A collection of useful phrases in Southern Sámi, a Western Sámi language spoken in parts of Norway and Sweden.
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||Åarjelsaemien gïele (Southern Sámi)|
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Guktie veasoeh?|
|Fine thanks, and you?||Mannine hijven|
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?|
|My name is ...|
|Where are you from?|
|I'm from ...||Manne ... båatam|
|Pleased to meet you|
|Good morning||Buerie aerede|
|Good afternoon||Buerie biejjie|
|Good evening||Buerie iehkede|
|Goodbye||Råekien (to one person) Råekebe (>2+p) Nåå nåå|
|Cheers/Good health!||Bööresth! Båetieh bööresth!|
|Have a nice day|
|I don't understand||Im guarkah|
|I don't know|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Southern Sámi?|
|Yes, a little|
|Speak to me
in Southern Sámi
|How do you say
... in Southern Sámi?
|How much is this?|
|Where's the toilet?|
will pay for everything
|Would you like to
dance with me?
|I miss you|
|I love you||Manne datnem eahtsam|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
and Happy New Year
|Lahkoe jåvle jih buerie orrejaepie|
|Happy Birthday||Lahkoe biejjine|
is never enough
is full of eels
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