

Are you selling fruits?

Ejai ne egwelanarere obakedo kane?

Is there somewhere they sell avocados here?

Aibo egwelananare enanasi?

Where do they sell pineapples?

Inquiring about prices and bargaining

Igwelanari bo ijo etaget/amalaku biai?

How much do you sell bananas?

Igwelari ijo etaget/amalaku biai?

How much do you sell the bananas?

Isirigin/ikapun bo idi?

How much is it (lit.: how much money?)

Akoto lu/nu/na/lo elukumit

I want some for 1000. (lu/nu are used for masculine/feminine plural, while lo/na are used for masculine/ feminine singular. In Ateso any item whose name starts with and ‘e’ is regarded masculine, while those that start with ‘a’ are regarded feminine)

Akwat akany ngin idope.

Five hundred each(each one 500)

Mam Enyidok/Obakedo lo ekonit.

This avocado is not ripe/ready.

Egogong/ejonit emwebe/emiebe lo.

This mango is hard/not ripe

Vocabulary: Shopping

Ekwam/Ikwamin/lo alilot/esimu

Airtime

Enyami isirigin/ikapun/enyadu

To spend money extensively (lit: to eat money)

Isigira

Cowry shells (old form of money)

Clothes and textiles

Emuruget/Ebilangit

Blanket or big scarf rapped around the body.

Egomesi

Popular women dress fashioned by a Spanish catholic nun by the name Gomes(Spanish)

Ekaaso

Popular men gabb fashioned adopted from the Arabic tunic