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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 kher hati
Hello Merheba
Silav
Silamun eleykum
Rojbaş (inf)
How are you? Çawa yî? (sg)
Çawa nin? (pl)
Fine thanks, and 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?
I'm from ... Ez ji ... me
Pleased to meet you Xoş halim be nasînit
Good morning Beyanîbaş; spêde bi xêr; Sibeha te bi xêr (sg)
Beyanîbaş; spêde bi xêr; Sibeha we bi xêr (pl)
Good afternoon Rojbaş
Good evening 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 Bi xatirê te (sg)
Bi xatirê we (pl)
Oxir be (response)
Oxira te ya xêrê be (response)
Bi xêr û silametî (response)
Good luck  
Cheers/Good health!  
Have a nice day  
Bon appetit  
Bon voyage  
I understand  
I don't understand Ez te fahim na kem
Ez te na gem
Yes Balê
Erê
No Na
Maybe  
Please speak more slowly  
Please say that again  
Please write it down  
Do you speak Kurdish? Tu Kurdî dizanî?
Yes, a little Kurdish?  
How do you say ... in Kurdish?  
Excuse me Af bike (getting attention)
Bê zehmet (begging pardon)
How much is this? Ew bi çendê ye?
Sorry Bibûre (bim bexşe)
Please Xoş halim be nasînit
Bê zehmet
Zehmet ne bê
Bi xêra te bê
Thank you Sipas
Spas
Gelek sipas
Zor sipas
You're welcome Fermû
Where's the toilet? Hemam li ku ye?
Hemam le kiwê ye?
This gentleman will pay for everything  
This lady will pay for everything  
Would you like to dance with me?  
I miss you Bîrit ekim
I love you Ez te hez dikem
Get well soon  
Leave me alone!  
Help! Yarmetîm berê!
Fire!  
Stop!  
Call the police!  
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Cejna we Noel û ser salê we pîroz be
Sersala we, cejnên Remezan û Noelê pîroz bin
Happy Easter  
Happy Birthday Rojbûna te pîroz be
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels
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