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Useful phrases in Romani

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)
Welcome T'aves baxtalo
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
Mišto/Mishto, nayís-túke
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)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Lachhi tjiri rat
Good night Lachhi tjiri rat
(Parting phrases)
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 understand
I don't understand Či hačarav
Yes Va
No Na
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?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Thank you Nais
Nais tuke
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
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings Baxtalo Krećuno thaj Baxtalo Nevo Berš
Easter greetings Baxt hai sastimos tiri patragi
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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