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For other Creole languages, see Creole.

Creole of Guinea-Bissau is the main language of Guinea-Bissau. It is based on Portuguese and local African languages. The grammar is very simple, but the lack of an official orthography makes written Creole complicated, as it is spelled differently in every text.

Pronouns[edit]

Personal pronouns when subject of a verb

N
You (sing) 
Bu
He, she, it 
I
We 
No
You (pl) 
Bo
They 
E

Personal pronouns used for emphasis.

Ami
You (sing.) 
Abo
He, she, it 
El
We 
Anos
You (pl.) 
Abos
They 
Elis

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

English Creole
Good morning Bon dia (till noon)
Good afternoon Boa tarde (till sunset)
Good evening Boa noite (after sunset)
How are you? Kuma ku bu sta?
How are you? (informal) Kuma?
Fine, thank you Sta bom, obrigado
What is your name? Kuma ku bu nome?
My name is ______ Nha nome i ______
Please di fabur
Thank you Obrigado
You're welcome de nada (or) i ka nada
Yes Sim
No Não
Excuse me (getting attention) Consensa
Excuse me (begging pardon) Diskulpa
I'm sorry Diskulpa
Goodbye Tchau
Goodbye (informal) Ami na bai
I can't speak creole [well] N'ka ta papia kriol [bem]
Do you speak English? Bu ta papia inglés?
Does anyone here speak English? Algin li ta papia inglés?
Help! Ajuda!
Look out! Quidado!
How did you sleep? Kuma ku bu mansi?
I slept well, thank you N'mansi bem, obrigado
Good night (to sleep) Feliz noite
I don't understand N'ka persibi (or) N'ka intindi
Where is the toilet? Nunde kasa de banho?

Problems[edit]

Numbers[edit]

um
dus
tris
kuatru
cinco
seis
seti
oito
nove
10
des
11 
onze
12 
doze
13 
treze
14 
katoze
15 
kinzi
16 
desaseis
17 
desaseti
18 
desaoito
19 
desanove
20 
vinti
21 
vinti e um
22 
vinti e dus
22-29 
vinti e ... (insert 2-9)
30 
trinta
40 
kuarenta
50 
cinkuenta
60 
seisenta
70 
estenta
80 
oitenta
90 
noventa
100 
cen
200 
duscentus
300 
triscentus
400 
kuartcentus
500 
kinientus
600 
seiscentus
700 
setcentus
800 
oitcentus
900 
novcentus
1000 
mil

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit]

Dawn 
mandrugada
Dusk 
fuska fuska
Morning 
pa amanha
Noon 
media
Afternoon (early) 
de dia
Afternoon (late) 
de tarde
Evening (after sunset) 
de noite
hour 
hora
minute
minuto
second
segundo


Three o'clock pm 
Tris hora de tarde
Three o'clock am 
Tris hora de noite (or) Tris hora mandrugada
Quarter past three 
Tris hora i um kuart (short: Tris i um kuart)
Half past three 
Tris hora i meio (short: Tris i meio)
Quarter to three 
Um kuart pa tris hora
Three o'clock and fourtytwo minutes 
Tris hora i kuarenta e dus minuto
Sometimes people use the expressions of the 24 hour system, like 22 horas (vinti e dus horas) for 10 pm, but this very seldom.

Duration[edit]

Days[edit]

today 
aos
yesterday 
aonti
tomorrow 
amanha
this week 
es semana
last week 
semana passado
next week 
próssimo semana
Sunday 
dumingu
Monday 
segunda-fera
Tuesday 
tersa-fera
Wednesday 
quarta-fera
Thursday 
quinta-fera
Friday 
sesta-fera
Saturday 
sabadu

Months[edit]

january 
janeiru
february 
fevreiru
march 
marsu
april 
abril
may 
maio
june 
junhu
july 
julhu
august
agustu
september 
sitembru
october 
outubru
november 
novembru
december 
dizembru

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

White 
Branco
Black 
Preto
Blue 
Azur
Yellow 
Amarello
Red 
bermelho
Green 
Verdi
Purple 
Cor de lash
Pink 
Cor de rosa
Brown 
Castanie
light blue 
azur claro
dark blue 
azur seguro

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

Taxi[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

Eating[edit]

I am hungry 
N'tene fome
I am thirsty 
N'tene sai de iagu
I want to eat 
N'misti kume
I want to drink 
N'misti bibi
Give me food (please) 
Patin bianda (di fabur)
Give me Water (please) 
Patin iagu (di fabur)
Give me to drink 
Patin bibi

Bars[edit]

Shopping[edit]

How much is this? 
Es i kantu?
I want to buy this 
N'misti kumpra es
It is expensive 
I caro
It is way to expensive
I caro dimas
It is cheap 
I baratu

Driving[edit]

Authority[edit]

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