A collection of useful phrases in Romani, an Indo-Aryan language spoken in many parts of Europe.
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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), >m = said to males, >f = said to females.
|Phrase||Romani ćhib (Romani)|
|Hello (General greeting)||Sastipe!
Lachho dives (Good day)
Lachi tiri divés (Good day to you)
Kushti divvus (British Romany)
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Sar san?
Sar si sogodi? (How is everything?)
So'i nevo? (What's new?)
Sashin? (British Romany)
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Mishto, palikerav tut
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||So'i tjiro nav?
Sar bušos/bushos tu?
So tutt's lav? (British Romany)
|My name is ...||Miro nav si o ....
Me bušov/bushov ...
Mandi's lav ... (British Romany)
|Where are you from?||Katar aves?|
|I'm from ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Loshalo sim te maladjov tut
Me vi loshalo sim (The pleasure is mine - reply)
|Lachhi tjiri rat|
|Good night||Lachhi tjiri rat|
|Dja devlesa! (to person leaving)
Achh devlesa! (to person staying)
|Good luck!||But baxt tuke
T'aves baxtalo (>m)
T'aves baxtali (>f)
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't understand||Či hačarav|
|I don't know|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Romani?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Romani|
|How do you say ... in Romani?|
|How much is this?|
|Reply to thank you|
|Where's the toilet?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|I miss you|
|I love you|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas and New Year greetings||Baxtalo Krećuno thaj Baxtalo Nevo Berš|
|Easter greetings||Baxt hai sastimos tiri patragi|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
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