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Useful phrases in Bislama

A collection of useful phrases in Bislama, an English-based creole language spoken in Vanuatu.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase Bislama
Welcome Welkam
Hello (General greeting) Halo
Hello (on phone) Halo
How are you? Olsem wanem?
Reply to 'How are you?' I gud, by yu?
I stret, by yu?
I oraet, by yu?
Long time no see Mi no lukum yu longtaem
What's your name? Wanem nem blong yu?
My name is ... Nem blong mi ...
Where are you from? Yu kam wea?
Yu blong wea?
I'm from ... Mi blong ...
Mi kam long ...
Pleased to meet you Gud mitim yu
Mi glad blong mitim yu
Mi glad tumas blong mitim yu
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Gud aftenun
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night Gudnaet
(Parting phrases)
Ale tata
Lukim yu (See you later)
Lukim yu bakegen (See you later)
Ale, lukim yu nekis taem (Ok, see you next time)
Good luck! Mi hop se mbae yu gat gudlak
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Mi hop se kaekae blong yu i harem swit
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Mi hop se trip blong yu i go gud
Yes Yes
No No
Maybe Maet
I don't know Mi no save
I understand Mi save
I don't understand Mi no kasem save
Mi no harem save
Please speak more slowly Plis talem moa slo
Please say that again Plis talem bakagin
Please write it down Plis, yu raetem hem long wan pepa
Do you speak English? Yu save toktok English?
Do you speak Bislama? Yu save toktok Bislama?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Mi toktok smol Bislama nomo
Speak to me in Bislama Talem mi long Bislama
How do you say ... in Bislama? Haunau yu talem ... long Bislama?
Excuse me Ekskius mi
How much is this? Hamas long hemia?
Sorry Sori
Mi sori
Please Plis
Thank you Tangkyu
Tangkyu tumas
Reply to thank you I stret (nomo)
I oraet (nomo) I gud (nomo)
Where's the toilet? Toilet i stap wea?
This gentleman will pay for everything Man ia i pem evri samting
This lady will pay for everything Woman ia i pem evri samting
Would you like to dance with me? Plis, yu wanem danis witim mi?
Do you come here often? Yu kam long ples ia plenti taem?
I miss you Mi sori we mi no lukum yu longtaem
I love you Mi lavèm yu
Get well soon Mi hop se yu kam gud kwiktaem
Go away! Lego!
Leave me alone! Yu no mas tajem mi!
Help! Help!
Helpem mi!
Fire! Faea!
Stop! Stop!
Call the police! Telem olgeta polis se oli mas kam kwiktaem!
Christmas and New Year greetings Mi wisim yufala eerywan one gutfala Krismas & mo wan hapi
Easter greetings Hapi Ista
Birthday greetings Yumi selebretem de blong bon blong yu
Hapi betdei
One language is never enough Wan tokok i neva nuf
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Sip blong mi we i flae antap long solwater be i no flae hae tumas, i fulap long ilfis

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