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'''Hausa''' is a Chadic language with the largest number of speakers, spoken as a first language by about 24 million people, and as a second language by about 15 million more. Native speakers of Hausa are mostly to be found in the in the north of [[Nigeria]]and in the[[Africa|African]] country of [[Niger]] (where it is an official language in the north), but the language is widely used as a [[lingua franca]](similar to Wolof in Senegal) in a much larger swathe of [[West Africa]].
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==Pronunciation guide==
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===Vowels===
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; a : like 'a' in "cat"
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===Consonants===
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; b : like 'b' in "bat" but there is also an implosive b, a sound not in English
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==Phrase list==
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===Basics===
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; Hello. : Sannu, but the commonest polite greeting is Salama alaikum, peace be upon you.  Salaam alaikum is a Muslim greeting, more commonly used by men than women
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A gaishai ka (ki): Hello, or I greet you.  Used as a more formal salutation, or if you find someone at hard at work
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; How are you? : ا نا لافييا /Kana Lahiya(addressing males) or Kina lahiya(addressing females) ?
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; Fine : Lafiya lau.(in health)
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; What is your name? :Mi sunan ka?
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; My name is ______ . : suna na _____
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;You may do best to simply respond to friendly greetings as they come at you.  Lahiya or lahiya lau  is nearly always a polite response.
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;Sannu da aiki (said to someone at work)
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;sannu kade (hello back)
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;Sannu da zuwa (welcome, greetings on your arrival)
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;sannu kade (hello back)
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; ina gajiya (how is the tiredness)
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; ba gajiya (fine, no tiredness)
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;ina dan uwa'en ka (ki) (how are your relatives, your family)
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; lahiya lau
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;Ina kwana (good morning, literally how did you sleep)
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;Lahiya
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;Ba na jin Hausa (I do not speak Hausa (literally I do not hear Hausa)
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;Ban gane ba (I do not understand)
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; Nice to meet you. : I na farin cikin haduwa da kai( an English greeting, not a Hausa one)
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; Please. : Don Allah
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; Thank you. :Na gode.
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; You're welcome. :Marhaba (In the sense of welcoming someone, but in response to someone thanking you, Ba kome)
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; Yes. :Eh
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; No. : A'a
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; Excuse me. (''getting attention'') : Don Allah ji mana!
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; Excuse me. (''begging pardon'') : gafara
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; I'm sorry. : Yi hakuri
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; Goodbye :  Sai an jima.
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; I can't speak 'Swedish' [well]. : Ba na jin harshen Swedish
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; Do you speak English? : Ka na jin harshen turanci kuwa?
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;  Is there someone here who speaks English? :Akwai mai jin harshen turanci kusa?
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; Help! : Taimaka!
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; Look out! : A lura sosai!
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; Good morning. : Ina kwana?
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; Good evening. : Barka da yamma
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; Good night. : Allah ya ba mu alheri
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; Good night (''to sleep'') : Mu kwana lafiya
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; I don't understand. : Ban Gane ba
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; Where is the toilet? : I na makewayi ya ke?
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==Learning more==
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[[fr:Guide linguistique haoussa]]
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[[WikiPedia:Hausa language]]
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{{stub}}
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Sannu: Sorry
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Na Gode: Thank You
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Ina Jin Yunwa: I'm Hungry
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Ina son ruwa: I want water
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