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; I only eat kosher food. : Aharen hama ekani kanee kosher (Yahoodhee keumeh) kaanaa. (''...'')
; Can you make it "lite", please? (''less oil/butter/lard'') : Can you make it "lite", please? (''...'')
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; Can you make it "lite", please? (''less oil/butter/lard'') : (theyo/bataru)madun alhuhvaa (''...'')
 
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; a la carte : a la carte (''...'')
 
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Revision as of 20:04, 20 April 2013

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.

Contents

Pronunciation guide

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

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

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

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

Common signs

OPEN 
CLOSED 
ENTRANCE 
EXIT 
PUSH 
PULL 
TOILET 
MEN 
WOMEN 
FORBIDDEN 


Hello. 
Assalaamu alaikum. ( )
Hello. (informal
. ( )
How are you? 
Haalu kihineh?
How are you? (informal
Kihineh? ( ?)
Fine, thank you. 
Ran'galhu, shukuriyaa. ( )
What is your name? 
Kon nameh kiyanee? ( ?)
My name is ______ . 
Aharenge namakee ______. ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Baddhalu vee thi varah ufavejey. ( )
Please. 
Adhes kohfa. ( )
Thank you. 
Shukuriyaa. ( )
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]. 
[ ]ahanakha thi bahe negey. ( [ ])
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! ( !)
Look out! 
Balaa balashey! ( !)
Good morning. 
Bajaveri hendhune. ( )
Good evening. 
Bajaveri haveer eh. ( )
Good night. 
baajaveri reygade. ( )
Good night (to sleep
Ufaaveri nidhume. ( )
I don't understand. 
Ahannakah neyngunu. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
Faahanaa kobaitha? ( ?)

Questions

where? 
kobaa?
why? 
keevve?
who? 
kaaku?
what? 
koacheh?
there 
ethaa
here 
mithaa
this 
mi
that 
e

Problems

Leave me alone. 
aharen ekani dhukoh laa . (...)
Don't touch me! 
aharen gaiga aie nulaa (...)
I'll call the police. 
aharen fuluhun nah gulhaanan. (...)
Police! 
sifain! (...)
Stop! Thief! 
huttey! vageh! (...)
I need your help. 
ahanah thibaage eheetheri kan beynun. (...)
It's an emergency. 
mee kulli haalatheh. (...)
I'm lost. 
aharen miulhenee gelligen. (...)
I lost my bag. 
aharen ge dhabas gelije. (...)
I lost my wallet. 
aharenge laari dhabas gellije. (...)
I'm sick. 
aharen miulhenee balive. (...)
I've been injured. 
aharennah haanika vejje . (...)
I need a doctor. 
aharen doctor eh beynun. (...)
Can I use your phone? 
ahannah thi phoanu beynun kollevi dhaane tha? (...)

Numbers

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)
30 
thirty (Thirees)
40 
forty (Saalhees)
50 
fifty (Fansaas)
60 
sixty (Fasdholhos)
70 
seventy (Haiydhiha)
80 
eighty (Addiha)
90 
ninety (Nuvadhiha)
100 
one hundred (Satheyka)
200 
two hundred (Dhuisaththa)
300 
three hundred (Thin Satheyka)
1000 
one thousand (Enchaas')
2000 
two thousand (Dhehaas)
1,000,000 
one million (Ehmilian)
1,000,000,000 
one thousand million in UK, one billion in USA
1,000,000,000,000 
one billion in UK, one trillion in USA
number _____ (train, bus, etc.
number _____ (...)
half 
eh bai
less 
madhu
more 
gina

Time

What time is it? 
Gadin kihaa ireh?
now 
mihaaru
later 
fahun
before 
kurin
morning 
hendhunu
afternoon 
mendhuru
evening 
haveeru
night 
reygandu

Clock time

one o'clock AM 
dhanvaru ekeh jahaifi
two o'clock AM 
dhanvaru dheyh jahaifi
noon 
mendhuru
one o'clock PM 
mendhuru ekeh jahaifi
two o'clock PM 
mendhuru dehyh jahaifi
midnight 
mendhan

Duration

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

Days

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

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

Writing time and date

Give some examples how to write clock times and dates if it differs from English.

