A collection of useful phrases in Bislama, an English-based creole language spoken in Vanuatu.
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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).
|Hello (General greeting)||Halo|
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Olsem wanem?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||I gud, by yu?
I stret, by yu?
I oraet, by yu?
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Wanem nem blong yu?|
|My name is ...||Nem blong mi ...|
|Where are you from?||Yu kam wea?
Yu blong wea?
|I'm from ...||Mi blong ...
Mi kam long ...
|Pleased to meet you||Gud mitim yu
Mi glad blong mitim yu
Mi glad tumas blong mitim yu
|Good night||Gud naet|
Lukim yu (See you later)
Lukim yu bakegen (See you later)
Ale, lukim yu nekis taem
(Ok, see you next time)
|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||Mi no save|
|I understand||Mi save|
|I don't understand||Mi no kasem save
Mi no harem save
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?||Yu save toktok English?|
|Do you speak Bislama?||Yu save toktok Bislama?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Mi toktok smol Bislama nomo|
|Speak to me in Bislama|
|How do you say ... in Bislama?|
|Excuse me||Ekskius mi|
|How much is this?||Hamas long hemia?|
|Reply to thank you||I stret (nomo)
I oraet (nomo) I gud (nomo)
|Where's the toilet?||Toilet i stap wea?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|Do you come here often?|
|I miss you|
|I love you||Mi lavèm yu|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas and New Year greetings||Mi wisim yufala eerywan one gutfala Krismas & mo wan hapi|
|Easter greetings||Hapi Ista|
|Birthday greetings||Yumi selebretem de blong bon blong yu
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
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