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Useful Iban phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Iban, a language closely related to Malay and spoken in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

EnglishIban
WelcomeSelamat datai
Good morningSelamat pagi
Good afternoonSelamat tengah hari
Good nightSelamat lamai
How are you?
I'm fine. And you?
Nama Berita? (what news?) Bakani gaya kitak? (How's life?)
Manah. Nuan/Dik deh? Dik/nuan, nama berita?
Long time no seeUdah lama enda betemu
What's your name?
My name is ...
Sapa nama dik?
Nama aku ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Nuan/dik datai 'ari ni?
Aku datai 'ari ...
Pleased to meet youManah betemu nuan!
Good morningSelamat pagi
Good afternoonSelamat tengah hari (12-2pm)
Good eveningSelamat lamai (2-7pm)
Good nightSelamat malam (after 7pm)
GoodbyeKami ka' mupuk dulu (we're going back to where we're from)
Betemu baru ila (see you later)
Good luck
Good health!Gerai Nyamai!
Have a nice dayArap meh sari dik/nuan manah amai!
Bon appetitNyamai nya' empa/lauk dimakai nuan? (is it good?)
Makai 'agi! (eat more!) Makai am! (let's go eat!)
Bon voyageJimat jimat bejalai
I don't understandAku enda mereti
I don't knowAku enda nemu
Please speak more slowlyUlih nuan/ dik jako belubah?
Please say that againNama nya' agi? (What's that again?)
Ulih nuan nyebut nya' agi? (Could you say that again?)
Please write this/that downUlih nuan nulih leka jako nya/tu?
Do you speak Iban?

Yes, a little
Nuan/Dik nemu bejako iban?
Ulih/Nemu nuan/dik bejako Iban?
Nemu mimit aja
How do you say ...
in Iban?
Baka ni nyebut ... ba jako iban?
Nama leka jako ... ba Iban?
Leave me alone!Anang ngachau aku!
Excuse me
How much is this?Brapa rega tu?
SorryMinta ampun / Ampun
QuickJampat
It's very coldCelap amat
It's very hot'Angat amat
Thank you
Response
Terima kasih / Tabik basa
Sama-sama / Nadai ngawa'
Where's the toilet?Dini endor jamban? Dini endor Agu?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everythingIya ka' mayar semoa nya'
Would you like to dance with me?Ka nuan betanda enggau aku?
I miss youAku lelenggau ka nuan/dik
I love youAku sayau nuan?
Get well soon
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Selamat Hari Krismas (Christmas)
Selamat Taun Baru (New Year)
Happy BirthdaySelamat Hari pengada
One language
is never enough
Enda chukup/Umbas enti nemu bejako aja
Siti Jako aja sigi enda chukup
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Don't be naughtyAnang manchal!
Where can I find ...?Dini ulih ngiga' ...

Iban phrases provided by Christian Maynes, with corrections by Farrel Gara

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

Information about Iban | Iban phrases | Iban numbers | Tower of Babel in Iban

Other collections of Iban phrases
http://wikitravel.org/en/Iban_phrasebook
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iban_language

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