Useful phrases in Tamasheq

A collection of useful phrases in Tamasheq (Tafaghist), a Berber language spoken in parts of Mali and Burkina Faso.

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Phrase Tafaghist (Tamasheq)
Welcome Bismilla
Hello (General greeting) Ahul
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Ma dăr tolăhăd?
Ma tăxlakăd?
Reply to 'How are you?' Ălxer ɣas!
Ălxer ɣas təbarăk Aḷḷah
Long time no see
What's your name? M-isəm-ənnăk?
My name is ... Isəm-in ...
Where are you from? Mi dət-təfălăd?
I'm from ... Əfălăɣ-id ...
Pleased to meet you Ăjăm tiled takărḍe tăn assikill
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night Tinsed dăɣ ălxer
(Parting phrases)
Əgleɣ (I'm leaving)
Nəkla bani (May we pass the day in peace)
Nənsa bani (May we pass the night in peace)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes Iyya
No Kălă kălă
Maybe Inšaḷḷa (God willing)
I don't know Wər əssenăɣ
Do you understand?
I understand
I don't understand Wər əfhemăɣ
Wər əģrehăɣ
Wər əģrewăɣ făhăm
Please speak more slowly Măģrăd sollan sollan
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Tamasheq?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Iket əssəntăɣ (I've just started)
Iket əssəntăɣ alămad-ənnes (I've just started learning it)
Do you speak a language
other than
Speak to me in Tamasheq
How do you say ... in Tamasheq? M-isəm-ənnes dăɣ Tămašăq?
(What is that called in Tamasheq?)
Excuse me Ănš-ahi-dd ălxăqq-ənnăk
How much is this? Awa man-iket
Sorry Ănš-ahi-d
Please Əttarrăɣ dăɣ-ik
Thank you Ălxer ăģģen
Reply to thank you Ikna
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
Get well soon
Go away! Əgəl!
Leave me alone!
Help! Ilal!
Fire! Efew!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings Awătay ăynayăn
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels Eroglissər-in yăḍkar irimməlăn

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