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Penan phrasebook

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Penan is the language of the Penan people in Sarawak, a state of Malaysia.

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

Consonants

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

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Basics

Common signs

OPEN 
BUKA
CLOSED 
TUTUP
ENTRANCE 
MASEK
EXIT 
MUSIT
PUSH 
MEJUK
PULL 
MENAT
TOILET 
JABAN
MEN 
LAKEI
WOMEN 
REDO
FORBIDDEN 


Hello. 
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Hello. (informal
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How are you? 
Kineu akam ko'? (Kih-noo ah-kahm koh?).
(This is the direct translation however "Ineu rengah ko?" meaning "What is your news?" is used in place of this phrase.
Fine, thank you. 
Akeu jian. (Ahko jih-ahn)
What is your name? 
Ineu ngaran ko'? (Ih-noo nah-rahn koh?)
My name is ______ . 
Ngaran ké' ______ . (Nah-rahn keh _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Jian temeu. (Jih-ahn tuh-moh)
Please. 
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Thank you. 
Jian kenin. (Jih-ahn ku-nihn)
You're welcome. 
Kua' kua'. (Koo-ah Koo-ah)
Yes. 
O'o. (Oh)
No. 
Bé'. (Beh)
Excuse me. (getting attention
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Excuse me. (begging pardon
Menyat jian. (Mehn-yaht jih-ahn)
I'm sorry. 
. (Menyat jian)
Goodbye 
Jian lakau. (Jih-ahn lah-kow)
Goodbye (informal
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I can't speak Penan [well]. 
Akeu bé' jam ha Penan [mu'un]. (Ah-kow beh jahm hah peh-nahn [moo-oon])
Do you speak English? 
Jam ka'au ha puteh? (Jahm kah-ow hah poo-tee?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Séé jam ha puteh siteu? (Seh-eh jahm hah poo-tee sih-tow?)
Can I help you? 
Omok akeu nolong ka'au? (Oh-mohk ah-kow noh-lohng kah-ow!)
Look out! 
Jaga Jaga! (Jahgah Jahgah!)
Good morning. 
Jian ngivun. (Jih-ahn nee-voon )
Good evening. 
Jian dau kuba'. (Jih-ahn dahoo koo-bah)
Good night. 
Jian merem. (Jih-ahn meh-rehm)
I go sleeping. 
Akeu tai pegen. (Ah-kow tah-ih peh-gehn)
I don't understand. 
Bé' akeu jam. (Beh ah-kow jam)
Where is the toilet? 
Semah pu'un jaban? (Seh-mah poo-oon jah-bahn?)

Problems

Leave me alone. 
Mai ke ngasau akeu. ( .)
Don't touch me! 
Mai ngamit akeu! ( !)
I'll call the police. 
Akeu tebai polis. ( .)
Police! 
Polis! ( !)
Stop! Thief! 
Moko! Nekau! ( ! !)
I need your help. 
. (.)
It's an emergency. 
. ( .)
I'm lost. 
Akeu tawang. ( .)
I lost my bag. 
Akeu ngetat beg ke. (.)
I lost my wallet. 
Akeu ngetat rigit ke. ( .)
I'm sick. 
Akeu sakit. (Ah-kow sah-kiht.)
I've been injured. 
Akeu sakit. ( .)
I need a doctor. 
Akeu perlu dokto. ( .)
Can I use your phone? 
Omok akeu pakai ampon ko? ( ?)

Numbers

jah(jah)
duah(doo-ah)
teleu(teh-low)
pat(paht)
lemah(leh-mah)
nem(nehm)
tuju(tu-joo)
ayah(aih-yah)
pi'en(pih-ehn)
10 
polo(poh-loh)
11 
polo jah(poh-loh jah)
12 
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13 
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14 
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15 
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16 
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17 
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18 
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19 
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20 
duah polo(doo-ah poh-loh)
21 
duah polo jah(doo-ah poh-loh jah)
22 
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23 
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30 
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40 
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50 
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60 
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70 
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80 
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90 
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100 
jah ato(jah ah-toh)
200 
duah ato(doo-ah ah-toh)
300 
teleu ato(teh-low ah-toh)
1,000 
jah ibeu(jah ih-bow)
2,000 
duah ibeu(doo-ah ih-bow )
1,000,000 
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1,000,000,000 
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1,000,000,000,000 
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number _____ (train, bus, etc.) 
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half 
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less 
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more 
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Time

now 
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later 
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before 
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morning 
ngivun(nih-woon)
afternoon 
kuba'(koo-bah)
evening 
tahup(tah-hoop)
night 
merem(meh-rehm)

Clock time

one o'clock AM 
Pukun jah(Poo-koon jah)
two o'clock AM 
Pukun duah(Poo-koon doo-ah)
noon 
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one o'clock PM 
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two o'clock PM 
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midnight 
Lepok merem(leh-pohk meh-rehm)

Duration

_____ minute(s) 
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_____ hour(s) 
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_____ day(s) 
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_____ week(s) 
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_____ month(s) 
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_____ year(s) 
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Days

today 
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yesterday 
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tomorrow 
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this week 
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last week 
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next week 
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Sunday 
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Monday 
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Tuesday 
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Wednesday 
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Thursday 
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Friday 
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Saturday 
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Months

