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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.

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

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
Hello Merheba; Silav; Silamun eleykum; Rojbaş (inf)
How are you? Çawa yî? (sg)
Çawa nin? (pl)
Long time no see  
What's your name?
My name is ...
Navê te çi ye?
Navê min ... e
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Tu ji ku derê yî?
Ez ji ... me
Pleased to meet you Xoş halim be nasînit
Good morning Beyanîbaş; spêde bi xêr; Sibeha te bi xêr (sg)
Beyanîbaş; spêde bi xêr; Sibeha we bi xêr (pl)
Good afternoon Rojbaş
Good evening Êvarbaş; Êvara te bi xêr (sg) Êvarbaş; Êvara we bi xêr (pl)
Good night Şevbaş; Şeva te bi xêr (sg)
Şevbaş; Şeva we bi xêr (pl)
Goodbye Bi xatirê te (sg) Bi xatirê we (pl)
Oxir be; Oxira te ya xêrê be; Bi xêr û silametî (response)
Good luck  
Cheers/Good health!  
Have a nice day  
Bon appetit  
Bon voyage  
I don't understand Ez te fahim na kem; Ez te na gem
Please speak more slowly  
Please say that again  
Please write it down  
Do you speak Kurdish? Tu Kurdî dizanî?
How do you say
... in
Excuse me Af bike (getting attention) Bê zehmet. (begging pardon)
How much is this?  
Sorry Bibûre (bim bexşe)
Please Xoş halim be nasînit
Thank you

Sipas / Spas
Zor sipas
Where's the toilet? Hemam li ku ye? Hemam le kiwê ye?
This gentleman/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!  
Yarmetîm berê!
Call the police!  
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Cejna we Noel û ser salê we pîroz be
Happy Easter  
Happy Birthday  
One language
is never enough
My hovercraft
is full of eels

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