Useful phrases in Phoenician

Some phrases in Phoenician, a North Semitic language that was spoken in the land of Pūt (Phoenicia / Canaan - modern Lebannon, Syria and Israel), and around the Mediterranean, until about the 2nd century AD.

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Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person), m = said by males, f = said by females, >m = said by males, >f = said by females.

English (Phoenician) 𐤐𐤍𐤍𐤌 \ 𐤊𐤍𐤀𐤍𐤌
Welcome
Hello (General greeting)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
(šalūm) 𐤔𐤋𐤌
>m (ḥaw ᵓadūni) 𐤇𐤅 𐤀𐤃𐤍𐤉
>pl (ḥawu ᵓadūnēyi) 𐤇𐤅 𐤀𐤃𐤍𐤉
>f (ḥawi ᵓadūtti) 𐤇𐤅 𐤀𐤃𐤍𐤉
>f/pl (ḥawu ᵓadūnūti) 𐤇𐤅 𐤀𐤃𐤍𐤉
>f/pl (ḥawena ᵓadūnūti) 𐤇𐤅𐤍 𐤀𐤃𐤍𐤕𐤉
>m (yišlam lak/lok) 𐤉𐤔𐤋𐤌 𐤋𐤊
>f (yišlam lik) 𐤉𐤔𐤋𐤌 𐤋𐤊
>pl (yišlam lakum/lokom () 𐤉𐤔𐤋𐤌 𐤋𐤊𐤌
>pl/f yišlam laken/lakin 𐤉𐤔𐤋𐤌 𐤋𐤊𐤍
How are you? m - (mū šalūmak/šalūmok) 𐤌 𐤔𐤋𐤌𐤊
f - (mū šalūmik) 𐤌 𐤔𐤋𐤌𐤊
Reply to 'How are you?' 𐤀𐤍𐤊 𐤔𐤋𐤌
(ᵓanūki šalūm/šilm/šulm)
Long time no see 𐤁𐤋 𐤇𐤆𐤕𐤊 𐤁𐤏𐤕 𐤀𐤓𐤊𐤕
m - (bal ḥazetik(a) b(i)ᶜətt ᵓarukt)
𐤁𐤋 𐤇𐤆𐤕𐤊 𐤁𐤏𐤕 𐤀𐤓𐤊𐤕
f - (bal ḥazetiki b(i)ᶜətt ᵓarukt)
What's your name? m - (mū šimok/ak) 𐤌 𐤔𐤌𐤊
f - (mū šimik) 𐤌 𐤔𐤌𐤊
My name is ... m - (ᵓikkabid liqrūtak) &;𐤊𐤁𐤃 𐤋𐤒𐤓𐤕𐤊
f - (ᵓikkabid liqrūtik) 𐤋𐤌 &;𐤉 &;𐤕
Where are you from? m - (limi ᵓiy ᵓatta/ᵓɛtta) 𐤋𐤌 𐤀𐤉 𐤀𐤕
f - (limi ᵓiy ᵓatti/ᵓɛtti) 𐤋𐤌 𐤀𐤉 𐤀𐤕
I'm from ... (ᵓanūki limi ...) 𐤀𐤍𐤊 𐤋𐤌
(ᵓanūki bə/bi ...) 𐤀𐤍𐤊 𐤁
(ᵓanūki lə/li ...) 𐤀𐤍𐤊 𐤋
(ᵓanūki mi ...) 𐤀𐤍𐤊 𐤌
Pleased to meet you m - (ᵓikkabid liqrūtak) 𐤀𐤊𐤁𐤃 𐤋𐤒𐤓𐤕𐤊
f - (ᵓikkabid liqrūtik) 𐤋𐤌 𐤀𐤉 𐤀𐤕
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
(ša‏ḥa‏r‏ n‏aᶜm) 𐤔‏𐤇‏𐤓‏ 𐤍‏𐤏‏𐤌‏
