Communicate with people in other languages¶
Chvi Ashanti is spoken in Kumasi and Accra of Ghana¶
thank you = meh-da'-si yes = ahng'-ni (ahng is nasal) no = deh'-bi water = in-soo' good morning = mah-tji' good morning to you too = yeh-nwah' (direct object is brother) good morning to you too = yeh-jah' (direct object is father) good morning to you too = yeh-nah' (direct object is mother) good afternoon = mah-ha' good evening = mah-joh' how is your health? = ah hoot'-ih saih how is your health? = eh-ti-saih' I'm healthy = meh-hoo'-yeh I'm healthy and how about you? = meh-hoo'-yeh nah-oon-shweh' I'm doing pretty well too = meh-soo meh-hoo'-yeh pbaah shared minivan = tjoh-tjoh town center = medina what is that? = eh-dee-ah'-nee? how much is it? = neh bwuoh'-ye saih (nasal saih rhymes with french bain) that's too expensive = neh-bwuoh-dtin' cheaper please = t-soh' meh-pah-choh' I like it = meh-peh I want this one = meh-peh-weh' I want to see this one = me-peh-seh' meh-sheh' ouay I want to eat = me-peh-seh' eh-di-dieh' I want to save money = meh si-yeh' si-kah' you want to save money = woo si-yeh' si-kah' money = si-kah' to see = sheh' cheap = foo-wah' where is kingdom books? = kingdom books eh wah'-hin where is kingdom books? = meh sheh shweh' kingdom books welcome = ak-waah'-ba bread = pah'-no bread = bru-du' egg = oon-kkoo-soo-yah' man = o-beh-reh'-mam men = ihng-meh-reh'-mam (ingh is nasal) woman = o-bah' women = ihng-ma' child = ah-kwah-lah' children = ihng-kwah-lah' my wife = meh yeh-rre' understood = mah-teh' zero = ffh'-wee (ffh pronounced with windy breath) one = ba-ah-kku' two = meh-nu' three = meh-eh-sah' four = eh-nayh' five = eh-noohm' six = eh-siah' (siah is nasal) seven = eh-sohng' (sohng is nasal) eight = eh-wah'-tchi nine = eh-koh-nom' ten = eh-dtu' twenty = eh-dtu'-eh-nu' thirty = eh-dtu'-eh-sah' fifty peshawas = peshawa edu-eh-num' one hundred = wah-hah' one hundred ten = wah-hah' en eh-dtoo' music = eh-noohm' good music = eh-noohm' ah-yeh' food = eh-dwah'-nee I'm looking for food = meh-sheh-sweh ed-dwa-nee' sleep well = day-yih' I'm going now = nan-ti-yeh' I like palava = palava eh-yeh'-meh-deh what food do you want? = opuh eh-dwa-nee' ped I'm hungry = oh-como-di-meh' I'm very hungry = oh-como-di-meh'-pbaah' I'm thirsty = meh-noo-in-soo' ginger = ah-keh'-keh ginger = ah-kkah-kkah'-droo to drink = eh-nu' to take = mah-nu' please = meh-pah-choh' man give me water to drink = oh-bah-mah' in-soo' eh-nu' man give me break to take = oh-bah-mah' bru-du' mah-nu' man please give me bread = oh-bah-mah' meh toh' bru-du' woman please give me water = ob-ah' meh-pah-choh' in-soo' eh-nu' give me a cheese omelet please = mah'-me cheese omelet meh-pah-choh' rice = ah-nu' rice and beans = wah'-tchi soup = ahn-kwahyn' ground nut soup = gah-noot' ahn-kwahyn' palm nut soup = ah-beh' ahn-kwahyn' good = ah-yeh' spicy = eh-yah' sweet = eh-deh' red = koh-koh' big = kah-sey'-yeh capital of the Eastern region = Koh-foh-rou'-doo-ah wait for me = ohn-tjohm' we are waiting for you = hiyah-tjya-woh' I finished eating = me ou-weh' eh-di-dieh' you finished eating = woo weh' eh-di-dieh' I finished working = me ou-weh' eh-joo-mah' tomorrow = wah-chi'-nah born on monday (male) = joh-wah' born on monday (female) = joh born on thursday (male) = yah'-oh born on thursday (female) = yaa born on friday (male) = koh'-fee I'm tired = mah-brret' nobody is here = oh-bee-ah' nee-hah' you are here = ooh-nee' to swim = djwah'-ree I am going to swim = mee-kwoh-djwah'-ree market = eh-joom' it's hot = eh-wee'-ah eh-moh-shh' hot weather = shh-i' the sun is shining a lot = eh-wee'-ah boh pah-pah'-pah tree = eh-dwjee-ah' rain = oo'-su God owns me = jih'-nyah-meh what's your name? = yeh-froh'-weh-seih