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Useful Chamorro phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Chamorro. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

English Chamorro
(North Marianas dialect)
Chamoru
(Guam dialect)
Welcome Bienbenidu Bien binidu
Buen binidu
Hello Hafa Adai Håfa ådai
Buenas
How are you?
I'm fine
Hafa tatamanu hao?
Hafa mamaoleka?
Håfa tatamanu hao? (frm)
Kao mamaolek ha' hao? (inf)
Maolek ha yu
Todo maolek
Mamaolek ha' yo'
Todu maolek
Long time no see Apmam tiempo ti uli'e hao
(It's a long time since
I've seen you)

Apmam tiempo ti uli'e hit
(It's a long time since
we've seen each other)
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?
My name is ...
Hayi na’an-mu? Håyi nå'ån-mu?
Na’an-hu si... Nå'ån-hu si...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Taotao manu hao? Taotao månu hao?
Taotao ... yu Taotao ... yo'
Pleased to meet you Ma’gof yu sa umali’i hit Magof yo' sa' umali'e' hit
(not commonly used)
Good morning Buenas dihas Buenas dias / Buenas dihas
Good afternoon Buenos tatdes Buenas tåtdes
Good evening Buenas noches Buenas noches
Goodbye Adios Ådios Esta
Åsta (inf)
Good luck Suette Buena suette
Cheers/Good health! Hago lao! Biba!
Have a nice day Puedi ha todo maolek Puedi ha' todu maolek
(not commonly used)
Bon appetit Buen prubechu Ta fañocho (let's eat)
Bon voyage Buen biahe Buen biåhe
I don't understand Ti hu kumprende Ti hu komprende
Please speak more slowly Pot fabot na despasio I kuentos-mu Pot fabot kuentos ladespasio
Please write it down Tuge’ papa pot fabot Pot fabot tuge' fan påpa'
Do you speak Chamorro?
Yes, a little
Kao siña hao fumino’ Chamorro? Kao siña hao fumino'Chamoru?
A’a, didide’ ha Hunggan, didide' ha'
Ha'a, didide' ha'
How do you say ...
in Chamorro?
Hafa taimanu un sangan ...
gi fino’ Chamorro?
Håfataimanu un sångan... gi fino'Chamoru?
Håftaimanu un sångan... gi fino'Chamoru?
Taimanu un sångan...gi fino'Chamoru?
Excuse me/Sorry Dispensa yu Dispensa yo'
How much is this? Kuanto baliña? Kuånto båli-ña este?
Thank you
Response
Si Yu’us ma’ase
(God have mercy)
Si Yu'us Må'åse'
(God have mercy)
Buen prubechu Buen Probechu
Where's the toilet? Manu na gaige i kemmon? Månu na gaige i kemmon? Mångge i kemmon?
This gentleman /
lady will pay for everything
Para guiya hu apasi todo este Para guiya u åpåsi todu
Would you like to dance with me? Malagu hao bumaila yan guahu? Kao malago' hao bumaila yan guåhu?
I love you Hu guiaya hao Hu guiaya hao
Get well soon Puedi homlo hao ti apmam Puedi/Ohala homlo' hao ti åpmam
Leave me alone! Sappe! Litira hao!
Basta ma estotba yu!
Sotta yo'! (Release me!)
Ritira/litira hao! (Begone!)
Båsta må'estotba/må'åtbarota yo'!
(Stop bothering/pestering me!)
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Ayuda!
Guafe!
Basta!
Ayuda!
Guafe!
Båsta! Påra! Na'påra! (Stop it!)
Call the police! Agang I polisia! Ågang i polisia!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Felis Nabidat yan Felis Año Nuebo Felis Nåbidåt yan Magof na Åñu Nuebu
Felis Påsgua yan Magof na Åñu Nuebu
Happy Easter Felis Pasgua Felis Påsgua
Happy Birthday Biba Kumpleaños Felis Kumpliåños
Biba Kumpliåños
One language
is never enough
Un linguahe ni ngai’an u nahom Ni ngai'an nahong un linguåhe
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Bula hasuli gi halom hovercraft-hu Bula håsuli/åsuli iyo-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 written and spoken Chamorro

books   Language learning materials for Chamorro

Links

Collections of Chamorro phrases (some with audio)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamorro_language
http://wapedia.mobi/en/Chamorro_language

Phrases in Austronesian languages

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