Common Phrases and Expressions


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


weda - (good)bye
xanti - bye ("peace")
finfe (rioko) - see you
finfe xaya - see you later
finfe ner xaya - see you soon
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")
bonglu or bon glu - cheers ("good drink")
bonturi or bon turi - bon voyage, safe travels

Being Polite

fe lutuf - please
xukra - thank you
multi xukra - many thanks, thank you much
no hay seba - you're welcome ("there's no reason")
asif - sorry
mafu - excuse me, pardon

Other Interjections

Melibon! - nice, sweet
Daybon!, Bonpul! - great, excellent
Suprem! - cool, great, excellent
Otima! - awesome
Afarin! - well done, good job ("applause")
Hura! - hooray, hoorah, woo-hoo
Ay! - ouch

Dialogue Fillers

O, - Oh,
A, - Ah,
Nun, - Well,
Fe folo, - So, Therefore, Consequently
Fe fato, - In fact, Actually,
Fe fini, - Finally,
Fe bonxanse, - Luckily, Fortunately,
Fe asif, - Regretfully, Unfortunately,
Fe onxala, - Hopefully,
Fe misal, - For example,
Fe xugwan, - Usually,
Fe benji, - In essence, Basically,
Fe moy kaso, - In any case, At any rate, Anyway(s),
Fe alo kaso, - Otherwise,
Maxpul, - Moreover, Furthermore,
Pia, - Also,
Abruto, - Suddenly,
Kam sati? - Really? Are you serious?
e or em - uh
aham - I see, understood ("understand")
yakin, - Certainly,
totalyakin - Absolutely, Totally,
mimbay, - Obviously, Of course,
sipul, - indeed,
okey - okay, all right
ible - maybe, perhaps, possibly
dayible - probably
sahi - correct, right
mal - incorrect, wrong, not so
samaijen - agreed

Common Questions/Replies

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

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

Not too bad

semi semi

  • 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.

  • Yu pala ke basa?
    What language(s) do you speak?

Mi pala...
I speak...

  • Kam yu aham?
    Do you understand?

(Si,) mi aham.
(Yes,) I understand.

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

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

In Globasa, ren loga...
(In Globasa), you say...

Common Statements

Mi jixi
I know.

Mi no jixi.
I don't know.

Mi lubi yu.
I love you.