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
(ṣuh‏‏rī‏m‏ n‏aᶜmī‏m) 𐤑𐤄‏‏𐤓‏𐤌‏ 𐤍‏𐤏‏𐤌‏𐤌‏
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
(ᶜereb n‏aᶜm) 𐤏‏𐤓‏𐤁‏ 𐤍‏𐤏‏𐤌‏
Good night (lēl naᶜm) 𐤋‏𐤋‏ 𐤍‏𐤏‏𐤌‏
Good luck! (mazzal naᶜm) 𐤌‏𐤆‏𐤋‏ 𐤍‏𐤏‏𐤌‏
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
(ša‏lū‏m) 𐤔‏𐤋‏𐤌‏
Have a nice day m - (yūm naᶜm lak/lok) 𐤉𐤌 𐤍𐤏𐤌 𐤋𐤊
f - (yūm naᶜm lik) 𐤉𐤌 𐤍𐤏𐤌 𐤋𐤊
pl - (yūm naᶜm lakum/lokom) 𐤉𐤌 𐤍𐤏𐤌 𐤋𐤊𐤌
f/pl - (yūm naᶜm lakin/laken) 𐤉𐤌 𐤍𐤏𐤌 𐤋𐤊𐤍
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
m - (laḥm naᶜm lak/lok) 𐤋𐤇𐤌 𐤍𐤏𐤌 𐤋𐤊
f - (ᵓakil naᶜm lak/lok) 𐤀𐤊𐤋 𐤍𐤏𐤌 𐤋𐤊
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
m - (ᵓaraḥ naᶜm lak/lok) 𐤀𐤓𐤇 𐤍𐤏𐤌 𐤋𐤊
f - (tōr naᶜm lak/lok) 𐤕𐤓 𐤍𐤏𐤌 𐤋𐤊
I don't know (bal ᵓidaᶜ) 𐤁𐤋 𐤀𐤃𐤏
I understand (ᵓebīn/ᵓibīn) 𐤀‏𐤁‏𐤍‏
I don't understand (bal ᵓebīn/ᵓibīn) 𐤁‏𐤋‏ 𐤀‏𐤁‏𐤍‏
Please speak more slowly 𐤃𐤁𐤓𐤍 𐤏𐤃 𐤋𐤀
m - (dabbiran ᶜūd lūᵓe/laᵓa)
𐤃𐤁𐤓𐤍 𐤏𐤃 𐤋𐤀
f - (dabbirin ᶜūd lūᵓe/laᵓa)
𐤃𐤁𐤓 𐤌𐤏 𐤏𐤃 𐤋𐤀
m - (dabbir maᶜ ᶜūd lūᵓe/laᵓe)
𐤃𐤁𐤓 𐤌𐤏 𐤏𐤃 𐤋𐤀
f - (dabbiri maᶜ ᶜūd lūᵓe/laᵓe)
Please say that again 𐤀𐤌𐤓𐤍 𐤏𐤃 𐤐𐤏𐤌
m - (ᵓamuran ᶜūd faᶜm)
𐤀𐤌𐤓𐤍 𐤏𐤃 𐤐𐤏𐤌
f - ( ᵓamurin ᶜūd faᶜm)
𐤀𐤌𐤓 𐤌𐤏 𐤏𐤃 𐤐𐤏𐤌
m - (ᵓamur maᶜ ᶜūd faᶜm)
𐤀𐤌𐤓 𐤌𐤏 𐤏𐤃 𐤐𐤏𐤌
f - (ᵓamuri maᶜ ᶜūd faᶜm)
Please write it down m - (kutūban) 𐤊𐤕𐤁𐤍
f - (kutūbin) 𐤊𐤕𐤁𐤍
m - (kutūb maᶜ) 𐤊𐤕𐤁 𐤌𐤏
f - (kutūbi maᶜ) 𐤊𐤕𐤁 𐤌𐤏
Do you speak English? m - (tidabbir ᵓengli) 𐤕𐤃𐤁𐤓 𐤀𐤍𐤂𐤋𐤉
f - (tidabbiri ᵓengli) 𐤕𐤃𐤁𐤓 𐤀𐤍𐤂𐤋𐤉
Do you speak Phoenician? m - (tidabbir kinaᶜni/knaᶜni) 𐤕𐤃𐤁𐤓 𐤊𐤍𐤏𐤍𐤉
f - (tidabbiri kinaᶜni/knaᶜni) 𐤕𐤃𐤁𐤓 𐤊𐤍𐤏𐤍𐤉
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
(ke dal) 𐤊 𐤃𐤋
(ke qalul) 𐤊 𐤒𐤋𐤋
Do you speak a language
other than
Phoenician?
