Useful Kurmanji Kurdish phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Kurmanji Kurdish, which is spoken in Turkey, Syria, and northern parts of the Kurdish-speaking areas of Iraq and Iran.

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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).

English Kurmancî (Kurmanji / Northern Kurdish)
Welcome Tu be xér hatî ye! (sg)
Hun be xér hatî ye! (pl)
Hello (General greeting) Rojbash (frm) - Good day
Ser chava ser sera (inf)
How are you? Tu chawa ye? (frm/sg)
Chawa ye? (inf/sg)
Hun chawa nin? (frm/pl)
Hun chawa ye? (inf/pl)
Reply to 'How are you?' Ez bashem spas (I'm fine thanks)
Long time no see Mi(n) te zood nedîtî ye!
What's your name? Navé te chî ye? (frm/sg)
Navé we chî ye? (frm/pl)
My name is ... Navé mi(n) ... e
Where are you from? Tu jè kî dere ye (yî)? (frm)
Tu jè ku ye (yî)? (inf)
I'm from ... Ez jè ... me
Pleased to meet you Ez kefxwesh bûm!
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Beyanîbash (sg)
Spéde bi xer (sg)
Sibaha te bi xér (sg)
Beyanîbash (pl)
Spede bi xer (pl)
Sibaa we bi xer (pl)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Evarbash, evara te bi xér (sg)
Evarbash, evara we bi xér (pl)
Good night Shevabash
Sheva te bi xér (sg)
Sheva we bi xér be (pl)
(Parting phrases)
Bi xateré te (sg)
Bi xateré we (pl)
Ogher be / Oxir be (response)
Oghra te a xéré be (reply)
Bi xér o slametî (reply)
Good luck! Serkeften (be)! (frm)
Serkeftin be! (frm)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Noshî can be! (frm)
Nosh be! (frm)
Nosh! (frm)
Have a nice day Roja te xwesh be! (sg)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Noshî can be!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Rêwîtîya te baş be! (frm)
Rewîtîa te xwesh be (frm)
Do you understand? Tu têdigihijî?
I understand Ez fem dikem (frm)
I don't understand Ez fam nakim (frm)
Ez fam nakem (frm)
Yes Balé (frm)
Belé (frm)
Eré (frm)
Aré (frm)
No Na
Maybe Belkî (frm)
Begî (frm)
Please speak more slowly Tu kari hedî bivéje (frm)
Tu kare Hedî bibéje
Hedî bivejé
Jè kerema xwe hédî bibéje:
Jèkerema xwe hedî bivejé
Please say that again Dîsa bibéje, Jè kerema xwe dîsa bibéje
Dîsa bivéje, Jè kerema xwe dîsa bivéje
Please write it down Jè kerema xwe binivîsîne (frm)
Tu kari jè kerema xwe veya binivîsîne (frm)
Tu kari véya binivîsîne (frm)
Ev binivîsîne, (inf)
Do you speak Kurmanji? Tu kurmanjî dèpeyvé? (frm)
Tu kumnajî zané?(frm)
Tu kumanjî dizané? (frm)
Tu kurdî zanî? (inf)
Kurmajî zanî? (inf)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Eré/balé, ez pichék(î) kurmanjî dipeyvem (frm)
Eré/balé, ez pichikek kurmanjî depeyvem (frm)
Eré/balé, ez hinekî kurmanjî dipeyvem (frm)
Balé/eré, hinekî
Balé/eré pichek
Balé/eré pichukek
How do you say ... in Kurmanji? Em chawa ... bi kurmanjî dibéje? (frm)
Em chawa dibéje ... bi kurmajî? (frm)
Tu chawa dibéje ... bi Kurmanjî? (frm)
Tu chawa bi kurmanjî dibéje ...? (frm)
Chawa em ... bi kumanjî bibéjin?
Chawa em ... bi kurmanjî dibejèn?
Excuse me Mi(n) Biburîne (frm)
Mi(n) bibore
Mi(n) affu bike
Af bike(frm)
How much is this? Chiqas e?
Chuqas e?
Ev chiqas e?
Ev chuqas e?
Sorry Bibure (frm)
Mi(n) affu bike
Mi(n) bi borîne
Bi bexshe(frm)
Please Jè kerema xwe!
Thank you Spas (frm)
Gelek spas (frm)
Zor spas (frm)
Spas dikem (frm)
Mala te avabe (frm)
Reply to thank you Spas xwesh (frm)
Ser chava (frm)
Tishtek nabe (frm)
Tishtek pé nay e! (frm)
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Tualet li ku ye?
Tualet lè kuy e?
Banyo lè kuy e?
Tualet lè kî deré ye? (frm)
Hemam lè kiwe ye?
Hemam lè kî deré e (frm)
This gentleman will pay for everything Ev camera éwé pere hertishtî bide (frm)
Ev jamèra éwé pere hertishtî bide (frm)
This lady will pay for everything Ev xanéma éwé pere hertishtî bide (frm)
Ev janèka éwé pere hertishtî bide (frm)
Would you like to dance with me? Tu dixwazé bi mi(n) re bazde?
Tu dixwazé bi mi(n) re bireqs e?
I miss you Ez berya te dikèm (frm)
I love you Ez te hez dikèm (frm)
Get well soon Xode shifa xere bishîne (frm)
Xode slametye bide (frm)
Derbasbun be (frm)
Leave me alone! Dev jè mi berde!
Dev jè min berde!
Help! Hawar! (frm)
Alîkarî bike! (frm)
Fire! Agèr ! (frm)
Agir ! (frm)
Stop! Bisekène! (frm)
Bisekine! (frm)
Call the police! Telefonî polisa bike! (frm)
Christmas greetings Noela we o ser sala we pîroz be! (pl)
Noel o ser sal piroz be!
Noel o ser sala te pîroz be (sg)
Cejna we Noel o ser sala we pîroz be!
Cejna we Noel û ser salê we pîroz be!
Rojî daykbûnî Hezret Îsa pîroz
New Year greetings Cejnî Salî Nwê pîroz bê!
Easter greetings Eshtéra te pîroz be! (sg)
Eshtéra we pîroz be! (pl)
Birthday greetings Rojbuna te pîroz be!
One language is never enough Zimanek hîch ne bes e
Zimanek tené ne bes e
Yek ziman ne bes e
My hovercraft is full of eels Hoverkrafta mi(n) tijé marmasî e

Corrections and additions by Brandon Istenes, and Seyit Sakin of the Kurmanjî National Council

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