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Useful phrases in Adyghe

A collection of useful phrases in Adyghe, or West Circassian, a North West Caucasian language spoken mainly in the Republic of Adygea 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).

English адыгэбзэ (Adyghe)
Welcome Къеблагъ (sg)
Шъукъеблагъ (pl)
Hello (General greeting) Фэсапщы
Сэлам (inf)
Hello (on phone) Алло
How are you? Сыдэу ущыта? (sg/frm)
Сыдэу шъущыта? (pl/frm)
Сыд уфэд? (inf)
Тэу ущыт? (inf)
Reply to 'How are you?' Сыдэгъу, опсэу. О сыдэу ущыт? (frm)
СышІу, опсэу. О тэу ущыт? (inf)
Long time no see
What's your name? Сыда о пцІэр?
My name is ... СицІэр ...
Where are you from? Тэдэ ущыща? (sg)
Тэдэ шъущыща? (pl)
I'm from ... Сэ ... сыщыщ. (sg)
Тэ ... тыщыщ. (pl)
Pleased to meet you Сигуапэ хъугъэ.
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Уипчэдыжь шІу
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Уимафэ шІу
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Уипчыхьэ шІу
Good night Уичэщ шІу
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Гъогу маф!
Тызэрэлъэгъун (see you)
Good luck! Гъогу маф
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Гухахъо ошх!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand КъызгурэІо.
I don't understand КъызгурыІорэп.
Yes Ары
No Хьау
Maybe
I don't know СшІэрэп
Please speak more slowly Моу, нахь жъажъэу къэгущыІэба.
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English? ИнгилызыбзэкІэ огущыІа?
Do you speak Turkish? ТыркубзэкІэ огущыІа?
Do you speak Adyghe? АдыгабзэкІэ огущыІа?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ары, тІэкІу сэгущыІэшъу.
Speak to me in Adyghe
How do you say ... in Adyghe? ...р адыгабзэкІэ таущтэу къаІора?
Excuse me Къысфэгъэгъу (sg)
Къысфэжъугъэгъу (pl)
What time is it? Сыхьатыр тхьапша?
How much is this? Псыунэр тэщыІа?
Sorry
Please
Thank you Тхьауегъэпсэу (sg)
Тхьашъуегъэпсэу (pl)
Тхьаегъэпсэу (>m/f)
Тхьаегъэпсэух (>pl)
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet? Псыунэр тэщыІа?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you Сэ шІу усэлъэгъу
Get well soon ПсынкІэу ухъужьынэу сыпфэлъаІо!
God bless you БэгъашІэ охъу!
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings ЫлъэсыкІэр мафэ пфэхъу (sg) - Happy New Year
ЫлъэсыкІэр мафэ шъуфэхъу (pl) - Happy New Year
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Укъызыхъугъэ мафэмкІэ сыпфэгушІо!
One language is never enough Зы бзэр икъунэп.
My hovercraft is full of eels
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Translations provided by Блэгъожъ Джанэр (Caner Şik)

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Information about Adyghe | Phrases in Adyghe | Numbers in Adyghe | Tower of Babel in Adyghe

Links

Other collections of Adyghe phrases
http://cakhasa.com/classes/english_circassian_phrase_book_idx.html
http://iccs.synthasite.com/resources/Kabardian-English Phrase-Book.pdf

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