Useful phrases in Tuvan

A collection of useful phrases in Tuvan (тыва дыл), a Turkic language spoken in the Republic of Tuva in Siberia in the Russian Federation.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

Phrase тыва дыл (Tuvan)
Welcome Кирип моорлаңар (Kirip moorlaņar)
Моорлаар (Moorlaar)
Hello (General greeting) Амыр-менди (Amïr-mendi) - frm
Экии (Ekii) - inf
Экии, Кээ-эки (Ekii, Kee-eki) - inf
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Кайы хире тур сен? (Kayï xire tur sen?)
Кандыг-дыр че? (Kandïg-dïr če?)
Чүү-дүр че? (Čüü-dur če?)
Reply to 'How are you?' Эки, четтирдим. Ажырбас
(Eki čettirdim. Ažïrbas)
Long time no see
What's your name? Адыңар кымыл? (Adïņar kïmïl?)
My name is ... Мээң адым ... (Meeņ adïm ...)
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you Өөрүнчүг-дүр (Öörünčüg-dür)
Амыранчыг-дыр (Amïrančïg-dïr)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Эртенгиниң мендизи-биле!
(Ertenginiņ mendizi-bile!)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Кежээкиниң мендизи-биле!
(Kežeekiniņ mendizi-bile!)
Good night Эки хонар силер (Eki xonar siler)
(Parting phrases)
Байырлыг (Bayïrlïg)
Чаа (Čaa)
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 Ийе (Iye)
No Чок (Čok)
I don't know Билбес мен (Bilbes men)
Do you understand?
I understand
I don't understand Билбейн тур мен (Bilbeyn tur men)
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Англилеп чугаалажыыр силер бе?
(Anglilen čugaalažïïr siler be?)
Do you speak Tuvan?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Do you speak a language
other than
Speak to me in Tuvan
How do you say ... in Tuvan?
Excuse me Буруулуг болдум (Buruudug boldum)
How much is this?
Sorry Буруулуг болдум (Buruudug boldum)
Please Ажырбас (Ažïrbas)
Thank you Четтирдим (Čettirdim)
Reply to thank you Ажырбас (Ažïrbas)
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Туалет кайдал? (Tualet kaydal?)
Арыгланыр чер кайдал? (Arïglanïr čer kaydal?)
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! Анчыын! (Ančïïn!)
Help! Дузалаңарам! (Duzalaņaram!)
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings Шагаа-биле! (Šagaa-bile!)
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels Мээң ховеркрафтым иштинде чылан ышкаш балык долу
(Meeņ xoverkraftïm ištinde cïlan ïškaš balïk dolu)

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