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Useful foreign phrases

A collection of useful phrases suitable for a variety of situations in many different languages with sound files for quite a few of them.

Index by phrase | Index by language | Index by language family


Index of phrases by language family

Afroasiatic, Algonquian, Altaic, Austroasiactic, Austronesian, Caucasian, Dravidian, Eskimo-Aleut, Indo-European, Iroquoian, Japonic, Mayan, Niger-Congo, Sino-Tibetan, Siouan, Tai-Kaidai, Uralic, Uto-Aztecan, Isolates, Creoles, Constructed languages


Afroasiatic languages

Amharic, Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Assyrian, Hausa, Hebrew, Maltese, Somali

Algonquian languages

Ojibwe

Altaic languages

Mongolic languages
Mongolian
Tungusic languages
Ulch
Turkic languages
Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Nogai, Sakha, Tatar, Turkish, Uzbek

Austroasiatic languages

Khmer, Vietnamese,

Austronesian languages

Banjar, Cebuano, Chamorro, Cuyonon, Fijian, Hawaiian, Iban, Iloko, Indonesian, Javanese, Malagasy, Malay, Māori, Samoan, Sundanese, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tuvaluan

Caucasian languages

North East Caucasian: Chechen
South Caucasian: Georgian

Dravidian languages

Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu

Eskimo-Aleut

Aleut, Greenlandic, Inuktitut, Iñupiaq

Indo-European languages

Baltic
Latvian, Lithuanian
Celtic
Breton, Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh
Germanic
Afrikaans, Alsatian, Danish, Dutch, Faroese, Frisian (North), Frisian (West), German, Icelandic, Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Old English, Scots, Swedish, Swiss German (Basel dialect), Swiss German (Chur dialect), Swiss German (Lucerne dialect), Yiddish
Indo-Iranian
Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kurdish (Sorani), Maldivian, Marathi, Nepali, Oryia, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Urdu, Zazaki
Romance
Aragonese, Catalan, Corsican, French, Friulian, Galician, Gascon, Italian, Jèrriais, Latin, Occitan, Portuguese (Brazlian), Portuguese (European), Romanian, Romansh, Sardinian, Sicilian, Spanish, Venetian
Slavic
Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Macedonian, Old Russian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian
Other
Albanian, Armenian (Eastern & Western), Greek (Modern), Greek (Ancient)

Iroquoian languages

Cherokee

Japonic / Japanese-Ryukyuan languages

Japanese, Okinawan

Mayan languages

Mam, Tsotsil, Yucatec Maya

Niger-Congo languages

Ewe, Igbo, Kinyarwanda, Lozi, Ndebele (Northern), Sesotho, Shona, Swahili, Tswana, Tumbuka, Wolof, Xhosa, Yorùbá, Zulu

Sino-Tibetan languages

Sinitic
Cantonese, Hakka, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese
Tibeto-Burman
Burmese, Newari / Nepal Bhasa, Tibetan

Siouan languages

Lakota

Tai-Kadai languages

Lao, Thai

Uralic languages

Finnic
Estonian, Finnish, Võro
Hungarian
Hungarian
Sami
Northern Sámi, Lule Sámi, Southern Sámi

Uto-Aztecan languages

Nahuatl

Isolates

Basque

Pidgins and Creoles

Chabacano de Zamboanga & Chabacano de Cavite, Haitian Creole, Papiamento

Constructed languages

Esperanto, Ido, Interlingua, Ishirkian, Kala, Klingon, Lingua Franca Nova, Lojban, Pig Latin, Talossan, Toki Pona, Wightian

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If you'd like to make any corrections or additions, or can provide audio recordings of any of these phrases, please contact me at: my email address

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Links

Other collections of phrases in various languages
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/quickfix/
http://www.smartphrase.com
http://www.single-serving.com
http://www.nypl.org/branch/central/dlc/df/useful.html
http://www.travelphrases.info/
http://wikitravel.org/en/Phrasebook
http://www.elite.net/~runner/jennifers/
http://www.smartphrase.com
http://www.loecsen.com
http://www.linguanaut.com
http://www.languageshome.com
http://www.foreignlanguagephrases.com
http://www.lingo24.com/useful-phrases.html
http://worldphrasebook.net
http://smallmarble.org/

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