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Useful Chamorro phrases

A collection of useful phrases in the Guam dialect of Chamorro, an Austronesian language spoken mainly on the island of Guam, and also in the Marianas Islands.

Click on any of the phrases that are links (blue) to hear them spoken. If you can provide recordings, corrections or additional translations, please contact me.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

English Chamoru
(Guam dialect)
Welcome Bien binidu
Buen binidu
Hello (General greeting) Håfa ådai
How are you? Håfa tatamanu hao? (frm)
Kao mamaolek ha' hao? (inf)
Reply to 'How are you?' Maolek ha yu
Todo maolek
Long time no see Åpmam tiempo ti hu li'e hao
(It's a long time since I've seen you)
Åpmam tiempo ti umali'e' hit
(It's a long time since we've seen each other)
What's your name? Håyi nå'ån-mu?
My name is ... Nå'ån-hu si ...
Where are you from? Taotao månu hao?
I'm from ... Taotao ... yo'
Pleased to meet you Magof yo' sa' umali'e' hit
(not commonly used)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Buenas dias
Buenas dihas
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Buenas tåtdes
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Buenas noches
(Parting phrases)
Ådios Esta
Åsta (inf)
Good luck! Buena suette
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Puedi ha' todu maolek (not commonly used)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Ta fañocho (let's eat)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Buen biåhe
I understand Hu po komprede
I don't understand Ti hu komprende
Please speak more slowly Pot fabot kuentos ladespasio
Please write it down Pot fabot tuge' fan påpa'
Do you speak Chamorro? Kao siña hao fumino'Chamoru?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Hunggan, didide' ha'
Ha'a, didide' ha'
How do you say ... in Chamorro? Håfataimanu un sångan ... gi fino'Chamoru?
Håftaimanu un sångan ... gi fino'Chamoru?
Taimanu un sångan ... gi fino'Chamoru?
Excuse me Dispensa yo'
How much is this? Kuånto båli-ña este?
Sorry Dispensa yo'
Thank you Si Yu'us Må'åse' (God have mercy)
Reply to thank you Buen probechu
Where's the toilet? Månu na gaige i kemmon?
Mångge i kemmon?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything Para guiya u åpåsi todu
Would you like to dance with me? Kao malago' hao bumaila yan guåhu?
I love you Hu guiaya hao
Get well soon Puedi homlo' hao ti åpmam
Ohala homlo' hao ti åpmam
Leave me alone! Sotta yo'! (Release me!)
Ritira hao! (Begone!)
Litira hao! (Begone!)
Båsta må'estotba yo'! (Stop bothering/pestering me!)
Båsta må'åtbarota yo'! (Stop bothering/pestering me!)
Help! Ayuda!
Fire! Guafe!
Stop! Båsta!
Call the police! Ågang i polisia!
Christmas and New Year greetings Felis Nåbidåt yan Magof na Åñu Nuebu
Felis Påsgua yan Magof na Åñu Nuebu
Easter greetings Felis Påsgua
Birthday greetings Felis Kumpliåños
Biba Kumpliåños
One language is never enough Ni ngai'an nahong un linguåhe
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Bula hasuli eyo-ku hovercraft
Bula titugi eyo-ku hovercraft

Chamorro phrases provided by Michelle Wilmot and Si Yu'us Må'åse' Si Aaron Matanane

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

Information about Chamorro | Chamorro phrases (Guam dialect) | Chamorro phrases (North Marianas dialect)


Collections of Chamorro phrases (some with audio)

Phrases in Austronesian languages

Banjar, Central Dusun, Chamorro (Guam dialect), Chamorro (North Marianas dialect), Coastal Kadazan, Fijian, Iban, Indonesian, Javanese, Malagasy, Malay, Māori, Palauan, Tetum

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