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Useful Shanghainese phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Shanghainese, a variety of Wu Chinese spoken mainly in Shanghai in China

There seems to be no standard transliteration system for Shanghainese and the various sources used for this page use different systems.

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English 上海闲话 (Shanghainese)
Welcome 欢迎 (hueugnin)
(General greeting)
侬好 (nong23 hao34)
大家好!(dâka-hô!) - hello everybody
饭吃过伐? (ve23 qik3 gu5 va1?)
- "have you eaten?"
How are you? 侬好伐? (nong23 hao34 va?)
侬过得还好伐? (non kûteq re-hôva?)
Reply to 'How are you?' 我蛮好,谢谢 (ngû mhehô, jâja)
蛮好。侬呢? (me51 hao34. nong2 nak4?)
Long time no see 长远勿看见侬 (ssang2 yyu4 vak2 koe5 ji3 nong1)
What's your name? 请问尊姓大名? (chînmen tzenxin-dâmin)
请问侬信啥? (chînmen nong2 xin sa?)
My name is ... 我信 ... (ngû xin ...)
我叫 ... (ngû ciô ...)
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you 我看到侬真高兴
(ngu23 koe3 dao5 nong1 zen51 gao5 xin1)
(koe3 dao5 nong1 zen51 de lok ke xin1)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
侬早 (nong23 zao34)
早安 (tzoh'eu)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
夜到好 (yâtohô)
Good night 晚安 (uê’eu)
(Parting phrases)
再会 (tzewe)
明朝会 (mintzowê)
Good luck
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
旅途愉快 (liudu-yukha)
I understand 我明白 (nguh xiohteq)
I don't understand 我不明白 (nguh veqxiohteq)
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English? 侬英文讲得来𠲎? (non inveng kahnteqle va?)
Do you speak Shanghainese? 侬上海言话讲得来𠲎? (non zahnhehreroo kahnteqle va?)
How do you say ... in Shanghainese?
Excuse me
How much is this? 几钿? (cihdih?)
Sorry 对勿起 (de3 vak5 qi1)
勿好意思 (vak2 hao5 yi3 si1)
No problem 勿要紧个 (vak2 yao5 jin3 aak1)
Thank you 谢谢 (xxia2 xxia5)
谢谢侬 (xxia2 xxia5 nong2)
Reply to thank you 勿要谢 (vio jia)
没关系 (mak5 gue3 xi1)
勿要客气 (vio khaqchih)
没事体俄 (meq zyhthih req)
覅客气 (viô-khaqchi)
覅谢得个 (viô-jâ teqreq)
霞霞侬 (xiaxianong)
Where's the toilet? 汏手间勒勒何里耷? (dahsoeke lalaq rahlitaq?)
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you 老想念侬个 (lao23 xing3 ni5 nong3 aak1)
I love you 侬爱你 (nguh eh non)
I'm not feeling well 我有眼勿适意 (ngû yoê’ngê veq seq’i)
Get well soon
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings 圣诞节快乐 (sêntê khuâloq)
新年快乐 (xingni khuâloq)
恭喜发财 (gong xi fa ze)
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings 生日快乐 (sangniq khuâloq)
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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