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Useful foreign phrases

A collection of useful phrases suitable for a variety of situations in many different languages with sound files for quite a few of them.

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Index of phrases by language family


Afroasiatic languages

Amharic, Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Aramaic, Assyrian, Hausa, Hebrew, Maltese, Somali

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Algonquian languages

Arapaho, Atikamekw, Cheyenne, Cree, Míkmaq, Ojibwe

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Arawakan languages

Garifuna

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Athabaskan languages

Chipewyan, Navajo

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Austroasiatic languages

Khmer, Vietnamese

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Austronesian languages

Malay-Polynesian languages
Balinese, Banjar, Central Dusun, Chamorro (Guam dialect), Chamorro (North Marianas dialect), Coastal Kadazan, Fijian, Iban, Indonesian, Javanese, Malagasy, Malay, Māori, Palauan, Tetum, Yapese
Micronesian languages
Chuukese, Kiribati, Marshallese, Pohnpeian
Philippine languages
Aklan, Bikol, Cebuano, Cuyonon, Hiligaynon, Iloko, Tagalog
Polynesian languages
Hawaiian, Māori, Niuean, Rapa Nui, Samoan, Tahitian, Tokelauan, Tongan, Tuvaluan

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Aymaran languages

Aymara

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Caucasian languages

North East Caucasian languages
Batsbi, Chechen, Lezgi
North West Caucasian languages
Abkhaz, Adyghe
South Caucasian languages
Georgian, Laz

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Chumashan languages

Samala

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Dravidian languages

Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu

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Eskimo-Aleut

Aleut, Greenlandic, Inuktitut, Iñupiaq

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Hmong-Mien languages

White Hmong

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Indo-European languages

Albanian languages
Albanian (Gheg), Albanian (Tosk)
Armenian languages
Armenian (Eastern), Armenian (Western)
Baltic languages
Latvian, Lithuanian
Celtic languages
Breton, Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh
Germanic languages
Afrikaans, Alsatian, American Norwegian, Bavarian, Cimbrian, Danish, Dutch, Elfdalian, English (British), Faroese, Flemish (West), Frisian (North), Frisian (Saterland), Frisian (West), German, Gothic, Icelandic, Limburgish, Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Old English, Scots, Stellingwarfs, Swedish, Swiss German (Basel dialect), Swiss German (Chur dialect), Swiss German (Lucerne dialect), Värmlandic, Westrobothnian, Yiddish
Hellenic languages
Greek (Modern), Greek (Ancient)
Indo-Iranian languages
Indo-Aryan languages
Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Garhwali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Magahi, Maithili, Maldivian, Marathi, Nepali, Odia (Oriya), Punjabi, Romani, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, Urdu
Iranian languages
Dari, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kurdish (Sorani), Mazandarani, Ossetian, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Tajik, Zazaki
Romance languages
Aragonese, Aromanian, Asturian, Catalan, Corsican, Extremaduran, French, Friulian, Galician, Gascon, Italian, Jèrriais, Ladino, Latin, Occitan, Monégasque, Portuguese (Brazlian), Portuguese (European), Romanian, Romansh, Sardinian, Sicilian, Spanish, Venetian, Walloon
Slavic languages
Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Kashubian, Macedonian, Old Russian, Polish, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Sorbian (Lower), Sorbian (Upper), Ukrainian

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Iroquoian languages

Cherokee

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Koreanic languages

Korean

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Japonic / Japanese-Ryukyuan languages

Japanese, Okinawan

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Khoisan languages

Khoekhoe (Nama)

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Mande languages

Bambara

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Mayan languages

Mam, Tsotsil, Yucatec Maya

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Mongolic languages

Kalmyk, Mongolian

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Muskogean languages

Choctaw, Creek

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Niger-Congo languages

Bemba, Chichewa, Efik, Ewe, Fula, Herero, Igbo, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Lingala, Lozi, Luganda, Mossi, Ndebele (Northern - South Africa), Ndebele (Northern - Zimbabwe), Ndebele (Southern) Nkore, Northern Sotho, Sesotho, Shona, Swahili, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Twi, Umbundu, Venda, Wolof, Xhosa, Yorùbá, Zulu

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Nilo-Saharan languages

Acholi, Dholuo

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Pama-Nyungan languages

Yolngu

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Sino-Tibetan languages

Sinitic languages
Cantonese, Hakka, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese, Teochew
Tibeto-Burman languages
Burmese, Dzongkha, Manipuri, Newari / Nepal Bhasa, Tibetan

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Siouan languages

Crow, Lakota Sioux, Omaha

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Tai-Kadai languages

Lao, Thai

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Tungusic languages

Ulch

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Tupí-Guaraní languages

Guaraní

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Turkic languages

Altay, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Chuvash, Kazakh, Kumyk, Kyrgyz, Nogai, Sakha, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Uyghur, Uzbek

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Uralic languages

Finnic languages
Estonian, Finnish, Veps, Võro
Mordvinic languages
Erzya, Moksha
Sami languages
Lule Sámi, Northern Sámi, Southern Sámi
Ugaric languages
Hungarian

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Uto-Aztecan languages

Comanche, Nahuatl, Serrano

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Isolates

Adaizan, Basque

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Pidgins and Creoles

Bislama, Cape Verdean Creole, Chabacano de Zamboanga, Chabacano de Cavite, Haitian Creole, Jamaican, Mauritian Creole, Papiamento, Réunion Creole, Sango, Tok Pisin

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Constructed languages

Esperanto, Ido, Interlingua, Ishirkian, Kala, Klingon, Laala, Lingua Franca Nova, Lojban, Pig Latin, Quenya, Romániço, Solresol, Talossan, Toki Pona, Volapük, Wightian

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http://www.nypl.org/branch/central/dlc/df/useful.html
http://www.travelphrases.info/
http://wikitravel.org/en/Phrasebook
http://www.elite.net/~runner/jennifers/
http://www.smartphrase.com
http://www.loecsen.com
http://www.linguanaut.com
http://www.languageshome.com
http://www.foreignlanguagephrases.com
http://www.lingo24.com/knowledge/useful-phrases/
http://worldphrasebook.net
http://smallmarble.org/

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