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Useful phrases in Sanskrit

A collection of useful phrases in Sanskrit, a classical language of India which is still used as a religious and ceremonial language.

You can see these phrases in many other languages by clicking on the English phrases.

Key to abbreviations: m = said by men, f = said by women, >m = said to men, >f = said to women

English संस्कृतम् (Sanskrit)
Welcome स्वागतम् (swāgatam)
Hello
(General greeting)
नमस्ते (namaste)
नमो नमः (namo namaḥ)
नमस्कारः (namaskāraḥ)
How are you? कथमस्ति भवान् (kathamasti bhawān) >m
कथमस्ति भवती (kathamasti bhawatī) >f
Reply to 'How are you?' अहं कुशली (ahaṅ kuzalī)
Long time no see चिरान्न दृष्टम् (cirānna drishtam)
What's your name? तव नाम किम् (tav nāma kim?)
My name is ... अहम् ... (aham ...) मम नाम ... (mama nāma ...)
Where are you from? भवान् कुत्रत्य: (bhawān kutratyah) >m
भवती कुत्रत्या (bhawatī kutratyā) >f
I'm from ...  
Pleased to meet you भवता (m) / भवत्या (f) सह संयोग: सन्तोषकर:
(bhawatā [m] / bhawatyā [f] saha sanyogah santoshakarah)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
/
afternoon / evening
शुभ प्रभातम् (shubha prabhātam)
Good night शुभ रात्री (shubha rātrī)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
पुनर्मिलाम: (punarmilāmah) - (we) meet again
शुभास्ते पंथानः संतु (shubhāste panthānah santu) - may your roads be auspicious - a traditional greeting in sanskrit
Good luck सौभाग्यम् (saubhāgyam)
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
शुभमस्तु (shubhamastu)
Have a nice day सुदिनमस्तु (sudinamastu )
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
भोजनं स्वादिष्टमस्तु (bhojanam swādishtamastu)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
शुभयात्रा (shubhayātrā)
I don't understand न जानामि (na jānāmi)
Please speak more slowly कृपया इतोऽपि मन्दं वदतु (kripayā itopi mandam wadatu)
Please say that again पुनर्वदतु भवान् ( kripayā punarwadatu bhawān)
Please write it down कृपया लिखतु भवान् (kripaya likhatu bhavan)
Do you speak Sanskrit? भवान् (m) / भवती (m) संस्कृतं भाषते वा
(bhawān [m] / bhawatī [f] samskritam bhāshate wā)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
स्वल्पम् (swalpam)
How do you say ... in Sanskrit? संस्कृते एतत्कथमुच्यते (samskri te etatkathamucyate)
Yes
No
भवतु (bhavatu), आम् (am) अस्तु (astu)
नैव किल (naiva kila), मा (mā), न (na)
Excuse me / Sorry कृपया क्षम्यताम् (kripayā kshamyatām)
How much is this? कियत् (kiyat?)
Sorry
Please कृपया (kripayā)
Thank you धन्यवादाः (dhanyawādāh)
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet? शौचालयं कुत्रास्ति ? (shaucālayam kutrāsti)
This gentleman will pay for everything अयं पुरुषः महिला सर्वमूल्यं दास्यति (ayam purushah mahilā sarvamūlyam dāsyati)
This lady will pay for everything अयं इयं महिला सर्वमूल्यं दास्यति (ayam iyam mahilā sarvamūlyam dāsyati)
Would you like to dance with me? मया सह नर्तितुमिच्छसि किम् (mayā saha nartitumicchasi kim)
I love you त्वामनुरजामि (twāmanurajāmi)
Get well soon तूर्णमारोग्यमस्तु (tūrnamārogyamastu)
Leave me alone! एकाकी (m) / एकाकिनी (f) भवितुमिच्छामि
(ekākī [m] / ekākinī [f] bhawitumicchāmi)
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
साहाय्यम् (sāhāyyam)
अग्निः (agnih)
तिष्ठ (tishtha)
Call the police! आरक्षकानाकारयतु (ārakshakānākārayatu)
Christmas and New Year greetings खिसमसपर्वणः शुभेच्छाः नूतनवर्षाभिनंदनं च
(khrisamasaparwanah shubhecchāh nūtanawarshābhinandanam ca)
Easter greetings ईस्टरपर्वणः शुभेच्छाः (īstaraparwanah shubhecchāh)
Birthday greetings जन्मदिनशुभेच्छाः (janmadina shubhecchāh)
One language is never enough नालमेकभाषया (nālamekabhāshayā)

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Other collections of Sanskrit phrases
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Sanskrit/Everyday_Phrases
http://or.girgit.chitthajagat.in/samskrit.wordpress.com/

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