A collection of useful phrases in Turkmen, a Turkic language spoken in Turkmenistan and a number of other Central Asian countries.
Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, m = male (said by men), f = female (said by women), sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Phrase||Türkmen dili (Turkmen)|
|Hello (General greeting)||Salam
Waleýkim essalam (frm/m - reply)
Waleýkim (frm/f - reply)
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Nähili?
Gowymy? (Is everything alright?)
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Gowy, özüň nähili?
Gowy, sagboluň, özüň nähili?
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Adyň name?|
|My name is ...||Meniň adym ...|
|Where are you from?||Sen nireden?|
|I'm from ...||Men ...dan|
|Pleased to meet you||Tanşanymyza şat|
|Ertiriňiz haýyrly bolsun|
|Gündiziňiz haýyrly bolsun|
|Agşamyňyz haýyrly bolsun|
|Good night||Gijäňiz rahat bolsun|
|Hoş sag boluň
Soňrak duşuşarys (See you later)
Tiz wagtdan duşuşarys (See you soon)
Ertir duşuşarys (See you tomorrow)
|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 know|| Men bilmeýärin
|I don't understand||Düşümedim
|Please speak more slowly||Haýal aýdyň|
|Please say that again||Gaýtalaň|
|Please write it down||Şuny ýazyň|
|Do you speak English?||Siz iňlisçe gepleýärsiňizmi?|
|Do you speak Turkmen?||Türkmençe bilýärmiň?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Turkmen|
|How do you say ... in Turkmen?|
|How much is this?||Näçeden?|
|Sorry||Bagyşlaň (I apologize)|
Taňry ýalkasyn (God bless you)
|Reply to thank you|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?||Hajathana nirede?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|Do you come here often?||Bu ýere ýygy-ýygydan gelýärsiňizmi?|
|I miss you||Seni göresim gelýär|
|I love you||Men seni söýýärin|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Help!||Kömek et! (sg)
Kömek ediň! (pl)
|Call the police!||Polisiýa jaň ediň!|
|Christmas greetings||Täze ýylyňyz gutly bolsun|
|Birthday greetings||Doglan günüň gutly bolsun|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels|
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