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Dhivehi (ދިވެހ Divehi) is the official language of the Maldives. A dialect of it is also spoken in Maliku (Minicoy) Island in the Lakshadweep islands of India, where it is known as Mahal (މަހަލް महल्) or Mahl. Neglect of Mahal and lack of recognition of Mahal as an official language in Lakshadweep, has rendered this language to a colloquial language. Influence of neighbouring languages like Malayalam of Kerala and Urdu and Hindi of the mainland India is changin its diction at a very fast rate. There has been hardly any production of literature in Mahal since the begining of the last quarter of the twentieth century. A single person manned radio broadcasting, for about half an hour or so, from Kozhikode station of All India Radio is the only radio broadcasting available in Mahal. There are no newspapers or television broadcasting in Mahal language from any regional news paper or television station in India, as on April 2013.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Dhivehi romanization is somewhat inconsistent. This phrasebook uses the Malé (Nasiri) Latin standard used in the Maldives, with SAMT (Indic) spellings in parentheses when different.

Vowels[edit]

as in up
aa (ā) 
as in arm
as in if
ee (ī) 
as in eel
as in put
oo (ū) 
as in cartoon
as in egg
ey (ē) 
as in hey
as in of
oa (ō) 
as in born
ai 
au 

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.


Basics[edit]

Common signs

OPEN 
CLOSED 
ENTRANCE 
EXIT 
PUSH 
PULL 
TOILET 
MEN 
WOMEN 
FORBIDDEN 


Hello. 
Assalaamu alaikum. (from Arabic)
Hello. (informal
. (you usually just say how are you?)
How are you? 
Haalu kihineh?
How are you? (informal
Kihineh? ( ?)
Fine, thank you. 
Ran'galhu, shukuriyaa. ( )
What is your name? 
Kon nameh tha kiyanee? ( ?)
My name is ______ . 
Aharenge namakee ______. ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Baddhalu vee thi varah ufavejje. ( )
Please. 
Adhes kohfa. (i beg you- not commonly used)
Thank you. 
Shukuriyaa. (from Hindi)
You're welcome. 
Maruhabaa. ( )
Yes. 
Aan. ( )
No. 
Noon. ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Ma-aaf kurey. ( )
I'm sorry. 
Ma-aafu kurey. ( )
Goodbye 
(vakivelan)
Goodbye (informal
Dhanee. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]ahannakha "____" eh negey maa rangalhakah. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
Ingireysin vaahaka dhakkan ingeytha? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Mithaa ingireysin vahaka dhakan ingey mehaku eba huri tha? ( ?)
Help! 
Salaamai kurey! ( !)
Look out! 
Balaa balashey! ( !)
Good morning. 
Baajjaveri hendhuneh. ( )
Good evening. 
Baajjaveri haveereh. ( )
Good night. 
Baajjaveri reygande. ( )
Good night (to sleep
Ufaaveri nidhumeh. (not often said)
I don't understand. 
Ahannakah neyngunu. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
Faahanaa kobaitha? ( ?)

Questions[edit]

where? 
kobaa? or konthaaku?
why? 
keevve?
who? 
kaaku?
what? 
koacheh?
there 
ethaa
here 
mithaa
this 
mi
that 
e
this one 
meethi
that one 
eythi

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone. 
aharenaa nubehey . (...)
Don't touch me! 
aharen gaiga aii nulaa (...)
I'll call the police. 
aharen fuluhun nah gulhaanan. (...)
Police! 
fulus! (...)
Stop! Thief! 
huttaa! vageh! (...)
I need your help. 
ahannah ehee beynun. (...)
It's an emergency. 
mee kulli haalatheh. (...)
I'm lost. 
aharen miulhenee gelligen. (...)
I lost my bag. 
aharen ge dhabas gellijje. (...)
I lost my wallet. 
aharenge laari-dhabas gellijje. (...)
I'm sick. 
aharen miulhenee balive. (...)
I've been injured. 
aharennah haanikka vejje . (...)
I need a doctor. 
aharen doctareh beynunvey. (...)
Can I use your phone? 
ahannah thi phoanu beynun kollevi dhaane tha? (...)

