To be late

to be late

Waati ye X minɛ


Waati ye n minɛ!

Lit. ‘Time grabbed me!’


There isn’t a good one-to-one translate for the idea of “being late”, but the expressions Waati ye X minɛ can work.

In N’ko texts, one also finds the verb k'à dòondi (‘to delay something’), but I have never heard anything similar in Bambara or Jula. In the Maninka dictionary of Moussa Bamba, there is no verb like k'à dòondi and I can’t find any other word that translates the concept of being “late” or “not on time”.

Bailleul’s French-Bambara dictionary.

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