Useful phrases in Omaha

A collection of useful phrases in Omaha (Umoⁿhoⁿ), a Siouan language spoken in Nebraska and Oklahoma in the USA.

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Key to abbreviations: m = said by males, f = said by females, >m = said to males

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Phrase Umoⁿhoⁿ (Omaha)
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?)
Údoⁿ moⁿbthíⁿ
(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 morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night
(Parting phrases)
Good luck! Washkóiⁿga (ho)! (m)
Washkóⁿa! (f)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes Áoⁿ
No Óⁿkazhi
I don't know
I understand
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?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Sorry Uthúama!
Thank you Wíbthahoⁿ!
Reply to thank you Thatʰí tʰe udaⁿ
(Your welcome)
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
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help! Wóⁿgithe wíbthahaⁿ!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Óⁿba ída thithíta-tʰe-a?
(Is it your birthday today?)
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

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