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Useful Kurmanji Kurdish phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Kurmanji Kurdish, which is spoken in Turkey, Syria, and northern parts of the Kurdish-speaking areas of Iraq and Iran.

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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).

English Kurmancî (Kurmanji / Northern Kurdish)
Welcome Be xer hatî ("You came with wellness")
Hello (General greeting) Merheba
Silav
Silamun eleykum
Rojbaş (inf)
How are you? Çawa yî? (sg)
Çawa nin? (pl)
Reply to 'How are you?' Ez baş im, sipas.
Long time no see  
What's your name? Navê te çi ye?
My name is ... Navê min ... e
Where are you from? Tu ji ku derê yî?
Tu ji ku yî?
I'm from ... Ez ji ... me
Pleased to meet you Ez kefxweş bûm
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Beyanîbaş; spêde bi xêr; Sibeha te bi xêr (sg)
Beyanîbaş; spêde bi xêr; Sibeha we bi xêr (pl)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Rojbaş
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Êvarbaş; Êvara te bi xêr (sg)
Êvarbaş; Êvara we bi xêr (pl)
Good night Şevbaş; Şeva te bi xêr (sg)
Şevbaş; Şeva we bi xêr (pl)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Bi xatirê te (sg)
Bi xatirê we (pl)
Oxir be (response)
Oxira te ya xêrê be (response)
Bi xêr û silametî (response)
Good luck Serkeftin ("Succeed!")
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Noşî can be!
Noş!
Have a nice day  
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Noşî can be!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
 
I understand Ez fehm dikim
I don't understand Ez fehm nakim
Yes Balê
Erê
No Na
Maybe Belkî
Please speak more slowly Hêdî bibêje, ji karemê xwe
Hêdî
Please say that again Disa bibêje, ji karemê xwe
Disa bibêje
Please write it down Ve binivîse, ji karemê xwe
Do you speak Kurmanji? Kurmancî zanî?
Tu Kurdî dizanî?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Erê, piçûkek
How do you say ... in Kurmanji? Çawa em ... bi Kurmancî bibêjin?
Excuse me Af bike (getting attention)
Bê zehmet (begging pardon)
How much is this? Çiqas?
Ev çiqas e?
Sorry Bibûre (bim bexşe)
Please Ji karemê xwe
Thank you Gelek spas
Zor spas
Spas
Spas dikim
Mala te ava
Reply to thank you Spas xweş
Tiştek nabe
Where's the toilet? Hemam le kiwê ye?
WC le kiwê ye?
Toylet le kiwê ye?
This gentleman will pay for everything Ve mêr dê ji bo her tişt pere bide
This lady will pay for everything Ve jin dê ji bo her tişt pere bide
Would you like to dance with me? Dixwazî bi min re dans bikî?
Tu dixwazî bi min re dans bikî?
I miss you Bîrit ekim
I love you Ez te hez dikem
Get well soon Derbas be
Leave me alone!  
Help! Alikarî bike!
Fire! Agir!
Stop! Bisekîne!
Call the police!  
Christmas and New Year greetings Cejna we Noel û ser salê we pîroz be
Sersala we, cejnên Remezan û Noelê pîroz bin
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings Rojbûna te pîroz be
One language is never enough Yek ziman hîç bes e
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Hoverkraftê min bi marmasiyan tijî ye