Useful phrases in Kabiye

A collection of useful phrases in Kabiye (Kabɩyɛ), a Southern Gur language spoken in Togo, Benin and Ghana

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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 Kabɩyɛ (Kabiye)
Welcome Tálì ɖéw
Ɩtalὶ ɖéw (frm/pl)
Kábìtɛ (sg)
Kábìtɛ wá (pl)
Hello (General greeting)
Hello (on phone) Allo
How are you? Ŋwὲ alafɩa?
Alafɩa wὲ?
Reply to 'How are you?' Alafɩa
Yáá, alafɩa
Long time no see
What's your name? Páyaŋ súwe?
My name is ... Páyam ...
Páyam se ...
Where are you from? Lé ŋlὶna?
Ŋgɛ lé dύ?
I'm from ... Mὲlὶna ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Ŋlὶwá lέ? (sg)
Ɩlὶwá lέ? (pl)
Dadja ŋlìwá lέ (>m)
Daɖo ŋlìwá lέ (>f)
Ŋguyá cámìyɛ na?
Mɔnguya alafɩa (reply)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Ñánà wίsὶ
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Ñánà ɖánaɣ
Good night Ñánà ɖánaɣ
Ñánà ɖóó
Ɛsɔ kύsὶ (Have a good night)
Ŋɖó cámὶyὲ na? (Sleep well)
(Parting phrases)
Pὶlákὶ tásὶ (See you soon)
Pὶlábá tásὶ (See you soon)
Pὶlábá céé (See you tomorrow)
Pὶlábá wídí (See you someday)
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
Wele wele
Ŋɖɔ cámὶyὲ
Ŋwolo camɩyɛ
Yes Ɛὲ
No Aɩɩ
I don't know
Do you understand?
I understand
I don't understand Maanɩwυ
Please speak more slowly Yɔdɩ hɛɛ
Please say that again Tasɩ yɔdυ
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Kabiye?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Do you speak a language
other than
Speak to me in Kabiye
How do you say ... in Kabiye?
Excuse me Kafaɖa
How much is this? Ŋna?
Sorry Kaka
Please Kafaɖa
Thank you Ŋlaba lέ
Ŋlaba lέ kpém
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! Ɩsɩnam!
Fire! Hayɩ miŋ nééé!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
Congratulations! Ñánà ñυw leleŋ (you're lucky)
Mɩnà ñυw leleŋ (pl)
Ɛnà ñυw leleŋ (sg)
Ñánà pὶda lɩyυυ
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

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