A collection of useful phrases in Southern Sámi, a Western Sámi language spoken in parts of Norway and Sweden.
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.
Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, >1p = said to one person, >2p = said to two people. >2+p said to more than two people.
|English||Åarjelsaemien gïele (Southern Sámi)|
|Hello (General greeting)||Buaregh
Buerie biejjie (Good day)
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Guktie veasoeh?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Mannine hijven|
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?|
|My name is ...||Mov nomme ...|
|Where are you from?||Gubpede datne båatah?|
|I'm from ...||Manne ... båatam|
|Pleased to meet you|
|Good night||Buerie jijje|
|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 understand||Im guarkah|
|I don't know|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Southern Sámi?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Southern Sámi|
|How do you say ... in Southern Sámi?|
|How much is this?|
Gudtsien (when talking about food)
|Reply to thank you||Duelie|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?|
|This gentleman/lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Sijhth daanhtsodh?|
|I miss you|
|I love you||Manne datnem eahtsam|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas greetings||Lahkoe jåvle|
|New Year greetings||Buerie orrejaepie|
|Birthday greetings||Lahkoe biejjine|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels|
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Information about Southern Sámi | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel
Other collections of Southern Sámi phrases
Lule Sámi, Northern Sámi, Southern Sámi
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