January 
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February 
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March 
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April 
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May 
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June 
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July 
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August 
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September 
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October 
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November 
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December 
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Writing time and date

Colors

black 
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white 
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gray 
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red 
(bala )
blue 
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yellow 
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green 
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orange 
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purple 
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brown 
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Transportation

Bus and train

How much is a ticket to _____? 
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One ticket to _____, please. 
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Where does this train/bus go? 
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Where is the train/bus to _____? 
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Does this train/bus stop in _____? 
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When does the train/bus for _____ leave? 
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When will this train/bus arrive in _____? 
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Directions

How do I get to _____ ? 
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...the train station? 
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...the bus station? 
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...the airport? 
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...downtown? 
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...the youth hostel? 
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...the _____ hotel? 
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...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
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Where are there a lot of... 
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...hotels? 
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...restaurants? 
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...bars? 
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...sites to see? 
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Can you show me on the map? 
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street 
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Turn left. 
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Turn right. 
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left 
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right 
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straight ahead 
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towards the _____ 
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past the _____ 
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before the _____ 
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Watch for the _____. 
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intersection 
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north 
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south 
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east 
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west 
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uphill 
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downhill 
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Taxi

Taxi! 
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Take me to _____, please. 
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How much does it cost to get to _____? 
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Take me there, please. 
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Lodging

Do you have any rooms available? 
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How much is a room for one person/two people? 
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Does the room come with... 
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...bedsheets? 
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...a bathroom? 
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...a telephone? 
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...a TV? 
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May I see the room first? 
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Do you have anything quieter? 
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...bigger? 
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...cleaner? 
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...cheaper? 
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OK, I'll take it. 
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I will stay for _____ night(s). 
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Can you suggest another hotel? 
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Do you have a safe? 
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...lockers? 
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Is breakfast/supper included? 
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What time is breakfast/supper? 
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Please clean my room. 
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Can you wake me at _____? 
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I want to check out. 
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Money

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
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Do you accept British pounds? 
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Do you accept Euros? 
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Do you accept credit cards? 
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Can you change money for me? 
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Where can I get money changed? 
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Can you change a traveler's check for me? 
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Where can I get a traveler's check changed? 
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What is the exchange rate? 
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Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
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Eating

A table for one person/two people, please. 
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Can I look at the menu, please? 
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Can I look in the kitchen? 
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Is there a house specialty? 
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Is there a local specialty? 
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I'm a vegetarian. 
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I don't eat pork. 
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I don't eat beef. 
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I only eat kosher food. 
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Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard
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fixed-price meal 
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a la carte 
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breakfast 
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lunch 
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tea (meal
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supper 
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I want _____. 
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I want a dish containing _____. 
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chicken 
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beef 
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fish 
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ham 
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sausage 
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cheese 
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eggs 
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salad 
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(fresh) vegetables 
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(fresh) fruit 
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bread 
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toast 
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noodles 
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rice 
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beans 
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May I have a glass of _____? 
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May I have a cup of _____? 
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May I have a bottle of _____? 
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coffee 
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tea (drink
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juice 
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(bubbly) water 
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(still) water 
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beer 
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red/white wine 
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May I have some _____? 
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salt 
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black pepper 
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butter 
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Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
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I'm finished. 
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It was delicious. 
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Please clear the plates. 
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The check, please. 
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Bars

Do you serve alcohol? 
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Is there table service? 
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A beer/two beers, please. 
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A glass of red/white wine, please. 
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A pint, please. 
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A bottle, please. 
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_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please. 
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whiskey 
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vodka 
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rum 
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water 
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club soda 
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tonic water 
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orange juice 
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Coke (soda
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Do you have any bar snacks? 
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One more, please. 
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Another round, please. 
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When is closing time? 
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Cheers! 
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Shopping

Do you have this in my size? 
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How much is this? 
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That's too expensive. 
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Would you take _____? 
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expensive 
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cheap 
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I can't afford it. 
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I don't want it. 
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You're cheating me. 
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I'm not interested. 
(..)
OK, I'll take it. 
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Can I have a bag? 
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Do you ship (overseas)? 
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I need... 
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...toothpaste. 
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...a toothbrush. 
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...tampons. 
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...soap. 
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...shampoo. 
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...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen
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...cold medicine. 
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...stomach medicine. 
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...a razor. 
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...an umbrella. 
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...sunblock lotion. 
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...a postcard. 
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...postage stamps. 
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...batteries. 
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...writing paper. 
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...a pen. 
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...English-language books. 
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...English-language magazines. 
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...an English-language newspaper. 
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...an English-English dictionary. 
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Driving

I want to rent a car. 
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Can I get insurance? 
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stop (on a street sign
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one way 
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yield 
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no parking 
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speed limit 
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gas (petrol) station 
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petrol 
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diesel 
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Authority

I haven't done anything wrong. 
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It was a misunderstanding. 
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Where are you taking me? 
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Am I under arrest? 
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I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. 
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I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
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I want to talk to a lawyer. 
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Can I just pay a fine now? 
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