Numbers[edit]

one (Ekeh)
two (Dehyh)
three (Thineh)
four (Hathareh)
five (Faheh)
six (Hayeh)
seven (Hatheh)
eight (Asheh)
nine (Nuvaeh)
10 
ten (Dhihaeh)
11 
eleven (Egaara)
12 
twelve (Baara)
13 
thirteen (Theyra)
14 
fourteen (Saadha)
15 
fifteen (Fanara)
16 
sixteen (Soalha)
17 
seventeen (Sathaara)
18 
eighteen (Ashaara)
19 
nineteen (Navaara)
20 
twenty (Vihi)
21 
twenty one (Ekaavees)
22 
twenty two (Baavees)
23 
twenty three (Theyvees)
24 
twenty four ("Savvees")
25 
twenty five ("Fansavees")
26 
twenty six ("Sabbees")
27 
twenty seven ("Hathaavees")
28 
twenty eight ("Ashaavees")
30 
thirty (Thirees)
31 
thirty one ("Thirees ekeh")
32 
thirty two ("Thirees dheyh")
35 
thirty five (Thirees faheh")
40 
forty (Saalhees)
45 
fourty five ("Saalhees faheh")
50 
fifty (Fansaas)
60 
sixty (Fasdholhas)
70 
seventy (Haiydhiha)
80 
eighty (Addiha)
90 
ninety (Nuvadhiha)
100 
one hundred (Satheyka)
200 
two hundred (Dhuisaththa)
300 
three hundred (Thin Satheyka)
400 
four hundred ("Hatharu Satheyka")
500 
five hundred ("Fas Satheyka")
600 
six hundred ("Ha Satheyka")
700 
seven hundred ("Haii Satheyka")
800 
eight hundred ("Ah' Satheyka")
900 
nine hundred ("Nuva Satheyka")
1000 
one thousand (Enhaas')
2000 
two thousand (Dhehaas)
3000 
three thousand ("Thinhaas")
5000 
five thousand ("Fashaas")
1,000,000 
one million (Ehmilian)
number _____ (boat, bus, etc.
numbaru _____ (dhoni, bus,...)
half 
eh bai
less 
madhu
more 
gina

Time[edit]

What time is it? 
Gadin kihaa ireh?
now 
mihaaru
later 
fahun
before 
kurin
morning 
hendhunu
afternoon 
mendhuru
evening 
haveeru (after around 3pm before sunset)
night 
reygandu (after sunset)

Clock time[edit]

one o'clock AM 
dhanvaru ekeh jahaifi
two o'clock AM 
dhanvaru dheyh jahaifi
nine o'clock AM
hendhunu nuvaeh jahaifi (for times after sunrise, before noon)
noon 
mendhuru
one o'clock PM 
mendhuru ekeh jahaifi
two o'clock PM 
mendhuru dehyh jahaifi
four o'clock PM 
haveeru hathareh jahaifi (after three before sunset)
nine o'clock PM 
reygandu nuvaeh jahaifi (after sunset before midnight)
midnight 
mendhan

Duration[edit]

_____ minute(s) 
_____ minetu (...)
_____ hour(s) 
_____ gadi-iru
_____ day(s) 
_____ dhuvas
_____ week(s) 
_____ hafthaa
_____ month(s) 
_____ mas
_____ year(s) 
_____ aharu
_____ century(ies) 
_____ garunu

Days[edit]

today 
miadhu
yesterday 
iyye
tomorrow 
maadhan
this week 
mi hafthaa
last week 
midhiya hafthaa
next week 
anna hafthaa
Sunday 
aadhittha
Monday 
hoama
Tuesday 
angaara
Wednesday 
budha
Thursday 
buraasfathi
Friday 
hukuru
Saturday 
honihiru

Months[edit]

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

Writing time and date[edit]

Saturday 9
30AM : Honihiru dhuvahi hendhunu nuva gadi bai
Friday, July 26
July sabbees vaa hukuru dhuvahu

Colors[edit]

black 
(kalhu)
white 
(hudhu)
gray 
(alhi)
red 
(raiy)
blue 
(noo)
yellow 
(reendhoo)
green 
(fehi)
orange 
(niyadhuru)
purple 
(dhambu)
brown 
(mushi)
pink 
(fiyaathoshi)

Transportation[edit]

How much is a ticket to _____? 
_____ ah ticket eh kihaavara kah? (...)
One ticket to _____, please. 
_____ ah ticket eh, libidhaane tha. (...)
Where does this go? 
mi dhany kon thaakah? (...)
Where is the boat to _____? 
______ ah dhaa boatu kobaa? (...)
Does this boat stop in _____? 
_____ah mi boat huttaa tha? (...)
What time are we leaving? 
Aharemen furanee kon irakun? (...)
How long does it take? 
Kihaa ireh nagaanee? (...)