my name is XXX = yeh-freh'-mee XXX what's your name? = woo-deen'-di-seih my name is XXX = meh-deen'-di XXX you = woh (singular subject) you = weh (singular direct object) you = moh (plural subject) I = meh (subject) me = mee (direct object) we = yeh (subject) smart = neh-hoo'-yeh-hah I am going = meh ah kwoh' let us go together = yeh ah kwoh' ah bom let's go = yehn'-kwoh cow = nen-chwee' cow meat = nen-chwee'-nam chicken = eh-dwah' bird = ah-no-mah' father = eh-jah' dangerous = eh-yoo-hn' come = brr-ah' don't worry = no sheh-keh' I see = meh-hoo'
Chvi Enfanti is spoken in Ghana¶
understood = mah-tseh' eight = ah-wotchi' nine = ah-kom'
Gah is spoken in Accra of Ghana¶
thank you = oy'-wah dohn thank you = meh-sah'-ka water = nieu' man = o-beh-ma how are you = toh-oh-ya-tehh'
Ewe is spoken in Southeast Ghana and Togo¶
thank you = ahk-beh' (Ghana) thank you = ahk-bwuey' (Togo)
Moorit is spoken in Burkina Faso¶
thank you = au-roh-wah'
Yoruba is spoken in Nigeria¶
welcome to you = eh-kah'-boh thank you = eh-shih' you = eh fish = ah'-pah-tah
Hau-sah’ is spoken in Nigeria¶
thank you = nah'-goh-dey
Pidgin is spoken in West Africa¶
a skilled athlete who just scored a goal = dem warrior mahn expensive = dyah
Amharic is spoken in Ethiopia¶
thank you = ah-mah-say' geh-nah'-loo
thank you = bah'-see-mah one = hah two = dtreh three = lah four = arr'-ba-ah five = hahm'-sha
thank you = shoo'-krrahn grateful = rrahk'-mahd lamb = hhah'-rroof (guttural h) chicken = djahj two = ith-nehn' a little = shwai'-yah I do not know = lah ah'-rif fork = shao'-gkah sweet = heh'-loo delicious = lleh-dtheedth' I do not understand = mah-fhemst' don't hate something that went wrong because it might be good in the long run = lah tah-krah-hoo' shah'-ee ehn lah ah'-lah-hoo hah'-ee-ra lah khoom
lamb = hhow'-li (guttural h) two = zjooj fork = four-chette' how much is that = bshaael heh'-tha
Kabyl is spoken in Algeria¶
thank you = theh'-neh-miert hi = ah-zul'
children = yeh-lah-dim' cool = si-bah'-bah year = shah'-nah good = toh-vah' happy new year = shah'-nah toh-vah' good children = yeh-lah-dim' toh-vah' thank you = toh-dah' what's happening = mah neesh'-mah excellent = met-soo-yahn'
Persian is spoken in Iran¶
what is this? = een'-chee-eh? what is that? = oon'-chee-eh?
Dari is spoken in Afghanistan¶
thank you = teh-sheh-koor' what is that? = ohn' chee ahst?
thank you = teh-sheh-koor' cool = ey-vah'-lah-h good = ee'-ah good = goo-zeh' good morning = goo-nayh'-dah good (as positive reinforcement) = ah'-feh-reen where is it = boo neh'-reh-deh what is it = boo neh'-keh-deh stick = choo-book' hundred = yooz what's news = nah'-behr what is that? = bu'-neh? water = soo I like this = boo noo sehv'-dim I like water = soo yoo sehv'-dim I want water = soo eesti yorum cookie = koo-rah'-bee-yeh even snakes won't bother people when they are drinking water = su ee-cheh-neh' yee-lahn' bee-leh' doh-kooh-nah-mahz' luck = kee'-smaht destiny = kch-dahr'
thank you = kuh'-suh-num what is this? = mi ez what is that? = mi oz
thank you = mer-see' hi = sah-lohm' new = noh day = rooz new day = noh rooz (special festival to mark beginning of spring) rainy = bah-rah'-nee rainy day = rooz buh-rah'-nee
thank you = alf-hah-ris-toh' please = pah'-rah cah-lah'-oh how are you = tee-kah'-nis
thank you = shoo'-krree-ah water = bpah'-nee meat = mah'-s among calves handicapped cow is king = andho mein kana raja
thank you = ddohn'-oh-bahd
thank you = dahn'-deh-bah what is this? = yoh-keh'-ho? what is that? = tyoh-keh'-ho? what is your name? = dtah pah'-ee-koh nahm key'-ho? my name is ___ = mee'-roo nahm ___ ho new = sahr year = loh
Sinhala is spoken in Sri Lanka¶
thank you = stoo'-ti
where is it? = yoo-tih'-nai?
