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Useful phrases in Fula

A collection of useful phrases in Fula (Fulfulde), a Niger-Congo language spoken parts of West, Central and North Africa.

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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 Fulfulde (Fula)
Welcome A ja66aama
Bismilla
Hello (General greeting)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? No mbadda?
Reply to 'How are you?' Jam tan
Jam tun
Long time no see Mi wayri yiide ma
What's your name?
My name is ... Indhe am, ko ...
Where are you from? Holto njeyadha?
I'm from ... Ngummii mi ko ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Jam waali (early morning)
Jam weeti (late morning)
On walli e jam
Jam mball dhone
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
On nialli e jam Jam nial dhon
Jam ñalli
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
On hiri e jam
Jam hirdhon
Good night Wallen e jam
Mbalen e jam
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Haa gonngol
Haa ñannde wonnde
Good luck! Yoo geno reene
Yoo jam laato
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Nianlen e jam
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Yoo en njedhe
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Laawol bhural
Yoo a jaajio he jam
Yes Eey
No Ala
Maybe Ina gasa
Ina wona
I don't know Mi anda
Mi andani
Do you understand? A fami?
I understand Mi fami
I don't understand Mi famali
Mi famani
Please speak more slowly Achu haké hal cess, mi famani
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Fula?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Do you speak a language
other than
Fula?
Speak to me in Fula
How do you say ... in Fula?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Sorry
Please
Thank you Jaraama
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet / bathroom?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
Do you come here often?
I miss you
I love you
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
Congratulations!
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

Hear some Fula phrases:

Phrases supplied by Ryan Smith and Amadou

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

Links

Other collections of Fula phrases
https://wikitravel.org/en/Fulfulde_phrasebook
http://www.travelphrases.info/languages/fula.htm

Information about Fula | Fula phrases | Adamaua Fulfulde | Adlam alphabet | Tower of Babel

Phrases in Niger-Congo languages

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