Colors

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

Transportation

How much is a ticket to _____? 
_____ ah ticket eh kihaavara kah? (...)
One ticket to _____, please. 
_____ ah ticket eh, please. (...)
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 hutaa tha? (...)
What time are we leaving? 
Aharemen dhanee kon irakun? (...)
How long does it take? 
Kihaa ireh nagaanee? (...)

Directions

How do I get to _____ ? 
kehene aharen _____ ah dhanee? (...)
...the airport? 
...airport ah or vaige bandharah? (...)
...downtown? 
...rashuthere ah? (...)
...the youth hostel? 
...zuvaanunge marukazah? (...)
...the _____ hotel? 
...the _____ hotel? (...)
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? (...)
Where are there a lot of ______? 
konthaaku hunnaanee emme gina _______ hunnany? (...)
...hotels? 
...hotaa? (...)
...restaurants? 
...restaurants? (...)
...bars? 
...bars? (...)
...sites to see? 
...balaane thanthan? (...)
Can you show me on the map? 
mi chaatun aharen dhakaba? (...)
street 
magu
Turn left. 
vaathah eburey
Turn right. 
kanaathah eburey
left 
vai
right 
kanaai
straight ahead 
kuri ah
towards the _____dhimaal ah _____ (...)
past the _____ 
ethan dhukoha fa _____ (...)
before the _____ 
kuri mathin _____ (...)
Watch for the _____. 
ethanah balamun
intersection 
intersection (...
north 
Uthuru (...)
south 
Dhekunu (...)
east 
irumathi (...)
west 
hulhangu (...)
uphill 
uphill (...)
downhill 
downhill (...)

Taxi

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

Lodging

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? 
Edhu fothigan'du? (...)
...a bathroom? 
Faakhaanaa? (...)
...a telephone? 
Foanu? (...)
...a TV? 
TV ? (...)
May I see the room first? 
Furatham 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 it. 
Massala eh ney, aharen mikotari nagaanan. (...)
I will stay for _____ night(s). 
Aharen hunnaanee _____ rey vandhen. (...)
Can you suggest another hotel? 
Kaley ahannah ehen hotaleh bunedheefaanantha? (...)
Do you have a safe? 
Thijooree eh hureytha? (...)
...lockers? 
...lockers? (...)
Is breakfast/supper included? 
Hedhunuge naasthaa/reygadu keumaai ekkohtha? (...)
What time is breakfast/supper? 
Kaa gadi thakakee kobaa? (...)
Please clean my room. 
Kotari saafukoh dhevvaa. (...)
Can you wake me at _____? | Kaley ahannah govaa dheefaanantha _____ iru? (...)
I want to check out. 
Aharen mithanun dhaan beynun (...)

Money

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
Kaley, Amerikaa/Australia/Kenedaa ge dollaru gaboolu kurantha? (...)
Do you accept British pounds? 
Kaley, In'gireysi Pound gaboolu kurantha? (...)
Do you accept credit cards? 
Kaley, credit card gaboolu kurantha? (...)
Can you change money for me? 
Kaley ahannah faisaa maarukoh dheefaanantha? (...)
Where can I get money changed? 
Konthaakun, aharen faisaa maarukuraanee? (...)
Can you change a traveler's check for me? 
Kaley, ahannah Travellers chequeh maarukoh dheefaanantha? (...)
Where can I get a traveler's check changed? 
Konthaakun, Aharen Travellers chequeh 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

