Useful phrases in Mossi

A collection of useful phrases in Mossi (Mòoré), a Gur language spoken in Burkina-Faso, Mali and Togo.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

Phrase Mòoré (Mossi)
Welcome Ne y kena
Hello (General greeting) Ne y windiga
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Laafi?
Laafi bala?
Laafi beme?
Yibeog kibaré? (How is your morning?)
Windiga kibaré? (How is your day?)
Zabré kibaré? (How is your evening?)
Reply to 'How are you?' Laafi bala
Long time no see Yaa rasem yiibu ("It's been two days")
What's your name? Yamb yʋʋr la a boẽ? (frm)
Fo yʋʋr la a boẽ? (inf)
My name is ... Mam yʋʋr la a ...
Where are you from? Yamb yita yɛ? (frm)
Fo yita yɛ? (inf)
I'm from ... Mam yita ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Ne y beoogo
Ne y yibeogo
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Ne y wĩndga
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Ne y zaabre
Good night Ne y yungo
Ni youngo
(Parting phrases)
Wend na kon-d nindaare
Bilfou (See you)
Beogo (See you tomorrow)
Good luck! Wend na loke (God provide)
Wend na song y (God help you)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Wend na sõnsg laafi
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Wend na yiki laafi
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Wend na siki laafi (God bless your voyage)
Yes Nye
No Ay ay
I don't know Mam ka mi yé
I understand Mam wumdame
I don't understand Mam pa wumd ye
Please speak more slowly Gom y masg masga
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Mossi?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Mossi
How do you say ... in Mossi?
Excuse me Y gafara
How much is this? Kada ligid yaa wana?
Sorry Mam sugri
Y gafara
Thank you Barka
Barka woussogo
Reply to thank you Pa sek ye
Ka sek ye
Where's the toilet / bathroom? A WC be yɛ? Twalet be yɛ?
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 Mam nonga fo (inf)
Get well soon Wend na kõd laafi (God give you health)
Go away!
Leave me alone! Bas mam n loogame
Help! Song y mam!
Stop! Yalsgo!
Call the police!
New Year greetings Wẽnd na kõ-d vẽere
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

Some phrases provided by Jamie Nance

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