Useful phrases in Kabyle

A collection of useful phrases in Kabyle (Taqbaylit / ⵜⴰⵇⴱⴰⵢⵍⵉⵜ), a Berber language spoken mainly in Kabylie in northern Algeria.

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Key to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, >m = said to males, >f = said to females, >pl = said to more than one person.

Phrase Taqbaylit / ⵜⴰⵇⴱⴰⵢⵍⵉⵜ (Kabyle)
Welcome Amrehva yiswen
Ansuf yiswen (ⴰⵏⵚⵓⴼ ⵢⵉⵙⵡⴻⵏ)
Hello (General greeting)
Hello (on phone) Allu ?
How are you? Amek i telliḍ ?
Reply to 'How are you?' Aqliyi bxir
Long time no see
What's your name? Isem-ik ? (>m)
Isem-im ? (>f)
My name is ... Isem-iw ...
Where are you from? N-wansi-k? (>m)
N-wansi-kem (>f)
I'm from ... Nekkini, si ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Sbah lkhir
Sbah lkhir d lhafiya (reply)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Mselkhir
Mselkhir d lhafiya (reply)
Good night Iḍ ameggaz
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Amenεac (See you soon)
Ar tufat (See you soon)
Ar azekka (See you 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 Ih
No Xaṭi
Maybe
I don't know Ur zriγ ara
Do you understand?
I understand
I don't understand Ur fhimmeγ ara mliḥ
Please speak more slowly Meslay s leεqel di laεnaya-k
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Kabyle?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Do you speak a language
other than
Kabyle?
Speak to me in Kabyle
How do you say ... in Kabyle?
Excuse me Suref-iyi !
Sameḥ-iyi !
How much is this?
Sorry Suref-iyi !
Sameḥ-iyi !
Please
Thank you Tenemmirt
Tanemmirt tameqqṛant
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 Hemmeleɣ-kem (>f)
Hemmeleɣ-k (>m)
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone! Eğğ-iyi !
Anef-iyi !
Help! Ɛawen-iyi !
Fire!
Stop!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings Assegwass ameggaz
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Amulli ameggaz
Congratulations! Mebṛuk
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

Hear some Kabyle phrases

More videos for learning Kabyle
https://www.youtube.com/@ApprendreleKabyle/videos

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Information about Kabyle | Phrases | Numbers

Links

Other collections of Kabyle phrases
https://apprendrelekabyle.com/expressions-usuelles-en-kabyle/
https://polyglotclub.com/wiki/Language/Kabyle/Vocabulary/How-to-Say-Hello-and-Greetings

Phrases in Berber languages

Kabyle, Tamasheq

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