Common Phrases and Expressions

Greetings

salom - hi, hello
xanti - hello ("peace")
bonsoba - good morning
bonnuru - good day/afternoon
bonaxam - good evening
bonnoce - good evening/night

Farewell

weda - (good)bye
xanti - bye ("peace")
bon soba - good morning
bon nuru - good day/afternoon
bon axam - good evening
bon noce - good night

Well Wishes

bonata or bon ata - welcome
bonxanse or bon xanse - good luck
bonyam or bon yam - bon appetit ("good meal")
bonturi or bon turi - bon voyage, safe travels

Being Polite

fe lutuf - please
xukra - thank you
no hay seba - you're welcome ("there's no reason")
asif - sorry
mafu - excuse me, pardon
aham - I see, understood ("understand")

How are you?

Yu sen kepul? or Yu kepul sen? or Yu kepul?
How are you?

Daymo bon, ji yu?
Very well, and you?

semibon
Not too bad

semi semi
so-so

Yu name keto? or Yusu name sen keto?
What is your name?

Mi name... or Misu name sen...
My name is...

(To sen) yukwe, na xorkone yu. or Yukwe.
It's nice (pleasant) meeting you. or It's pleasant.

(To sen) furaha, na xorkone yu. or Furaha.
It's a pleasure to meet you. or It's a pleasure.

(Mi sen) hox na xorkone yu. or Mi sen hox.
(I am) happy to meet you. or I am happy.

Yu ogar keloka?
Where do you live?

Mi ogar in...
I live in...

Yu sen of keloka?
Where are you from?

Mi sen of...
I'm from...

Yu sen kemo lao? or Yu sen fe ke nyan?
How old are you?

Mi sen lao fe... (nyan). or Mi sen fe... (nyan).
I am... years old.

Kam yu (pala) Globasa?
Do you speak Globasa?

Si, xosu.
Yes, a (little) bit.

Kam yu aham?
Do you understand?

No, mi no aham.
I don't understand.

Ren loga... kemaner (in Globasa)?
How do you say... (in Globasa)?

Mi no jixi.
I don't know.

Mi lubi yu.
I love you.