Useful phrases in Pohnpeian

A collection of useful phrases in Pohnpeian (Pohnpei), a Micronesian language spoken mostly on Pohnpei Island and the Caroline Islands in the Federated States of Micronesia.

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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 Pohnpei (Pohnpeian)
Welcome Iang mwenge (Come and eat)
Kohdo mwenge (Come and eat)
Hello (General greeting) Kasalehlie
Kaselehlie maing (sg)
Kaselehlie maing ko (pl)
Kaslel (inf)
Selel (inf)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Ia iromw?
Reply to 'How are you?' Kehlail
Long time no see
What's your name? Ia edomw?
My name is ... Edei ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Menseng mwahu
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Souwas mwahu
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Soutik mwahu
Good night Pwohng mwahu
(Parting phrases)
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 Ehng
No Soh
I don't know I sehse
I understand I wehwehki
I don't understand I sohte wehwehki
Please speak more slowly Menlau lokaia malamal
Please say that again Menlau pwurehng nda
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Pohnpeian?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Pohnpeian
How do you say ... in Pohnpeian?
Excuse me E-yung
How much is this? Ia wen pweine?
Please Mah
Thank you Kalahngan (frm)
Menlau (inf)
Reply to thank you Komw dehr kupwuroki
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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