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Useful phrases in Bislama

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).

Phrase Bislama
Welcome Welkam
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 morning
(Morning greeting)
Gud monin
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Gud aftenun
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Gud naet
Good night Gud naet
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Tata
Ale tata
Baibai
Lukim yu (See you later)
Lukim yu bakegen (See you later)
Ale, lukim yu nekis taem
(Ok, see you next time)
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
Yes Yes
Si
No No
Maybe
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?
Sorry Sori
Mi sori
Please Plis
Thank you Tangkyu
Tangkyu tumas
Reply to thank you I stret (nomo)
I oraet (nomo) I gud (nomo)
Welkam
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
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help! Help!
Helpem mi!
Fire! Faea!
Stop! Stop!
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
Hapi betdei
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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