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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==
 
 
 
===Vowels===
 
; a : like 'a' in "cat"
 
 
 
===Consonants===
 
 
 
; b : like 'b' in "bat" but there is also an implosive b, a sound not in English
 
 
 
==Phrase list==
 
 
 
===Basics===
 
 
 
; 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
 
A gaishai ka (ki): Hello, or I greet you.  Used as a more formal salutation, or if you find someone at hard at work
 
; How are you? : ا نا لافييا /Kana Lahiya(addressing males) or Kina lahiya(addressing females) ?
 
; Fine : Lafiya lau.(in health)
 
; What is your name? :Mi sunan ka?
 
; My name is ______ . : suna na _____
 
 
 
;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.
 
'''Bold text'''
 
;Sannu da aiki (said to someone at work)
 
;sannu kade (hello back)
 
 
 
;Sannu da zuwa (welcome, greetings on your arrival)
 
;sannu kade (hello back)
 
 
 
; ina gajiya (how is the tiredness)
 
; ba gajiya (fine, no tiredness)
 
 
 
;ina dan uwa'en ka (ki) (how are your relatives, your family)
 
; lahiya lau
 
 
 
;Ina kwana (good morning, literally how did you sleep)
 
;Lahiya
 
 
 
;Ba na jin Hausa (I do not speak Hausa (literally I do not hear Hausa)
 
 
 
;Ban gane ba (I do not understand)
 
 
 
 
 
; Nice to meet you. : I na farin cikin haduwa da kai( an English greeting, not a Hausa one)
 
; Please. : Don Allah
 
; Thank you. :Na gode.
 
; You're welcome. :Marhaba (In the sense of welcoming someone, but in response to someone thanking you, Ba kome)
 
; Yes. :Eh
 
; No. : A'a
 
; Excuse me. (''getting attention'') : Don Allah ji mana!
 
; Excuse me. (''begging pardon'') : gafara
 
; I'm sorry. : Yi hakuri
 
; Goodbye :  Sai an jima.
 
; I can't speak 'Swedish' [well]. : Ba na jin harshen Swedish
 
; Do you speak English? : Ka na jin harshen turanci kuwa?
 
;  Is there someone here who speaks English? :Akwai mai jin harshen turanci kusa?
 
; Help! : Taimaka!
 
; Look out! : A lura sosai!
 
; Good morning. : Ina kwana?
 
; Good evening. : Barka da yamma
 
; Good night. : Allah ya ba mu alheri
 
; Good night (''to sleep'') : Mu kwana lafiya
 
; I don't understand. : Ban Gane ba
 
; Where is the toilet? : I na makewayi ya ke?
 
 
 
==Learning more==
 
 
 
[[fr:Guide linguistique haoussa]]
 
[[WikiPedia:Hausa language]]
 
 
 
{{stub}}
 
 
 
Sannu: Sorry
 
 
 
Na Gode: Thank You
 
 
 
Ina Jin Yunwa: I'm Hungry
 
 
 
Ina son ruwa: I want water
 

Revision as of 14:59, 8 January 2007

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