Useful phrases in Sylheti

A collection of useful phrases in Sylheti (ꠍꠤꠟꠐꠤ), an eastern Indo-Aryan language spoken in parts of Bangladesh and India.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, v-inf = very informal

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Phrase ꠍꠤꠟꠐꠤ (Sylheti)
Welcome ꠡꠣꠉꠔꠝ꠆ (shagotom)
ꠀꠃꠇ꠆ꠇꠣ (aukka)
Hello (General greeting) ꠀꠌ꠆ꠍꠣꠟꠣꠝꠥ ꠀꠟꠣꠁꠇꠥꠝ
(assalamu alaikum) - used by Muslims
ꠘꠝꠡ꠆ꠇꠣꠞ (nomoshkar) - used by Hindus
Hello (on phone)
How are you? ꠜꠣꠟꠣ ꠀꠍꠁꠘ ꠘꠤ (bála asoin ni) - frm
ꠜꠣꠟꠣ ꠀꠍ ꠘꠤ (bála asoin ni) - inf
ꠜꠣꠟꠣ ꠀꠍꠍ ꠘꠤ (bála asos ni) - v-inf
ꠜꠣꠟꠣ ꠘꠤ (bála ni) - inf
ꠇꠤꠔꠣ ꠈꠛꠞ (kita xobor) - What’s up?
Reply to 'How are you?' ꠎꠤ (ꠅꠄ) (ꠀꠝꠤ) ꠜꠣꠟꠣ ꠀꠍꠤ (ji (oy) (ami) bála asi)
ꠅꠄ (ꠀꠝꠤ) ꠜꠣꠟꠣ ꠀꠍꠤ (oy (ami) bála asi)
Long time no see
What's your name? ꠀꠙꠘꠣꠞ ꠘꠣꠝ ꠇꠤꠔꠣ (afnar nam kita)
ꠔꠥꠝꠣꠞ ꠘꠣꠝ ꠇꠤꠔꠣ (tumar nam kita)
ꠔꠞ ꠘꠣꠝ ꠇꠤꠔꠣ (tor nam kita)
My name is ... ꠀꠝꠣꠞ ꠘꠣꠝ … (amar nam …)
Where are you from? ꠇꠥꠀꠁ ꠕꠣꠇꠤ ꠀꠁꠍꠁꠘ (kuai táxi aisoin) - frm
ꠇꠥꠀꠁ ꠕꠣꠇꠤ ꠀꠁꠍ (kuai táxi aiso) - inf
ꠇꠥꠀꠁ ꠕꠣꠇꠤ ꠀꠁꠍꠍ )kuai táxi aisos) - v-inf
I'm from ... (… ꠕꠣꠇꠤ ꠀꠁꠍꠤ (… táxi aisi)
ꠀꠝꠤ … ꠕꠣꠇꠤ ꠀꠁꠍꠤ (ami … táxi aisi)
Pleased to meet you (ꠀꠝꠤ) ꠀꠙꠘꠣꠞ ꠟꠉꠦ ꠙꠞꠤꠌꠤꠔ ꠅꠁꠀ ꠇꠥꠡꠤ ꠅꠁꠟꠣꠝ
((ami) afnar loge forisito óiya kúshi óilam) - frm
(ꠀꠝꠤ) ꠔꠥꠝꠣꠞ ꠟꠉꠦ ꠙꠞꠤꠌꠤꠔ ꠅꠁꠀ ꠇꠥꠡꠤ ꠅꠁꠟꠣꠝ
((ami) tumar loge forisito óiya kúshi óilam) - inf
(ꠀꠝꠤ) ꠔꠞ ꠟꠉꠦ ꠙꠞꠤꠌꠤꠔ ꠅꠁꠀ ꠇꠥꠡꠤ ꠅꠁꠟꠣꠝ
((ami) tor loge forisito óiya kúshi óilam) - v-inf
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
ꠡꠥꠜ ꠛꠤꠀꠘ (shubó biyan)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
ꠡꠥꠜ ꠢꠣꠁꠘ꠆ꠎꠣ (shubó hainja)
Good night ꠡꠥꠜ ꠞꠣꠁꠔ (shubó rait)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
ꠛꠤꠖꠣꠄ (biday)
ꠈꠥꠖꠣ ꠢꠣꠚꠤꠎ (xuda hafiz) - used by Muslims
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day ꠀꠙꠘꠣꠞ ꠖꠤꠘ ꠡꠥꠘ꠆ꠖꠞ ꠅꠃꠇ
(afnar din shundor óuk) - frm
ꠔꠥꠝꠣꠞ ꠖꠤꠘ ꠡꠥꠘ꠆ꠖꠞ ꠅꠃꠇ
(tumar din shundor óuk) - inf
ꠔꠞ ꠖꠤꠘ ꠡꠥꠘ꠆ꠖꠞ ꠅꠃꠇ
