Useful Aranese phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Aranese, a variety of Occitan spoken in the Aran Valley in Catalonia in Northern Spain.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, pl = said to more than one person.

English aranés (Aranese)
Welcome Adiu
Planvienut
Hello (General greeting) Adiu (sg)
Adishatz (pl)
How are you? Com vas ?
E vas plan ?
Quin te va ? (sg/inf)
Quin ve va ? (pl/frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Que vau plan, Merci. E là ?
Que va plan
Long time no see Que ha temps que n's'em pas vist
Bèth temps a non t’èi pas vist (inf>m)
Bèth temps a non t’èi pas vista (inf>f)
Bèth temps a non v’èi pas vist (frm>m)
Bèth temps a non v’èi pas vista (frm>f)
What's your name? Com t'apèras ? (inf)
Com v's aperats ? (frm)
Quin t'apèras ? (inf/sg)
Quin v'aperatz ? (pl)
My name is ... Que m'apèri ...
Where are you from? D'on vinis ? (inf)
D'on vinets ? (frm)
D'on ès ? (inf)
D'on ètz ? (frm)
I'm from ... Vini de ...
Que soi de ...
Pleased to meet you Que m'hè gai de t'veder
Que m'hè gai de v's veder
Encantat (m)
Encantada (f)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Bon jorn
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Bon vrèspe
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Bona nueit
Bona nuèit
Good night Bone nueit
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Adiu (sg)
Adishatz (pl)
Good luck!  
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
A la santat !
Have a nice day  
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon apétit
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Bon biadje
Yes O
No Nou
Maybe
I understand Que compreni
I don't understand Ne compreni pas
Please speak more slowly  
Please say that again  
Please write it down Que v's pregui l'escriber ?
E pòs escríve'u, en te pregant ? (inf)
E podetz escríve'u, en ve pregant ? (frm)
Do you speak English? E parlas anglés ? (inf)
E parlatz anglés ? (frm)
Do you speak Gascon? E parlats lo gascon ?
E parlas gascon ? (inf)
E parlatz gascon ? (fr)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
O, un chic
O, un drin
O, un pauc
How do you say ... in Gascon? Com se dit ... en gascon ?
Quin se ditz ... en gascon?
Excuse me Escusats-me (frm)
Perdon
How much is this? Quant es aco ?
Sorry Escusats-me
Please Si vos plat
En te pregant (inf)
En ve pregant (frm)
Thank you Merci
Mercés
Reply to thank you Brigue
Where's the toilet / bathroom? On se pot lavar las mans ?
On son los comuns ?
This gentleman will pay for everything Aquet omi que va pagar per lo tot
This lady will pay for everything Aquera hemna que va pagar per lo tot
Would you like to dance with me? E volets dança dat jo ?
I miss you Que m'ès de manca (inf)
Que m'ètz de manca (frm)
I love you Que t'aimi (inf)
Que v's aimi (frm)
Leave me alone! Dashe me (inf)
Dashats me (frm)
Help! Ajuda !
Fire! Au huec !
Stop! Arrestats !
Pro hèit !
Call the police! Aperats la poliça !
Christmas greetings Gaujos Nadau
Easter greetings Bonas Pascas
Birthday greetings  
One language is never enough Ua lenco n'è pas jamè pro
My hovercraft is full of eels  

Gascon translations provided by René-Joseph Lavie

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