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Useful phrases in Cimbrian

A collection of useful phrases in Cimbrian, a Germanic language spoken in parts of northeast Italy.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

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Phrase Tzimbrisch (Cimbrian)
Welcome Boolkhent!
Hello (General greeting) Guuten takh!
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Bia steesto? (inf)
Bia steet-ar? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?'
Long time no see
What's your name? Bia hòosasto? (inf)
Bia pisto ganaamet? (inf)
Bia hòosat-ar? (frm)
Bia sait-ar ganaamet? (frm)
My name is ... Ich pin ganaamet ...
Ich hòosse ...
Ich rüüfa- mar ...
Where are you from? Von bannont khimmasto?
Von bannont khèmmat-ar?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you Ich han liip ségan-ach!
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Guuten mòrgont!
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Guuten aabend!
Good night An guuta nacht!
(Parting phrases)
Bar ségan-sich!
Good luck! Viil galükke!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand
I don't understand
Yes Ja
No Nìet
Maybe Man sainan
I don't know
Please speak more slowly Ich vórs-ach zo prèchtan mèeront laise
Please say that again
Please write it down Ich vórs-ach zo schraiba-mar-s
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Cimbrian? Prèchtat-ar iart in zimbrisch gaprècht?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ja, an mintzikh
Speak to me in Cimbrian
How do you say ... in Cimbrian? Bia khödet-ar ... in zimbrisch?
Bìa hòosset ... in zimbrisch gaprècht?
Excuse me Vorghìbinghe!
Ich vórs-ach vorghìbinghe!
How much is this? Biivel?
Biivel ghiltat-sich vor ditzan?
Sorry S tüü-mar ante
Thank you Vorbàis Gott!
Vorbàis Gott viil!
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? Tantza-bar?
I miss you
I love you Ich liibe-dich
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone! Ich pitt-ach zo lazza-mich steenan
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

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