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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 African country of Niger and in the north of Nigeria (wherer 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.

Pronunciation guide


like 'a' in "cat"


like 'b' in "bat" but there is also an implosive b, a sound not in English

Phrase list


Sannu, but the commonest polite greeting is Salama alaikum, peace be upon you.
How are you? 
ا نا لافييا /Ka(addressing males) or Ke(addressing females) na lafiya?
Lafiya lau.
What is your name? 
Ya ya sunan ka?
My name is ______ . 
suna na _____
Nice to meet you. 
I na farin cikin haduwa da kai( an English greeting, not a Hausa one)
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)
Excuse me. (getting attention
Don Allah ji mana!
Excuse me. (begging pardon
I'm sorry. 
Yi hakuri
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?
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

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Sannu: Sorry

Na Gode: Thank You

Ina Jin Yunwa: I'm Hungry

Ina son ruwa: I want water