𐤕𐤃𐤁𐤓 𐤋𐤔𐤍 𐤀𐤇𐤓 𐤁𐤋𐤕 𐤊𐤍𐤏𐤍𐤉
m - (tidabbir lašūn ᵓaḥr balt kinaᶜni/knaᶜni)
𐤕𐤃𐤁𐤓 𐤋𐤔𐤍 𐤀𐤇𐤓 𐤁𐤋𐤕 𐤊𐤍𐤏𐤍𐤉
f - (tidabbiri lašūn ᵓaḥr balt kinaᶜni/knaᶜni)
𐤕𐤃𐤁𐤓 𐤏𐤃 𐤋𐤔𐤍 𐤁𐤋𐤕 𐤊𐤍𐤏𐤍𐤉
m - (tidabbir ᶜūd lašūn balt kinaᶜni/knaᶜni)
𐤕𐤃𐤁𐤓 𐤏𐤃 𐤋𐤔𐤍 𐤁𐤋𐤕 𐤊𐤍𐤏𐤍𐤉
f - (tidabbiri ᶜūd lašūn balt kinaᶜni/knaᶜni)
How do you say ... in Phoenician? 𐤀𐤊 𐤕𐤀𐤌𐤓 ... 𐤁𐤊𐤍𐤏𐤍𐤉
m - (ᵓek(i)/ᵓik(i) taᵓmur ... bə/bikinaᶜni/knaᶜni)
𐤀𐤊 𐤕𐤀𐤌𐤓 ... 𐤁𐤊𐤍𐤏𐤍𐤉
f - (ᵓek(i)/ᵓik(i) taᵓmuri ... bə/bikinaᶜni/knaᶜni)
Excuse me m - (ḥunūnani) 𐤇𐤍𐤍𐤍
f - (ḥunūnini) 𐤇𐤍𐤍𐤍
m - (silaḥani) 𐤎𐤋𐤇𐤍
f - (silaḥini) 𐤎𐤋𐤇𐤍
How much is this? (mū tamm/timm/tumm zi/ze) 𐤌‏ 𐤕‏𐤌‏ 𐤆
(mū kasf/kasif zi/ze) 𐤌‏ 𐤊‏𐤎‏𐤐‏ 𐤆
(mū maḥir zi/ze) 𐤌‏ 𐤌‏𐤇‏𐤓‏ 𐤆
Sorry m - (ḥunūnani) 𐤇𐤍𐤍𐤍
f - (ḥunūnini) 𐤇𐤍𐤍𐤍
m - (silaḥani) 𐤎𐤋𐤇𐤍
f - (silaḥini) 𐤎𐤋𐤇𐤍
Please (maᶜ) 𐤌𐤏
(ᵓana) 𐤀𐤍
m - (ᵓim(a) taᵓriš) 𐤀𐤌 𐤕𐤀𐤓𐤔
f - (ᵓim(a) taᵓriši) 𐤀𐤌 𐤕𐤀𐤓𐤔
Thank you m - (ᵓihallilak) 𐤀𐤄𐤋𐤋𐤊
f - (ᵓihallilak) 𐤀𐤄𐤋𐤋𐤊
m - (ᵓudek(a)) 𐤀𐤃𐤊
f - (ᵓudeki) 𐤀𐤃𐤊
m - (bə/bi/bᶜabrak/ok) 𐤁𐤏𐤁𐤓𐤊
f - (bə/bi/bᶜabrik) 𐤁𐤏𐤁𐤓𐤊
Where's the toilet / bathroom? (ᵓiy ḥidr raḥoṣ) 𐤀𐤉 𐤇𐤃𐤓 𐤓𐤇𐤑
(ᵓiy raḥaṣt ) 𐤀𐤉 𐤓𐤇𐤑𐤕
This gentleman will pay for everything 𐤋𐤊‏𐤋‏ 𐤌‏𐤍‏𐤌‏ 𐤉‏𐤔‏𐤋‏𐤌‏ 𐤀‏𐤃‏𐤍‏ 𐤆‏
