Useful phrases in Lule Sámi

A collection of useful phrases in Lule Sámi, a Western Sámi language spoken in Norway and Sweden.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, >1p = said to one person, >2p = said to two people. >2+p said to more than two people.

English julevsámegiella (Lule Sámi)
Hello (General greeting) Buoris
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Maktas vieso?
Gåktu manná?
Reply to 'How are you?' Buoragit mujna
Long time no see
What's your name? Mij la duv namma?
My name is ... Muv namma le ...
Where are you from? Gåsstå la?
Gånnå dån åro?
I'm from ... Mån boadáv ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Buorre idet
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Buorre biejvve
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Buorre iehket
Good night
(Parting phrases)
Vuojnnalin (>1p)
Vuojnnalip (>2+p)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand
I don't understand Iv dádjada
I don't know
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again Máhtá gus nuppádis javllat?
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Lule Sámi?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
I'm learning Lule Sámi Mun oopâm anarâškielâ
Speak to me in Lule Sámi
How do you say ... in Lule Sámi?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Thank you Gijtto
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet / bathroom?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? Sidák gärssulit?
I miss you
I love you Mån æhtsáv duv
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings Buorre javla
New Year greetings Buorre ådåjahke
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Vuorbbe biejvijn!
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

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