Burmese is spoken in Myanmar¶
thank you = tjeh'-zoo thank you = tjeh'-zoo din-bah'-deh
thank you = teh-ree'-mah kah'-see welcome = sah-lah-mah dah-tahng'
thank you = teh-ree'-mah kah'-see you're welcome = ssah'-mah ssah'-mah where is ___? = dtih mah'-nah ___? where is the bathroom? = dtih mah'-nah cah-marr' mahn-dee'? what is this? = ee-nee' ah'-pah? how much is the price? = brrah'-pah harr'-gah? good morning = seh-lah'-mah pah'-gee good afternoon = seh-lah'-mah ssee-ahng' good night = seh-lah-mah'-mah mah-lahm' how are you? = ah-pah' kah-barr' fine = bah'-eek yes = yah no = tee'-dahk please = dtoh'-llong sorry = mah-afh' what will you eat? = ahn'-tah mah-hoo' mah'-kahn ah'-pah? eat what? = mah'-kan ah'-pah? I'm full = sah-yah' gkuh-yahng' I will go to the bathroom = sah-yah' mah-hoo' kkh cah-marr' mahn-dee' I will take my money = sah-yah' mah-hoo' ahm-bee'-ll wahng sah-yah' I like ___ = sah'-yah soo-kah' ___ I apologize = sah'-yah meen-dtah' mah-afh' what is your name? = see ah'-pah nah-mah' cah-moo' my name is Siska = nah-mah-koo' ah'-deh-leh Siska how old are you? = brrah'-pah oh-moor' ahn'-tah why? = men-gah'-pah I do not know = sah-yah' tee-dahk' tah-woo' what = ah'-pah this = ee-nee' and = dteh to = kkh good = eh-nah' healthy = muh-nyeh-haht'-khan lots = bahn'-yahk little = ss'-dee-keet sick = sah-geet' small = kuh-chee'-ll (tongue sticks behind front teeth) cold = ding-yin' hot = pah'-nahs fast = jah-paht' long = pahng'-jahng mixed = jjahm-pboh' / gah'-doh gah'-doh plain = pee-ah'-sah fried = go-rehng' spicy = peh'-dahs sweet = mah-nees' closed = dtoo-dtoo open = boo-gah' ready = ssee'-ahp same = sah'-mah used = seh-gkoohn' forbidden = dee-lah-rrahng' hungry = lah'-parr happy = seh-nahng' safe = ah'-mahn south = seh-lah-tahn' north = oo-tah-rrah' far = jah-oh' handsome (masculine) = gahnn-dtahng' beautiful (feminine) = jtan-tik' expensive = mah-hahl' rich = cah-yah' strong = pboh'-haht I = sah-yah' / ah-koo' you = cah'-moo you (formal) = ahn'-tah he / she = dee-ah' eat = mah'-kahn sleep = tee-durr' walk = jah'-lahn jah'-lahn go = perr-gee' go ahead = teh-roos' take = ahm-bee'-ll want = ing-ing' be = ah'-deh-leh read = leh'-gerr see = meh-lee-hadd' I see = ah-koo lee-hadd' make = mam-bang-oon' pay = oon-dhk' age = oh-moor' name = nah-mah' my name = nah-mah' sah-yah' price = harr'-gah money = wahng smell = bah'-woo rain = hoo'-jjuhn rainwater = ahy'-rr hoo'-jjuhn bag = dtahs book = boo'-gkoo entrance = mah-ssook' exit = keh-loo-arr' bus = bis bus station = terr-mee-nahll' bis bike cart = beh-chah' train station = stah-cion crehy'-tah ah'-pee car = moh-beell' fast car = moh-beell' jah-paht' used car = moh-beell' seh-gkoohn' airplane = pah-sah-waht' terr-pahn' traffic = mah'-tzer road = jah'-lahn country road = jah'-lahn gkahm'-poong long road = jah'-lahn pahng'-jahng uphill road = jah'-lahn na'-ee gasoline = behn'-zeen electricity = lees-tdreek' man = lah'-kee lah'-kee woman = peh-rrehm' boh-ahn' child = ah-nak' children = ah-nak' ah-nak' many children = ah-nak' ah-nak' bahn-yak' father = ah-yah' / bah'-bahk mother = eh-boo' wife = ee-stree' older sibling = kah-kah' older brother = kah-kah' lah'-kee lah'-kee younger sibling = ah-tik' younger sister = ah-tik' peh-rrehm' boh-ahn' person = oh-rrahng' foreigner = oh-rrahng' ah-sih' rich person = oh-rrahng' cah-yah' mister = pah mister ahsahdi = pah ahsahdi teacher = kkoo-rroo' army = tahn-dah'-rrah king = rah'-jah business = boo-her-jah' make money = jah'-ree wahng school = skoh'-lah elementary school = skoh'-lah