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Saami phrasebook

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Sami is a group of languages spoken by some of the Sami peoples who dwell in Northwestern Europe. This region consists of the central and northern parts of Norway and Sweden, Northwestern Finland, and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. There are nine living Sami languages. Northern Saami, the most spoken Sami language and one used in this phrasebook, is spoken mainly in Northern Norway, Sweden, and parts of Finland. It is used often in cities and towns such as Kiruna (Giron) and Karasjok (Karasjohká). It is a Finno-Ugric language which has some linguistic similarities with Finnish and Karelian, though these languages are not muturally understandable. In general, the nine Sami languages are not mutually intelligible, which is why they are different languages, not dialects.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Hello. 
Bures. ( )
How are you? 
Mo dat manná?( ?)
Fine, thank you. 
Dat manná bures, giitu. ( )
What is your name? 
Mii du namma lea? ( ?)
My name is ______ . 
Mu namma lea ______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Suohtas duinna deaivvadit. ( )
Please. 
Leage buorre. ( )
Thank you. 
Giitu. ( )
You're welcome. 
Leage buorre/Šatta falli. ( )
Yes. 
Jua/Juo/Joo. ( )
No. 
A-a/Ii. ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention
Ándagassii. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Atte ándagassii. ( )
I'm sorry. 
Ándagassii. ( )
Goodbye 
Báze dearvan (to one person). ( )
Goodbye 
Báhcci dearvan (to two people) ( )
Goodbye 
Báhcet dearvan (to more than two people) ( )
Goodbye 
Maná dearvan (to one person). ( )
Goodbye 
Manni dearvan (to two people). ( )
Goodbye 
Mannet dearvan (to more than two people). ( )
See you! 
Oaidnaleabmai!( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
Mun in huma dan giela [bures]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
Humatgo Eaŋgalasgiela? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Hupmago oktage dáppe eaŋgalasgiela? ( ?)
Help me! 
Veahket mu! ( !)
Look out! 
Várut! ( !)
Good morning. 
Buorre iđit. ( )
Good afternoon 
Buorre beaivvi ( )
Good evening. 
Buorre eahket. ( )
(Reply to above) 
Ipmel atti ( )
Good night. 
Buorre idjá. ( )
I don't understand. 
Mun in ádde/Mun in ipmir. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
Gos hivsset lea? ( ?)

Problems[edit]

Numbers[edit]

½ - beal

0 - nolla

1 - okta

2 - guokte

3 - golbma

4 - njeallje

5 - vihtta

6 - guhtta

7 - čiežá

8 - gavcci

9 - ovcci

10 - logi

11 - oktanuppelohkái

12 - guoktenuppelohkái

20 - guoktelogi

21 - guoktelogiokta

30 - golbmalogi

40 - njealljelogi

50 - vihttalogi

100 - čuođi

200 - guoktečuođi

300 - golbmačuođi

400 - njeallječuođi

500 - vihttačuođi

1000 - duhat

2000 - guokteduhat

3000 - golbmaduhat

4000 - njealljeduhat

5000 - vihtaduhat

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit]

Duration[edit]

Days[edit]

Mánnodat- Monday

Disdat- Tuesday

Gaskavahkku- Wednesday

Duorastat- Thursday

Bearjadat- Friday

Lávvordat- Saturday

Sotnabeaivi- Sunday

Months[edit]

Ođđajagimánnu- January

Guovvamánnu- February

Njukčamánnu- March

Cuoŋománnu- April

Miessemánnu- May

Geassemánnu- June

Suoidnemánnu- July

Borgemánnu- August

Čakčamánnu- September

Golggotmánnu- October

Skábmamánnu- November

Juovlamánnu- December

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

Ruoksat - Red

Fiskat - Yellow

Ruškat - Brown

Čahppat - Black

Vielgat - White

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

Taxi[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

Eating[edit]

Bars[edit]

Shopping[edit]

Driving[edit]

Authority[edit]

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