Useful phrases in Southern Sámi

A collection of useful phrases in Southern Sámi, a Western Sámi language spoken in parts of Norway and Sweden.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, >1p = said to one person, >2p = said to two people. >2+p said to more than two people.

English Åarjelsaemien gïele (Southern Sámi)
Hello (General greeting) Buaregh
Buerie biejjie (Good day)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Guktie veasoeh?
Reply to 'How are you?' Mannine hijven
Long time no see
What's your name?
My name is ... Mov nomme ...
Where are you from? Gubpede datne båatah?
I'm from ... Manne ... båatam
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Buerie aerede
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Buerie biejjie
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Buerie iehkede
Good night Buerie jijje
(Parting phrases)
Råekien (>1p)
Råekebe (>2+p)
Nåå nåå
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Båetieh bööresth!
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand
I don't understand Im guarkah
I don't know
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Southern Sámi?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
I'm learning Southern Sámi Lïerem åarjelsaemien gïelem
Manne lïerem åarjelsaemien gïelem
Speak to me in Southern Sámi
How do you say ... in Southern Sámi?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Sorry Mannem åånedem
Please Vuajnah duelie
Thank you Gæjhtoe
Jïjnh gyjhteles
Gudtsien (when talking about food)
Reply to thank you Duelie
Where's the toilet / bathroom?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? Sijhth daanhtsodh?
I miss you
I love you Manne datnem eahtsam
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings Lahkoe jåvle
New Year greetings Buerie orrejaepie
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Lahkoe biejjine
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

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