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Useful Jèrriais phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Jèrriais (Jersey Norman), the variety of Norman spoken on the Channel Island of Jersey..

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

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? (sg)
Jé sis d'charme, mèrcie, et vos? (pl/frm)
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!
Have a nice day Bouonne journèe!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bouan appétit!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Bouan viage!
I understand Jé comprends
I don't understand Jé n'comprends pon
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak Jèrriais? Pâl'-ou l'Jèrriais? (frm/pl)
Pâles-tu l'Jèrriais? (inf)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
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)
Où'est qu'est la p'tite maîson ès fenmes? (f)
Où'est qu'est la p'tite maîson?
Où'est qu'est la tchiêrêsse?
Où'est qu'est la chiotte?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I love you J't'aime
J't'adouothe
Get well soon
How do you say ... in Jèrriais?
Leave me alone!
Help! Arrête
Arrêtez!
Call the police!
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
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
M'n aérodrisseux est remplyi d'andgulles

Some of the translations were provided by Michael Forest

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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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