Useful phrases in Kven

A collection of useful phrases in Kven (kvääni), a Finnic language spoken in northern Norway.

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Phrase kväänin kieli (Kven)
Welcome Tervettulemaa
Hello (General greeting) Hei
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Kunka mennee?
Kunka se mennee?
Reply to 'How are you?' Se mennee hyvin
Long time no see
What's your name? Mikä oon sinun nimi?
My name is ... Minun numi oon ...
Where are you from? Mistä sie olet lähtöisin?
I'm from ... Olen lähtösin ...sta/stä
Pleased to meet you Hauska tavata
Soma tutustuut sinun kans
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Hyvää aamuu
Hyvvää huomenta
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Hyyää päivää
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Hyvvää iltaa
Good night Hyyää yotä
(Parting phrases)
Hei hei
Nähđhään hiljemin (See you soon)
Näjettelemä (I'll see you)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes Kyllä
No Ei
I don't know
Do you understand? Ymmärätkö?
I understand
I don't understand
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Puhutko engelskaa?
Do you speak Kven? Puhutko kväänii?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Puhun vähä kväänii
Do you speak a language
other than
Speak to me in Kven
How do you say ... in Kven?
Excuse me Antheeksi
How much is this?
Sorry Antheeksi
Thank you Kiitos
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
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

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