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Useful Jèrriais phrases

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

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

English Jèrriais
Welcome Séyiz les beinv'nu(e)(s)!
Hello
(General greeting)
Salut
Bouônjour
How are you? Coumme est qu'ous êtes? (frm/pl)
Coumme est qu' tu'es? (inf) Comment va? (vinf)
Reply to 'How are you?' Jé sis d'charme, mèrcie, et té/vos?
What's your name? Tch'est qu'est vot' nom? (frm) Tch'est qu'est tan nom? (inf)
My name is ... Man nom est ...
Jé sis ...
Jé m'appelle ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Bouônjour (à matîn)
Good day
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Bouônjour
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Bônsouair
Good night Bouonne niet
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
À bétôt, À bi, À la préchaine, À tantôt
Good luck Bouonne cache
dés crouaîsis (fingers crossed)
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Bouonne santé!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bouan appétit!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Bouan viage!
I don't understand Jé n'comprends pon
Do you speak Jèrriais?
Yes, a little
Pâl'-ou l'Jèrriais? (frm/pl) Pâles-tu l'Jèrriais? (inf)
Oui, un mio
Excuse me Extchûthez-mé, Pardonnez-mouai
How much is this? Combein qu'ch'est?
Sorry J'ai r'gret
Thank you Mèrcie, Mèrcie bein des fais
Where's the toilet? Où'est qu'est la p'tite maîson ès hoummes (m)
fenmes (f)?
Où'est qu'est la p'tite maîson
la tchiêrêsse
la chiotte
I love you J't'aime, J't'adouothe
Help! Arrête
Arrêtez!
Christmas and New Year greetings Bouan Noué
Jouaiyeux Noué et Bouonne année
Un Bouan Noué et lé Nouvel An!
Easter greetings Jouaiyeux Pâques
Birthday greetings Bouôn annivèrsaithe

Some of the translations were provided by Michael Forest

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 Jèrriais

Links

Collections of Jèrriais phrases (some with audio)
http://www.societe-jersiaise.org/geraint/jerriais.html
http://www.societe-jersiaise.org/langsec/

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