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Ainu is one of the ethnic languages of Hokkaido, Japan. It is a language isolate, not belonging to any existing language family.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Common signs

There is no official sign in Ainu language now.

OPEN 
CLOSED 
ENTRANCE 
EXIT 
PUSH 
PULL 
TOILET 
MEN 
WOMEN 
FORBIDDEN 


Hello. 
Irankarapte. ( )
Hello. (informal
He. ( )
How are you? 
E=iwanke ya? ( ?)
Fine, thank you. 
Ku=iwanke, iyairaykere. ( )
What is your name? 
E=re hemanta ya? ( ?)
My name is ______ . 
K=ani anakne ______ ku=ne. ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Irankarapte. ( )
Please. 
. ( )
Thank you. 
Iyairaykere. ( )
You're welcome. 
E. ( )
Yes. 
E. ( )
No. 
Somo. ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Ku=yayapapu. ( )
I'm sorry. 
Ku=yayapapu. ( )
Goodbye (for those who leave
Apunno paye yan. ( )
Goodbye (for those who stay
Apunno oka yan. ( )
I can't speak Ainu language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
Amerika-itak ku=hawean eaykap ya? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? ( ?)
Help! 
En=ikamesu! ( !)
Look out! 
 ! ( !)
Good morning. 
. ( )
Good evening. 
. ( )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
Somo k=eraman. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
Asinru hunak an ya? ( ?)

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone.
エンコランプトゥイェ。
En=koramputuye. ( .)
Don't touch me!
ソモ テンパ!
Somo tempa! ( !)
I'll call the police.
ケイサトゥ クホトゥイェカㇻ クスネ。
Keisatu ku=hotuyekar kusune. ( .)
Police!
ケイサトゥ!
Keisatu! ( !)
Stop! Thief!
テレ!イッカㇷ゚!
Tere! Ikkap! ( ! !)
I need your help.
...
. ( .)
It's an emergency.
...
. ( .)
I'm lost.
クエシㇼトゥライヌ。
Ku=esirturaynu. ( .)
I lost my bag.
...
. ( .)
I lost my wallet.
...
Santoku ku=isamka. ( .)
I'm sick. 
Ku=sieye. ( .)
I've been injured.
サントク クイサㇺカ。
Ku=iyunin. ( .)
I need a doctor.
イサニㇱパ クホトゥイェカㇻ ヤン。
Isanispa ku=hotuyekar yan. ( .)
Can I use your phone?
アエイヌㇷ゚ ケイキ ヤッカ ピㇼカ ヤ。
Aeinup k=eiki yakka pirka ya? ( ?)

Numbers[edit]

sine ( )
tu ( )
re ( )
ine ( )
asikne ( )
iwan ( )
arwan ( )
tupesan ( )
sinepesan ( )
10 
wan ( )
11 
sine ikasma wan ( )
12 
tu ikasma wan ( )
13 
re ikasma wan ( )
14 
ine ikasma wan ( )
15 
asikne ikasma wan ( )
16 
iwan ikasma wan ( )
17 
arwan ikasma wan ( )
18 
tupesan ikasma wan ( )
19 
sinepesan ikasma wan ( )
20 
hotne ( )
21 
sine ikasma hotne ( )
22 
tu ikasma hotne ( )
23 
re ikasma hotne ( )
30 
wan ikasma hotne ( )
40 
tu-hotne ( )
50 
wan ikasma tu-hotne ( )
60 
re-hotne ( )
70 
wan ikasma re-hotne ( )
80 
ine-hotne ( )
90 
wan ikasma ine-hotne ( )
100 
asikne-hotne ( )
200 
( )
300 
( )
1,000 
( )
2,000 
( )
1,000,000 
( )
1,000,000,000 
( )
1,000,000,000,000 
( )
number _____ (train, bus, etc.) 
( )
half 
( )
less 
( )
more 
( )

Time[edit]

now 
tane ( )
later 
( )
before 
( )
morning 
kuneywa ( )
afternoon 
sirpeker, tokap ( )
evening 
( )
night 
kunne ( )

Clock time[edit]

one o'clock AM 
( )
two o'clock AM 
( )
noon 
( )
one o'clock PM 
( )
two o'clock PM 
( )
midnight 
( )

Duration[edit]

_____ minute(s) 
( )
_____ hour(s) 
( )
_____ day(s) 
( )
_____ week(s) 
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_____ month(s) 
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_____ year(s) 
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Days[edit]

today 
tanto ( )
yesterday 
numan ( )
tomorrow 
nisatta ( )
this week 
( )
last week 
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next week 
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Sunday 
( )
Monday 
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Tuesday 
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Wednesday 
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Thursday 
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Friday 
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Saturday 
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Months[edit]

January 
toetannecup ( )
February 
haprapcup ( )
March 
mokiwtacup ( )
April 
sikiutacup ( )
May 
momawtacup ( )
June 
simawtacup ( )
July 
moniyorap ( )
August 
siniyorap ( )
September 
urepokecup ( )
October 
suneancup ( )
November 
kuekaycup ( )
December 
ciwrup ( )

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

black 
( )
white 
retar ( )
gray 
katuwa ( )
red 
hure ( )
blue 
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yellow 
( )
green 
hu ( )
orange 
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purple 
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brown 
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Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

