Useful phrases in Ossetian

A collection of useful phrases in Ossetian (ирон ӕвзаг), a Northeastern Iranian language spoken mainly in the North Ossetia-Alania region of the Russia Federation, and in the neighbouring part of Georgia known as South Ossetia.

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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 ирон ӕвзаг (Ossetian)
Welcome Æгас нæм цу цæут
(Ægas næm cu cæut)
Hello (General greeting) Арфæ (Arfæ)
Салам (Salam) - inf
Æгас цæут (Ægas cæut)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Куыд дӕ стут?
(Kuyd dæ stut?)
Куыд цæрут?
(Kuyd cærut?)
Reply to 'How are you?' Тынг дзӕбӕх. Сымах та?
(Tyng dzæbæh. Synax ta?)
Бузныг, хорз. Сымах та?
(Buznyg, xorz. Synax ta?)
Long time no see
What's your name? Дæ ном куыд у?
(Dæ nom kuyd?)
My name is ... Мæ ном хуыйны ...
(Mæ nom xuyjny ...)
Where are you from?
I'm from ... Æз дæн ...
(Æz dæn ...)
Pleased to meet you Æхсызгон мын у уемæ базонгæ уын
(Æxcyzgon myn u uemæ bazongæ uyn)
Æхсызгон мын у демæ базонгæ уын
(Æxcyzgon myn u demæ bazongæ uyn)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Дæ уæ райсом хорз (Dæ uæ rajsom xorz)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Дæ уæ бон хорз (Dæ uæ bon xorz)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Дæ уæ изæр хорз (Dæ uæ izær xorz)
Good night Хæрзæхсæвтæ кæ раут
(Xærzæxsævtæ kæ raut)
(Parting phrases)
Фенынмæ (Fenynmæ)
Good luck! Уæлахиз у! (Uælaxiz u!)
Дзæбæх ут! (Dzæbæx ut!)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Уæ дæ цæрæнбоны тыххæй!
(Uæ dæ cærænbony tyxxæj!)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Фæндараст (Fændarast)
Дæ фæндаг раст! (Dæ fændag rast!)
Yes О (o)
No Нæ. (Næ)
I don't know
I understand Æз уæ æмбарын (Æz uæ æmbaryn)
I don't understand Æз уæ æмбарын нe 'мбарын
(Æz uæ æmbaryn ne 'mbaryn)
Please speak more slowly Табуафси сындæгдæр дзур
(Tabuafsi syndægdær dzur)
Уæ хорзæхæй, сындæгдæр дзурут
(Uæ xorzæxæj syndægdær dzurut)
Please say that again Иу хатт-ма йæ зæгъут, уæ хорзæхæй
(Iu xatt-ma jæ zæhut, uæ xorzæxæj)
Please write it down Ныффыссут, уæ хорзæхæй
(Nyffyssut, uæ xorzæxæj)
Do you speak English? Сымах уырыссагау англисагау?
(Symax uyrysagau anglisagau?)
Do you speak Ossetian? Сымах ирон ӕвзаг дзурут зонут?
(Symax iron ævzar dzurut zonut?)
Иронау дзурыс? (Ironau dzurys?)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Ossetian
How do you say ... in Ossetian?
Excuse me Бахатыр кæнут (Baxatyr kænut)
How much is this? Цас у уый аргъ? (Cas u uyj arh?)
Sorry Бахатыр кæнут (Baxatyr kænut)
Please Табуафси (Tabuafsi)
Thank you Бузныг (Buznyg)
Арфæгонд у ут (Arfægond u ut)
Стыр бузныг дын уын (Styr buznyg)
Reply to thank you Ницы кæны (Nicy kæny)
Ницы кæны, арфæйы аккаг нæу
(Nicy kæny, arfæjy akkag næu)
Where's the toilet / bathroom?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? Бар мын раттут уемæ акафынæн?
(Bar myn rattut uemæ akafynæn?)
Do you come here often?
I miss you
I love you Æз дæ уарзын (Äz dä uarzyn)
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings Цыппурсы Бӕрӕгбонӕн (Cyppurcy Bærægbonæn)
New Year greetings Ног азы хорзӕх дӕ уӕд (Nog azy xorzæx dæ uæd)
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Арфæ дын кæнын дæ райгуырæн бон
(Arfæ dyn kænyn dæ rajguyræn bon)
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels


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