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Useful phrases in Southern Sámi

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)
Welcome
Hello
(General greeting)
Buaregh
Bööresth
Buerie biejjie (Good day)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Guktie veasoeh?
Reply to 'How are 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
(Morning greeting)
Buerie aerede
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Buerie biejjie
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Buerie iehkede
Good night Buerie jijje
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Råekien (>1p)
Råekebe (>2+p)
Nåå nåå
Good luck
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Bööresth!
Båetieh bööresth!
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand
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
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Southern Sámi
How do you say ... in Southern Sámi?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Sorry Mannem åånedem
Please Vuajnah duelie
Thank you Gæjhtoe
Jïjnh gyjhteles
Gudtsien (when talking about food)
Reply to thank you Duelie
Where's the toilet?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? Sijhth daanhtsodh?
I miss you
I love you Manne datnem eahtsam
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings Lahkoe jåvle jih buerie orrejaepie
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Lahkoe biejjine
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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