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Useful phrases in Old English

A collection of useful phrases in Old English, a Germanic language that was spoken in England from about the 5th to the 11th century.

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

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

English Ænglisc (Old English)
Welcome Welcumen
Hello Ēalā
How are you? Hū eart þū?
Fine thanks, and you? Fægere þancung, ond þū?
Long time no see Lang fierst besēað nā
What's your name? Hwā ēower nama īs?
My name is ... Mīn nama is ...
Where are you from? Hwiðer eart þū fram?
I'm from ... Ic ear ...
Pleased to meet you Fægen tōgēane þū
Good morning Gōdne mergen
Good evening Gōd ǣfen
Good night Gōd nihten
Goodbye Wes þū hāl
Good luck Gōd hælo
Cheers/Good health! Gewēne!
Have a nice day Habbe ān gōd dæg!
Bon appetit Gōd metesōcn
Bon voyage Gōd fōr
I understand Ic ācnāwan
I don't understand Ic ācnāwan nā
Yes Gea; Giese
No
Maybe Magon-bēon
I don't know Ic cnāwan nā
Please speak more slowly Ic bidde þē spraec māra slāwlice
Please say that again Ic bidde þē cweðer eft
Please write it down Ic bidde þē āwrīte dun
Do you speak Old English? Spraec thu Ænglisc?
Yes, a little Gea, an fea
Speak to me in Old English Sprece tō mec in Ænglisc
How do you say ... in Old English? Hū sægest þy ... in Ænglisc?
Excuse me Forgiefe mec
How much is this? Hū miccle þās is?
Sorry Sārig
Please Āblissian
Thank you Þancung
You're welcome Welcumen
Where's the toilet? Hwider meoxhus is?
This gentleman will pay for everything Þās mann sculan fore eale gielde
This lady will pay for everything Þās hlǣfdīge sculan fore eale gielde
Would you like to dance with me? Gelīc þū tō mid mec sealtia?
I miss you Ic lange fore ēow
I love you Ic lufie þē
Get well soon Bēo gesund hraðe
Go away! Gege onweg!
Leave me alone! Forlǣte mec!
Help! Helpe!
Fire! Fȳr!
Stop! Gestille!
Call the police! Hierden angecealle!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Blīþe Crīstesmæsse ac Fægen Nīwe Gēar
Happy Easter Fægen Ēastran
Happy Birthday Fægen Borendæg
One language is never enough An geþēode nǣfre genōg is
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Mīn wandrian-scyf ful ǣlen is

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