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Useful phrases in Zazaki

A collection of useful phrases in Zazaki, an Iranian language spoken in parts of eastern Turkey.

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English Zazaki
Hello (General greeting) Selam
Ma be xér
Demê şıma be xeyr
How are you? Tı senén ay? (inf)
Se kenay rınd ay? (inf)
Şıma senén é? (frm)
Se kené rınd é? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Ez hol a, berxudar be
Ez rind a, berxudar be
Long time no see  
What's your name? Namey to çık o?
My name is ... Namey mı ... o/a
Where are you from? Şıma koti raê?
I'm from ...  
Pleased to meet you Ez memnun biya
Ez şa biyan ke ma yewbini şınsana
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Sodır be xér
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Perocê şıma xeyr bo
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Şan be xér
Good night Şewe be xér
Şewe be xér bo
(Parting phrases)
Xatır be to (inf) Xatır be şıma (frm)
Good luck! Fêl u emelê şıma raşt şoro!
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 'Ez fam né kena
I don't know  
Please speak more slowly  
Please say that again  
Please write it down  
Do you speak English? To Englezki zanena?
Do you speak Zazaki? Şıma Zazaki zanenê?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
How do you say ... in Zazaki?  
Excuse me Qaytê qısuri mebên
How much is this?  
Sorry Qusır de seyr meke
Please Xéré xo
Thank you Weş u war be
Berxudar be
Reply to thank you Şıma xér amey
Where's the toilet? Tuvalet koti o?
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 Ez to has kenan
Get well soon  
Go away!  
Leave me alone!  
Help! Imdad!
Call the police!  
Christmas and New Year greetings  
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings Roca toya d?nya-amaene bımbareke bo!
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

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