Difference between revisions of "Hausa phrasebook"
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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 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.
A gaishai ka (ki): Hello, or I greet you. Used as a more formal salutation, or if you find someone at hard at work
I na zaka(ki) ce? Where do you want to go?
Bin iya yi ba. I don't know how to do it.
Zan tafi. I'm leaving.
Na gani. I understand.
A kwe abinchi? Is there food?
Me ka(kin) ce? What did you say?
Bari. Leave it.
Zauna. Sit down.
Ta fita. She has gone out.
Ya je aiki. He has gone to work.
Ka iya yi? Do you know how to do it?
Ina son mota dan Allah. I would like a car please.
Ina zan kwana? Where would I stay?
Kana de Kud'i? Do you have money?
Bani de kud'i. I don't have money.
Ba na so. I don't like it.
Ina so. I like it.
Rakoomin dadje Giraffe
Dan doka Police
Kanna sha taba ? Do you smoke ? ( lit; Do you drink cigarettes )
Sarki A chief
Geewan Ruwa Nile perch (Lit: Elephant of the waters )
Bai kome It doesn't matter
Kadaka zo gobe Don't come tomorrow
Mata ta gudo. Your wife has run away.