deh-serr' hospital = roo-mah' sah-geet' house = roo-mah' temple = chahn'-dih market = pah'-sahrr eatery = wah-rrohng' street eatery = wah-rrohng' ping-girr' jah-lahn' restaurant = roo'-mah mah'-kahn pharmacy / apothecary = ah-poh-tek' room = cah-marr' bathroom = cah-marr' mahn-dee' shop = ddohk'-gkoh factory = fah-breek' car repair shop = kah-roh-seh-ree' countryside = gkahm'-poong dog = ahn-jeeng' cat = kkoo-ching' mountain = gh'-ng big mountain = gh'-ng beh-sarr' tree = bpoh-huhn' wood = gkah-yoo' smoke = ah-ssahp' flowers = pboong-ah' mosquitos = nyah-mook' sugar cane = dtah-pboo' rice patty = boh-huhn' nah-see' earthquake = km'-pbah city = gkoh'-tdoh water = ahy'-rr ice = ehss egg = teh'-loo-rr meatball = bpahk-ssoh' vegetables = sah-yoo-rrah' orange = jeh'-rrak bitter melon = beh'-lee chicken = ah-yahm' fried chicken = ah-yahm' go-rehng' boiled chicken = ah-yahm' sahn-tahn' chicken soup = soh'-toh ah-yahm' crispy treat = kkrroo-pook' fried soybean crunch = tehm'-peh goh-reng' rice = nah-see' tofu = tah'-hoo coconut = keh-lah'-pah refined sugar = goo'-lah cow = sah-pee' / dah-geeng' fish = eegk-khan' (type of fish) = leh'-leh duck = beh-behk' frog = goh-doh' / kah'-tah zero = koh-sohng' one = sah-dtoh' two = doo'-wah three = dtih-gkah' four = um-paht' five = lee'-mah six = uh-nahm' seven = dtoo-joo' eight = dhlah-pahn' nine = ssahm-bi-lahn' ten = ssahm-boo-loo' eleven = ssah buh-lehss' fifteen = lee'-mah buh-lehss' twenty = doo-wah' boo-loo' twenty five = doo-wah' boo-loo' lee'-mah one hundred = ssah rrah-toos' five hundred = lee-mah' rrah-toos' one thousand = sah rree-boo' one thousand five hundred = sah rree-boo' lee-mah' rah-toos' five thousand = lee-mah' rree-boo' ten thousand = sah boo-loo' rree-boo' one million = sah jjoo'-dah five million = lee-mah' joo'-dah twenty seven thousand = doo'-wah boo-loo' dtoo-joo' rree-boo' approximately = kee'-rah kee'-rah time = jjahm-jjahm eight o'clock = jjahm dhlah-pahn' eight hours = dhlah-pahn' jjahm yesterday = kah-mah'-reen today = ss-kah-rrahng' tomorrow = beh'-ssoh ten hours left = seh boo-loo' jjam lah'-kee day = ssee-ahng' month = booh-lahn' year = tah-hoon' not yet = bah-loon' two times three = doo'-wah kah-rree' dtih-gkah' (name of a volcano) = mahrr-ah'-pee (name of a mountain) = mahrr-bah'-boo (name of a city) = sah-lah-tee'-gh (name of a city) = mah-glahn' (name of a film) = laskar pelangi (name of islands) = karimunjawa
Tagalog is spoken in the Philippines¶
thank you = seh-lah'-maht hi = co'mo esta' good morning = mah-gahn'-dang oo-mah'-gah-po
Mandarin is spoken in China and Taiwan¶
thank you = sheh-sheh' you're welcome = boo'-kuh-shi yes = ssheh yeah = dtuay no = mai a little = ih-dien'-dien tzeh = it what = sheh-moh' what is this? = tzeh'-sseh-sheh-moh'? it is good = hao'-tzeh it is good? = hao'-tzeh-mah hello (you good?) = ni'-hao hi = wei good = hao money = shien how much money? = ddwoh'-sha-shien (ddwoh slides up, sha is low and shien is baseline) where = shi where's the bathroom? = shi-ssow-chen? come = lah-ih' don't come = mai-lah-ih' me = wwo we = wwo'-men you = ni you (plural) = ni'-men he / she / it = dtah they = dtah'-men guava = pah-lah' kiwi = chih'-guoh green bean cake = lleu'-dtoh-kaow rice cake = loh-poh'-kaow egg = tahn' egg cake = tahn'-kaow egg pancake = tahn'-bping crab = shi' fish = uh-ah~ (tone rises sharply on ah) fish market = uh-ah'-ggahng oyster omelet = uh-ah'-tsehn pig kidney soup = yao'-tzeh-tang first sour then sweet = shien koo~ ho kgan (tone rises sharply on koo)
