Useful phrases in Bavarian

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A collection of useful phrases in Bavarian, a West Germanic language spoken mainly in Bavaria in the southeast of Germany, and also in Austria, and South Tyrol in Italy.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

English Boarisch (Bavarian)
Welcome Še das d' kemma bisd
Hello (General greeting) Seavus
Grias god
Grias di
Moizaid (mealtime greeting)
How are you? Via ged's eana? (frm)
Via ged's? (inf)
Reply to 'How are you?' Guad und dia?
Long time no see Lång nimma gseng
What's your name? Via hoassn si? (frm)
Via hoassd du? (inf)
My name is ... I hoas ...
I bin da ... (m)
I bin die ... (f)
Where are you from? Vo kemman s' hea? (frm)
Vo han nå si hea? (frm)
Vo san nå si hea? (frm)
I'm from ... I kim aus ...
Pleased to meet you Še das ma uns aa kenna leana
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Guadn moing
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Guadn åmd
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Guadn åmd
Good night Guad nåhd
(Parting phrases)
Seavus (inf)
Bfiad di (inf)
Bfiad aih (pl)
Af vidašaung (frm)
Vidašaung (frm)
Bfiad god
Good luck! Fui gligg
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Šena dåg no
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Låsd's aih šmegga (pl)
An guadn
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Kim guad o (inf)
Do you understand? Hosd mi? (inf)
I understand I fašde di (inf)
I don't understand I fašde eana ned (frm)
No Na
Maybe Ko sei
I don't know I voass ned
Please speak more slowly Ge, ren s' a bisl långssåma
Please say that again Bidd šee sog's no a moi (inf)
Please write it down Šraib's ma af (inf)
Do you speak English? Kena s' Engliš? (frm)
Šbreha s' Engliš? (frm)
Do you speak Bavarian? Kos d' Boariš? (inf)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Iå, ged šo
How do you say ... in Bavarian? Via hoasd ... af Boariš?
Excuse me Endšuldigng s' (frm)
How much is this? Vås kossd des?
Sorry Duad ma laid
Please Bidd šee
San s' so guad (frm)
Thank you Dang šee
'Geid's god (frm)
Measse (inf)
Reply to thank you Bassd šo
Seng s' god (frm)
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Vo is as glo?
Vo is as aboadd?
This gentleman will pay for everything Da hea då zoid fia oiss
This lady will pay for everything De frau då zoid fia oiss
Would you like to dance with me? Das d' mid mia dånzn? (inf)
I miss you I famiss di (inf)
I love you I liab di (inf)
I måg di (inf) - to parents / first love
I håb di gean (inf) - to parents / first love
Get well soon Guade bessarung
Go away! Zubf di! (inf)
Hau åb! (inf)
Leave me alone! Lås mia mei rua!
Help! Heif!
Fire! Faia!
Stop! Šdobb!
Call the police! Ruaf d'bolizai! (inf)
Christmas greetings Šene Veinåhd
New Year greetings A guads nais!
Easter greetings Scheene Ostern
Birthday greetings Oiss guade
Oiss guade zum buadsdåg
One language is never enough Oa šbråh is nia gnua
My hovercraft is full of eels Mei lufdkissnbood is foia åle


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