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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?

I'm fine, thanks. And you?
Coumme est qu'ous êtes? (frm/pl)
Coumme est qu' tu'es? (inf) Comment va? (vinf)
Jé sis d'charme, mèrcie, et té/vos?
What's your name?
My name is ...
Tch'est qu'est vot' nom? (frm) Tch'est qu'est tan nom? (inf)
Man nom est ... / Jé sis ... / Jé m'appelle ...
Morning greeting(s) Bouônjour (à matîn)
Good day
Afternoon greeting(s)
Bouônjour
Evening greeting(s) Bônsouair
Nighttime parting phrase(s) Bouonne niet
Parting phrase(s) À bétôt, À bi, À la préchaine, À tantôt
Good luck Bouonne cache / dés crouaîsis (fingers crossed)
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/

Phrases in Romance/Italic languages

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