Taiwanese is spoken in Taiwan¶
hello = ni'-huh thank you = ddwoh-shyah'
Cantonese is spoken in Hong Kong¶
thank you = dtoh'-jeh (dtoh pitch dips up, jeh pitch dips down)
wolf = nuhk'-ddae fox = yuh'-oo he hasn't even thought of giving you rice cake but you are drinking the kimchi broth already = dduk jool sah'-rahm-un ssaeng'-gahk-do ahn'-uhn-deh geem'-chee-gook boo'-tuh mah'-sheen-dah = 떡 줄 사람은 생각도 않는데 김칫국부터 마신다
thank you = ah-rree-gah'-toh yes = hai no = ee'-yeh good = oy'-shee finished = oh-kai'-kehy where is ___? = ___ doh'-goh deh-skah'? how much? = ee-gkoo-rrah' deh-skah'? when? = ee'-tsh deh-skah'? what is it? = ssoh-rreh' wah nah'-ni deh-skah'? zero = zero one = ee'-jee two = nee' three = ssahn four = yong five = goh six = loh-kh' seven = nah'-nah eight = hah'-zjih nine = queue ten = zjoo fifty = goh'-zjoo eighty = hah-zjih'-zjoo one hundred = hyah-kh' six hundred = loh-pyah'-kh eight hundred = hah-pyah'-kh one thousand = ssehn three thousand = ssahn ssehn what = nah'-ni it = soh-reh' child = goh-doh-moh' children = goh-doh-moh' dtah'-chee person = hee-tdoh'-ree train = dayn'-shah beer = choo nah'-mah chicken = tdoh-ree' beef = gyoo rice = meh'-shi egg = tah'-mah-goh cold water = mee-zh' (type of fish) = ah'-jee (type of fish) = sah'-bah eat = tah-beh'-roo
Portuguese is spoken in Brazil¶
hey = oy everything good? = too'-doo boh? what's that = keh ee'-soo cool = mah'-sah cool = leh-gahl'
Q’anjob’al is spoken near Huehuetenango in Guatemala¶
thank you = yooq-wahl-dios' what is this? = seh-tahl-hoon-tih'? what is that? = seh-tahl-hoon-tooh'? how much is it? = hhahn'-tahh toh'-hhol? water = ah-eh' boy = nahh-oo-nin' girl = ish-oo-nin' knock knock = choo! how are you? = tse'-tshi oowatch mi-ah-cul? I'm well = watch gkhal (guttural gkh moving adam's apple) bye = hi-lah' baby chick = kahsh-lan' man = wee-nahk' woman = ish bowl = sehkk food = ee-tahh' (breathy hh) popcorn = ee-yehn' I'm full = mi noh' in cul' eat = loh wee' one = hoon two = kkapp three = oh shepp four = kah-nep five = oh-yehp'
Kaqchikel is spoken near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala¶
thank you = mah-tiosh' hi = pah'-na bye = pah'-na see you tomorrow = chwah-chik'
Mam is spoken near Quetzaltenango and Todos Santos in Guatemala¶
tortilla = gwahp see you soon = mh-tchih'-ah who knows? = tih-lah-tey' thank you = chohn-tah-tey' rich flavor = tchi'-al chicken = ayt rooster = gkoh
Tz’utujil is spoken near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala¶
hi = oot-sah-watch'
oh shit = puchicas hell yeah = puchicas que sí hell yeah = cucarachas que sí hell yeah = abuelitas que sí what's happening? = qué putas what's happening? = qué onda how cute! = qué chulo! have skills = tener pilas have skills in salsa = tener pilas en salsa
no problem = no hay falla (fah'-yah) you have no imagination = tener un cerebro de pollo you are forgetful = tener una cabeza de pollo go to the devil and don't come back = ve te al diablo y no vuelvas más or else = o algo te vas a pasar elbow = un codo be stingy = ser codo breasts = pechugas large breasts = pechugonas skinny legs = las piernas de pollo shapely body = un cuerpo de guitarra to be tired like a zombie = estar desvelado rotten apple = una manzana podrida what's up = qué pasa calabaza? nothing much = nada nada limonada lying man whore = pudo tapudo dummy = un dundo idiot = un baboso toilet paper = quitta caca
