Useful phrases in Livonian

A collection of useful phrases in Livonian (Līvõ kēļ), a Finnic language that was spoken in Latvia, and that is currently being revived.

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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 Līvõ kēļ (Livonian)
Hello (General greeting) Tēriņtš!
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Kui sinnõn lǟb?
Kui sinnõn täddõn lǟb?
Reply to 'How are you?' Tienū, minnõn lǟb jõvīzt
(Thanks, I'm fine)
Vȯlks lǟdõ jo jõvīzt
(Could be better)
Long time no see
What's your name? Kui tēḑi nutāb?
My name is ... Min nim um ...
Where are you from? Kust tēg ūotõ tǟnõ broutšõnd?
I'm from ...
Where do you live? Kus tēg jelāt?
I live in ... Minā jelāb ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Jõvā ūomõg
Jõvvõ ūomõgt
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Jõvā pǟva
Jõvvõ päuvõ
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Jõvā ȭdõg
Jõvvõ ȭdõgt
Good night Jõvvõ īedõ
(Parting phrases)
Nēmiz pǟl
Nēmiz sõņ
Īe tēriņtš
Īegid tēriņtš
Ammõ jõvvõ (All the best)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Tīeratõks pǟlõ! (To your health!)
Täd tīeratõks pǟlõ! (To your health!) frm/pl
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Jõvvõ sīemnaigõ!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Vȯndziztõ riekkõ!
No Äb
I don't know
Do you understand?
I understand
I don't understand Ma äb so aru
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Livonian?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Do you speak a language
other than
Speak to me in Livonian
How do you say ... in Livonian?
Excuse me Ānda andõks!
How much is this?
Sorry Zǟl
Āndagid andõks
Please Pōlaks
Thank you Tienū
Mēg tiennõm
Väggi tienūb
Tienūb sidāmõst
Reply to thank you Äb iļ mis
Võtāgid jõvāks
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!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings Rīemliži Taļšpivḑi!
New Year greetings Pǟgiņ vȯnnõ Ūdāigastõks!
Vȯndzist Ūdtāigastõ!
Easter greetings Rīemliži Lejāvõtāmći
Birthday greetings Pǟgiņ vȯnnõ sindizpǟvaks!
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

Some phrases provided by Jōņȭdõg Kalāmīez

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