A collection of useful phrases in Garifuna, an Arawakan language spoken mainly in Honduras, and also in Belize, Guatamala and Nicaragua.
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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).
|Hello (General greeting)||Buiti binafi|
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Ida biña?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Magadietina|
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Ka biri?|
|My name is ...||... niri bai|
|Where are you from?||Haliana buguya?|
|I'm from ...||... wa kek|
|Pleased to meet you|
|Buiti raaban weyu|
|Buiti raaban weyu|
|Good night||Buiti guñoun|
Dai haruga (until tomorrow)
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know|
|I don't understand||Úwati gunfarándaná|
|Please speak more slowly||Bayanuha hámuru, fulesi|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Garifuna?||Ariengatibu Garifuna?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Garifuna|
|How do you say ... in Garifuna?||Ida lian bariengun ... lidan Garifuna?|
|How much is this?|
|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?|
|Do you come here often?|
|I miss you|
|I love you|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!||Igara bana nungua!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas and New Year greetings||Buiti fedu|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
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