Zarma is the local language of southwestern Niger, including areas along the Niger River and in the Nigerien capital Niamey, and with 2 million speakers is the second-most spoken language in Niger after Hausa. Zarma is one of the dialects of the Songhay language and is mutually intelligible with Songhay dialects spoken in Eastern Mali.
Keep in mind that greetings are very important in this region, and greeting someone often involves a plethora of questions (how are you/your family/your health/your work/etc.?). For most of these you can just respond "Baani Samay", or "Taali si no."
Hello, how are you?. (morning)
Aran kani baani?/Wor kani baani?. ()
Hello, how are you? (afternoon)
Aran foy baani?/Wor hoy Baani?? ( ?)
How is your family?
How is your health?
Mate ga ham?
How is your work?
How is the heat?
Fine, thank you. (Response to all above questions)
Sameyno/Baani Samey ()
No problems. ("Response to all above questions")
Taali si no
I'm thankful (to God). ("Occasional response to above questions")
Ay g'Irkoy saabu
What is your name?
Mateno ni ma/Mate ga ti ni ma/Mate ga ti ni mayo?? ( ?)
My name is ______ .
Ay ma ga ti ____. ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you.
I want cold water/Give me cold water.
Ay ga ba haari yeno/Ay no hari yeno (" ")
A sinda hay fo. ()
Excuse me. (getting attention)
Excuse me. (begging pardon)
Kala tonton. ()
Goodbye (until the following day)
kala han fo. ()
I can't speak Zarma (lit. I do not understand Zarma).
Ay sii ma Zarma. ( [ ])
Do you speak French?
Ni ga ma faransi ciine?/Ni ga ma faransi saani? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks French?
Boro go no kan ga ma faransi saani? ( ?)
Ay gaakasinay! ( !)
Haggoy fa! ( !)
Aran kani baani?/kanibaani. ()
Aran foy baani ?/Hoybaani. ()
Matey aran wichira ?. ()
' Good night. : Cino ma boori
Good night (lit. Sleep well.)
Iri ma kani baani. ()
I don't understand.
ay sii ga faham. ()
Where is the toilet?
Man no koso(ndo) go/Man no salan'ga/Man no dusero go? ( ?)
Many do not understand the Gregorian calendar and/or may use the Islamic calendar. The Gregorian calendar is thought of as "French" and, among those who do, the names of French months (in parentheses) are more readily understood.