A collection of useful phrases in Tamasheq (Tafaghist), a Berber language spoken in parts of Mali and Burkina Faso.
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|Hello (General greeting)||Ahul
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Ma dăr tolăhăd?
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Ălxer ɣas!
Ălxer ɣas təbarăk Aḷḷah
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||M-isəm-ənnăk?
|My name is ...||Isəm-in ...|
|Where are you from?||Mi dət-təfălăd?|
|I'm from ...||Əfălăɣ-id ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Ăjăm tiled takărḍe tăn assikill|
|Good night||Tinsed dăɣ ălxer|
Əgleɣ (I'm leaving)
Nəkla bani (May we pass the day in peace)
Nənsa bani (May we pass the night in peace)
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|Maybe||Inšaḷḷa (God willing)|
|I don't know||Wər əssenăɣ|
|Do you understand?|
|I don't understand||Wər əfhemăɣ
Wər əģrewăɣ făhăm
|Please speak more slowly||Măģrăd sollan sollan|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Tamasheq?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Iket əssəntăɣ (I've just started)
Iket əssəntăɣ alămad-ənnes (I've just started learning it)
|Do you speak a language
other than Tamasheq?
|Speak to me in Tamasheq|
|How do you say ... in Tamasheq?||M-isəm-ənnes dăɣ Tămašăq?
(What is that called in Tamasheq?)
|Excuse me||Ănš-ahi-dd ălxăqq-ənnăk|
|How much is this?||Awa man-iket|
|Thank you||Ălxer ăģģen
|Reply to thank you||Ikna|
|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|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|New Year greetings||Awătay ăynayăn|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels||Eroglissər-in yăḍkar irimməlăn|
Phrases provided by Joshua Adonai Pérez Cawkill
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