I am certainly no authority on teaching anyone how to speak Wolof, but I have picked up a couple of phrases that you may find useful if you ever come to Senegal or run across a Senegalese person. Plus, learning a language is always fun.
Rule #1: Senegal is a majority muslim country so many of the phrases are in fact arabic. Mach'Allah, for instance, means May God Maintain it, in Arabic.
Inch'Allah means God-willing, and you will use this phrase after many many phrases. If you don't, there's a possibility people will look at you funny.
Alhumdoullilah means all praises to God. It's also what I say when someone greets me and I have no idea what they are saying. But I would only do that if you know the person, then they think it's kind've funny.
Rule #2: There are like a thousand ways to greet someone in Wolof. When you speak to someone I would say you use at least 3 in a row before moving on to the next thing.
Let the learning begin! Keep in mind I'm spelling these words phonetically as I hear them.
Nanga def-how are you
Mange fee- I'm good.
Yange se diam?- Do you have peace.
Mange se diam- I have peace.
Yange noce (I don't know what this means exactly but it is a greeting and the response is below)
Da ma (I am) Da ma...
yacumte- in a hurry
Lek gue be soo?- Did you eat enough?
Lek nabesoo- I ate enough.
Tau no nekhna- It was delicious
Jeddejef- thank you
nuk a buk- we are one (you're welcome)
Mange niew- I am coming.
Kay talk fee- Come sit here.
to tee to tee- a little
Da fa tanga!!!!- It is hot!!!!
Jogo- stand up
Togo- sit down
Mange dem-I am leaving
Foy dem?- Where are you going?
Mange dem nelow- I am going to sleep.
Nopee- Be quiet
Maima- give me. Maima...
lo bug a- What do you want?
ya suma hol- you are my heart
Basouba, inch'allah- Good night God willing.
Babenin yo inch'allah- until next time, God willing.
That's it for now, try it out!