A collection of useful phrases in Omaha (Umoⁿhoⁿ), a Siouan language spoken in Nebraska and Oklahoma in the USA.
Key to abbreviations: m = said by males, f = said by females, >m = said to males
|Welcome||Údoⁿ thatʰí te|
|Hello (General greeting)||Ahó (m>m)
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Eóⁿ níⁿ-a?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Údoⁿ bthíⁿ. Thi shti?
(I’m good. And you?)
(My walk is good)
|Long time no see||Gáshi witóⁿba-mazhi|
|What's your name?||Izházhe wiwíta-tʰe ...|
|My name is ...|
|Where are you from?|
|I'm from ...|
|Pleased to meet you|
|Good luck!||Washkóiⁿga (ho)! (m)
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know|
|I don't understand|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again||Shi égithoⁿ-a (f)
Shi égithoⁿ-ga (f)
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Omaha?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Omaha|
|How do you say ... in Omaha?||Umóⁿhoⁿ ie tʰe awatʰégoⁿ?|
|How much is this?|
|Reply to thank you||Thatʰí tʰe udaⁿ
|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||Xcháwithe|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|New Year greetings|
|Birthday greetings||Óⁿba ída thithíta-tʰe-a?
(Is it your birthday today?)
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels|
Phrases provided by Ben Norton
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