Useful phrases in Kam

A collection of useful phrases in Kam (lix Gaeml), a Tai-Kadai language spoken in Guizhou, Hunan and Guangxi provinces of China. These phrases are specifically in Southern Kam.

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Phrase Kam
Welcome Honnyíng
Hello (General greeting) Tọi
Bạn lải
How are you? Bạn hiãng mé?
Reply to 'How are you?' Yáu hiãng / lải
Long time no see Jẳng mé sẳng jủm
What's your name? Bạ̣n guản máng?
My name is ... Yáu guản ...
Where are you from? Bạn dẳng dạ di fảng máng?
I'm from ... Yáu dẳng dạ ...
Pleased to meet you Yáu mặng kằn dũng bạn
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Sẳm lải
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Nyằm lải
Good night Biản lải
(Parting phrases)
Bải kùn loh
Good luck! Ja yớu
I don't know Yáu mé wọ
Do you understand? Nyá wọ mé?
I understand Yáu wọ
I don't understand Yáu mé wọ
Please speak more slowly Sịn wa ẳn nyỉ
Please say that again Sịn èng wa ỉ dàu
Please write it down Sịn xa ha, lải mé
Do you speak English? Nyá wọ wa sủng Eng mé?
Do you speak Kam? Nyá wọ wa sủng Gảm mé?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
How do you say ... in Kam? ... ảu sủng Gảm ỉ nhủ wa
Excuse me Sịn hàm
How much is this? Ỉ nhủ sín?
Sorry Dùi mé qĩ
Please Sịn
Thank you Kãi
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Díng nyau gó nhủ?
I miss you Yáu lhiảng nyá
I love you Yáu èi nyá
Go away! Bải gẻ
Help! Gàu ming!
Stop! Xăng!
Congratulations! Gong hĩ

Phrases provided by Levi Maasen, who worked with Ngo Van Lyong, a native speaker of Southern Kam from Rongjiang, to make the translations, and the new orthography for this dialect.

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

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