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Useful Gascon phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Gascon, the variety of Occitan spoken in the region of Toulouse, Bordeaux and Bayonne (Gascony) in France, and in the Aran Valley in Northern Spain (Catalonia) where receives the name of Aranese (aranés).

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

English Gascon
Welcome Adiu
Hello (General greeting) Adiu
How are you? Com vas ?
E vas plan ?
Reply to 'How are you?' Que vau plan, Merci. E là ?
Long time no see Que ha temps que n's'em pas vist
What's your name? Com t'apèras ? (inf)
Com v's aperats ? (frm)
My name is ... Que m'apèri ...
Where are you from? D'on vinis ? (inf)
D'on vinets ? (frm)
I'm from ... Vini de ...
Pleased to meet you Que m'hè gai de t'veder
Que m'hè gai de v's veder
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Bon jorn
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Bon vrèspe
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Bona nueit
Good night Bone nueit
(Parting phrases)
A Diu siats
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
I understand
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 ?
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Gascon? E parlats lo gascon ?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
O, un chic
How do you say ... in Gascon? Com se dit … en gascon ?
Excuse me Escusats-me (frm)
How much is this? Quant es aco ?
Sorry Escusats-me
Please Si vos plat
Thank you Merci
Reply to thank you Brigue
Where's the toilet / bathroom? On se pot lavar las mans ?
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
I love you Que t'aimi
Que v's aimi
Leave me alone! Dashe me (inf)
Dashats me (frm)
Fire! Au huec !
Stop! Arrestats !
Call the police! Aperats la poliça !
Christmas greetings Gaujos Nadau
New Year greetings Bona annada
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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