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Useful Chamorro phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Chamorro, an Austronesian langauge spoken mainly on the island of Guam, and also in the Marianas Islands.

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

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

English Chamorro
(North Marianas dialect)
(Guam dialect)
Welcome Bienbenidu Bien binidu
Buen binidu
(General greeting)
Hafa Adai Håfa ådai
How are you? Hafa tatamanu hao?
Hafa mamaoleka?
Håfa tatamanu hao? (frm)
Kao mamaolek ha' hao? (inf)
Reply to 'How are you?' Mamaolek ha' yo'
Todu maolek
Maolek ha yu
Todo maolek
Long time no see Apmam tiempo ti uli'e hao
(It's a long time since I've seen you)
Apmam tiempo ti uli'e hit
(It's a long time since we've seen each other)
Åpmam tiempo ti hu li'e hao
(It's a long time since I've seen you)
Åpmam tiempo ti umali'e' hit
(It's a long time since we've seen each other)
What's your name? Hayi na’an-mu? Håyi nå'ån-mu?
My name is ... Na’an-hu si ... Nå'ån-hu si ...
Where are you from? Taotao manu hao? Taotao månu hao?
I'm from ... Taotao ... yu Taotao ... yo'
Pleased to meet you Ma’gof yu sa umali’i hit Magof yo' sa' umali'e' hit
(not commonly used)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Buenas dihas Buenas dias
Buenas dihas
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Buenos tatdes Buenas tåtdes
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Buenas noches Buenas noches
(Parting phrases)
Adios Ådios Esta
Åsta (inf)
Good luck Suette Buena suette
(Toasts used when drinking)
Hago lao! Biba!
Have a nice day Puedi ha todo maolek Puedi ha' todu maolek (not commonly used)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Buen prubechu Ta fañocho (let's eat)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Buen biahe Buen biåhe
I understand Hu po kumprende Hu po komprede
I don't understand Ti hu kumprende Ti hu komprende
Please speak more slowly Pot fabot na despasio I kuentos-mu Pot fabot kuentos ladespasio
Please write it down Tuge’ papa pot fabot Pot fabot tuge' fan påpa'
Do you speak Chamorro? Kao siña hao fumino’ Chamorro? Kao siña hao fumino'Chamoru?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
A’a, didide’ ha Hunggan, didide' ha'
Ha'a, didide' ha'
How do you say ... in Chamorro? Hafa taimanu un sangan ... gi fino’ Chamorro? Håfataimanu un sångan ... gi fino'Chamoru?
Håftaimanu un sångan ... gi fino'Chamoru?
Taimanu un sångan ... gi fino'Chamoru?
Excuse me Dispensa yu Dispensa yo'
How much is this? Kuanto baliña? Kuånto båli-ña este?
Sorry Dispensa yu Dispensa yo'
Thank you Si Yu’us ma’ase (God have mercy) Si Yu'us Må'åse' (God have mercy)
Reply to thank you Buen prubechu Buen probechu
Where's the toilet? Manu na gaige i kemmon? Månu na gaige i kemmon?
Mångge i kemmon?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything Para guiya hu apasi todo este Para guiya u åpåsi todu
Would you like to dance with me? Malagu hao bumaila yan guahu? Kao malago' hao bumaila yan guåhu?
I love you Hu guiaya hao Hu guiaya hao
Get well soon Puedi homlo hao ti apmam Puedi homlo' hao ti åpmam
Ohala homlo' hao ti åpmam
Leave me alone! Sappe!
Litira hao!
Basta ma estotba yu!
Sotta yo'! (Release me!)
Ritira hao! (Begone!)
Litira hao! (Begone!)
Båsta må'estotba yo'! (Stop bothering/pestering me!)
Båsta må'åtbarota yo'! (Stop bothering/pestering me!)
Help! Ayuda! Ayuda!
Fire! Guafe! Guafe!
Stop! Basta! Båsta!
Call the police! Agang I polisia! Ågang i polisia!
Christmas and New Year greetings Felis Nabidat yan Felis Año Nuebo Felis Nåbidåt yan Magof na Åñu Nuebu
Felis Påsgua yan Magof na Åñu Nuebu
Easter greetings Felis Pasgua Felis Påsgua
Birthday greetings Biba Kumpleaños Felis Kumpliåños
Biba Kumpliåños
One language is never enough Un linguahe ni ngai’an u nahom Ni ngai'an nahong un linguåhe
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Bula hasuli gi halom hovercraft-hu Bula håsuli iyo-ku hovercraft
Bula åsuli iyo-ku hovercraft

Chamorro phrases provided by Michelle Wilmot and Si Yu'us Må'åse' Si Aaron Matanane

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

Information about written and spoken Chamorro

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