Useful Faroese phrases

A collection of useful phrases in (føroyskt), a Northern Germanic language spoken in the Faroe Islands and Denmark.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

English Føroyskt (Faroese)
Welcome Vælkomin
Hello (General greeting) Hallo
How are you? Hvussu gongur?
Hvussu gongur tað?
Reply to 'How are you?' Mær gongst væl, takk, og tygum? (frm)
Mær gongst væl, takk, og tær (inf)
Long time no see  
What's your name? Hvussu eitur tú?
My name is ... Eg eiti ...
Where are you from? Hvaðani kemur tú? (inf)
Hvaðani koma tygum? (frm)
Hvaðan ert tú? (inf)
Hvaðan eru tygum? (frm)
I'm from ... Eg komi úr ...
Eg eri úr ...
Pleased to meet you Stuttligt at hitta teg
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Góðan morgun
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Góðan dagin
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Gott kvøld
Good night Góða nátt
(Parting phrases)
Vit síggjast
Good luck! Góða eydnu
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Hav ein góðan dag
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Góða ferð
Do you understand? Skilur tú?
I understand Eg skilji
I don't understand Eg skilji ikki
Yes Ja
No Nei
Maybe Kanska
I don't know Eg veit ikki
Please speak more slowly Hevði tú vinarliga kunna tosa eitt sindur seinni?
Please write it down Hevði tú vinarliga kunna skriva tað?
Do you speak English? Dugir tú enskt? (inf)
Duga tygum enskt? (frm)
Tosar tú enskt?
Do you speak Faroese? Dugir tú føroyskt? (inf)
Duga tygum føroyskt? (frm)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ja, eitt lítið sindur
How do you say ... in Faroese? Hvussu sigur ein ... á føroyskum?
Hvussu eitur ... á Føroyskum?
Excuse me Orsaka meg
How much is this? Hvussu nógv kostar hettar her?
Hvat kostar hetta?
Sorry Tað harmar meg
Please Vinarliga
Thank you Takk
Takk fyri
Reply to thank you Tað var so lítið
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Hvar er vesi?
This gentleman will pay for everything Hesin harrin skal gjalda fyri alt
This lady will pay for everything Hendan daman skal gjalda fyri alt
Would you like to dance with me? Hevur tú hug at dansa?
Hevur tú hug at dansa við mær?
I miss you Eg sakni teg
I love you Eg elski teg
Get well soon Góðan bata
Leave me alone! Lat meg fáa frið!
Help! Hjálp!
Fire! Eldur í!
Stop! / Stop it! Steðga!
Call the police! Ringið eftir løgregluni!
Christmas greetings Gleðilig Jól
New Year greetings Eydnuríkt nýggjár
Gott nýggjár
Eitt av harranum signað nýggjár
Easter greetings Gleðilig páskir
Birthday greetings Tillukku við føðingardegnum
One language is never enough Eitt mál er als ikki nóg mikið!
My hovercraft is full of eels Luftpútufarið hjá mær yður í álli
Luftpútufarið hjá mær ýir í álli

Translations and corrections from Gudmund Nielsen

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