|It’s too hot. She is too fat.
||Too and very are interchangeable
|How is the condition on your side?
||How are you doing?
|I’m coming now.
||Said as one is leaving the room, meaning I'm coming
|Can I go with it? / Can you borrow me...
||Can I borrow it?
|Help me dollar. Can you help me your stapler?
||"Help me" is the polite way of asking for
|Just there—that side. (point in general direction
and snap fingers)
||The traditional way of giving directions. Very vague.
||Meaning it has an official stamp on it somewhere.
||used to refer to peers, friends, coworkers, relatives
||Come on, it's time to go, follow me (usually given
without any explanation.)
|We are suffering.
||Overused way of saying there is some sort of problem.
|There is no oxygen.
||The air is stuffy/smelly or a room is too crowded or
the windows are closed.
|Our first born/last born
||The oldest/youngest sibling/offspring
|He is not serious.
|| He’s joking/screwing around/insane/making
|That small boy
||Refers to any of the numerous undersized little boys
running around causing trouble.
|He is having many books.
||Namlish speakers don't know it's grammatically incorrect to say
||Namlish speakers often say “yes” when greeting.
Eg-“How are you?” “Yes.” Or sometimes they will just
start with yes: “Yes Miss” when greeting me.
||But then they will say “Hello” when you call them. “Mr. Nuuyoma!” “Hello!”
|Mr. Principal is calling you
||It means he wants you to come to where he is.
Drop whatever you’re doing, and you don’t know if it’s
important or not. Very annoying.
|The time is going.
||We are running out of time/you’re wasting time/it's
|It is time.
|| We’re finished / class is over.
|I just came to visit you.
||I want something, but I’m not going to tell you what
it is until I waste at least a half hour of your time.
|His teeth are not arranged.
||He needs braces (but they don't have those here).
|| has glasses
||Even although there’s five of you in the back seat
of this small car, you cannot sit on top of each other but you must
sit beside each other or I might get in trouble with the police.
||to get pregnant accidentally
||The bathroom. Namlish
speakers don’t use the word bathroom.
||small shop selling beer and other things like cookies,
||large van type thing capable of holding a driver and
12 passengers plus babies
||chalk board eraser
||cellophane tape (“scotch tape”)
||3 ½ floppy disk
||year planner/daily calendar
||high-up government people
||a place way out in the middle of nowhere where rich
men keep their cattle. Usually there is a small hut where the
boys who are watching the cattle stay.
||The homestead compound is called a
"house". All the huts are considered rooms in the
||a student in grades k-12
||college or university student
||head of department
|Set/ To set an exam.
||You make up (or copy) the questions. Teachers do this.
|Write/ To write an exam
||You write the answers.
Learners do this.
|Sit/ sit for an exam
||learners sit for an exam, meaning that they write the
exam, meaning that they answer the questions.
||big end-of-year or end-of-term test that determines
their entire grade
||any little test given during the term
||question paper = the exam/test itself.
For their exams, they often have paper 1, paper 2 etc.
||to mark means to grade papers
||what year you are in school eg- grade 11 (not 11th
grade—that almost always confuses Namlish speakers)
||a letter grade, like A, B, C, (A* is what we call an
||continuous assessment marks = any marks given during
the term on classwork or homework.
||Higher International General Certificate of Secondary
||International General Certificate of Secondary
||curriculum content; the stuff they’re required to
learn that year in that subject
|Scheme of work
||what we call a syllabus.
A detailed overview of what you will teach that year.
||your daily lesson plan that must be signed by the HOD.
||a little shop on the school premises where they sell
pens, stamps, sweets, etc.
|| kind of ambiguous, can mean text book or
exercise book or story book.
||the book that they are not supposed to write in, eg
their English book or history book
||a notebook full of paper where they are supposed to
write their assignments.
|Memo / Memorandum
||answer key to a test or exam (not a correspondence)