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.
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)
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)
Ina kwana (good morning, literally how did you sleep)
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)
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)
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?
A lura sosai!
Barka da yamma
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?
Na Gode: Thank You
Ina Jin Yunwa: I'm Hungry
Ina son ruwa: I want water
Ko ba hukka ba ? Is that not so ?
Guskiya ? True ?
Sai wata rana. Until another day ( Goodbye )
Akwai labari ? Is there any news ?
Na ji dadi. I am pleased
Madala ! Excellent ( Often used at the end of the greetings if all is well )
Rakoomin dadje Giraffe
Dan doka Police
Kanna sha taba ? Do you smoke ? ( lit; Do you drink cigarettes )
Sirki 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 gudoo. Your wife has run away.