Useful phrases in Karelian

A collection of useful phrases in Karelian (Karjalan kieli), a Finnic language spoken mainly in the Russian Republic of Karelia, and also in Finland. These phrases are in fact in Livvi-Karelian (Livvin kieli), a dialect of Karelian, or a closely related language.

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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 Karjalan kieli (Karelian)
Welcome
Hello (General greeting) Terveh
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Kuibo dielot?
Reply to 'How are you?' Ylen hyvin
Long time no see
What's your name? Kuibo on sinun nimi?
My name is ...
Where are you from? Kuspäi työ tulitto?
I'm from ... Minä tulin ...
Pleased to meet you Mieleh on tuttavuo
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Hyviä huondestu
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Hyviä päiviä
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Hyviä ildua
Good night Hyviä yödy
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Jiägiä tervehekse
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Teijän tervehyökse!
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Hyviä syöndyhimuo!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes Da
No Ei
Maybe
I don't know
Do you understand?
I understand Minä ellendän
I don't understand Minä en ellendä
Please speak more slowly Ole hyvä, pagize hillembäh
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Pagizetko sinä Angliekse?
Do you speak Karelian?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Do you speak a language
other than
Karelian?
Speak to me in Karelian
How do you say ... in Karelian? Kui sanuo ... Karjalakse?
Excuse me Prostikkua
How much is this? Äijängo tämä maksau?
Sorry Minul on žiäli (I'm sorry)
Andiekse? (Sorry? Pardon?)
Please Ole hyvä
Thank you Passibo
Reply to thank you Ole hyvä
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 Mie šilma šuvačen
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help! Avvutakkua!
Fire!
Stop!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings Раставанке синун (Rastavanke sinun)
New Year greetings Уввен вувенке синун (Uvven vuvenke sinun)
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
Congratulations!
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

Phrases provided by Mazzaruli

Hear some phrases in Livvi-Karelian

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Information about Livvi-Karelian

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livvi-Karelian_language
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/olo

Information about Karelian | Phrases | Numbers

Links

Other collections of Karelian phrases
https://www.digitaldialects.com/Karelian.htm
https://app.memrise.com/course/1185790/karelian-basic-phrases-vocabulary/

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