A table for one person/two people, please. 
A table for one person/two people, please. (...)
Can I look at the menu, please? 
Ahannah menu balaalevidhaanetha? (...)
Can I look in the kitchen? 
Badhige there balaalevidhaanetha? (...)
Is there a house specialty? 
Mithanuge khaassa keumeh veytha? (...)
Is there a local specialty? 
Is there a local specialty? (...)
I'm a vegetarian. 
Ahannakee mas 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 (Yahoodhee keumeh) kaanaa. (...)
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard
(theyo/bataru)madun alhuhvaa (...)
fixed-price meal 
fixed-price meal (...)
a la carte 
a la carte (...)
breakfast 
Hedhunuge naasthaa (...)
lunch 
Mendhuru keun (...)
tea (meal
Sai (keun) (...)
supper 
supper (...)
I want _____. 
Aharen beynun _____. (...)
I want a dish containing _____. 
I want a dish containing _____. (...)
chicken 
Kukulhumas (...)
beef 
Gerimas(...)
fish 
Mas (...)
ham 
ham (...)
sausage 
sausage (...)
cheese 
cheese (...)
eggs 
Kukulhu Bis (...)
salad 
Satani (...)
(fresh) vegetables 
(Thaazaa) Tharukaaree (...)
(fresh) fruit 
(Thaazaa) Meyvaa (...)
bread 
Paan (...)
toast 
toast (...)
noodles 
noodulus (...)
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 ey libidhaane tha? (...)
coffee 
coffee (...)
tea (drink
Sai (Buin) (...)
juice 
Joos (...)
(bubbly) water 
Fen (...)
water 
Fen (...)
beer 
beer (...)
red/white wine 
red/white wine (...)
May I have some _____? 
May I have some _____? (...)
salt 
Lonu (...)
black pepper 
Aseymirus (...)
butter 
bataru (...)
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
Excuse me, waiter? (...)
I'm finished. 
Aharen nimmijje. (...)
It was delicious. 
Varah meeru. (...)
Please clear the plates. 
Thashi thah nagaa dheebal. (...)
The check, please. 
Check génes dheebal. (...)

Bars

Do you serve alcohol? 
Mithaaga raa vihkan tha? (...)
Is there table service? 
Is there table service? (...)
A beer/two beers, please. 
Biareh/dhe Biaru, libidhaanetha. (...)
A glass of red/white wine, please. 
A glass of red/white wine, please. (...)
A pint, please. 
A pint, please. (...)
A bottle, please. 
A bottle, please. (...)
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please. 
_____ and _____, please. (...)
whiskey 
whiskey (...)
vodka 
voduka (...)
rum 
rum (...)
water 
fenn (...)
club soda 
club soda (...)
tonic water 
tonic water (...)
orange juice 
orange juice (...)
Coke (soda
Coke (...)
Do you have any bar snacks? 
Do you have any bar snacks? (...)
One more, please. 
One more, please. (...)
Another round, please. 
Another round, please. (...)
When is closing time? 
When is closing time? (...)
Cheers! 
Cheers! (...)

Shopping

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

Driving

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

Authority

I haven't done anything wrong. 
Alhugandu kusheh nukuran. (...)
It was a misunderstanding. 
Thee olhumeh. (...)
Where are you taking me? 
Alhugandu kon thaakah thigendhanee? (...)
Am I under arrest? 
Aharen mihiree hahyarukohfa tha? (...)
I am a or (an) Maldivian/Iraqi/Pakistani/Saudi Arabian citizen. 
I am an Maldivian/Iraqi/Pakistani/Saudi Arabian citizen. (Ahannakee dhivehiraahjege /iraquge/pakistaanuge/saudi arabiyaage Raiyyitheh...)
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
I need to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. (...)
I want to talk to a lawyer. 
I want to talk to a lawyer. (Aharen Qaanoonee Vakeelakaa vaahaka dhakkan beynun)
Can I just pay a fine now? 
Can I just pay a fine now? (Aharennah Joorimanaa akun mikan ninmidhaanetha...)

Learning more

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 bunaanee _____ ? (...)
What is this/that called? 
miah/eah kiyany keekay? (...)

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This phrasebook is an outline and needs more content. It has an introduction and a template, but there is not enough information present. Please plunge forward and help it grow!

how do you say? kaley kihineh bunaanee?

how do ____ say?

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place here the pronouns.in the blanks.

i-means- aharen. we-mean- aharumen. you-means- kaley. you all- means- kaleymen. it- ehethi. all of it-means- eh hourihaa ehceh.

he-means- eyna. she-means-ehanhenaa. they-means-eh meehun.

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