Useful phrases in Cumbric

A collection of useful phrases in Cumbric, a Celtic language that was spoken mainly in northern England and southern Scotland until about the 12th century. These phrases are in a a reconstructed version of Cumbric created by Neil Whalley, and were supplied by Evan Davies.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, pl = plural (said to more than 1 person).

Phrase Cumbraek (Cumbric)
Welcome Eylsen
Hello (General greeting) Didh da
Hello (on phone) Hoy
How are you? Pe dhel' edh oot? (inf)
Pe dhel' edh ich? (frm/pl)
Reply to 'How are you?' Braw joluch, a thidi? (inf)
Braw, joluch, a hwiwi? (frm)
What's your name? Peth iw de anuw? (inf)
Peth iw ach anuw? (frm)
My name is ... ... oov
... iw mun anuw
Where are you from? Cu thrigidh? (inf)
Cu thriget? (frm/pl)
I'm from ... Mi trigav in
Mi trigav ing
Mi trigav im
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Bore da
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Prit-echoodh da
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Oucher da
Good night Nos da
(Parting phrases)
Is ret dum munet (I have to go)
Duw genich (frm)
Duw genit (inf)
Ech gwelav (frm)
Ech welav (inf)
Ech welav avory
Ech welav voch
Ech welav war Dhiw Loun
Ech welav seythoun nessav
Good luck! Happ warnat! (inf)
Happ warnach! (frm)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Yechit da!
Have a nice day Moonha de dhidh/dhiweth (inf)
Moonha ach didh/diweth (frm)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Moonha de brit (inf)
Moonha ach prit (frm)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Moonha de deyth (inf)
Moonha ach teyth (frm)
Yes Ya
Oov (I am)
Ais (I have)
No Na (nag before vowels)
Nag oov (I am not)
Nag ais (I don't have)
I don't know Ned goobot
Do you understand? Oot jalhto?
I understand Oov jalhto
I don't understand Nag oov jalhto
Please speak more slowly Lavro lonidh os de vodh (inf)
Lavro lonidh os ach bodh (frm)
Speak to me in Cumbric Lavro du vi in Cumbraek
Excuse me Eskous vi (inf)
Eskoussit vi (frm)
Sorry Is druk geniv
Please Os de vodh (inf)
Os ach bodh (frm)
Thank you Joluch
Joluch en voar
Reply to thank you Hep breder
Get well soon Ei bei yach moch (inf)
Ei boch yach moch (frm)
Help! Cumporth!
Fire! Tan!
Stop! Difegya! (Cease!)
Sevil! (Stand still!)
Loudhya! (Prevent!)
Eryos! (Stay still!)
Christmas greetings Nodlik Lawen
New Year greetings Bloodhin Newidh Dha
Easter greetings Pask Lawen
Birthday greetings Penbloodh Lawen
Congratulations! Radow warnat! (inf)
Radow warnach (frm)
One language is never enough Ned oun yeth bith in wall
My hovercraft is full of eels Ema mu hovrocarr in loan silliw

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