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Burushaski is one of the world's isolate languages spoken in the Hunza Valley, Yasin, Nagar, parts of Kashmir and Ghizer areas of Pakistan.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

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Basics[edit]

Common signs

OPEN 
phatang
CLOSED 
ban
ENTRANCE 
khunjee
EXIT 
dusas dish
PUSH 
thang
PULL 
jaash
TOILET 
charkish/hauss/chukang/ghurayas dish
MAN 
hi'r
WOMAN 
guss
FORBIDDEN 
yaa senum


Hello. 
. ( ju/salam )
Hello. (informal
. (bay bila )
How are you? 
 ? (bay haal bila/bey maiba?)
Fine, thank you. 
. (theek ba )
What is your name? 
 ? (une gueek besan bila ?)
My name is ______ . 
______ . (ja aek _____ bila.)
Nice to meet you. 
. (goka chagha ne khushi manimi )
Please. 
. (huyy )
Thank you. 
. ( ju na )
You're welcome. 
. (parwa api)
Yes. 
. (awa )
No. 
. (bey ya )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. (acho naa )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
. (aar bakhshish eti )
Goodbye 
. (shuan hal)
Goodbye (informal
. (shua hal )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. (je 'burushaski' [daltas nay] gharas aya mayaba )
Do you speak English? 
 ? (unar English gharas gore zuchila ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? (khole amulo menar english/angreezi gharas zuchila ?)
Help! 
 ! ( daspas/dayspas/dumospas/dospas!)
Look out! 
 ! (bareh naa!)
Good morning. 
. (shua chordinan )
Good evening. 
. (shaam salaam )
Good night. 
. (shua thapan )
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
. (asulo apalimi )
Where is the toilet? 
 ? (surooy/house amulo bila ?)

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone. 
. ( adimate phat ati.)
Don't touch me! 
 ! (azsi zsap ayeti !)
I'll call the police. 
. (police er qaw echam .)
Police! 
 ! ( police!)
Stop! Thief! 
 ! ! (zsat manay, gheeen! !)
I need your help. 
. (unay dachanaba )
It's an emergency. 
. (but zaruri bila)
I'm lost. 
. (je awaalaba)
I lost my bag. 
. (ja bag waalibi)
I lost my wallet. 
. (ja butwa waalibi)
I'm sick. 
. (je galees ba)
I've been injured. 
. (je zakh amanaba)
I need a doctor. 
. (jaar doctor/dagdar awaji)
Can I use your phone? 
 ? (unay phone istimaal echama?)

Numbers[edit]

(han )
(alto )
(ousko )
(walto )
(chhundo )
(meshendo )
(thalo )
(altambo )
(huncho )
10 
(toorumo )
11 
(turma-han )
12 
(turma-alto )
13 
(turmo-ousko )
14 
( )
15 
( )
16 
( )
17 
( )
18 
( )
19 
( )
20 
(altar )
21 
(altar-han )
22 
(altar-alto )
23 
(altar-ousko )
30 
(altar-toorumo )
40 
(alto-altar )
50 
(alto-altar-toorumo )
60 
(eski-altar )
70 
(eski-altar-toorumo )
80 
(walti-altar )
90 
(walti-altar-toorumo )
100 
(hek-tha )
200 
(alto-tha )
300 
(eski-tha )
1,000 
(saaas )
2,000 
(alto-saaas )
1,000,000 
( )
1,000,000,000 
( )
1,000,000,000,000 
( )
number _____ (train, bus, etc.) 
( )
half 
(lup )
less 
(kamann/theeshan(for liquid)/pheekan(for any solid) )
more 
(buttan/tushaar )

For human being

(hin )
(altan )
(esken )
(walto )
(chhundo )
(meshendo )
(thalo )
(altambo )
(huncho )
10 
(toorumo )
11 
(turma-hin )
12 
(turma-altan )
13 
(turmo-esken )
14 
( )
15 
( )
16 
( )
17 
( )
18 
( )
19 
( )
20 
(altar )
21 
(altar-hin )
22 
(altar-altan )
23 
(altar-esken )

For quality

(hik )
(alto )
(eskei )
(walti )
(chhendi )
(meshendi )
(thaly )
(altambei )
(huntie )
10 
(toorimi )
11 
(turma-hik )
12 
(turma-alto )
13 
(turmo-eskei )

....

Time[edit]

now 
( muu)
later 
(mushatay )
before 
(yarnay )
morning 
(chordinay )
afternoon 
(dughui )
evening 
(saasatay )
night 
(thap )

Clock time[edit]

one o'clock AM 
(chordemo hek garebe )
two o'clock AM 
(-------- alto garebe )
noon 
( dhughui manimi)
one o'clock PM 
(duguuymo hek garebe )
two o'clock PM 
(-------- alto garebe )
midnight 
(gonay babr/thap babr )

Duration[edit]

_____ minute(s) 
( minate )
_____ hour(s) 
( ghanta )
_____ day(s) 
(gunch (ing) )
_____ week(s) 
(hafta )
_____ month(s) 
(hesa (ming) )
_____ year(s) 
(dann (ing) )

Days[edit]

today 
(khulto )
yesterday 
(sabooor )
tomorrow 
(jimalay )
this week 
( ghote hafta)
last week 
( yarmo ete hafta)
next week 
( jhuwas ete hafta)
Sunday 
(a-dit )
Monday 
(chandura )
Tuesday 
(angaro )
Wednesday 
(bodho )
Thursday 
(berayspat )
Friday 
(shukuro )
Saturday 
(shemshayr )

