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Useful phrases in Aramaic

A collection of useful phrases in Aramaic, a Semitic language spoken in Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Armenia, Georgia and Syria. The variety of language here is mostly Galilean Aramaic.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, > = said to, m = men, f = women, pl = more than one person

Phrase Arāmît, ܐܪܡܝܐ‎, ארמית (Aramaic)
Hello (General greeting) Shl'am lak שלמלך (>m)
Sh'lam lek שלמלך (>f)
Sh'lam l-kon (>mpl)
Sh'lam l-ken (>fpl)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Ana ba'ey mishal b-shlamaḵ (m>m) - frm
Ana ba'ey mishal b-shlameḵ (m-f) - frm
Ana ba'yah mishal b-shlamaḵ (f>m) - frm
Ana ba'yah mishal b-shlameḵ (f>f) - frm
Ana sha'el b-shlamaḵ (m>m) - frm
Ana sha'el b-shlameḵ (m>f) - frm
Ana sha'lah b-shlamaḵ (f>m) - frm
Ana sha'lah b-shlameḵ (f>f) - frm
Mah laḵ? (>m) - inf
Mah leḵ? (>f) -inf
Reply to 'How are you?' Ana ṯaḇ
Long time no see
What's your name?
My name is ...
Where are you from? Mayko hatt?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Safro bricho
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night Leyley ṯaḇ
(Parting phrases)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I don't know Ono lokoda'no
I understand
I don't understand
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Aramaic?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Aramaic
How do you say ... in Aramaic?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Please b-Ḇa'u
Thank you Yishar
Ṯebu laḵ (>m)
Ṯebu leḵ (->f)
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet? Ayko beth tadkitho?
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
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Yauwmo dmauwlodo brikho
Edo bricho
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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