Useful phrases in Garifuna

A collection of useful phrases in Garifuna, an Arawakan language spoken mainly in Honduras, and also in Belize, Guatamala and Nicaragua.

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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 Garífuna
Welcome Buiti achüluruni
Hello (General greeting) Buiti binafi
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Ida biña?
Reply to 'How are you?' Magadietina
Long time no see
What's your name? Ka biri?
My name is ... ... niri bai
Where are you from? Haliana buguya?
I'm from ... ... wa kek
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Buiti binafi
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Buiti raaban weyu
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Buiti raaban weyu
Good night Buiti guñoun
(Parting phrases)
Dai haruga (until tomorrow)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes Ayé
No Ino
I don't know
I understand Gunfarándatina
I don't understand Úwati gunfarándaná
Please speak more slowly Bayanuha hámuru, fulesi
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Garifuna? Ariengatibu Garifuna?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ayé, musun
Speak to me in Garifuna
How do you say ... in Garifuna? Ida lian bariengun ... lidan Garifuna?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Thank you Seremein
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! Igara bana nungua!
Fire! Watu!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings Buiti fedu
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels


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