Directions[edit]

How do I get to _____ ? 
kihene aharen _____ ah dhanee? (...)
...the airport? 
...airport ah or vaige bandharah? (...)
...downtown? 
...rashuthere ah? (...)
...the youth hostel? 
...zuvaanunge marukazah? (...)
...the _____ hotel? 
..._____ hotalah? (...)
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
...America ge/Canada ge/Australia ge/Ingireysi consulate ah? (...)
Where are there a lot of ______? 
konthaaku emme gina _______ hunnanee? (...)
...hotels? 
...hotaa? (...)
...restaurants? 
...restaurantu? (...)
...bars? 
...bar? (...)
...sites to see? 
...balaane thanthan? (...)
Can you show me on the map? 
mi chaatun aharenah dhakabala? (...)
street 
magu
Turn left. 
vaathah lanbaalaa
Turn right. 
kanaathah lanbaalaa
left 
va'ai
right 
kana'ai
straight ahead 
kuri ah huri seedhalah
towards the _____dhimaalah _____ (...)
past the _____ 
ethan dhookoh fa _____ (...)
before the _____ 
kurin _____ (...)
Watch for the _____. 
balaa
intersection 
junctionu (...)
north 
Uthuru (...)
south 
Dhekunu (...)
east 
irumathi (...)
west 
hulhangu (...)
uphill 
machchah (...) (the concept doesn't really exist)
downhill 
thiriyah (...) (the concept doesn't really exist)

Taxi[edit]

Taxi! 
Taxi! (...)
Take me to _____, please. 
aharen gengos faanan tha _____ ah. (...)
How much does it cost to get to _____? 
____ ah dhaan kihaavareh nagaa tha?
Take me there, please. 
ethanah gengos dheefanan tha?

Lodging[edit]

Do you have any rooms available? 
Evves kotarieh liben ebahuri tha? (...)
How much is a room for one person/two people? 
ekakah/dhemeehunah, kotari huree kihaavarkah tha?
Does the room come with... 
Kotariaai eku veytha... (...)
...bedsheets? 
endhu fothigan'du? (...)
...a bathroom? 
Faakhaanaaeh? (...)
...a telephone? 
Foaneh? (...)
...a TV? 
TV eh? (...)
May I see the room first? 
Furathama ahannah kotari balaa levidhaanetha? (...)
Do you have anything quieter? 
Miah vure hama himeyn thaneh neytha? (...)
...bigger? 
Bodu? (...)
...cleaner? 
Saafu thaahiru? (...)
...cheaper? 
Agu heyo? (...)
OK, I'll take this room. 
Massala eh ney, aharen mikotari nagaanan. (...)
I will stay for _____ night(s). 
Aharen hunnaanee _____ rey vandhen. (...)
Can you suggest another hotel? 
ehen hotaleh bunedheefaanantha? (...)
Do you have a safe? 
Thijooree eh hureytha? (...)
...lockers? 
...thalhulevey vaiigandeh? (...)
Is breakfast/supper included? 
Hedhunuge naasthaa'aa/reygandu keyumaai ekkohtha? (...)
What time are meals? 
Kaa gadi thakakee kobaa? (...)
Please clean my room. 
Kotari saafukoh dheefaanan tha. (...)
Can you wake me at _____? | Kaley ahannah govaa dheefaanantha _____ iru? (...)
I want to check out. 
Aharen mithanun dhaan beynun (...)

Money[edit]

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
Mithaa, Amerikaa/Australia/Kenedaa ge dollaru gaboolu kureytha? (...)
Do you accept British pounds? 
Mithaa, In'gireysi Pound gaboolu kureytha? (...)
Do you accept credit cards? 
Mithaa, credit card gaboolu kureytha? (...)
Can you change money for me? 
ahannah faisaa maarukoh dheefaanantha? (...)
Where can I get money changed? 
Konthaakun, aharen faisaa maarukuraanee? (...)
Can you change a traveler's check for me? 
ahannah Travellers cheque eh maarukoh dheefaanantha? (...)
Where can I get a traveler's check changed? 
Konthaakun, aharen Travellers cheque eh maaru kuraanee? (...)
What is the exchange rate? 
Faisaa maaru kuraa reytakee kobaa? (...)
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
Kobaa faisaa nagaa mashinu (ATM)? (...)

