Useful phrases in Veps

A collection of useful phrases in Veps (vepsän kel’), a Finnic language spoken mainly in Karelia and the Vologda Oblast in the Russian Federation.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase vepsän kel’ (Veps)
Welcome Tervhen tuldes
Hello (General greeting) Tervhen
Tervhen eläd
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Kut elät?
Kut azjad oma?
Reply to 'How are you?' Hüvin
Spasib, hüvin
Long time no see
What's your name? Kut sindai kuctas?
My name is ... Minun nimi om ...
Where are you from? Kugalaine oled?
Kuspäi oled?
I'm from ... Olen ...-späi
Olen ...-spai
Pleased to meet you Minei om lujas mel’he tehta tundmust teidenke
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Hüväd homendest
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Hüväd päiväd
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Hüväd ehtad
Good night Hüväd öd
Čomad unt (Sweet dreams)
(Parting phrases)
Kaiked hüväd
Nägemoi! (See you soon)
Vastusehessai (See you soon)
Homnehesai (Until tomorrow)
Jägat hüväšti!
Jä Jumalanke!
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Hüväd sömtahtod
Hüväd litud
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Hüväd matkad
Yes Ka
No Ei
Maybe Voib olda
I don't know Minä en teda
I understand Minä el'gendan
I don't understand Minä en el'genda sindai
Please speak more slowly Sanugat völ kerdan hillemba, olgat hüväd
Please say that again Toštkat hillemba, olgat hüväd
Please write it down Kirjuta sen, ole hüvä (sg)
Kirjutagat sen, olgat hüväd (pl)
Do you speak English? Pagižed-ik anglijaks?
Do you speak Veps? Pagižed-ik vepsäks?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ka, vähän
Speak to me in Veps
How do you say ... in Veps? Kut kuctas ... vepsäks?
Excuse me Prostigat
How much is this?
Sorry Prostigat
Please Ole hüvä (sg)
Olgat hüväd (pl)
Thank you Spasib
Sur' spasib
Kitän lujas
Reply to thank you Ei miš
Ole hüvä
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 Minä armastan sindai
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings Raštvoidenke i Udenke Vodenke
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

Additions and corrections by David Burda

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