Yaha in Eastern Karaboro
April 9, 2020 Generations Sifting the Red Lights of Yaha
"Yaha" means many things
depending on how you pronounce the A's
In Eastern Karaboro spoken in Burkina Faso
the example sentences tell much about life and feelings
"Yaha" [yãhã́] means red as in "U nayreyãhã par"
he bought a shirt red
"Yaha" [yáhā] means the generation as in "Ma yaha la ta ne, ma n nii n sã ra na?"
are you of my generation to scold me?
"Yahafua" [yáháfuā] means person from same age as in "Nawee yai u u yahafua yigi naambiyɛ"
we have to choose a person of the same age as a friend
"Yaha" [yāhā] means half as in "U ke nguyaha fua kaa"
he grilled half a chicken and he ate
"Yaha" [yàhà] means entrust it to someone as in "N sẽmbua yaha your cĩĩfua ye"
I entrusted a goat to my little brother
"Yaha" [yáhà] means sift as in "U saasege sege, ma pe miy yaha"
she pounded the corn and sifted the flour
"Yaha" [yàhà] means spread out or style a box as in "U nwoŋ yaha"
he put the roof on the hut
"Yaha" [yàhà] means shake a branch or tree as in "U ke ndoho katyigi yaha, kapra n too"
he shook the shea tree, and the fruit fell
"Yaha" [yàhà] means sacrifice as in "U mpar yaha"
he sacrificed and God "Yãhã" [Yãhã̀] ̀
"Yaha" [yàhà] means leave as in "Tɛr u yaha kaha wo"
I left it at home
"Yãhã" [yãhã̀] ̀menas Leprosy as in "Faale na, nawee- busãã pye yãhã ne"
in the past, many people had leprosy
"Yãhã" [yãhã̀] ̄means spin or wander as in "Ke kãnsyũhũ yãhã yãhãyĩŋ na"
the big bird whirls in the sky
"Yãhã di" [Yãhã̀ ̀ dī] means swear as in "U Yãhã di, ma yee woo sẽ pe war gbe ye"
he swore he didn't take the money
"Yãhã gbãã" [yãhã̀ ̀ gbãã] means lightning as in "Yãhã gbãã dye katyingbãŋ gaa wo"
lightning has struck down a large tree
"Yaha le" [yàhà lè] means to shut up as in "Cicar nwo nahafua ma u flaŋ, u ga yaha le"
if the mother of this child console him, he will be silent
"Yãhã wãyihi" [yãhã̀ ̀ wãyíhì] means lightning as in "Naweebusãã n fya yãhã wãyihi na"
a lot of people are afraid of lightning
"Yaha ye" [yàhà yē] means before as in "Ta cĩĩfua tɛr ra yaha ye Gbaafɔ na"
my little brother is gone before me in Banfora
"Yaha ye" [yàhà yē] means front as in "U dyale n yãr u yaha ye cãã laam wo"
his son walks in front of him at market
"Yãhã cãã" [yãhã̀ cã̀ ã́] ̀means clarity and natural light as in "Ma'a ma nwoŋ fenaatɛr yãr, yãhã cãã ga dye."
if you open your house window, clarity will come in
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