How to use the definite article in Wolof

How to use the definite article in Wolof

You want to learn how to use the definite article in Wolof? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Wolof lessons complete with useful examples. The apple, the house, the book... we'll teach you about the Wolof definite article in a simple, clear and enjoyable way.

The Wolof definite article

The definite article is what we call the word 'the' in English. The definite article is used with nouns. A unique feature of Wolof is that, unlike English, the definite article comes after the noun. The English definite article 'the' has various forms in Wolof. Depending on the first letter of the noun which it follows, the various forms are 'bi', 'gi', 'ji', 'li', 'mi', 'si' and 'wi'.

Examples

teere bi
the book
mag ju jigéen ji
the sister
bés bi
the day
janxa ji
the girl
palanteer bi
the window
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Wolof belongs to the Niger-Congo language family. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Wolof would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Step 4 : The definite article in Wolof

The definite article is what we call the word the in English. The definite article is used with nouns. Using the nouns teere, siis and bunt (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use the definite article with each of the nouns. The nouns together with the definite article are teere bi, siis bi and bunt bi (the book, the chair, the door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the definite article in Wolof including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the Wolof nouns teere, siis and bunt, you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in Wolof).

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