Useful phrases in Livvi-Karelian

A collection of useful phrases in Livvi-Karelian (livvi), a Finnic language spoken mainly in the Russian Republic of Karelia, and also in Finland.

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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 livvi (Livvi-Karelian)
Welcome Tule terveh! (sg)
Tulgua terveh! (pl)
Hello (General greeting) Terveh (sg)
Terveh teile! (pl)
Terveh taloih (When visiting someone's house)
Hello (on phone) Terveh!
How are you? Kuibo dielot?
Kuibo elät? (sg)
Kuibo elättö? (pl)
Reply to 'How are you?' Ylen hyvin
Passibo, hyviä kuuluu
What's your name? Kuibo on sinun nimi?
Kuibo sinuu kučutah?
My name is ... Minun nimi on ...
Where are you from? Kuspäi työ tulitto?
I'm from ... Minä tulin ...
Olen ... päi
Pleased to meet you Mieleh on tuttavuo
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Hyviä huondestu
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Hyviä päiviä
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Hyviä ildua
Good night Hyviä yödy
(Parting phrases)
Jiä tervehekse (sg)
Jiägiä tervehekse (pl)
Good luck! Ozua da lykkyy!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Teijän tervehyökse!
Have a nice day Hyviä päivänjatkuo!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Hyviä syöndyhimuo!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Hyviä matkua!
Yes Da
No Ei
Maybe Toinah
I don't know En tiijä
Do you understand? Ellendätgo?
I understand Minä ellendän
I don't understand En ellendä
Please speak more slowly Ole hyvä, pagize hillembäh
Please say that again Ole hyvä, sano tai uvvessah
Please write it down Ole hyvä, kirjuta se bumuagah
Do you speak English? Pagizetgo angliekse?
Do you speak Karelian? Pagizetgo karjalakse?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Da, vähäzen
Do you speak a language
other than
Pagizetgo midätah tostu kieldy ku karjalua?
Speak to me in Karelian Pagize minule karjalakse
How do you say ... in Karelian? Kui sanuo ... karjalakse?
Excuse me Prostikkua
How much is this? Äijängo tämä maksau?
Sorry Minul on žiäli (I'm sorry)
Andiekse? (Sorry? Pardon?)
Prosti minuu (forgive me - sg)
Prostikkua minuu (forgive me - pl)
Please Ole hyvä
Thank you Passibo
Reply to thank you Ole hyvä
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Kusbo on käymäl?
This gentleman will pay for everything Tämä džentlmen maksau kaiken
This lady will pay for everything Tämä duamu maksau kaiken
Would you like to dance with me? Tahtozitgo tansuija minunke?
Do you come here often? Kävytgo tiä puaksuh?
I miss you Minul on igävy sinuu
I love you Suvaičen sinuu
Get well soon Parane terväzeh
Go away! Mene iäre!
Leave me alone! Jätä minuu rauhah!
Help! Avvutakkua!
Fire! Tulipalo!
Stop! Stoi!
Call the police! Soitakkua politsil!
Christmas greetings Hyviä Rastavua!
New Year greetings Hyviä uuttu vuottu!
Easter greetings Hyviä Äijiäpäiviä!
Birthday greetings Hyviä roindupäiviä!
Congratulations! Olgah ozakse!
One language is never enough Yksi kieli nikonzu ei tävvy
My hovercraft is full of eels Minun ilmupielusalus on tävvelleh ängerjähii

Phrases provided by Mazzaruli and Erik J.L.

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