A collection of useful phrases in Karelian (Karjalan kieli), a Finnic language spoken mainly in the Russian Republic of Karelia, and also in Finland. These phrases are in fact in Livvi-Karelian (Livvin kieli), a dialect of Karelian, or a closely related language.
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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||Karjalan kieli (Karelian)|
|Hello (General greeting)||Terveh|
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Kuibo dielot?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Ylen hyvin|
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Kuibo on sinun nimi?|
|My name is ...|
|Where are you from?||Kuspäi työ tulitto?|
|I'm from ...||Minä tulin ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Mieleh on tuttavuo|
|Good night||Hyviä yödy|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know|
|Do you understand?|
|I understand||Minä ellendän|
|I don't understand||Minä en ellendä|
|Please speak more slowly||Ole hyvä, pagize hillembäh|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?||Pagizetko sinä Angliekse?|
|Do you speak Karelian?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Do you speak a language
other than Karelian?
|Speak to me in Karelian|
|How do you say ... in Karelian?||Kui sanuo ... Karjalakse?|
|How much is this?||Äijängo tämä maksau?|
|Sorry||Minul on žiäli (I'm sorry)
Andiekse? (Sorry? Pardon?)
|Reply to thank you||Ole hyvä|
|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||Mie šilma šuvačen|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas greetings||Раставанке синун (Rastavanke sinun)|
|New Year greetings||Уввен вувенке синун (Uvven vuvenke sinun)|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels|
Phrases provided by Mazzaruli
Hear some phrases in Livvi-Karelian
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