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Useful phrases in Tok Pisin

A collection of useful phrases in Tok Pisin, an English-based Croele language spoken in Papua New Guinea.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

English Tok Pisin
Welcome Welkam
Hello (General greeting) Gude
How are you? Yu stap gut?
Yu olsem wanem?
Reply to 'How are you?' Mi stap gut
Long time no see Longpela taim mi no lukim yu
What's your name? Wanam nem bilong yu?
Husat nem bilong yu?
My name is ... Nem bilong mi emi ...
Nem bilong mi i ...
Where are you from? Ples bilong yu we?
Yu kam long wanem hap?
Yu bilong wanem hap?
I'm from ... Ples bilong mi ...
Mi bin kam long ...
Mi kam long ...
Mi mangi ...
Pleased to meet you Gutpela long bungim yu
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Moning tru
Moning nau
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Gut nait
Good night Gut nait
(Parting phrases)
Lukim yu bihain (inf)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
God blesim yu!
Have a nice day Kisim gutpela de
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand Mi save tok bilong yu
I don't understand Mi no harim tok bilong yu
Yes Yesa
No Nogat
Maybe Ating
I don't know Mi no save
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again Tokim gen
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Yu save long tok inglis, a?
Toktok long tok inglis?
Do you speak Tok Pisin? Yu save long Tok Pisin?
Toktok long tok pisin?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ya, liklik
Speak to me in Tok Pisin Toktok wantaim mi long tok pisin tasol
How do you say ... in Tok Pisin? Hausat mi autim ... long tok pisin?
Excuse me Skius
How much is this? Hamas long dispela?
Em hao mas?
Sorry Mi sori
Mi sori tumas
Please Plis
Thank you Tenkyu
Tenkyu tru
Tenkyu tumas
Reply to thank you Nogat samting
Where's the toilet? Smolhaus i stap we?
This gentleman will pay for everything Dispela man bai i bekim pe long olgeta samting
This lady will pay for everything Dispela meri bai i bekim pe long olgeta samting
Would you like to dance with me? Yu laik danis wantaim mi?
I miss you Yu sutim lewa bilong mi
Mi misim yu
I love you Mi lavim yu
Get well soon
Go away! Larim mi!
Leave me alone! Larim mi!
Help! Help!
Fire! Paia!
Stop! Holim!
Call the police! Singautim polis!
Christmas and New Year greetings Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas go long yu
Meri Krismas
Hepi Nu Yia
Easter greetings Hepi ista
Birthday greetings Hepi berthde
One language is never enough Wanpela tok ples i no inap
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Bilong me hangamapim bot stap pulap maleo
Balus em i no goupim bilong me em i pullup long liklik pela snek bilong solwarra

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