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 Nigeriaand in theAfrican 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.
like 'a' in "cat"
like 'b' in "bat" but there is also an implosive b, a sound not in English
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) ?
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.
Sannu da aiki (said to someone at work)
sannu kade (hello back)
ina gajiya (how is the tiredness)
ba gajia (fine, no tiredness)
ina dan uwa'en ka (ki) (how are your relatives, your family)
Ina kwana (good morning, literally how did you sleep)
Nice to meet you.
I na farin cikin haduwa da kai( an English greeting, not a Hausa one)
Marhaba (In the sense of welcoming someone, but in response to someone thanking you, Ba kome)