Feelings and Discussions

Arguing, defending oneself and apologizing in Ateso

When people are disturbing you, you should express yourself clearly that you don’t want that. Worrying about being impolite should be a second thought since a lot of times situations might become uncomfortable and people don’t take you seriously unless you speak up for yourself.




Ido/Ere konye ijo/!

Come on! (lit.: And you!)


Step back or move away!

Inyobo kon/ Inyena bo nukon? (Very rude)

What is it with you?


Calm down!


Stop it! (lit.: Stop or leave it)

Mam itingi/itirori/ajoror eong!

Don’t touch me!

Ingarakisi ngesi or kesi!

Help her/him or them!

Itikokisi/kirebokisi ekokolan!

Stop the thief!

Irai ijo lo elepa/emokoorat / lokarodan

You are a crook/conman

Irai ijo adote/edote!

You are an adulteress/adulterer

Iuta ijo adiakar/aibucar/aswam adiakaret/aswam aibucaret!

You are making a mistake!

Eworouni eong ipolisin/Kenomak ber eong ipolisin!

I will call the police/Let me call the police

Ayangari eong ijo Polis

I will take you to the police

Kolakak/kojalak ngin/ngol bon!

Leave her/him alone!

Koinak ngesi ainapakin!

Give her/him some peace!

Esurumar/Erumata/Esurumi ijo ileic!

They have a shamed you!

Mam itei eong kwangin!

Don’t look or stare at me like that!

Mam ijo iwanyunitor itunga?

Have you never seen people?

Ikwaikini ijo ai …

What will you...

Ijo ngesi

How dare you

Apasata eong nukon

I’m tired of you. (lit.: I feel tired of you)

Emurwoki do ijo!

You are ungrateful! (lit.: You have forgoten)

Itakadikit ijo eong

You are annoying me

Akadakit eong

I am annoyed or I am pissed off

Itakadikit ijo eong

You are pissing me off

Mam ijo irai lo or na imunono!

You’re not faithful / trustworthy

Emamei eong amunonut kanekon cut

I don’t trust you at all

Ilakak/Ijalak ijo eong?

You have abandoned or dumped me?

Adaunos nuwok

I’m done with you. (lit.: Ours are finished)

Solving conflicts

Etironikin/Etoronikin eong

I apologize

Etim/Esioni/Arumaki eong ijo

I forgive you

Auta eong abolianar/eyala

I was just kidding/joking

Auta eong aitukurian ijo

I was just teasing or scare you

Mam iyangari erono

Don’t take an offense / Don’t be offended

Itudusau / Itodou ijo eong etau

You have shocked me

Adiakarit or ebucarit eong

I regret it

Etimit eong ijo

I feel for you/I pity you/I have sympathy for you

Ijaas ijo kede etau loajokan loitimono

You have a good heart, that is forgiving

Kogogong ijoda

Be hard working (Lit.: Be strong)

* In order to say ‘to be worried about’, the about has to be conjugated the following way:

Eyalongongoi eong kanukon

I’m worried about you

Iyalongongoi papa kanuke

Dad is worried about him/her

Iyalongongoete yesi kanukosi?

You are worried about us?

Iyalongongoi isio/iso kanukon

We are worried about you

Iyalongongoete auriak kanukec

The parents are worried about them