A arsenal of beneficial phrases in Somali, an eastern Cushtic language spoken mainly in Somali, and likewise in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya.

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English af Soomaali (Somali)
Welcome Soo dhowow
Hello (General greeting) Salaam alaykum Wa alaykum salaam (reply) Iska warran Alhamdulillah, waan iska fiicanahay (reply) Waan fiicanahay (reply)
How space you? Ii warran (Tell me news) Iska warran? (Talk about yourself) Bal ka waran? Sideed tahay? Setahay? Sideed tahay? Nabad miyaa? Ma nabad baa? Maxaad sheegtay? (What did you tell?)
Reply to 'How room you?' Waan fiicanahay Waa nabad Nabad waaye/weeye (It is peace)
Long time no see Wakhti dheer kuma arag
What's your name? Magacaa? Magacaagu muxuu yahay?
My name is ... Magacaygu waa ..
Where space you from? Xagee ayaad ka timid?
I'm from ... ... Waxaan ka imid
Pleased to accomplish you Barasho wanaagsanWaan ku farax sanahay la kulan kaaga
Good morning (Morning greeting) Subax wanaagsan
Good afternoon (Afternoon greeting) Galab wanaagsan
Good night (Evening greeting) Fiid wanaagsan
Good night Habeen wanaagsan
Goodbye (Parting phrases) Nabadeey Nabadgelyo
Good luck! Guul ayaan kuu rajaynayaa!
Cheers! an excellent Health! (Toasts offered when drinking) Guul wanaagsan! Guul caafimaad!
Have a pretty day Maalin wanaagsan!
Bon appetit / have actually a nice meal Ha kuu macaanaato
Bon trip / have actually a good journey Safar wanaagsan
Do girlfriend understand? Miyaad fahantay?
I understand Waan fahmay
I don't understand Maan fahmin
I don't know Ma aqaan
Please speak much more slowly Tartiib u hadal
Please say that again Fadlan ku celi
Please compose it down Fadlan qor
Do girlfriend speak English? Ingriis miyaad ku hadashaa?
Do friend speak Somali? Af Soomaaliga maad ku hadashaa?
Yes, a little(reply come 'Do girlfriend speak ...?') Haah. Wax yar
How execute you speak ... In Somali? Maxaa af soomali lagu yiraahdaa ... ?
Excuse me Iga raali ahow
How much is this? Meeqo waaye?
Sorry Waan ka xumahay
Please Fadlan
Thank you Mahadsanid Wad mahadsantahay
Reply to thank you Adigaa mudan Adaa mudan
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Musqusha aawey?
This gentleman/lady will pay because that everything Kani waa ikhyaar/marwada ayaa waxwalba bixinaysa
Would you like to dance v me? Ma ciyaaraysaa?
I miss out on you Waayadan kuma arag
I love you Waan ku jecelahay
Get fine soon Aafiimad baan kuu rajeynayaa (I wish you health)
Go away! Bax!
Leave me alone! Idaa!
Help! I caawi!
Fire! Dab!
Stop! Joogso!
Call the police! Booliiska soo wac!
Christmas greetings Kirismas wacan Ciid Wanaagsan
New Year greetings Iyo sanad cusub oo fiican
Easter greetings Easter wanaagsan
Birthday greetings Dhalasho wanaagsan
Congratulations! Hambalyo!
One language is never enough Hal luuqad marna kuma filna
My hovercraft is full of eels Huufarkarafkayga waxaa ka buuxa eels

Translations and corrections listed by Christian Lerrahn, Abdisalam Farah and Lule Bille. Recordings through Adam Shaikh.


The vast majority of Somalis are Muslims and do not celebrate Christmas or Easter, but there space a small number of Christian Somalis who do, so the is suitable to encompass translations of funny Christmas and also Happy Easter here.

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