(tor din shundor óuk) - v-inf
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes ꠎꠤ (ꠅꠄ) (ji (oy)) - frm
ꠅꠄ (oy) - inf
No ꠎꠤ ꠘꠣ (ji na) - frm
ꠘꠣ (na) - inf
Maybe ꠅꠄꠔ (oyto)
ꠅꠁꠔ ꠙꠣꠞꠦ (oito fare)
I don't know
Do you understand? (ꠀꠙꠘꠦ) ꠛꠥꠏꠁꠘ ꠘꠤ ((afne) buzóin ni) - frm
(ꠔꠥꠝꠤ) ꠛꠥꠏ ꠘꠤ ((tumi) buzó ni) - inf
(ꠔꠥꠁ) ꠛꠥꠏꠍ ꠘꠤ ((tui) buzós ni) - v-inf)
I understand (ꠀꠝꠤ) ꠛꠥꠏꠔꠣꠝ ꠙꠣꠞꠍꠤ ((ami) buztam farsi)
I don't understand (ꠀꠝꠤ) ꠛꠥꠏꠔꠣꠝ ꠙꠣꠞꠍꠤ ꠘꠣ ((ami) buztam farsi na)
Please speak more slowly ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ ꠀꠞꠅ ꠀꠍꠔꠦ ꠈꠕꠣ ꠇꠃꠇ꠆ꠇꠣ
(doya xori aro aste xotá xoukka) - frm
ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ ꠀꠞꠅ ꠀꠍꠔꠦ ꠈꠕꠣ ꠇꠅ
(doya xori aro aste xotá xoo) - inf
ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ ꠀꠞꠅ ꠀꠍꠔꠦ ꠈꠕꠣ ꠇ
(doya xori aro aste xotá xo) - v-inf
Please say that again ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ ꠢꠤꠞꠛꠣꠞ ꠇꠃꠇ꠆ꠇꠣ
(doya xori hirbar koukka) - frm
ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ ꠢꠤꠞꠛꠣꠞ ꠇꠅ
(doya xori hirbar koo) - inf
ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ ꠢꠤꠞꠛꠣꠞ ꠇ
(doya xori hirbar ko) - v-inf
Please write it down ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ ꠁꠇꠐꠣ ꠟꠦꠈꠁꠘ
(doya xori ikṭa lexóin) - frm
ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ ꠁꠇꠐꠣ ꠟꠦꠈꠅ
(doya xori ikṭa lexó) - v-inf
ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ ꠁꠇꠐꠣ ꠟꠦꠈ
(doya xori ikṭa lex) - inf
Do you speak English? (ꠀꠙꠘꠦ) ꠁꠋꠞꠦꠎꠤ ꠝꠣꠔꠔꠣ ꠙꠣꠞꠁꠘ ꠘꠤ
( (afne) ingrezi matta faroin ni) - frm
(ꠔꠥꠝꠤ) ꠁꠋꠞꠦꠎꠤ ꠝꠣꠔꠔꠣ ꠙꠣꠞꠅ ꠘꠤ
((tumi) ingrezi matta faro ni) - inf
(ꠔꠥꠁ) ꠁꠋꠞꠦꠎꠤ ꠝꠣꠔꠔꠣ ꠙꠣꠞꠍ ꠘꠤ
((tui) ingrezi matta faros ni) - v-inf
Do you speak Sylheti?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
ꠎꠤ ꠅꠄ, ꠄꠇꠎꠞꠣ ji ((oy), exzora) - frm
ꠎꠤ ꠅꠄ, ꠕꠥꠠꠣ ꠕꠥꠠꠣ (ji (oy), túṛa túṛa) - frm
ꠅꠄ, ꠄꠇꠎꠞꠣ ((oy), exzora) - inf
ꠅꠄ, ꠕꠥꠠꠣ ꠕꠥꠠꠣ ((oy), túṛa túṛa) - inf
Do you speak a language
other than
Sylheti?