(ləkil minama yišallim ᵓadūn zi/ze)
This lady will pay for everything 𐤋𐤊‏𐤋‏ 𐤌‏𐤍‏𐤌‏ 𐤕‏‏𐤔‏𐤋‏𐤌‏ 𐤀‏𐤃‏𐤕‏‏ 𐤆
(ləkil minama tišallim ᵓadūtt zo)
Would you like to dance with me? 𐤕𐤀𐤓𐤔 𐤋𐤓𐤒𐤃 𐤀𐤕𐤉
m - (taᵓriš lirqūd ᵓittiyi)
𐤕𐤀𐤓𐤔 𐤋𐤓𐤒𐤃 𐤀𐤕𐤉
f - (taᵓriši lirqūd ᵓittiyi)
Do you come here often? 𐤊 𐤕𐤁𐤀 𐤐𐤏𐤌𐤕 𐤓𐤁𐤕
m - (ko tibuᵓ faᶜmūt ribbūt)
𐤊 𐤕𐤁𐤀 𐤐𐤏𐤌𐤕 𐤓𐤁𐤕
f - (ko tibuᵓi faᶜmūt ribbūt)
I miss you m - (ᶜarugak) 𐤏𐤓𐤂𐤊
f - (ᶜarugik) 𐤏𐤓𐤂𐤊
pl - (ᶜarugakum) 𐤏𐤓𐤂𐤊𐤌
pl/f - (ᶜarugakin/ken) 𐤏𐤓𐤂𐤊𐤍
I love you 𐤀𐤇𐤁𐤁𐤊
f - (ᵓeḥbubik) / m - (ᵓeḥbubak)
𐤀𐤇𐤁𐤁𐤊𐤌
pl - (ᵓeḥubbakum)
𐤀𐤇𐤁𐤁𐤊𐤍
pl/f - (ᵓeḥubbakum/ᵓeḥabbakum)
𐤀𐤇𐤁𐤊
m - (ᵓeḥubbak/ᵓeḥabbak)
f - (ᵓeḥubbik/ᵓeḥabbik)
𐤀𐤇𐤁𐤊𐤌
pl - (ᵓeḥubbakum/ᵓeḥabbakum)
𐤀𐤇𐤁𐤊𐤍
pl/f - (ᵓeḥubbakin/ken/ᵓeḥabbakin/ken)
𐤀𐤄𐤁𐤊
f - (ᵓahubik) / m - (ᵓahubak)
𐤀𐤄𐤁𐤊𐤌
pl - (ᵓahubakum)
𐤀𐤄𐤁𐤊𐤍
pl/f - (ᵓahubakin/ken)
Get well soon 𐤕𐤊𐤍 𐤔𐤋𐤌 𐤌𐤄𐤓 / 𐤇𐤔 / 𐤁𐤒𐤓𐤁
m - (tekun šalum/šilm mahar/ ḥiš/ bə/biqarub)
f - (tekuni šalum/šilm mahar/ ḥiš/ bə/biqarub)
𐤊𐤍 𐤔𐤋𐤌 𐤌𐤄𐤓 / 𐤇𐤔 / 𐤁𐤒𐤓𐤁
m - (kun šalum/šilm mahar/ ḥiš/ bə/biqarub)
f - (kuni šalum/šilm mahar/ ḥiš/ bə/biqarub)
