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Useful Catalan phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Catalan, a Romance language spoken mainly in Spain, Andorra and France, with audio recordings for most of them.

Guide to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, sg = singular (to one person), pl = plural (to two or more people), >m = said to men, >f = said to women

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

English català (Catalan)
Welcome Benvingut (>m)
Benvinguda (>f)
Benvinguts (pl)
Benvingudes (pl/f)
(General greeting)
Bon dia
Hello (on phone) Hola?
How are you? Com estàs? (inf)
Com està? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Bé, gràcies, i tu? (inf)
Bé, gràcies, i vostè? (frm)
Long time no see Quant (de) temps!
What's your name? Com et dius? (inf)
Com es diu? (frm)
My name is ... Em dic ...
Where are you from? D'on ets? (inf)
D'on és vostè? (frm)
I'm from ... Sóc de...
Vinc de ...
Pleased to meet you Encantat
Molt de gust
Tant de gust
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Bon dia
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Bona tarda
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Bona nit
Good night Bona nit
(Parting phrases)
Adéu (goodbye)
A reveure (see you)
Que vagi bé (take care)
Fins ara (see you soon)
Fins després (see you later)
Ja ens veurem (we'll be in touch)
Fins demà (see you tomorrow)
Good luck Bona sort!
Molta sort!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Txin txin!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon profit!
Que vagi de gust!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Bon viatge!
I understand Entenc
I don't understand No ho entenc
No No
Maybe Potser
I don't know No sé
Please speak more slowly Parli més a poc a poc, si us plau
Please say that again M'ho pot repetir, sisplau?
Please write it down Pot escriure-ho, si us plau?
Que m'ho podria escriure, si us plau?
Do you speak English? Que parla anglès?
Parla anglès? (frm)
Parles anglès? (inf)
Do you speak Catalan? Que parla català?
Parla català? (frm)
Parles català? (inf)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Sí, una mica
Sí, un poc
How do you say ... in Catalan? Com es diu en català ...?
Excuse me Dispensi!
How much is this? Quant costa això?
Sorry Perdó!
Em sap greu
Please Sisplau
Thank you Gràcies
Moltes gràcies
Reply to thank you De res
Where's the toilet? On és el lavabo?
On és la cambra de bany?
Would you like to dance with me? Vols ballar amb mi?
I miss you Et trobo a faltar
I love you T'estimo
Get well soon Que et milloris
Go away! Ves-te'n!
Leave me alone! Deixa'm en pau!
Help! Socors!
Fire! Foc!
Stop! Alto!
Call the police! Crida la policia!
Truca la policia!
Christmas and New Year greetings Bon Nadal i feliç any nou
Easter greetings Bona Pasqua
Birthday greetings Per molts anys
Bon aniversari
Moltes Felicitats
One language is never enough No n'hi ha prou amb una llengua
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
El meu aerolliscador està ple d'anguiles

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