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Bubukhwebeletane Bumnyama!

For whatever it might be worth... here is a list of the phrase "deep purple" translated into a variety of different tongues. If you have any additions, corrections or comments (or maybe just simple hellos), please email them to me (i.e. Jane Garrett) by clicking HERE.

Last updated 12th May 1999

Afrasian (also, Afro-Asiatic)

  1. Sagol Chashuch [Hebrew]
  2. Derin Mor [Turkish]
  3. Derin Eflatun [Turkish]

Artificial Languages

  1. Profunda Purpuro [Esperanto]
  2. Malhela Purpuro [Esperanto]
  3. Purpuro Malhela [Esperanto]

Austronesian (also, Malaopolynesian)

  1. Ungu Tua [Malay]
  2. Poni Maalipolipo [Hawaiian]

Bantu (Niger-Congo)

  1. Bongoka Boyindo (dark purple) [Bobangi]
  2. Ubumfusa Bumnyama (dark purple) [Isixhosa]
  3. Ubumfusa Yaka [Isixhosa]
  4. Ubunsomi Klebhu [Isizulu]
  5. Ubunsomi Bumnyama (dark purple) [Isizulu]
  6. Uumbulautiligane Wule [Oshindonga]
  7. Umburaugeha Undema (dark purple) [Rukwangali]
  8. Umburaugeha Ukukara Etondo [Rukwangali]
  9. bubukhwebeletane Lobushonile [Siswati]
  10. bubukhwebeletane Bumnyama (dark purple) [Siswati]

Finno-Ugric (Uralic)

  1. Syvä Purpur [Estonian]
  2. Syvä Purppura [Finnish]
  3. Tummanpurppurainen (dark purple) [Finnish]

Germanic (Indo-European)

  1. Donker Purper [Afrikaans]
  2. Dyb Lilla [Danish]
  3. Diep Paars [Dutch]
  4. Dunkelpurpur [German]
  5. Dunkellila [German]
  6. Dyp Purpur [Norwegian, or Bokmål]
  7. Djup Purpur [Norwegian, or Nynorsk]
  8. Djup Purpur [Swedish]

Hungarian (Uralic)

  1. Mly Bbor [Hungarian]

Indic (Indo-European)

  1. Basá Argawání [Hindustani]
  2. Sáyadár Argawání [Hindustani]

Italic and/or Romance (Indo-European)

  1. Pourpre Foncé [French]
  2. Violet Foncé [French]
  3. Porpora Profondo [Italian]
  4. Purpura Profundo [Portuguese]
  5. Purpúreo Profundo [European Spanish]
  6. Purpura Fuerte [European Spanish]
  7. Morado Profundo [Central Mexican Spanish]
  8. Purpura Alta [Latin]

Sino-Tibetan

  1. Shen1 Te1 Tzu3 Se4 [Mandarin Chinese; nos = tones]

Slavic (Indo-European)

  1. Muki Metsamuli (deep purple) [Georgian]
  2. Tyomno-lilovie (dark violet (ones)) [Russian]
  3. Glubokiy Purpur (heavily purple color) [Russian]
  4. Purpurnaya Glubina (purple deepness) [Russian]
  5. T'myano-Purpuroviy (heavily purple color) [Ukranian]
  6. Purpurova Glibina (purple deepness) [Ukranian]
  7. Duboko Purpurno [Serbian]

The above list has been compiled with the help of the following people:

  • J. N. Dijkhuis <s0745294@let.rug.nl>
  • Nickolay V. Golego <ngolego@uoguelph.ca>
  • Edmund Grimley-Evans <Edmund.Grimley-Evans@cl.cam.ac.uk>
  • Heikki <heisil@sara.cc.utu.fi>
  • Tore Janson <personal communication>
  • Thomas B Jensen <tbj@kiku.dk>
  • Justin Mansfield <JMANSFIELD@macalstr.edu>
  • Andreas Mengel <onomdbdj@w250zrz.zrz.TU-Berlin.DE>
  • Noam Michael Mohr <mohr@student.physics.upenn.edu>
  • Brian Moore <bmoore@qualcomm.com>
  • Trond Strøm <t.j.strom@isaf.no>
  • Luis Uribe <apt@pop.com>
  • Kaarlo Voionmaa <personal communication>
  • Christian Wollner <chris@hrzl.pcnet.uni-oldenburg.de>

Plus a fair amount of dictionaries :-)

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