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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 (svāgatam)
Hello (General greeting) नमस्ते (namaste)
नमो नमः (namo namaḥ)
नमस्कारः (namaskāraḥ)
How are you? कथमस्ति भवान् (kathamasti bhavān) >m
कथमस्ति भवती (kathamasti bhavatī) >f
Reply to 'How are you?' अहं कुशली (ahaṃ kuśalī) >m
अहं कुशलिनी (ahaṃ kuśalinī) >f
Long time no see चिरान्न दृष्टम् (cirānna dṛṣṭam)
What's your name? तव नाम किम् (tava nāma kim?)
My name is ... अहम् ... (aham ...)
मम नाम ... (mama nāma ...)
Where are you from? भवान् कुत्रत्य: (bhavān kutratyaḥ) >m
भवती कुत्रत्या (bhavatī kutratyā) >f
I'm from ...  
Pleased to meet you भवता सह संयोग: सन्तोषकर:
(bhavatā saha saṃyogaḥ santoṣakaraḥ) - m
भवत्या सह संयोग: सन्तोषकर:
(bhavatyā saha saṃyogaḥ santoṣakaraḥ) - f
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
सुप्रभातम् (suprabhātam)
Good night शुभरात्री (śubharātrī)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
पुनर्मिलाम (punarmilāma) – let's meet again
शुभास्ते पंथानः संतु (śubhāste panthānaḥ santu)
- may your roads be auspicious (a traditional greeting)
Good luck! सौभाग्यम् (saubhāgyam)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
शुभमस्तु (śubhamastu)
Have a nice day सुदिनमस्तु (sudinamastu)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
भोजनं स्वादिष्टमस्तु (bhojanaṃ svādiṣṭamastu)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
शुभयात्रा (śubhayātrā)
I don't understand नावगच्छामि (nāvagacchāmi)
Yes भवतु (bhavatu)
आम् (ām)
अस्तु (astu)
No नैव किल (naiva kila)
न (na)
I don't know न जानामि (na jānāmi)
Please speak more slowly कृपया इतोऽपि मन्दं वदत (kṛpayā itopi mandaṃ vadatu)
Please say that again कृपया पुनर्वदतु (kṛpayā punarvadatu)
Please write it down कृपया लिखतु (kṛpayā likhatu)
Do you speak Sanskrit? भवान् संस्कृतं भाषते वा?
(bhavān samskṛtaṃ bhāṣate vā) - m
भवती संस्कृतं भाषते वा?
(bhavatī saṃskṛtaṃ bhāṣate vā) - f
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
आं, स्वल्पम् (āṃ, svalpam)
How do you say ... in Sanskrit? संस्कृते एतत्कथमुच्यते? (saṃskṛte etatkathamucyate?)
Excuse me कृपया क्षम्यताम् (kṛpayā kṣamyatām)
How much is this? कियत्? (kiyat?)
Sorry कृपया क्षम्यताम् (kṛpayā kṣamyatām)
Please कृपया (kṛpayā)
Thank you धन्यवादाः (dhanyavādāḥ)
Reply to thank you अस्तु तावत् (astu tāvat)
Where's the toilet? शौचालयः कुत्रास्ति? (śaucālayaḥ kutrāsti)
This gentleman will pay for everything अयं सर्वमूल्यं दास्यति
(ayaṃ sarvamūlyaṃ dāsyati)
This lady will pay for everything इयं सर्वमूल्यं दास्यति
(iyaṃ sarvamūlyaṃ dāsyati)
Would you like to dance with me? मया सह नर्तितुमिच्छसि किम्
(mayā saha nartitumicchasi kim)
I love you त्वामनुरजामि (tvāmanurajāmi)
Get well soon तूर्णमारोग्यमस्तु (tūrnamārogyamastu)
Leave me alone! एकाकी भवितुमिच्छामि (ekākī bhavitumicchāmi) - m
एकाकिनी भवितुमिच्छामि (ekākinī bhavitumicchāmi) - f
Help! साहाय्यम् (sāhāyyam)
Fire! अग्निः (agniḥ)
Stop! तिष्ठ (tiṣṭha)
Call the police! आरक्षकानाकारयतु (ārakṣakānākārayatu)
Christmas and New Year greetings क्रिस्तमसपर्वणः शुभेच्छाः । नूतनवर्षाभिनन्दनं च ।
(kristamasaparvanaḥ śubhecchāḥ nūtanavarṣābhinandana​ṃ ca)
येसुजयन्त्याः शुभेच्छाः । नूतनवर्षाभिनन्दनं च ।
(yesujayantyāḥ śubhecchāḥ nūtanavarṣābhinandanaṃ ca)
Easter greetings ईस्टरपर्वणः शुभेच्छाः
(īstaraparvanaḥ śubhecchāḥ)
Birthday greetings जन्मदिनशुभेच्छाः (janmadina śubhecchāḥ)
One language is never enough नालमेकभाषया (nālamekabhāṣayā)

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