Hi at all!
I am Marion from germany. I am married to a man from ivory Coast. His local language is malinke. I want to know what is the right writing of, I love you much, in malinke. My husband is not good in writing malinke because he was only learning from listening to it. In the past he was writing down I love you means, ikadinye mifer. I just wanna know if this is written right. I was searching for the words in the internet but I didn’t find any translations for it.
It would be nice if someone can help me out.
Thank you and Greetings
Sorry for my English
Yes, to say “I love you” you can say I ka di n ye or “n b’i fɛ”. To say “much” or “a lot” you can just add at the end kosɛbɛ, or kojugu to say “too much” or “so much”.
@malikdiallo’s two suggestions actually match what your husband wrote down in his own way (“Ikadinye mifer”):
I ka di n ye (lit. ‘You are pleasing to me’)
N b’i fɛ (lit. ‘I want you’ or ‘I am with you’)
Both are common ways to express the idea of loving someone. I’d also add the option of I ko ka di n ye or I ko duman n ye (both literally mean, ‘Your affair is pleasing to me’)
If your husband is specifically “Malinké” (AKA Maninka) then he might also say N y’i fɛ instead of N b’i fɛ. Using bɛ is more Bambara/Jula than Maninka, but it can depend on where he is from or what form of the language he grew up. Based off his writing though, it sounds like N b’i fɛ works just fine for him!