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).

EnglishKurmancî (Kurmanji / Northern Kurdish)
WelcomeBe kher hati
HelloMerheba; 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 youXoş halim be nasînit
Good morningBeyanîbaş; spêde bi xêr; Sibeha te bi xêr (sg)
Beyanîbaş; spêde bi xêr; Sibeha we bi xêr (pl)
Good afternoonRojbaş
Good eveningÊvarbaş; Êvara te bi xêr (sg) Êvarbaş; Êvara we bi xêr (pl)
Good nightŞevbaş; 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 understandEz te fahim na kem; Ez te na gem
Please speak more slowly  
Please say that again  
Please write it down 0329 
Do you speak Kurdish? Tu Kurdî dizanî?
How do you say ... in Kurdish? 4049 
Excuse me Af bike (getting attention) Bê zehmet. (begging pardon)
How much is this? 6383 
SorryBibûre (bim bexşe)
PleaseXoş halim be nasînit
Thank you


Response
Sipas / Spas
Gelek
Zor sipas
Fermû
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 youBîrit ekim
I love youEz te hez dikem
Get well soon  
Leave me alone!  
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Yarmetîm berê!
 
 
Call the police!  
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Cejna we Noel û ser salê we pîroz be
Sersala we, cejnên Remezan û Noelê pîroz bin
Happy Easter  
Happy Birthday  
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?