Useful phrases in Tiv

A collection of useful phrases in Tiv (dzwa Tiv), a Southern Bantoid language spoken mainly in Benue State in southeast Nigeria.

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Phrase dzwa Tiv (Tiv)
Welcome M sugh u za van
Hello (General greeting) M sugh u
Hello (on phone)
How are you? U pande nena? (How is your day going?)
U ngu nena? (How do you do?)
Reply to 'How are you?' M ngu dedoo, m sugh
Long time no see
What's your name? Iti yo er nyi?
My name is ... Iti yam er ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
U nder ver
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
U pander ver
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night
(Parting phrases)
Saa shie u gen
Za dedoo
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
Za dedoo
Yes Een
No Ei
I don't know
I don't like it Mso ga
Do you understand?
I understand
I don't understand
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Tiv?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
I don't speak Tiv M fa dzwa Tiv ga
Do you speak a language
other than
Speak to me in Tiv
How do you say ... in Tiv?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Sorry M sugh u
Please Mzamber we
Thank you M sugh u
M sugh u kpishi
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
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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