wow = oh'-rah-leh damn = ee'-hoh-leh no problem = no hay pedo no problem = no hay falla drink until dawn = hasta la madre what (respectfully) = man-deh' excuse me = con permiso cool = chido gluttonous = cuzco mature = madurito stupid = wei to cry = chazar to chat = platicar to store = almacenar to improve = superar asshole = cabrón badass = chingón idiot = pendejo ass-kisser = mamón peasant = paisano entrepreneur = emprendedor feeling = sentido octopus = pulpo small goal = golecito super goal = golazo warehouse = bodega womanizer = mujeriego special food = guisano special food = chicatana special food = escamole
Latin American proverbs in Spanish¶
when planning, keep in mind that many events are out of your control = no porque madruges, amanece mas temprano better to be on time than to be invited = mas vale que llegar a tiempo que ser invitado de honor adapt to your environment = as como fueres, as como vieres = a donde fueres, as lo que vieres better to spend enough effort and money to get a good result on the first try = el flojo y el mezquino, dos veces al camino say good things about other people = el escupe al cielo, en la cara le caie rumors have some basis in truth = cuando el río suena, es porque agua lleva = cuando el río suena, es porque piedras trae don't serve your own drink = nunca el burro se carga solo leave the water alone if you can't drink it = agua que no vas a beber déjala correr what the eyes do not see, the heart does not feel = ojos que no ven, corazon que no siente if you love her, let her go; if she returns, she is yours; if not, she never was = si amas a alguien déjalo libre; si regresa es tuyo; si no, nunca lo fue don't bother me when I'm eating = yo so juan orrosco, cuando como, no conozco don't bother me when I'm working = en horas de trabajo, los amigos al carajo he who complains that he does not have enough will lose what he has already = borrego que chilla, piedre bocado pay attention or you will get lost = camarón que se duerme, se lo lleva la corriente everyone has said or done embarassing things = tiene cola que le pisen one captured bird has more immediate value than a hundred flying birds = más vale pájaro en mano que ciento volando take care of your relationships or you will lose them = el que tiene tienda, que la atienda, sinon, que la venda money talks = en tierra ajena, no hay más amigo ni más pariente cercano que un peso en la mano guests are unwelcome if they abuse your hospitality = el muerto y el arrimado a los tres dias apestan mind your own business = zapatero a tu zapato noisy chicks get the food = quien no llora, no mama keep your sword in its sheath = calm your anger = machete estate en tu vaina those who wake early will succeed = al que madruga dios le ayuda better to die fighting than live begging = es mejor morir de pie que vivir de rodillas tell me with whom you walk and I'll tell you who you are = dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres if you want a good hairstyle, endure the tugging = si quiere quiere moño bonito, aguanta jalones do not marry or start important work on a Tuesday = en martes, ni te cases ni te embarques even if the chimpanzee dresses in silk, it remains a chimpanzee = aunque la mona se vista de seda, mona se queda where there was fire, ashes remain = donde hubo fuego, cenizas quedan something non-essential is turning out to be more expensive than what it is worth = the soup is more expensive than the meatballs = cuesta más caro el caldo que las albóndigas he is exaggerating his stories = echarle mucha crema a sus tacos she is easily excited by new people or things = dear new jar, where should I put you? = jarrito