How much is a ticket to _____? 
( )
One ticket to _____, please. 
( )
Where does this train/bus go? 
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Where is the train/bus to _____? 
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Does this train/bus stop in _____? 
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When does the train/bus for _____ leave? 
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When will this train/bus arrive in _____? 
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Directions[edit]

How do I get to _____ ? 
( )
...the train station? 
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...the bus station? 
( )
...the airport? 
( )
...downtown? 
( )
...the youth hostel? 
( )
...the _____ hotel? 
( )
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
( )
Where are there a lot of... 
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...hotels? 
( )
...restaurants? 
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...bars? 
( )
...sites to see? 
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Can you show me on the map? 
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street 
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Turn left. 
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Turn right. 
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left 
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right 
( )
straight ahead 
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towards the _____ 
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past the _____ 
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before the _____ 
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Watch for the _____. 
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intersection 
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north 
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south 
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east 
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west 
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uphill 
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downhill 
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Taxi[edit]

Taxi! 
( )
Take me to _____, please. 
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How much does it cost to get to _____? 
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Take me there, please. 
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Lodging[edit]

Do you have any rooms available? 
( )
How much is a room for one person/two people? 
( )
Does the room come with... 
( )
...bedsheets? 
( )
...a bathroom? 
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...a telephone? 
( )
...a TV? 
( )
May I see the room first? 
( )
Do you have anything quieter? 
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...bigger? 
( )
...cleaner? 
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...cheaper? 
( )
OK, I'll take it. 
( )
I will stay for _____ night(s). 
( )
Can you suggest another hotel? 
( )
Do you have a safe? 
( )
...lockers? 
( )
Is breakfast/supper included? 
( )
What time is breakfast/supper? 
( )
Please clean my room. 
( )
Can you wake me at _____? 
( )
I want to check out. 
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Money[edit]

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
( )
Do you accept British pounds? 
( )
Do you accept Euros? 
( )
Do you accept credit cards? 
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Can you change money for me? 
( )
Where can I get money changed? 
( )
Can you change a traveler's check for me? 
( )
Where can I get a traveler's check changed? 
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What is the exchange rate? 
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Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
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Eating[edit]

A table for one person/two people, please. 
( )
Can I look at the menu, please? 
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Can I look in the kitchen? 
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Is there a house specialty? 
( )
Is there a local specialty? 
( )
I'm a vegetarian. 
( )
I don't eat pork. 
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I don't eat beef. 
( )
I only eat kosher food. 
( )
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard
( )
fixed-price meal 
( )
a la carte 
( )
breakfast 
( )
lunch 
( )
tea (meal
( )
supper 
( )
I want _____. 
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I want a dish containing _____. 
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chicken 
( )
beef 
( )
fish 
( )
ham 
( )
sausage 
( )
cheese 
( )
eggs 
( )
salad 
( )
(fresh) vegetables 
( )
(fresh) fruit 
( )
bread 
( )
toast 
( )
noodles 
( )
rice 
( )
beans 
( )
May I have a glass of _____? 
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May I have a cup of _____? 
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May I have a bottle of _____? 
( )
coffee 
( )
tea (drink
( )
juice 
( )
(bubbly) water 
( )
(still) water 
( )
beer 
( )
red/white wine 
( )
May I have some _____? 
( )
salt 
( )
black pepper 
( )
butter 
( )
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
( )
I'm finished. 
( )
It was delicious. 
( )
Please clear the plates. 
( )
The check, please. 
( )

Bars[edit]

Do you serve alcohol? 
( )
Is there table service? 
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A beer/two beers, please. 
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A glass of red/white wine, please. 
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A pint, please. 
( )
A bottle, please. 
( )
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please. 
( )
whiskey 
( )
vodka 
( )
rum 
( )
water 
( )
club soda 
( )
tonic water 
( )
orange juice 
( )
Coke (soda
( )
Do you have any bar snacks? 
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One more, please. 
( )
Another round, please. 
( )
When is closing time? 
( )
Cheers! 
( )

Shopping[edit]

Do you have this in my size? 
( )
How much is this? 
( )
That's too expensive. 
( )
Would you take _____? 
( )
expensive 
( )
cheap 
( )
I can't afford it. 
( )
I don't want it. 
( )
You're cheating me. 
( )
I'm not interested. 
(..)
OK, I'll take it. 
( )
Can I have a bag? 
( )
Do you ship (overseas)? 
( )
I need... 
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...toothpaste. 
( )
...a toothbrush. 
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...tampons. 
. ( )
...soap. 
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...shampoo. 
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...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen
( )
...cold medicine. 
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...stomach medicine. 
... ( )
...a razor. 
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...an umbrella. 
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...sunblock lotion. 
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...a postcard. 
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...postage stamps. 
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...batteries. 
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...writing paper. 
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...a pen. 
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...English-language books. 
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...English-language magazines. 
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...an English-language newspaper. 
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...an English-English dictionary. 
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Driving[edit]

I want to rent a car. 
( )
Can I get insurance? 
( )
stop (on a street sign
( )
one way 
( )
yield 
( )
no parking 
( )
speed limit 
( )
gas (petrol) station 
( )
petrol 
( )
diesel 
( )

Authority[edit]

I haven't done anything wrong. 
( )
It was a misunderstanding. 
( )
Where are you taking me? 
( )
Am I under arrest? 
( )
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. 
( )
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
( )
I want to talk to a lawyer. 
( )
Can I just pay a fine now? 
( )

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