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Useful phrases in Northern Sámi

A collection of useful phrases in Northern Sámi, a Western Sámi language spoken in parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland.

You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, >1p = said to one person, >2p = said to two people. >2+p said to more than two people.

English davvisámegiella (Northern Sámi)
Welcome Buresboahtin
Hello Bures
Bures bures (inf)
How are you? Mo dat manná?
Fine thanks, and you? Dat manná bures, giitu
Giitu bures manná
Long time no see
What's your name? Mii du namma lea?
My name is ... Mu namma lea ...
Where are you from? Gos leat eret?
Gos don orut?
I'm from ... Mon boađán ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning Buorre iđit
Good afternoon Buorre beaivvi
Good evening Buorre eahket / Ipmel atti (reply)
Good night Buorre idjá
Goodbye Báze dearvan (>1p)
Báhcci dearvan (>2p)
Báhcet dearvan (>2+p)
Oaidnaleabmai! (see you)
Good luck
Cheers/Good health! Máistte! Jugis!
Have a nice day
Bon appetit
Bon voyage
I understand
I don't understand Mun in ádde / Mun in ipmir
I don't know In dieđe
Please speak more slowly Ale hála nu johtilit
Please say that again Dajamat nuppe geardde
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Hálatgo Eaŋgalasgiela?
Do you speak Northern Sámi? Hálatgo (davvi)sámegiella?
Yes, a little Juo
Speak to me in Northern Sámi
How do you say ... in Northern Sámi?
Excuse me Ándagassii
How much is this? Man ollu dat máksá?
Sorry Ándagassii
Please Leage buorre
Thank you Giitu
You're welcome Leage buorre
Where's the toilet? Gos hivsset lea?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? Háledat go dánset?
I miss you
I love you Mun ráhkistan du
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Buorre juovla ja buore ođđajagi
Happy Easter
Happy Birthday Lihkku beivviin!
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

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