A collection of useful phrases in Somali, an East Cushtic language spoken mainly in Somali, and also in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya.
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|English||af Soomaali (Somali)|
|Hello (General greeting)||Salaam alaykum
Wa alaykum salaam (reply)
Alhamdulillah, waan iska fiicanahay (reply)
Waan fiicanahay (reply)
|How are you?||Ii warran (Tell me news)
Iska warran? (Talk about yourself)
Bal ka waran?
Ma nabad baa?
Maxaad sheegtay? (What did you tell?)
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Waan fiicanahay
Nabad waaye/weeye (It is peace)
|Long time no see||Wakhti dheer kuma arag|
|What's your name?||Magacaa?
Magacaagu muxuu yahay?
|My name is ...||Magacaygu waa ..|
|Where are you from?||Xagee ayaad ka timid?|
|I'm from ...||... waxaan ka imid|
|Pleased to meet you||Barasho wanaagsan
Waan ku farax sanahay la kulan kaaga
|Good night||Habeen wanaagsan|
|Good luck!||Guul ayaan kuu rajaynayaa!|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day||Maalin wanaagsan!|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Ha kuu macaanaato|
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|Do you understand?||Miyaad fahantay?|
|I understand||Waan fahmay|
|I don't understand||Maan fahmin|
|I don't know||Ma aqaan|
|Please speak more slowly||Tartiib u hadal|
|Please say that again||Fadlan ku celi|
|Please write it down||Fadlan qor|
|Do you speak English?||Ingriis miyaad ku hadashaa?|
|Do you speak Somali?||Af Soomaaliga maad ku hadashaa?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Haah. Wax yar|
|How do you say ... in Somali?||Maxaa af soomali lagu yiraahdaa ... ?|
|Excuse me||Iga raali ahow|
|How much is this?||Meeqo waaye?|
|Sorry||Waan ka xumahay|
|Reply to thank you||Adigaa mudan
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?||Musqusha aawey?|
|This gentleman/lady will pay for everything||Kani waa ikhyaar/marwada ayaa waxwalba bixinaysa|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Ma ciyaaraysaa?|
|I miss you||Waayadan kuma arag|
|I love you||Waan ku jecelahay|
|Get well soon||Aafiimad baan kuu rajeynayaa
(I wish you health)
|Leave me alone!||Idaa!|
|Call the police!||Booliiska soo wac!|
|Christmas greetings||Kirismas wacan
|New Year greetings||Iyo sanad cusub oo fiican|
|Easter greetings||Easter wanaagsan|
|Birthday greetings||Dhalasho wanaagsan|
|One language is never enough||Hal luuqad marna kuma filna|
|My hovercraft is full of eels||Huufarkarafkayga waxaa ka buuxa eels|
Translations and corrections provided by Christian Lerrahn, Abdisalam Farah and Lule Bille. Recordings by Adam Shaikh.
The vast majority of Somalis are Muslims and do not celebrate Christmas or Easter, however there are a small number of Christian Somalis who do, so it is appropriate to include translations of Merry Christmas and Happy Easter here.
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