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Can you name the words English 'borrowed' from African languages (Hint: It helps to sound them out!)?

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African WordEnglish WordMeaning
MbanzaStringed Instrument
(Bantu)
Kivili-chimpenzeApe
(Tshiluba)
KoloType of Tree
(Mandingo)
!nu:Wildebeest
(Southern Bushman)
NgubaPeanut
(Kikongo)
NgomboOkra
(Mbundu)
JasiEnergy
(Mandingo)
JevTo Disparage
(Wolof)
NzambaElephant
(Kongo)
African WordEnglish WordMeaning
MakakuMonkey
(Bantu)
Moco'oMedicine Man
(Fula)
Mama DyumboName of Idol
(Mandingo)
NkrumaType of Vegetable
(Mbundu)
TamguTo Dance
(Ibibio)
TotaTo Pick Up
(Kikongo)
VudoSpirit
(Ewe)
NyamiTo Eat
(Fulani)
ZumbiFetish
(Kikongo)

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Tags:africa, translation, English, etymology