How to use the indefinite article in Lingala

How to use the indefinite article in Lingala

You want to learn how to use the indefinite article in Lingala? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Lingala lessons complete with useful examples. An apple, a house, a book... we explain it all to you in short, easy to follow lessons.

The Lingala indefinite article

The indefinite article is what we call the words 'a' and 'an' in English. The English indefinite article 'a' does not exist in Lingala. Unlike English, a noun on its own can be considered indefinite without the need for a specific word to show this.


a brother
a month
a man
a cat
a stone
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About Lingala

Lingala is spoken in the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a large part of the Republic of the Congo. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Lingala would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Basic words and phrases in Lingala

Learn to get by in Lingala with these useful words and phrases. These essential phrases cover everything from Lingala greetings to business and workplace communications to love and dating.

Kilálo ezali.
There is a bridge.
Nzela ezali.
There is a road.
Ndeke ezali.
There is a bird.
Nzeté ezali.
There is a tree.
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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Lingala

The indefinite article is what we call the word a in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns in English (a book, a chair, a door etc.). To get started in Lingala, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns buku, kiti and ekuke (book, chair, door). Once you have learned these nouns, you can then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. This is easy in Lingala, because in Lingala, there is no indefinite article. So the word buku can mean book or a book, the word kiti can mean chair or a chair and the word ekuke can mean door or a door. You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the indefinite article in Lingala including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Lingala nouns buku, kiti and ekuke, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Lingala).

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