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Useful phrases in Dari

A collection of useful phrases in Dari (درى), a variety of Persian spoken mainly in Afghanistan, and also in Pakistan.

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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 (Dari) درى
Welcome (Salâm) سلام
Hello (General greeting) (As-salâmo 'alaykom) ااسال م عليكم
Hello (on phone)
How are you? (Ci hâl dâri?) چي حال داري؟
(Ci tor hasti?)چي تر هستی؟
Reply to 'How are you?' (Xob, tašakor) خوب تشكر؟
Long time no see
What's your name? (Nâmêtân cist?) نامتان چيست؟
(Esme-tân cist?) اسم تان چيست؟
My name is ... (Nâme man ... ast) نام من ... است
(Esme-man ... ast) اسم من ... است
Where are you from? (Ahale kajâ hastêd?) اهل کجا هستید؟
I'm from ... (Man ... hastam) من ... هستم
Pleased to meet you خشحال شدم از ملاقات شما
(Xoshâl šodom az molâqâte šoma)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
(Sobh baxir) صبح بخير
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
(Cast baxir) چست بخير
Good night (Šab baxir) شپ بخير
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
(Xudâ hâfez) خدا حافظ
(Tâ didâr ba'ad) تا دیدار بعد
Good luck! (Mwafaq baâšid) موفق باشید
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes (Bale) بله
No (Ne) نه
Maybe (Šâyad) شاید
I don't know (Man nami dâtam) من نمی دانم
I understand (Fahmidam) فهميدم
I don't understand (Man namêdânam) من نميدانم
(Na fahmidam) نه فهميدم
Please speak more slowly لطفاً آهسته تر گپ بزنيد
(Lotfân âhesta tar gap bezanid)
Please say that again لطفآ دوباره بخوانید
(Loftân dôbâra becônêd)
Please write it down لطفآ نوشته کنید
(Lotfân nawešta konêd)
Do you speak English? آيا شما انگريسي ياد دارن؟
(Âyâ šumâ englisi yâd dâren?)
Do you speak Dari? آیا شما دری صحبت میکنید؟
(Âyâ šumâ dâri sahabat mikanid?)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
من كمى درى ميدانم
(Man kamê dari mêdânam)
Speak to me in Dari
How do you say ... in Dari?
Excuse me (Bêbaxšin) بيبخشين
(Mêbaxšên) ميبخشين
How much is this? قیمتش چقدر است؟
(Qimtaš cefdor asat?)
Sorry (Mahzrat mêxwaham) محذرت ميخواهم
Please (Lotfân) لطفا
Thank you (Tašakor) تشكر
Reply to thank you قابل تشکرنيست
(Qâbele tašakor nest)
Where's the toilet? (Tašnâb kojâst?) تشناب کجااست؟
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
Do you come here often?
I miss you
I love you
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help! (Komak) کمک
Fire!
Stop!
Call the police! (Ba polis telefon bazanêd!) به پلیس تلفن بزنید!
Christmas and New Year greetings (Krismas mobârak) کریسمس مبارک
(Sâl naw mobârak) سال نو مبارک
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings (Tuâda mobârak) تولد مبارک
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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