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).

EnglishÆnglisc (Old English)
WelcomeWelcumen
HelloĒalā
How are you?Hū eart þū?
Fine thanks, and you?Fægere þancung, ond þū?
Long time no seeLang 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 youFægen tōgēane þū
Good morningGōdne mergen
Good eveningGōd ǣfen
Good nightGōd nihten
GoodbyeWes þū hāl
Good luckGōd hælo
Cheers/Good health!Gewēne!
Have a nice dayHabbe ān gōd dæg!
Bon appetitGōd metesōcn
Bon voyageGōd fōr
I understandIc ācnāwan
I don't understandIc ācnāwan nā
YesGea; Giese
No
MaybeMagon-bēon
I don't knowIc cnāwan nā
Please speak more slowlyIc bidde þē spraec māra slāwlice
Please say that againIc bidde þē cweðer eft
Please write it downIc bidde þē āwrīte dun
Do you speak Old English? Spraec thu Ænglisc?
Yes, a littleGea, 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 meForgiefe mec
How much is this?Hū miccle þās is?
SorrySārig
PleaseĀblissian
Thank youÞancung
You're welcomeWelcumen
Where's the toilet?Hwider meoxhus is?
This gentleman will pay for everythingÞās mann sculan fore eale gielde
This lady will pay for everythingÞās hlǣfdīge sculan fore eale gielde
Would you like to dance with me?Gelīc þū tō mid mec sealtia?
I miss youIc lange fore ēow
I love youIc lufie þē
Get well soonBēo 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 EasterFægen Ēastran
Happy BirthdayFægen Borendæg
One language is never enoughAn geþēode nǣfre genōg is
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Mīn wandrian-scyf ful ǣlen is