Eating[edit]

A table for one person/two people, please. 
ekakah/dhe mehunah meyzeh libidhaane tha. (...)
Can I look at the menu, please? 
Ahannah menu balaalevidhaanetha? (...)
Can I look in the kitchen? 
Badhige the-re balaalevidhaanetha? (...)
Is there a house specialty? 
Mithanuge khaassa keumeh veytha? (...)
Is there a local specialty? 
khaassa Dhivehi kaanaa eh ebahuri tha? (...)
I'm a vegetarian. 
Ahannakee evves kahala janavaaru maheh nukaa meeheh. (...)
I don't eat pork. 
Aharen ooru maheh nukan. (...)
I don't eat beef. 
Aharen geri maheh nukan. (...)
I only eat kosher food. 
Aharen hama ekani kanee kosher (Yahoodheenah halaalu) kaanaa. (...)
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard
(theyo/bataru/githeyo) madun alhaigen kaanaa thayyaru kurevidhaane tha? (...)
fixed-price meal 
vaki ageh kanda elhi faivaa menu eh (...)
a la carte 
vakivakin ordary kurevey (...)
breakfast 
Hedhunuge naasthaa (...)
lunch 
Mendhuru keun (...)
tea (meal
Haveeru ge Sai (reygandu ge keun) (...)
supper 
Reygandu ge keun (...)
I want _____. 
Aharen beynumee _____. (...)
I want a dish containing _____. 
Aharen beynumee _____ huri echcheh. (...)
chicken 
Kukulhumas (...)
beef 
Gerimas(...)
fish 
Kandunas/Farumas (...)
ham 
Oorumas (...)
sausage 
sosedju (...)
cheese 
cheese (...)
eggs 
Kukulhu Bis (...)
salad 
Satani (...)
(fresh) vegetables 
(Thaazaa) Tharukaaree (...)
(fresh) fruit 
(Thaazaa) Meyvaa (...)
bread 
Paan (...)
toast 
toastu (...)
noodles 
noodulis (...)
rice 
Baiy (...)
beans 
Tholhi (...)
May I have a glass of _____? 
Ahanna ______ thatteh libidhaane tha? (...)
May I have a cup of _____? 
Ahanna _____ joadeh libidhaane tha? (...)
May I have a bottle of _____? 
Ahanna _____ fulhi eh libidhaane tha? (...)
coffee 
coffee (...)
tea (drink
Sai (...)
juice 
Joos (...)
(bubbly) water 
Sparkling fen (...)
water 
Fen (...)
beer 
biaru (...)
red/white wine 
raii/hudhu vine (...)
May I have some _____? 
Ahannah libidhaane tha _____? (...)
salt 
Lonu (...)
black pepper 
Aseymirus (...)
butter 
Bataru (...)
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
Waitaru? (...)
I'm finished. 
Aharen nimmijje. (...)
It was delicious. 
Varah meeru. (...)
Please clear the plates. 
Thashi thah nagaa dheefaanantha. (...)
The check, please. 
bill génes dheebala. (...)

Bars[edit]

Do you serve alcohol? 
Mithaaga raa vihkan tha? (...)
Is there table service? 
buffey tha noonee serve kurantha? (...)
A beer/two beers, please. 
Biareh/dhe Biaru, libidhaanetha. (...)
A glass of red/white wine, please. 
Raii/hudhu vine thahteh libidhaanetha. (...)
A pint, please. 
Pint eh, libidhaanetha. (...)
A bottle, please. 
fulhieh, libidhaanetha. (...)
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please. 
_____ aai _____, libidhaanetha. (...)
whiskey 
viskee (...)
vodka 
voduka (...)
rum 
rum (...)
water 
fenn (...)
club soda 
club soda (...)
tonic water 
tonic water (...)
orange juice 
orange joos (...)
Coke (soda
Coaku (...)
Do you have any bar snacks? 
baa ga kaalaa ne lui kaanaa eh ebahuri tha? (...)
One more, please. 
Adhi ekathi libidhaanetha. (...)
Another round, please. 
Ehen bureh dhevvaa. (...)
When is closing time? 
Bandhu kurany kon gadiaku? (...)
Cheers! 
Rangalhuvaanekamah heekuran! (...)

