Useful phrases in Palauan

A collection of useful phrases in Palauan, an Austronesian language spoken in Palau, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase a tekoi er a Belau (Palauan)
Hello (General greeting) Alii
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Ak Mesisiich. E kau a ua ngarang?
Reply to 'How are you?' Ak mesisiich. E kau a ua ngarang?
Long time no see
What's your name? Ng techa ngklem?
My name is ... A ngklek a ...
Where are you from? Ke chad er ker er beluu?
I'm from ... Ak chad er a ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Ungil Tutau
Ungil Chodochosong (midmorning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Ungil Sueleb
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Ungil Kebsengei
Good night
(Parting phrases)
Mechikung me a uriul
Ak morolung
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 Choi
No Ng diak
I don't know
I understand Ak medengei
I don't understand Ng dial kudengei
Please speak more slowly Bo mokokau el melekoi
Please say that again Mluut el molekoi
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Palauan?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Palauan
How do you say ... in Palauan?
Excuse me
How much is this? Ngtelang a cheral?
Please Adang
Thank you Ke kmal mesaul (frm)
Ke mesulang (inf)
Sulang (vinf)
Reply to thank you
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 A Kultoir er Kau
Get well soon
Go away! Bom cheroid!
Leave me alone!
Stop! Hall!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings Ungil Kurismas
New Year greetings Ungil beches er rak
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Ungil el cherellem
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels


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