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Useful Kurmanji Kurdish phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Kurmanji Kurdish, which is spoken in Turkey, Syria, and northern parts of the Kurdish-speaking areas of Iraq and Iran.

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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).

English Kurmancî (Kurmanji / Northern Kurdish)
Welcome Be kher hati
(General greeting)
Silamun eleykum
Rojbaş (inf)
How are you? Çawa yî? (sg)
Çawa nin? (pl)
Reply to 'How are you?' Ez baş im, sipas.
Long time no see  
What's your name? Navê te çi ye?
My name is ... Navê min ... e
Where are you from? Tu ji ku derê yî?
I'm from ... Ez ji ... me
Pleased to meet you Xoş halim be nasînit
Morning greeting(s) Beyanîbaş; spêde bi xêr; Sibeha te bi xêr (sg)
Beyanîbaş; spêde bi xêr; Sibeha we bi xêr (pl)
Afternoon greeting(s) Rojbaş
Evening greeting(s) Êvarbaş; Êvara te bi xêr (sg)
Êvarbaş; Êvara we bi xêr (pl)
Nighttime parting phrase(s) Şevbaş; Şeva te bi xêr (sg)
Şevbaş; Şeva we bi xêr (pl)
Parting phrase(s) Bi xatirê te (sg)
Bi xatirê we (pl)
Oxir be (response)
Oxira te ya xêrê be (response)
Bi xêr û silametî (response)
Good luck  
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 Ez te fahim na kem
Ez te na gem
Yes Balê
No Na
Please speak more slowly  
Please say that again  
Please write it down  
Do you speak Kurdish? Tu Kurdî dizanî?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?') Kurdish?
How do you say ... in Kurdish?  
Excuse me Af bike (getting attention)
Bê zehmet (begging pardon)
How much is this? Ew bi çendê ye?
Sorry Bibûre (bim bexşe)
Please Xoş halim be nasînit
Bê zehmet
Zehmet ne bê
Bi xêra te bê
Thank you Sipas
Gelek sipas
Zor sipas
Reply to thank you Fermû
Where's the toilet? Hemam li ku ye?
Hemam le kiwê ye?
This gentleman will pay for everything  
This lady will pay for everything  
Would you like to dance with me?  
I miss you Bîrit ekim
I love you Ez te hez dikem
Get well soon  
Leave me alone!  
Help! Yarmetîm berê!
Call the police!  
Christmas and New Year greetings Cejna we Noel û ser salê we pîroz be
Sersala we, cejnên Remezan û Noelê pîroz bin
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings Rojbûna te pîroz be
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels
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