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Useful phrases in Elfdalian

A collection of useful phrases in Elfdalian, a North Germanic language spoken in central Sweden.

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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 Övdalsk / Övdalską (Elfdalian)
Welcome Welkumin
Hello (General greeting) Häj ą̊ dig!
Hello (on phone) Häj!
How are you? Ur ir eð min dig?
Reply to 'How are you?' Eð ir bra
Long time no see Eð war laindj sę
What's your name? Ur ietter du?
My name is ... Ig ietter ...
Where are you from? War kumb du frą̊?
I'm from ... Ig kumb frą̊ ...
Pleased to meet you Eð ir trivlit råkas
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night Gunatt
(Parting phrases)
Sją̊ums, ärums
Good luck! Lykka til!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Trivlig rįesa
I understand Ig festår
I don't understand Ig festår it
Yes Ja
No Näj
Maybe Kanstji
I don't know Ig wet it
Please speak more slowly Beller du prat makkligera
Please say that again Beller du sai eð-dar iessn til?
Please write it down Beller du skriev nið eð-dar?
Do you speak English? Dug du ainggelsk?
Do you speak Elfdalian? Dalsker du?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ja, liteð
Speak to me in Elfdalian Dalsk min mig
How do you say ... in Elfdalian? Ur ser an ... ą̊ övdalskun?
Excuse me Ursekt!
How much is this? Ur mitjið kuoster ittað?
Sorry Felåt!
Please Tokk, wari so frek
Thank you Tjär tokk fer!
Reply to thank you Eð war so liteð
Where's the toilet? War ir skalausað?
This gentleman will pay for everything Issn-jär kalln bitaler ollt
This lady will pay for everything Isų-jär kelindję bitaler ollt
Would you like to dance with me? Will du dans min mig?
I miss you Ig sakkner dig
I love you Ig tyttjer um dig
ig elsker dig
Get well soon Kry ą̊ dig
Go away! Feswinn!
Leave me alone! Lat mig wårå!
Help! Jåp!
Fire! Jäld!
Stop! Stą’nið!
Call the police! Rindj polisn!
Christmas and New Year greetings Guoð juol og guott ny’tt år
Easter greetings Trivlig påsker!
Birthday greetings Grattis ą̊ fyöðelsdaem!
One language is never enough Iett språk ir older naug
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Swivern menn ir full åv ålum

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