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.

Englishdavvisámegiella (Northern Sámi)
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 morningBuorre iđit
Good afternoonBuorre beaivvi
Good evening Buorre eahket / Ipmel atti (reply)
Good nightBuorre 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 understandMun in ádde / Mun in ipmir
I don't knowIn dieđe
Please speak more slowlyAle hála nu johtilit
Please say that againDajamat nuppe geardde
Please write it down
Do you speak English?Hálatgo Eaŋgalasgiela?
Do you speak Northern Sámi? Hálatgo (davvi)sámegiella?
Yes, a littleJuo
Speak to me in Northern Sámi
How do you say ... in Northern Sámi?
Excuse meÁndagassii
How much is this?Man ollu dat máksá?
PleaseLeage buorre
Thank youGiitu
You're welcomeLeage 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 youMun 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 BirthdayLihkku beivviin!
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?