Months[edit]

January 
( )
February 
( )
March 
( )
April 
( )
May 
( )
June 
( )
July 
( )
August 
( )
September 
( )
October 
( )
November 
( )
December 
( )

Writing time and date[edit]

seasons[edit]

summer : shene autumn : datu winter : bai spring: dhukharesin/garu

directions[edit]

east : jill manaas west : buur manaas north: kilik south: mayon

Colors[edit]

black 
(matum)
white 
(burum )
gray 
( )
red 
(baardum )
blue 
( )
yellow 
(shekark )
green 
(jutt sheqam)
orange 
( )
purple 
(qhulpi )
brown 
(guuro )

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

How much is a ticket to _____? 
(--- r ticket barumanan r bila?' )
One ticket to _____, please. 
('han ticket tan----r.' )
Where does this train/bus go? 
('gusay'train amular neche b '?')
Where is the train/bus to _____? 
('train/bus amulum neche be' '?')
Does this train/bus stop in _____? 
('gusay train/bus chait'mai be ya? )
When does the train/bus for _____ leave? 
('gusay train/bus beshalar jas mai be?' )
When will this train/bus arrive in ____ _? 
(' gusay'train/bus beshalar xuche? )

Directions[edit]

How do I get to _____ ? 
( je _____arr belatay nicham )
...the train station? 
( )
...the bus station? 
( )
...the airport? 
( )
...downtown? 
( market)
...the youth hostel? 
( )
...the _____ hotel? 
( )
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
( )
Where are there a lot of... 
( Butan ____(e.g. hotel)ing amulo meimi?)
...hotels? 
( )
...restaurants? 
( )
...bars? 
( mel minas dish)
...sites to see? 
( barenas dishming)
Can you show me on the map? 
( Je naqsha lo gutay aaltirish gomayma?)
street 
( )
Turn left. 
( )
Turn right. 
( )
left 
( gha)
right 
( )
straight ahead 
( seeda gon)
towards the _____ 
( ____ yakalnay )
past the _____ 
( ____ chum ke yar)
before the _____ 
( ____chum zchur)
Watch for the _____. 
( ____ ar baren shua)
intersection 
( )
north 
( )
south 
( )
east 
( )
west 
( )
uphill 
( yatnay )
downhill 
( yaarnay )

Taxi[edit]

Taxi! 
( )
Take me to _____, please. 
( ____ arr acho )
How much does it cost to get to _____? 
( ____ arr nichar beruman yayma )
Take me there, please. 
( shua elar acho)

Lodging[edit]

Do you have any rooms available? 
( unalay kamra bila?)
How much is a room for one person/two people? 
( hin/altan sisar kamra berumar bila?)
Does the room come with... 
( )
...bedsheets? 
( )
...a bathroom? 
( )
...a telephone? 
( )
...a TV? 
( )
May I see the room first? 
( yarnay kamra barenish amayaba?)
Do you have anything quieter? 
( )
...bigger? 
( )
...cleaner? 
( )
...cheaper? 
( )
OK, I'll take it. 
( ja gutay gayaba )
I will stay for _____ night(s). 
( je __ gchuchin ganay hurusham)
Can you suggest another hotel? 
( thum hotel an bila kholay?)
Do you have a safe? 
( )
...lockers? 
( )
Is breakfast/supper included? 
( nashta ke shapik ka biya?)
What time is breakfast/supper? 
( )
Please clean my room. 
( ja kamra saaf eti)
Can you wake me at _____? 
( je __ gharum daichuma?)
I want to check out. 
( ja kamra phat echaba.)

Money[edit]

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
( )
Do you accept British pounds? 
( )
Do you accept Euros? 
( )
Do you accept credit cards? 
( )
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? 
( )
What is the exchange rate? 
( )
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
( )

Eating[edit]

A table for one person/two people, please. 
( )
Can I look at the menu, please? 
( )
Can I look in the kitchen? 
( )
Is there a house specialty? 
( )
Is there a local specialty? 
( )
I'm a vegetarian. 
( )
I don't eat pork. 
( )
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 _____. 
( )
I want a dish containing _____. 
( )
chicken 
( )
beef 
( )
fish 
( )
ham 
( )
sausage 
( )
cheese 
( )
eggs 
( )
salad 
( )
(fresh) vegetables 
( )
(fresh) fruit 
( )
bread 
( )
toast 
( )
noodles 
( )
rice 
( )
beans 
( )
May I have a glass of _____? 
( )
May I have a cup of _____? 
( )
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? 
( )
A beer/two beers, please. 
( )
A glass of red/white wine, please. 
( )
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? 
( )
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... 
( )
...toothpaste. 
( )
...a toothbrush. 
( )
...tampons. 
. ( )
...soap. 
( )
...shampoo. 
( )
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen
( )
...cold medicine. 
( )
...stomach medicine. 
... ( )
...a razor. 
( )
...an umbrella. 
( )
...sunblock lotion. 
( )
...a postcard. 
( )
...postage stamps. 
( )
...batteries. 
( )
...writing paper. 
( )
...a pen. 
( )
...English-language books. 
( )
...English-language magazines. 
( )
...an English-language newspaper. 
( )
...an English-English dictionary. 
( )

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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