Go away! f - (leki) / m - (lek) 𐤋𐤊
f - (nududi) / m - (nudud) 𐤍𐤃𐤃
Leave me alone! (beᶜrani laḥudi) 𐤁𐤏𐤓𐤍 𐤋𐤇𐤃𐤉
(ᶜazubani laḥudi) 𐤏𐤆𐤁𐤍 𐤋𐤇𐤃𐤉
Help! (ᶜizirt) 𐤏‏𐤆‏𐤓‏𐤕‏
Fire! (ᵓišot) 𐤀‏𐤔‏𐤕‏
(ᵓiš) 𐤀‏𐤔‏
Stop! 𐤔𐤁𐤕
f - (šubūti) / m - (šubūt)
Call the police! 𐤒𐤓𐤀 𐤄𐤔𐤌𐤓𐤌
m - (qiraᵓ haš-šōmerīm)
𐤒𐤓𐤀 𐤄𐤔𐤌𐤓𐤌
f - (qiraᵓi haš-šōmerīm)
𐤒𐤓𐤀 𐤌𐤑𐤓𐤌
m - (qiraᵓ ham-maṣṣirīm)
𐤒𐤓𐤀 𐤌𐤑𐤓𐤌
f - (qiraᵓi ham-maṣṣirīm)
𐤒𐤓𐤀 𐤄𐤍𐤑𐤓𐤌
m - (qiraᵓ han-nōṣerīm)
𐤒𐤓𐤀 𐤄𐤍𐤑𐤓𐤌
f - (qiraᵓi han-nōṣerīm)
Christmas greetings 𐤌𐤓𐤆𐤇 𐤉𐤋𐤕|𐤌𐤋𐤕 𐤄𐤍𐤏𐤌 𐤋𐤊
(marziḥ yalitt/militt han-naᶜm lak/lok)
𐤇𐤂 𐤉𐤋𐤕|𐤌𐤋𐤕 𐤄𐤍𐤏𐤌 𐤋𐤊
(ḥagg yalitt/militt han-n‏aᶜm lak/lok)
New Year greetings 𐤔𐤕 𐤍𐤏𐤌𐤕 𐤋𐤊
(šatt naᶜmot lak/lok)
𐤓𐤀𐤔 𐤔𐤕 𐤋𐤊
(rūᵓš šatt lak/lok)
Easter greetings 𐤐‏𐤎‏𐤇‏ 𐤍‏𐤏‏𐤌‏ 𐤋‏𐤊
(fesaḥ/pesaḥ n‏aᶜm lak/lok)
Birthday greetings 𐤉‏𐤌‏ 𐤉‏𐤋‏𐤕‏|‏𐤌‏𐤋‏𐤕‏ 𐤄‏𐤍‏𐤏‏𐤌‏‏ 𐤋‏𐤊
(yū‏m yalitt/militt han-n‏aᶜm lak/lok)
Congratulations! (barakū‏t) 𐤁‏𐤓‏𐤊‏𐤕‏
One language is never enough 𐤁‏𐤋‏ 𐤉‏𐤌𐤑‏𐤀‏‏ 𐤀‏𐤇‏𐤃‏ 𐤋‏𐤔‏𐤍‏
(bal yimmaṣiᵓ ᵓaḥad lašū‏n)
My hovercraft is full of eels 𐤍𐤌‏𐤋‏𐤀‏ 𐤀‏𐤍‏𐤉‏ 𐤊‏𐤎‏𐤕‏ 𐤁𐤍‏𐤇‏𐤔𐤌
(namloᵓ ᵓaneyi/ᵓaniyi kasit binaḥašī‏m)

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