Useful phrases in Coastal Kadazan

A collection of useful phrases in Coastal Kadazan, a variety of Kadazan Dusun, a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in Sabah in Borneo in Malaysia.

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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).

Phrase Kadazan Tangaa' (Coastal Kadazan)
Welcome Kopivosian do kinoikatan
Hello (General greeting) Kopivosian
How are you? Onu abal nu?
Ingkuo ko no?
Reply to 'How are you?' Noikot vinasi, om iziau?
Long time no see Ahaid kito au nokopisohovot
Ahaid kito au nokopisoomo!
What's your name? Iisai ngaan nu?
My name is ... Ngaan ku zi ...
Ngaan ku nopo nga zi ...
Where are you from? Nomboo o nontodonon nu?
I'm from ... Mantad zou doiho ...
Pleased to meet you Tabi pintutunan kumaa diau
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Kopivosian doungosuvab
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Kopivosian doungadau
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Kopivosian minsosodopon
Good night Kopivosian doungotuvong
(Parting phrases)
Tumoodo no
Good luck! Ahansan do kahantoi!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes Oh
No Au
Maybe Kanto
I don't know Au zou nokoiho
Do you understand? Kalati ko po naku dii? (sg)
Kalati ko? (inf/sg)
Kalati kou po naku dii? (pl)
I understand Kalati zou
I don't understand Au zou kalati
Please speak more slowly Posonodon gia do momoboos
Please say that again Poboos insan poh vagu
Please write it down Posuato po iho
Mai gia posuato
Kavasa ko po naku monuat diho?
Do you speak English? Koiho ko momboos do Nonggilis?
Koiho ko po naku momboos do Nonggilis?
Do you speak Coastal Kadazan? Koiho ko momboos do Kadazan?
Momboos ko do Kadazan?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Oh, okudi
Do you speak a language
other than
Coastal Kadazan?
Koiho ko momboos do boos mantad do Kadazan?
Momboos ko do boos mantad do Kadazan?
Speak to me in Coastal Kadazan Booso zou po boos Kadazan
How do you say ... in Coastal Kadazan? Ingkuo ko momoos dino doid Inggilis ...?
Excuse me Siou
How much is this? Pio horogo dino?
Pio horogo diho?
Sorry Siou
Siou no
Thank you Kotohuadan
Reply to thank you Miagal
Miagal nopo
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Nomboo o jamban?
Nomboo o bilik jamban?
Nomboo o jamban kokusazan? (Where's the gents?)
Nomboo o jamban koonduan? (Where's the ladies?)
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? Anangan ko sumazau miampai dogo (frm)
Kanau sumazau (Let's dance)
Do you come here often? Saasau koh mikot doiti?
I miss you Hangadon zou diau (sg)
Hangadon zou diozu (pl)
I love you Guminavo zou diau
Get well soon Ohingasan ko da do tosisikap
Go away! Insodu po zou diau!
Leave me alone! Pohogoso zou po songuhun!
Help! Tuhung!
Tuhungo zou! (Help me!)
Fire! Tapui!
Stop! Tingkod no!
Call the police! Pohoovon pulis!
Christmas greetings Kotobian tadau Krismas
New Year greetings Kotobian do toun vagu
Easter greetings Kotobian tadau do paska
Birthday greetings Kotobian tadau kinohodian
Congratulations! Kounsikaan!
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

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Coastal Kadazan phrases and recordings provided by Lesley Housten C Kibat, and Dr Francis Paul

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