Speak to me in Sylheti ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ ꠀꠝꠣꠞ ꠟꠉꠦ ꠍꠤꠟꠐꠤ ꠜꠣꠡꠣꠄ ꠇꠕꠣ ꠇꠃꠇ꠆ꠇꠣ
(doya xori amar loge siloṭi báshay xótá xoukka) - frm
ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ ꠀꠝꠣꠞ ꠟꠉꠦ ꠍꠤꠟꠐꠤ ꠜꠣꠡꠣꠄ ꠇꠕꠣ ꠇꠃꠇ꠆ꠇꠣ
(doya xori amar loge siloṭi báshay xótá xoo) - inf
ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ ꠀꠝꠣꠞ ꠟꠉꠦ ꠍꠤꠟꠐꠤ ꠜꠣꠡꠣꠄ ꠇꠕꠣ ꠇꠃꠇ꠆ꠇꠣ
(doya xori amar loge siloṭi báshay xótá xo) - v-inf
How do you say ... in Sylheti? … ꠡꠛ꠆ꠖꠐꠣ ꠍꠤꠟꠐꠤ ꠜꠣꠡꠣꠄ ꠇꠤꠔꠣ ꠇꠄ
(… shobdoṭa siloṭi báshay kita xoy)
Excuse me ꠝꠣꠚ ꠇꠞꠃꠇ꠆ꠇꠣ (maf xoroukka) - frm
How much is this? ꠁꠇꠐꠣꠞ ꠖꠣꠝ ꠇꠔ (ikṭar dam xoto)
Sorry ꠖꠥꠇ꠆ꠇꠤꠔ (dukkito)
ꠝꠣꠚ ꠇꠞꠃꠇ꠆ꠇꠣ (maf xoroukka) - frm
Please ꠖꠄꠀ ꠇꠞꠤ (doya xori)
Thank you ꠗꠁꠘ꠆ꠘꠛꠣꠖ (dóinnobad)
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet / bathroom? ꠐꠄꠟꠦꠐꠐꠣ ꠇꠥꠀꠁ (ṭoyleṭṭa kuai)
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
Do you come here often? (ꠀꠙꠘꠦ) ꠙ꠆ꠞꠣꠄꠃ ꠁꠘꠅ ꠀꠁꠘ ꠘꠤ
((afne) prayu ino ain ni) - frm
(ꠔꠥꠝꠤ) ꠙ꠆ꠞꠣꠄꠃ ꠁꠘꠅ ꠀꠅ ꠘꠤ
((tumi) prayu ino ao ni) - inf
(ꠔꠥꠁ) ꠙ꠆ꠞꠣꠄꠃ ꠁꠘꠅ ꠀꠅꠍ ꠘꠤ
((tui) prayu ino aos ni) - v-inf
I miss you ꠀꠙꠘꠣꠞꠦ ꠝꠤꠍ ꠇꠞꠤ (afnaare mis xori) - inf
ꠔꠥꠝꠣꠞꠦ ꠝꠤꠍ ꠇꠞꠤ (tumare mis xori) - inf
ꠔꠞꠦ ꠝꠤꠍ ꠇꠞꠤ (tore mis xori) - inf
I love you ꠀꠙꠘꠣꠞꠦ ꠜꠣꠟꠣꠙꠣꠁ (afnare bálafai) - inf
ꠔꠥꠝꠣꠞꠦ ꠜꠣꠟꠣꠙꠣꠁ (tumare bálafai) - inf
ꠔꠞꠦ ꠜꠣꠟꠣꠙꠣꠁ (tore bálafai) - inf
Get well soon
Go away! ꠜꠣꠉ (bág)
Leave me alone! ꠀꠝꠣꠞꠦ ꠄꠇꠟꠣ ꠍꠣꠠꠃꠇ꠆ꠇꠣ (amare exla sáṛoukka) - frm
ꠀꠝꠣꠞꠦ ꠄꠇꠟꠣ ꠍꠣꠠꠅ (amare exla sáṛo) - inf
ꠀꠝꠣꠞꠦ ꠄꠇꠟꠣ ꠍꠣꠠ (amare exla sáṛ) - inf
Help!
Fire! ꠀꠉꠥꠁꠘ ꠟꠣꠉꠍꠦ (aguin lagse)
Stop! ꠕꠣꠝꠁꠘ (támoin) - frm
ꠕꠣꠝꠅ (támo) - inf
ꠕꠣꠝ (tám) - v-inf
Call the police! ꠙꠥꠟꠤꠡꠞꠦ ꠒꠣꠇꠃꠇ꠆ꠇꠣ (fulishre ḍaxoukka) - frm
ꠙꠥꠟꠤꠡꠞꠦ ꠒꠣꠇꠅ (fulishre ḍaxo) - inf
ꠙꠥꠟꠤꠡꠞꠦ ꠒꠣꠇ! (fulishre ḍax) - v-inf
Christmas greetings ꠡꠥꠜ ꠛꠠꠖꠤꠘ (shubó boṛodin)
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
Congratulations! ꠝꠣꠞꠢꠣꠛꠣ (marhaba)
ꠡꠣꠛꠣꠡ (shabash)
One language is never enough ꠄꠇꠐꠣ ꠜꠣꠡꠣ ꠇꠥꠘꠅ ꠖꠤꠘꠅ ꠎꠕꠦꠡ꠆ꠐ ꠅꠄ ꠘꠣ
(exṭa básha kuno dino zotéshṭo óy na)
My hovercraft is full of eels ꠀꠝꠣꠞ ꠢꠜꠣꠞꠇ꠆ꠞꠣꠚ꠆ꠐ ꠛꠣꠁꠝ ꠝꠣꠍ ꠖꠤꠀ ꠜꠞꠣ
(amar hobárkrafṭ baim mas diya bóra)

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