Useful phrases in Ladino

A collection of useful phrases in Ladino, a Jewish language that evolved from medieval Spanish that is spoken mainly in Israel, Turkey and Greece.

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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 djudeo-espanyol / ג'ודיאו-איספאנייול (Ladino)
Welcome (Baruh abá) ברוך הבא
(Vinido bueno) ב׳ינידו בוינו
Hello (General greeting) (Buenos diyas) בוינוס דייאס
Hello (on phone)
How are you? (Komo estash?) קומו יסטאש?
What's new? - (Ke haber?) קי חאביר?
(Ke tal estas?) קי טאל יסטאס?
Reply to 'How are you?' ביין גראסיאס, אי טו?
(Byen grasyas, i tú?)
Long time no see
What's your name? inf - (Komo te yamas?) קומו טי יאמאש?
frm - (Komo vos yamash?) קומו ב׳וס יאמאש?
My name is ... (Me yamo ...) מי יאמו...
Where are you from? (Donde sos?) דונדי סוס?
I'm from ... (So de ...) סו די ...
Pleased to meet you (Enkantado) אינקאנטאדו
(Enkantada) יאנקאנטאדה
(Muncho plazer) מונג׳ו פלאזיר
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
(Buenos diyas) בוינוס דייאס
(Buena demanyana) בוינא דימאנייאנא
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
(Buenas tardes) בוינאס טארדיס
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
(Buenas tardes) בוינאס טארדיס
(Buena tadrada) בוינא טאדראדא
Good night (Buenos noches) בוינוס נוג׳יס
(Parting phrases)
(Adyo) אדיו
(Al vermos) אל ב׳ירמוס
(Au revoir) או ריב׳ויר
(Kedavos en buenora) קידאב׳וס אין בוינורה
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 (Si) סי
No (No) נו
I don't know (Yo no se) יו נו סי
I understand
I don't understand (No entyendo) נו ינטיינדו
Please speak more slowly פור פ׳אב׳ור אב׳לה אב׳אריגו
(Por favor avla avarigo)
Please say that again פור פ׳אב׳ור דיזירלו אנקורה
(Por favor dizirlo ankora)
Please write it down פור פ׳אב׳ור איסקריב׳ילו
(Por favor eskrivelo)
Do you speak English? (Avlates inglez?) אב׳לאטיס אינגליז?
(Avlas inglez?) אב׳לאס אינגליז?
Do you speak Ladino? (Avlates ladino?) אב׳לאטיס לאדינו?
(Avlas ladino?) אב׳לאס לאדינו?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
(Si, avlo un poko) סי, אב׳לו און פוקו
Speak to me in Ladino
How do you say ... in Ladino? קומו סי דיזי ... אינ לאדינו?
(Komo se dize ... en ladino?)
Excuse me (Ekskuza!) איקסקוזה!
(Pardon!) פארדון!
(Perdon!) פירדון!
How much is this? (Kuánto(s)?) קואנטוס?
Sorry (Lo syento!) לו סיינטו!
Please (Por favor) פור פ׳אב׳ור
(Te rogo) טי רוגו
Thank you (Grasyas) גראסיאס
(Mersí muncho) מירסי מונג׳ו
Reply to thank you (De nada) די נאדה
Where's the toilet / bathroom? (Ande esta el banyo?) אנדי איסטא איל באנייו?
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 (Te amo) טי אמו
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone! (Deshame en paz!) דישאמי אין פאז!
Help! (Ayuda!) איודה!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings (Noel alegre) נויל אליגרי
New Year greetings (Felis anyo muevo) פ׳יליס אנייו מויב׳ו
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

Hebrew script versions of the Ladino phrases provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

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