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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 [slaw/slav]
Hello. (informal
Roj baş. [rozh bash]
How are you? 
To çon î? (singular)
How are you? 
Tu çawa yî? (singular)
How are you? 
Hun çawa nin? (plural)
Fine, thank you. 
Sipas, ez başim!
What is your name? 
Nawe te çî ye?
My name is ______ . 
Nawê min ______ ye.
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/Zor sipas
You're welcome. 
Fermû
Yes. 
Balê or Erê (Aa)
No. 
Na. (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 ?
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 (şev)
I don't understand you. 
Ez te fahim na kem/ Ez te na gem (min le to tê na gem)
Where is the toilet? 
Hemam li ku ye? (hemam le kiwê ye?
Right now. 
esta/nuha
I Love you 
Ez te hez dikem (north Kurdish) or Min tom xoş dewêt (central and south Kurdish)
Do you have .... ? 
.... te heye ?
I am hungry. 
Ez birçî me/min birsî me.
I am a foreigner. 
Ez/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]

½ - nims

0 - sifir

-1 - dibin sifirin de yek

1 - yek

2 - do

2½ - dula nims

3 - se

4 - char

5 - penc

6 - shesh

7 - hewt

8 - hesht

9 - nuh

10 - deh

11 - yanzeh

12 - duanzeh

13 - syanzeh

14 - chwardeh

15 - panzeh

16 - shanzeh

17 - hafdeh

18 - hejdeh

19 - noozdeh

20 - beest

50 - penja

60 - shast

90 - nawad

100 - sad

200 - dosad

300 - sesad

400 - chwarsad

500 - penjsad

600 - sheshsad

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]

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

Red:Sor

, Yellow:Zar

, Green:Kesk

, Black:Resh

, White:spî

, Blue:shîn

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Bus : Pass Train : Kitar / Shamenafer

Directions[edit]

right: rast Left: cep Turn:bsurewe Go Straight: rast bro Street: sheqam Lane:kolan neighborhood: gerek city: shar Market : bazar

Taxi[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

Para or dinar or diraf

Eating[edit]

Xwarin

Bars[edit]

En1.What do you want to drink? Ku1.Tu ci dixazê vexê?

En2.I want to drink a cup of tea. Ku2.Ez dixazim qedehik çay vexim.

Shopping[edit]

Bazar Kirin or kirînRezashirzad (talk) 16:13, 16 May 2014 (EDT) Reza Shirzad

Driving[edit]

Harjortin Rezashirzad (talk) 16:14, 16 May 2014 (EDT) Reza Shirzad

Authority[edit]

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