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Useful phrases in Jenesch

A collection of useful phrases in Jenesch, a language containing vocabulary from Romani, Yiddish, Rotwelsch, and various German dialects. The language is also known as Jenisch, Yenish or Yeniche.

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English Jenesch
Welcome Voschata
Hello (General greeting) Puiznu
How are you? Kui putna bettu?
Reply to 'How are you?'  
Long time no see Tun vor promma
What's your name? Kui loz vut bettu?
My name is ...  
Where are you from? Zeekun ez bettu sem?
I'm from ...  
Pleased to meet you Kontulla naludu bettu
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Voscha zarra
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Voscha zarra
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Voscha buik
Good night Voscha buik
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Ninot
Good luck Voscha mesch
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Voscha koda
Have a nice day Ruim os hydda zarra
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Han voscha
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Tar voscha
I don't understand  
Please speak more slowly  
Please say that again  
Please write it down  
Do you speak Jenesch?  
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
 
How do you say ... in Jenesch?  
Excuse me Drav kop
How much is this? Kui nen ez tun?
Sorry Pikesch
Thank you Hulasch
Reply to thank you  
Where's the toilet? Zeekun ez tuy tuulet?
This gentleman will pay for everything  
This lady will pay for everything  
Would you like to dance with me? Bettu vrak kuvmada?
I love you Ketta jaan bettu
Get well soon Tez cuira
Leave me alone!  
Help!  
Fire!  
Stop!  
Call the police!  
Christmas and New Year greetings  
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings  
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels
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