La Lingua Copperbelt 1

La lingua Copperbelt is a streetwise spoken tongue or language especially on the towns of the Copperbelt in Zambia. Its made up of entirely new words, sometimes a derivations and borrowings of other Zambian known words.

List of New Words Chiefly used On Copperbelt
WordEnglish closest Word or MeaningUsage Example
99 jobsEngaged in many jobs to make ends meet
AkamutakaNshima
AlizinkimanaVery dull
Ama-afuMoney
Ba SiGirlfriend 
BakamuchekaHypocrites
BamuntuPeople
Bondihome or house
BulongaBwine Bwino
ChitikiaSucceed
ChoziveleBehaviour
Colour yandekeLight in complexion
DegedegeFeeling
DibiliMany
DimbwiDelicious
Fwaka ya mu Ngonidrugs maruajana
IchibeleEvil alter
IchilaziMoney
IchilaziMoney
IfishilikitiMoney
ImfumuLeader eg of jerabos  Spax Mining or Youngson
Iminati Marijuana
IncryFuneral
InkindaNshima
IntantikoArrangement
InzingaCell phone
JilaA porsche vehicle
KaneneBelow 16
KazenCity Council
KemboPowerless / pretenderKembo muli 2 door gila
LakaFine or goodam feeling laka
LamyaCell phone
LazoThief
MbuliPowerless
Mokwanaenough
Mu basePlace you can call home
Mu KaleleIn townTwalifika mukalale
MudaA witch
MulastYou have little on your sidendi mulasti
MuloloTake it easy
NachumaI am broke/ no money
NakananaSituation is bad chaotic
NashilaI’m going, leaving
Pa chinsahome or house
PajelePrison
PampangaOpen pit
PaseloPolice
PeliShoe
PombolokaGet out of here
PyamoGet out of here
SabalaA person who has struggled to succeed
SeletiniThreaten
ShosholimentSituation
SililotoFuneral
SitataMoney
SlengwaLie
Tamangatrying this and that to make ends meet
TantaleeDelay
TantuleDissapoint?
TolomaSee situation
TowerObservation
Ukomonekela
UkubandwaHigh of drugs or drunk
UkubekaSucceed
Ukufuta lineBribe
UkugebaWoking/ Also performed well in bed sexually
UkugolekaSold me fake stuff
Ukukwatamo touchHaving your share
UkumamoHaving money
UkumongaDying
Ukupaking’aRest
UkupopokaLooking nice
Ukushika akabandaBribe
UkuswishamoGive money as a gift
Ukutamfya IchiwaGive money as a gift
UkuyubulaWaking up/ bathing
UmopondoA person who has struggled to succeed
UmuginboziGuy
Umupalyandatough or smart
UmupolaDisrespect
UmupondoMaster/ overseer
UwaoyoFake person
YazaNotice
ZazaTraffic Police
ZindangwaMoment