Useful phrases in Central Dusun

A collection of useful phrases in Central Dusun, a variety of Kadazan Dusun, a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in Sabah in Borneo in Malaysia.

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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 Boros Dusun (Central Dusun)
Welcome Kopisanangan do kinorikatan
Hello (General greeting) Kopisanangan
How are you? Nunu habar nu?
Okuro-kuro ko no?
Reply to 'How are you?' Osonong oku ih, Om iya?
Osonong, om iya? (inf)
Long time no see Alaid kito no au nokopiruba
What's your name? Isai ngaran nu?
My name is ... Ngaran ku nopo nga i ...
Where are you from? Hinonggo tadon nu?
Honggo tadon nu?
Hombo tadon nu?
I'm from ... Mantad oku hilo id ...
Pleased to meet you Tabi pintutunan kumaa diya
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Kopisanangan dongkosuabon
Osonong kosuabon
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Kopisanangan dangadau
Osonong dangadau
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Kopisanangan doungosodop
Osonong sosodopon
Good night Kopisanangan do totuong
Osonong totuong
Osonong totuong, sonong-sonongon modop
(Good night, sleep tight)
(Parting phrases)
Hino ko po (sg - you are leaving)
Hino kou po (pl - you are leaving)
Hino ko no (sg you are staying)
Hino kou no (pl - you are staying)
Good luck! Alansan do kalantoi!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Gugu! (Cheers!)
Lunduso! (Bottoms up!)
Tius! (Bottoms up!)
Have a nice day Sonong-sonongon tadau
Sonong-sonongon hujung minggu
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Sonong-sonongon mamanau
Yes Ohoo
No Amu
Maybe Kanto
I don't know
Do you understand? Karati ko po nangku dii? (sg)
Karati ko? (inf/sg)
Karati kou po nangku dii? (pl)
I understand Karati oku ih
I don't understand Au oku karati
Au karati (inf)
Please speak more slowly Logot-logoton do momoros
Obuli ko daa momilogot-logot do momoros?
Please say that again Roito po kaagu
Obuli ko daa mamarait po kawagu?
Please write it down Posurato po ilo
Tuliso po ilo
Mai gia posurato
Obuli ko daa monurat dilo?
Obuli ko daa monulis dilo?
Do you speak English? Koilo ko mimboros do Inggilis?
Koilo ko po nangku mimboros do Inggilis?
Mimboros ko do Inggilis? (inf)
Do you speak Central Dusun?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Oh, tokuri
Oh, koilo oku po tokuri
Do you speak a language
other than
Central Dusun?
Koilo ko mimboros do boros mantad do Dusun?
Mimboros ko do boros mantad do Dusun?
Speak to me in Central Dusun Obuli ko daa momboros do Boros Dusun?
How do you say ... in Central Dusun? Kuro ka'd noggilis ....?
Nunu ka'd Inggilis ...?
Excuse me Tumalib oku po (I pass by)
Muhot oku daa (I ask)
How much is this? Piro gatang dilo hodi?
Songkuro o gatang dilo hodi?
Sorry Siou
Siou no
Ompunai oku
Mokiampun oku
Thank you Pounsikou
Reply to thank you Miagal
Miagal nopo
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Hinonggo jamban?
Hinonggo bilik jamban?
Honggo jamban?
Hombo jamban?
Hombo jamban kokusaian? (Where's the gents?)
Hombo jamban koonduan? (Where's the ladies?)
This gentleman will pay for everything Mambayar ilo kusai do ngawi
This lady will pay for everything Mambayar ilo tondu do ngawi
Would you like to dance with me? Manu ko daa sumayau miampai doho?
Do you come here often? Asaru ko moi hiti?
Moi ko hiti kasasari?
Korikot ko hiti kasasari?
I miss you Langadon oku diya (sg)
Langadon oku dokoyu (pl)
I love you Oupus oku diya
Muhang oku diya
Guminawo oku diya
Get well soon Sonong-sonong ko po kaagu kio
Go away! Insodu! (inf)
Insodu mantad doho!
Insodu oku!
Kada oku insamakai! (Don't come close to me!)
Leave me alone! Insodu oku! (Get far away from me!)
Pologoso oku po songulun!
Fire! Tapui!
Stop! Kono!
Tingkod no!
Call the police! Lohowo pulis!
Polohowo pulis!
Christmas greetings Kotobian tadau Krismas
New Year greetings Kotobian do toun wagu
Easter greetings Kotobian Tadau Paskah
Birthday greetings Kotobian tadau kinosusuon
Congratulations! Bayahan!
One language is never enough Iso o boros piya nga au nosukup
My hovercraft is full of eels

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