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Useful phrases in Marshallese

A collection of useful phrases in Marshallese, a Micronesian language spoken on the Marshall Islands in the North Pacific Ocean.

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Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase kajin m̧ajeļ (Marshallese)
Welcome
Hello (General greeting) Io̧kwe (sg)
Io̧kwe io̧kwe
Io̧kwe kom̧ (pl)
Io̧kwe aolep (hello everyone)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Em̧m̧an mour?
Ej et mour
Reply to 'How are you?' Em̧m̧an (I'm fine)
Elukkuun em̧m̧an (I'm doing great)
Ebwe (I'm so-so)
Elukkuun nana (I'm not doing so well)
Ak kwe? (And you?)
Long time no see
What's your name? Etam̧?
My name is ... Eta in ...
Where are you from? Kwōj itok jān ia?
I'm from ... Ij itok jān ...
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Morning!
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Io̧kwe in raelep
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Io̧kwe in jota
Good night Good night!
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Io̧kwe (sg)
Io̧kwe kom̧ (pl)
Io̧kwe aolep (goodbye everyone)
Bar lo eok (see you later - sg)
Bar lo kom̧ (see you later - pl)
Good luck! Jeraam̧m̧an n̄an kwe
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes Aet
No Jab
Maybe Bōlen
I don't know Ijab jeļā
Ijeje
In̄ak
I understand Imeļeļe
I don't understand Ijab meļeļe
Please speak more slowly Karum̧wij am̧ kōnono
Karum̧wijļo̧k am̧ kōnono
Please say that again Bar ba mok
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Kwo jela ke kajin pālle?
Do you speak Marshallese? Kwōjeļā ke kajin m̧ajeļ?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Aet, jidik
Speak to me in Marshallese
How do you say ... in Marshallese? Etan ... ilo kajin m̧ajeļ?
Excuse me Jo̧lo̧k bōd
Jo̧lo̧k aō bōd
How much is this? Ewi jon̄an?
Sorry Jo̧lo̧k bōd
Jo̧lo̧k aō bōd
Please Jouj
Thank you Kom̧m̧ool (sg)
Kwe emmal (pl)
Kom̧m̧ooltata (Thank you very much)
Reply to thank you Jouj
Kōn jouj
Where's the toilet? Ewi em jirikrik in?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
Do you come here often?
I miss you
I love you Ij io̧kwe eok
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin
Jeramman ilo iio in ekaal
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Jeramon ilo rainin am
One language is never enough Joun kajin ejar bwe
My hovercraft is full of eels
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