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Useful phrases in Hausa

A collection of useful phrases in Hausa, a Chadic language spoken mainly in Nigeria and Niger by about 39 million people.

You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: >m = said to males, >f said to females

English ḥawsa (Hausa) حَوْسَ
Welcome Sannu da zuwa
Hello Sannu
Salama alaikum
A gaishai ka (ki)
Amin. Alaikum salam (reply)
How are you? Kana lahiya? (>m)
Kina lahiya? (>f)
Fine thanks, and you? Lafiya (good)
Lafiya lau (fine)
Lafiya ƙalau (very good)
Long time no see Kwana biyu
What's your name? Mi sunanka? (>m)
Mi sunanki? (>f)
My name is ... Sunana ...
Where are you from? Daga ina ka fito?
I'm from ... Na fito daga ...
Pleased to meet you Ina farin cikin haduwa da kai
Good morning Ina kwana? (How did you sleep?)
Lahiya lau (reply - in health)
Good afternoon Barka da yamma
Good evening Barka da yamma
Good night Allah ya ba mu alheri
Mu kwana lafiya
Goodbye Sai sannu
Sai an jima
Sai Gobe
Good luck Allah ya ba da sa'a
Cheers/Good health!
Have a nice day
Bon appetit A ci abinci lafiya
Bon voyage Sauka lafiya (arrive safely)
Do you understand? Kana jin harshen?
I understand Na gani
I don't understand Ban gane ba
Yes Eh
No A'a
Maybe Watakila
I don't know Ban sani ba
Please speak more slowly Fadi sannu sannu
Please say that again Dan Allah kara fada
Please write it down Dan Allah rubuta
Do you speak English? Kana jin harshen turanci kuwa?
Do you speak Hausa? Kana jin harshen Hausa?
Yes, a little Eh, kadan kadan
How do you say ... in Hausa? Yaya zakace ... Da Hausa
Excuse me Gafara dai
How much is this? Nawa ne?
Sorry Sannu barka
Yi hak'uri
Please Don Allah
Thank you Na gode
You're welcome Ba kome
Where's the toilet? I na makewayi ya ke?
This gentleman will pay for everything Wannan mutumin zai biya komai
This lady will pay for everything Wannan matar zata biya komai
Would you like to dance with me? Zaka so kayi rawa da ni (m)
Zaki so kiyi rawa da ni (f)
I miss you Ina madaicin ka (m)
Ina madaicin ki (f)
I love you Ina son ka (m)
Ina son ki (f)
Get well soon Allah ya kawo sauki
Go away! Tafi daga nan!
Bar nan!
Leave me alone! Rabida ni!
Kyale ni!
Help! Taimaka!
Fire! Wuta!
Stop! Tsaya!
Dakata!
Call the police! Kira yan sanda!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Barka da Kirsimatikuma barka da sabuwar shekara
Happy Birthday Barka da sabon shekera
One language is never enough Yare daya bazai isa ba
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Jirgina a cike yake da bano

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