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Useful phrases in Maldivian

A collection of useful phrases in Maldivian, an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Maldives and on India's Minicoy Islands.

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

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

English ދިވެހ
Divehi (Maldivian)
(General greeting)
Assalaamu Alaikum (frm)
Kihineh? (inf)
How are you? Haalu kihineh? (frm) Kihineh? (inf)
Reply to 'How are you?' Ran'galhu, shukuriyaa.
Long time no see  
What's your name? Kon nameh kiyanee?
My name is ... Aharenge namakee ...
Where are you from? Kon rasheh?
I'm from ...  
Pleased to meet you Baddhalu vee thi varah ufavejey
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Bajaveri hendhune
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Bajaveri haveer eh
Good night Baajaveri reygade / Ufaaveri nidhume
(Parting phrases)
Good luck  
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Baajjaveri dhuvahey
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand  
I don't understand Ahannakah neyngunu
I don't know  
Please speak more slowly  
Please say that again  
Please write it down  
Do you speak English? Ingireysin vaahaka dhakkan ingeytha?
Do you speak Maldivian?
Yes, a little
How do you say ... in Maldivian?  
Excuse me Ma-aaf kurey
How much is this? Agu kihaavareh?
Sorry Ma-aafu kurey
Please Adhes kohfa
Thank you
Where's the toilet? Faahanaa kobaitha?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything  
Would you like to dance with me?  
I miss you  
I love you  
Get well soon  
Go away!  
Leave me alone! Aharen ekani dhukoh laa
Call the police!  
Christmas and New Year greetings  
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings  
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels
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Information about Maldivian


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Phrases in Indo-Iranian languages

Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kurdish (Sorani), Maldivian, Marathi, Nepali, Odia (Oriya), Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Urdu, Zazaki

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