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Useful phrases in Inari Saami

A collection of useful phrases in Inari Saami, an Eastern Sámi language spoken in the municipality of Inari in Finland.

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Key to abbreviations: >1p = said to one person, >2p = said to two people, >2+p = said to more than two people

Phrase Anarâškielâ (Inari Saami)
Hello (General greeting) Tiervâ
Pyeri peivi (good day)
Hello (on phone)
How are you?
Reply to 'How are you?'
Long time no see
What's your name?
My name is ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Pyeri iiđeed
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Pyeri eehid
Good night
(Parting phrases)
Uáinee! (See you, >1p)
Uáinip! (See you, >2+p)
Moonâ (go healthy, >1p leaving)
Mannee (go healthy, >2p leaving)
Moonnâđ tiervân! (go healthy, >2+p leaving)
Pääsi (stay healthy, >1p staying)
Päccee (stay healthy, >2p staying)
Pääcciđ tiervân! (stay healthy, >2+p staying)
Ele (live healthy, >1p)
Ellee (live healthy, >2p)
Eelliđ tiervân! (live healthy, >2+p)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand
I don't understand
I don't know
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Inari Saami?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Inari Saami
How do you say ... in Inari Saami?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Thank you Takkâ
Reply to thank you Pyerrin liävus
Where's the toilet?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Muu áimukuáddákäärbis lii tievâ aŋgeriaid

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