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.





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)

Ingarakisi ngesi or kesi!

Help her/him or them!

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

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!

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

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

Auta eong aitukurian ijo

I was just teasing or scare you

Mam iyangari erono

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

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

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