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Saami phrasebook

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Sami is a group of languages spoken by some of the Sami peoples who dwell in Northwestern Europe. This region consists of the central and northern parts of Norway and Sweden, Northwestern Finland, and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. There are nine living Sami languages. Northern Saami, the most spoken Sami language and one used in this phrasebook, is spoken mainly in Northern Norway, Sweden, and parts of Finland. It is used often in cities and towns such as Kiruna (Giron) and Karasjok (Karasjohká). It is a Finno-Ugric language which has some linguistic similarities with Finnish and Karelian, though these languages are not muturally understandable. In general, the nine Sami languages are not mutually intelligible, which is why they are different languages, not dialects.

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

Consonants

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

Basics

Hello. 
Bures. ( )
Hello. (informal
Bures bures. ( )
How are you? 
Mo dat manná?( ?)
Fine, thank you. 
Dat manná bures, giitu. ( )
What is your name? 
Mii du namma lea? ( ?)
My name is ______ . 
Mu namma lea ______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
Please. 
Leage buorre. ( )
Thank you. 
Giitu. ( )
You're welcome. 
. ( )
Yes. 
Juo/Joo. ( )
No. 
Ii. ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention
Ándagassii. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Ándagassii. ( )
I'm sorry. 
Ándagassii. ( )
Goodbye 
Báze dearvan (to one person). ( )
Goodbye 
Báhcci dearvan (to two people) ( )
Goodbye 
Báhcet dearvan (to more than two people) ( )
See you! 
Oaidnaleabmai!( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
Mon in hála dan giela [bures]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
Hálatgo Eaŋgalasgiela? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Hállágo giige dáppe eaŋgalasgiela? ( ?)
Help! 
Veahket! ( !)
Look out! 
Fárut! ( !)
Good morning. 
Buorre iđit. ( )
Good afternoon 
Buorre beaivvi ( )
Good evening. 
Buorre eahket. ( )
(Reply to above) 
Ipmel atti ( )
Good night. 
Buorre idjá. ( )
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
Mon in ádde. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
Gos hivsset lea? ( ?)

Problems

Numbers

½ - púli

0 - zeiró

1 - yisk

2 - kãkés

3 - kólm

4 - fira

5 - vishún

6 - kúes

7 - sehtika

8 - kéhdeksin

9 - yzdeksin

10 - kygámin

11 - yisk-gamin

12 - kãkés-gamin

20 - káksgament

21 - káksgament-yisk

30 - kólmgament

40 - firagament

50 - vishúngament

100 - sátta

200 - kãkéssata

300 - kólmsata

400 - firassata

500 - vishúnsata

1000 - túháat

2000 - kãkéstuháatta

3000 - kólmtuháatta

4000 - firatuháatta

5000 - vishúntuháatta

10000 - kygámintuháatta

20000 - káksgamenttuháatta

100000 - sáttétuháatta

1000000 - yisk-milyúsk

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Writing time and date

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Money

Eating

Bars

Shopping

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