Useful Shanghainese phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Shanghainese. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

There seems to be no standard transliteration system for Shanghainese and the various sources used for this page use different systems.

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English 上海闲话 (Shanghainese)
Welcome 欢迎 (hueugnin)
Hello 侬好 (nong23 hao34)
大家好!(dâka-hô!) - hello everybody
饭吃过伐? (ve23 qik3 gu5 va1?) - "have you eaten?" (common greeting)
How are you?

Reply
侬好伐? (nong23 hao34 va?)
侬过得还好伐? (non kûteq re-hôva?)
我蛮好,谢谢 (ngû mhehô, jâja)
蛮好。侬呢? (me51 hao34. nong2 nak4?)
Long time no see 长远勿看见侬 (ssang2 yyu4 vak2 koe5 ji3 nong1)
What's your name?
My name is ...
请问尊姓大名? (chînmen tzenxin-dâmin)
请问侬信啥? (chînmen nong2 xin sa?)
我信 ... (ngû xin ...) 我叫 ... (ngû ciô ...)
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you 我看到侬真高兴
(ngu23 koe3 dao5 nong1 zen51 gao5 xin1)
看到侬真的老开心
(koe3 dao5 nong1 zen51 de lok ke xin1)
Good morning 侬早 (nong23 zao34) 早安 (tzoh'eu)
Good afternoon
Good evening 夜到好 (yâtohô)
Good night 晚安 (uê’eu)
Goodbye 再会 (tzewe) 明朝会 (mintzowê)
Good luck
Cheers/Good health!
Have a nice day
Bon appetit
Bon voyage 旅途愉快 (liudu-yukha)
I understand 我明白 (nguh xiohteq)
I don't understand 我不明白 (nguh veqxiohteq)
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak Shanghainese? 侬上海言话讲得来? (non zahnhehreroo kahnteqle va?)
How do you say ...
in Shanghainese?
Excuse me
How much is this? 几钿? (cihdih?)
Sorry 对勿起 (de3 vak5 qi1) 勿好意思 (vak2 hao5 yi3 si1)
No problem 勿要紧个 (vak2 yao5 jin3 aak1)
Thank you


Response
谢谢 (xxia2 xxia5), 谢谢侬 (xxia2 xxia5 nong2)
 
Where's the toilet? 汏手间勒勒何里耷? (dahsoeke lalaq rahlitaq?)
This gentleman/lady
will pay for everything
Would you like to
dance with me?
I miss you 老想念侬个 (lao23 xing3 ni5 nong3 aak1)
I love you 侬爱你 (nguh eh non)
I'm not feeling well 我有眼勿适意 (ngû yoê’ngê veq seq’i)
Get well soon
Leave me alone!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!


Call the police!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
圣诞节快乐 (sêntê khuâloq)
新年快乐 (xingni khuâloq) 恭喜发财 (gong xi fa ze)
Happy Easter
Happy Birthday 生日快乐 (sangniq khuâloq)
One language
is never enough
My hovercraft
is full of eels

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Other collections of phrases in Shanghainese
http://www.fyan8.com/shanghai/jichuhuihua.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghainese
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adPQqUTpYYI

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