A collection of useful phrases in Garifuna, an Arawakan language spoken mainly in Honduras, and also in Belize, Guatamala and Nicaragua.
See these phrases in any combination of two languages in the Phrase Finder. If you can provide recordings, corrections or additional translations, please contact me.
Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Hello (General greeting)||Buiti binafi|
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Ida biña?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Magadietina|
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Ka biri?|
|My name is ...||... niri bai|
|Where are you from?||Haliana buguya?|
|I'm from ...||... wa kek|
|Pleased to meet you|
|Buiti raaban weyu|
|Buiti raaban weyu|
|Good night||Buiti guñoun|
Dai haruga (until tomorrow)
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know|
|I don't understand||Úwati gunfarándaná|
|Please speak more slowly||Bayanuha hámuru, fulesi|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Garifuna?||Ariengatibu Garifuna?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Garifuna|
|How do you say ... in Garifuna?||Ida lian bariengun ... lidan Garifuna?|
|How much is this?|
|Reply to thank you|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|Do you come here often?|
|I miss you|
|I love you|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!||Igara bana nungua!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas greetings||Buiti fedu|
|New Year greetings|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels|
If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.
Information about Garifuna | Numbers | Phrases | Tower of Babel
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