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Kurdish phrasebook

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Kurdish is the language of the Kurdish people who live in the region known as Kurdistan that is divided between four countries – Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria. Kurdish is an Indo-European language. This phrase book is for the Kurmanji dialect which covers most of Bhadinan area of Iraqi Kurdistan and Kurdistan of southern Turkey.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Hello 
Silaw/Silav
Hello (formal) 
Roj baş
How are you? 
Tu çawa yî? / To çon î? (singular)
How are you? 
Hun çawa nin? (plural)
Fine, thank you. 
Ez baş im, sipas
What is your name? 
Nawe te çî ye?
My name is Robert 
Nawê min Robert e
Nice to meet you. 
Xoş halim be nasînit
Please. 
Bê zehmet / Zehmet ne bê / Bi xêra te bê
Thank you. 
Sipas / Spas
Thank you very much 
Gelek sipas / Zor sipas
You're welcome. 
Fermû
Yes. 
Balê / Erê
No. 
Na
Excuse me (getting attention
Af bike
Excuse me (begging pardon
Bê zehmet
I'm sorry 
Bibûre (bim bexşe)
Goodbye 
Be xêr çî / Bi xatirê te / Oxir be
Do you speak Kurdish? 
Tu Kurdî dizanî? (informal)
Who speaks English here? 
Ku Îngilîzî dizanê li wira? / Kê Îngilîzî dezanêt le êra?
Help! 
Hawar! / Firyam kewin! / Yarmetî!
Look out! 
Agadar be!
Good morning 
Roj baş / Beyanît baş
Good evening 
Eware baş
Good night 
Şew xoş / Şew şad / Şew baş
I don't understand you 
Ez te fehm nakem / Ez te na gem / Min le to tê na gem
Did you understand? 
Te fehm kir? (informal)
I didn't understand 
Min fehm nekir
Where is the toilet? 
Hemam li ku ye? / Hemam le kiwê ye?
Right now. 
Esta / Nuha / Nexa
I Love you 
Ez te hez dikem (In Northern Kurdish) / Min tom xoş dewêt (Southern Kurdish)
Do you have .... ? 
.... te heye ?
I am hungry. 
Ez birçî me / Min birsî me.
I am a foreigner. 
Ez xerib im / Min xerib im.

Please notice: In kurdish language, pronouncation of "x" is not like in english. It sounds like "r" in german. Simply a thick "h" which comes from deep throat.

Problems[edit]

Numbers[edit]

-1 - dibin sifirin de yek

0 - sifir

½ - nims

1 - yek

2 - du

2½ - dula nims

3 - se

4 - çar

5 - penç

6 - şeş

7 - hewt

8 - heşt

9 - nuh

10 - deh

11 - yanzeh

12 - duanzeh

13 - syanzeh

14 - çwardeh

15 - panzeh

16 - şanzeh

17 - hafdeh

18 - hejdeh

19 - noozdeh

20 - bist

50 - penja

60 - şast

90 - nawad

100 - sad

200 - dosad

300 - sesad

400 - çwarsad

500 - penjsad

600 - şeşsad

700 - haftsad

800 - haiyshsad

900 - noosad

1000 - hezar

2000 - du hezar

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit]

Duration[edit]

Days[edit]

Monday - Duşembi

Tuesday - Sêşembi

Wednesday - Çarşembi

Thursday - Pêncşembi

Friday - Eyînî

Saturday - Şembi

Sunday - Yekşembi

Months[edit]

January - Rêbendan

February - Reşemî

March - Adar

April - Avrêl

May - Gulan

June - Pûşper

July - Tîrmeh

August - Gelawêj

September - Rezber

October - Kewçêr

Novembre - Sermawez

December - Berfanbar

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

Red 
Sor
Yellow 
Zar
Green 
Kesk
Black 
Reş
White 
Spî
Blue 
Şîn

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Bus : Pass Train : Kitar / Shamenafer

Directions[edit]

Right: Rast Left: cep Turn: bsurewe Go Straight: Rast bro Street: Şeqam Lane: Kolan Neighborhood: Gerek City : Şahar Market : Bazar

Taxi[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

Para / Dinar / Diraf

Eating[edit]

Xwarin

Bars[edit]

What do you want to drink? 
Tu çi dixwazê vexê?
I want to drink a cup of tea 
Ez dixwazim qedehik çay vexim.

Shopping[edit]

Bazar kirîn

Driving[edit]

Harjortin

Authority[edit]

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