Useful phrases in Malagasy

A collection of useful phrases in Malagasy, a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken mainly in Madagascar.

Jump to phrases

See these phrases in any combination of two languages in the Phrase Finder. If you can provide recordings, corrections or additional translations, please contact me.

English Fiteny Malagasy (Malagasy)
Welcome Tonga soa (inf)
Tonga soa e (frm)
Hello (General greeting) Manao ahoana (inf)
Manao ahoana e (frm)
How are you? Fahasalamana? (inf)
Manao ahoana ny fahasalamanao? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Tsara fa misaotra, ary ianao?
Long time no see Ela izay a!
Ela tsy nihaonana
What's your name? Iza no anaranao?
My name is ... Ny anarako dia ...
Where are you from? Avy aiza ianao?
I'm from ... Avy any ...
Pleased to meet you Faly mahalala anao
Faly mahafantatra anao
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Manahoana tompoko ô (frm)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Manao ahoana e
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Manao ahoana e
Good night Tsara mandry o
Tafandria mandry
Tsara mandry dia manaova nofy tsara
Tafandria mandry dia manofisa tsara
Tafandria mandry dia manofisa mamy
(Parting phrases)
Mandra-pihaona (see you later);
Rahampitso indray ary e (see you tomorrow)
Good luck! Mirary soa e!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Mirary fahasalamana e!
Have a nice day Mirary anao tontolo andro mahafinaritra
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Mazotoa homana!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Soava dia!
Do you understand? Azonao ve?
I understand Mazava
I don't understand Tsy azoko
I don't know Tsy haiko
Tsy fantatro
Please speak more slowly Afaka miteny miadana kokoa ve ianao?
Please say that again Afaka averinao ve azafady?
Please write it down Afaka soratanao ve izany?
Do you speak English? Mahay miteny anglisy ve ianao?
Do you speak Malagasy? Mahay miteny malagasy ve ianao?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Kely fotsiny (ihany)
Speak to me in Malagasy
How do you say ... in Malagasy? Ahoana no fiteny hoe ... amin'ny teny gasy?
Excuse me Azafady
Azafady kay
How much is this? Ohatrinona ity?
Sorry Azafady
Please Azafady
Thank you Misaotra
Misaotra betsaka
Reply to thank you Tsy misy fisaorana
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Aiza ny toilety?
Aiza yn kabone? (mainly in the countryside)
This gentleman will pay for everything Ny lehilahy ity mandoa vola amin'ny zavatra rehetra
Ity lehilahy ity no mandoa ny zavatra rehetra
Ity no mandoa ny rehetra
This lady will pay for everything Ny vehivavy ity mandoa vola amin'ny zavatra rehetra
Ity vehivavy ity no mandoa ny zavatra rehetra
Ity no mandoa ny rehetra
Would you like to dance with me? Afaka entiko mandihy ve ianao?
I miss you Malahelo anao aho
Manimanina anao aho
I love you Tiako ianao
Get well soon Sitrana haingana
Sitrana haingana e
Go away! Mandehana!
Leave me alone! Avelao ho irery aho!
Help! Mila fanampiana!
Fire! Misy may ô!
Stop! Mijanona!
Call the police! Miantsoa polisy!
Christmas greetings Mirary noely sambatra
Tratry ny Krismasy
Tratry ny Noely
Mirary Krismasy
New Year greetings Arahaba tratry ny taona
Taona vaovao tonga lafatra ho anao'
Easter greetings Tratry ny Paska
Birthday greetings Miarahaba anao nahatratra ny tsingerin-taona nahaterahanao
Tratry ny tsingerin-taona nahaterahanao
Congratulations! Arahabaina!
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

Corrections and additions by Mamy Tiana Razanalivaoarijaona

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

Information about Malagasy | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Other collections of Malagasy phrases

Phrases in Malayo-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

Phrases in other languages


Green Web Hosting - Kualo

Why not share this page:


The Fastest Way to Learn Korean with KoreanClass101

If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donation via PayPal or Patreon, or by contributing in other ways. Omniglot is how I make my living.


Note: all links on this site to, and are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.

Get a 30-day Free Trial of Amazon Prime (UK)

If you're looking for home or car insurance in the UK, why not try Policy Expert?