nuevo, ¿dónde te pondré? the boasting fool will regret it tomorrow = alábate pato que mañana te mato stay close to a good tree and you will get good shade = quien a buen árbol se arrima, buena sombra le cobija better to be head of a rat than tail of a lion = más vale ser cabeza de ratón que cola de león sometimes challenges contain opportunities = no hay mal que por bien no venga rich get richer and the poor get poorer = cuando el pobre lava, llueve misfortune follows misfortune = llueve sobre mojado familiar bad is more useful than unfamiliar good = vale más lo malo conocido que lo bueno por conocer don't worry if someone is ahead of you, you can catch up if you run well = no van lejos los de adelante si los de atrás corren bien eye for eye, tooth for tooth = ojo por ojo, diente por diente now is your chance to shine while you can = date brillo cadena que tu mojo llega
women = les meufs women = les fums shapely body = une gazelle to play hooky = faire l'école buissonnière
good luck = keh teeng ees mohl' tahs sohlt
thank you = dahn'-kyeh vehll thanks = bee-dahnkt' how = ooh much = vehll is = es that = dot how much is that = ooh vehll es dot children = keen-dehr-roon'
what is this? = shao'-mahl? what is this? = shao'-mod? (dialect)
hi = mwah'-yen
thank you = mahd-loh'-bah
thank you = hwah'-lah
thank you = hwah'-lah
thank you = aye'-tah
Romanian is spoken in Romania and Moldova¶
thank you = moo-too-meh'-sk good day = boo'-nah zee'-wah
thank you = djen-koo'-yah how are you = yak-sheh-mash' good = dohb-zhah'
thank you = djeh'-koo-yoo cool = pehk'-nee
thank you = djah-koo'-yem
thank you = rrahk-meht'
thank you = cpah-cee'-bah good luck = oo-dah'-cheh good = ha-ra-sho' cool = kgroo'-dtah cool = clah'-snah one = oh-deen' two = dvah three = tdree four = djeh-tee'-ree five = pbeht six = shayst seven = seem eight = voh'-seem birthday = dyeeng rahj-deen'-iya what is that? = shtoh edah dah koi? water = vah'-dah I want this = ya edah hach-joo' I do not want this = ya edah nee hach-joo' I want water = ya hach-joo' vah-dee' You want water = ti hoht'-gis vah-dee' I like this = ya edah blu-blu I do not like this = ya edah nee blu-blu You like this = ti blu-blis' vah-dee' I eat = ya yem I eat this = ya edah yem spicy = oh'-sdree we = muy why? = poo'-choo-mon? excellent = aht-leech'-nah I wish you luck = ya jeh-lah-yoo' tib'-yuh ooh-dah'-chee you are a complicated troublemaker = nyeh pah-dah'-rohk = не подарок wow = oohk'-tee simple = prroh'-stah = простой / проста ducklings' dance = танец маленьких утят persimmon = hoor'-mah you like to sled, then you must like to pull the sled = lloo-beesh kah-taht-cyah, llobee ee sah-noch-kee vah-zeet without work you cannot pull the fish from the pond = behz troo-dah' nyeh veal'-ah-vish ee roob'-koo eez proo-dah bread tops all = (figurative) more importantly = hlehb see-moo' gah-lah-vah' do not say ho, until they are hatched = не говори гоп, пока не перепрыгнешь strike while the iron is hot = Куй желе́зо, пока горячо́ = cui zahl-ryehl'-zya pah-kah' gar-yahl'-chah
cheesy = hah'-rreh (said very fast) what is that? = vah ah'-rreh? where is the bathroom? = vohrr ah'-rreh doo-wahn'? water = vahnn ball = bahl hest = horse pickup artist = bahl'-hest uh-oh = oof'-tah
hi = hey'-dohrr excellent = yehk'-teh-brrah
thank you = ki'-dos (first syllable has higher pitch than second syllable) bye bye = hey'-hey (first syllable has higher pitch than second syllable)
have breakfast = have a brekkie make a u-turn = chuck a yoo-ee true american = fare dinkam yankee