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Useful phrases in West Flemish

A collection of useful phrases in West Flemish, a Germanic language spoken in West Flanders in Belgium, in Zeelandic Flanders in the Netherlands, and in the French département of Nord

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

Phrase West-Vlams / West-Vloams (West Flemish)
Welcome Welkom
Hello (General greeting) Hey
Hoeijendagh
How are you? Oe ’wis’t?
Oe est?
Reply to 'How are you?' Hoed, e me joen?
Hoed, e me gie?
Long time no see Lange nie gheziejn
Lange nie mì gheziejn
What's your name? Oe noeme hy?
My name is ... Ik noemn ...
Where are you from? Va(n) woa zy’j?
I'm from ... Ik komm'(n) va(n) ...
Pleased to meet you Aangename kennismoaking(e)
Aangename
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Goeije morn
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Ghoeie middagh
Ghoeiendagh
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Goeije 'n avend
Good night Slapwel
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Saluu
Good luck! Vee gheluk
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Santé
Have a nice day Nog ne ghoeien dagh
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Smakelijk
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Goeije reise
I understand 'k verstoaje
I don't understand ’k Verstoa je nie
Yes Joat
No
Maybe Messchiejn
I don't know Kwee'(n)t ni
Please speak more slowly Klap’t e kir e bi’g’ge traaher
Please say that again Ziej ’t zee(k)r
Please write it down Schryf’t tad e kir up
Do you speak English? Klappe ghy Ingels?
Do you speak West Flemish? Klappe ghy Westvlams?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Joak, a bi'g'ge
Speak to me in West Flemish Ku'j teeh'(n) mi(n) kla(pp)'n in't Westvlams?
How do you say ... in West Flemish? Oe zèh je .... in 't Westvlams?
Excuse me Ku'k e kir etwà fraagh'n?
How much is this? Oeveel kost ’t ta(d)?
Sorry Sorry
Excuseer
Please O't nie messaen't (If you don't mind)
Oj't nie erg vindt (If you don't find it terrible)
O'j zo ghoet wil(t) syn (If you want to be so good)
O't meugheluk is (If it is possible)
Thank you Merci
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet? Woar is 't WC?
This gentleman will pay for everything Diene menjèère' ier(e) ho vor olles betoal'n
This lady will pay for everything Deze dame iere ho vor olles betoal'n
Would you like to dance with me? Wil je mè min danns'n?
I miss you Ik miss'n joen
I love you 'k Zy joe(n) ghèèrn
Get well soon Beterschap!
Go away! Gho wègh!
Leave me alone! Lat me gherust!
Help! Help!
Fire! Brand!
Stop! Stop!
Call the police! Belt te polisie!
Christmas and New Year greetings E vroolek kerstfeejst èn e ghelu'g'gegh nieuwjoar
Easter greetings Zalig poas'n
Birthday greetings Ghelu'g'gehe verjoardah
One language is never enough Eejn toale is nooi(t) (nie) ghenoegh
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Me hoovercraft zit vull mè poaling'n

Other phrases

Is there a shop near here? Is ’t er ier e wienkel in d’n omtrek?
I have no time ’k è hìn tyd
Shall I help? Moe’k elp’n?
Where are you going? No woa ho je?

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