Shopping[edit]

Do you have this in my size? 
Meethi aharenge saizun ebahuritha?(...)
How much is this? 
Meege agakee kobaa? (...)
That's too expensive. 
Thi maa agu bodu! (...)
Would you take _____? 
Nangavaa nantha ........? (...)
expensive 
Agu bodu (...)
cheap 
Agu heyo (...)
that's too expensive 
thi varu maa agu bodu
I can't afford it. 
Ahannakah nuganeveyne thieh? (...)
I don't want it. 
Aharen thiyeh beynumeh noon (...)
You're cheating me. 
Kaley Ahannah thi ulhenee olhuvaalan (...)
I'm not interested. 
Aharen shauguveri eh nun (..)
OK, I'll take it. 
Massalaeh ney, aharen thi gannaanan (...)
Can I have a bag? 
Kothalheh libidhaanetha? (...)
Do you ship (overseas)? 
(Ehen Gaumuthakah) poastun fonuvaa dhentha? (...)
I need... 
Aharen beynun (...)
...toothpaste. 
Dhaiy ungulhaa beys. (...)
...a toothbrush. 
Dhaiy ungulhaa burus. (...)
...tampons. 
...tampons. (...)
...soap. 
Saiboani. (...)
...shampoo. 
...sheympoo. (...)
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen
Thadhu kan'duvaa beyheh. (...)
...cold medicine. 
Aridhafuhah beyheh. (...)
...stomach medicine. 
Badah thadhuvaathee kaa beyheh (...)
...a razor. 
...Reyzareh. (...)
...an umbrella. 
Kuda eh. (...)
...sunblock lotion. 
'sunblock' loashan. (...)
...a postcard. 
...Postcardeh. (...)
...postage stamps. 
isteympu. (...)
...batteries. 
Beteri. (...)
...writing paper. 
Liyaa karudhaas. (...)
...a pen. 
Galameh. (...)
...English-language books. 
In'gireysi foii. (...)
...English-language magazines. 
In'gireysi Majallaa. (...)
...an English-language newspaper. 
...In'gireysi nooheh. (...)
...an English-English dictionary. 
...In'gireysi basfotheh (radheefeh). (...)

Driving[edit]

I want to rent a car. 
Aharen beynun kaareh kuyyah hifan(...)
Can I get insurance? 
Insurance kurevidhaanetha?(...)
stop (on a street sign
Huttey (...)
one way 
Eh kolhah dhuvvaa mageh (...)
yield 
ehen dhuvaa echissah thann dhakkaa (...)
no parking 
Park kurun manaa (...)
speed limit 
dhuveleege limitu (...)
gas (petrol) station 
petrol station (...)
petrol 
petrol (...)
diesel 
diesel (...)

Authority[edit]

I haven't done anything wrong. 
Alhugandu kusheh nukuran. (...)
It was a misunderstanding. 
Ey olhumeh. (...)
Where are you taking me? 
Alhugandu kon thaakah thigendhanee? (...)
Am I under arrest? 
Aharen mihiree hahyaruga tha? (...)
I am a or (an) Maldivian/Iraqi/Pakistani/Saudi Arabian citizen. 
Ahannakee dhivehi/iraquge/pakistaanuge/saudi arabiyaage Raiyyitheh...)
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
Aharen beynin America ge/Australia ge/Ingireysi/Canada ge embassy aa caahaka dhakkan. (...)
I want to talk to a lawyer. 
Aharen qaanoonee vakeelakaa vaahaka dhakkan beynun
Can I just pay a fine now? 
'Aharennah Joorimanaa akun mikan ninmidhaanetha?

Learning more[edit]

This is where you'd give more information on learning the language, such as links to online courses or textbooks, or suggestions for in-person courses to take, or pointers to a dictionary or two.

How do you say _____ ? 
Kihineh tha bunaanee _____ ? (...)
What is this/that called? 
miyah/eyah kiyanee keekay? (...)

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