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Useful phrases in Hausa

A collection of useful phrases in Hausa. You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: >m = said to males, >f said to females

English ḥawsa (Hausa) حَوْسَ
Welcome Sannu da zuwa
Hello Sannu / Salama alaikum / A gaishai ka (ki)
Amin. Alaikum salam (reply)
How are you?
Fine (in health)
Kana lahiya? (>m) Kina lahiya? (>f)
Lafiya (good)
Lafiya lau (fine)
Lafiya ƙalau (very good)
Long time no see Kwana biyu
What's your name?
My name is ...
Mi sunanka? (>m) Mi sunanki? (>f)
Sunana ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Daga ina ka fito?
Na fito daga ...
Pleased to meet you Ina farin cikin haduwa da kai
Good morning Ina kwana? (How did you sleep?)
Lahiya lau (reply - in health)
Good afternoon Barka da yamma
Good evening Barka da yamma
Good night Allah ya ba mu alheri / Mu kwana lafiya
Goodbye Sai sannu / Sai an jima / Sai Gobe
Good luck Allah ya ba da sa'a
Cheers/Good health!
Have a nice day
Bon appetit A ci abinci lafiya
Bon voyage Sauka lafiya (arrive safely)
Do you understand? Kana jin harshen?
I understand Na gani
I don't understand Ban gane ba
I don't know Ban sani ba
Please speak more slowly Fadi sannu sannu
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Ka na jin harshen turanci kuwa?
Do you speak Hausa?
Yes, a little
How do you say ... in Hausa?
Excuse me
How much is this? Nawa ne?
Sorry Sannu barka / Yi hak'uri
Please Don Allah
Thank you
Response
Na gode
Ba kome
Where's the toilet? I na makewayi ya ke?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you
Get well soon Allah ya kawo sauki
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Taimaka!

Call the police! Kira yan sanda!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Barka da Kirsimatikuma barka da sabuwar shekara
Happy Easter
Happy Birthday Barka da sabon shekera
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

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