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; Do you speak English? :  Ingiriis ma ku hadasha?
 
; Do you speak English? :  Ingiriis ma ku hadasha?
 
;  Is there someone here who speaks English? : qofna Ingiriis ma ku hadla?
 
;  Is there someone here who speaks English? : qofna Ingiriis ma ku hadla?
; Help! ! ('' !'')
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; Help! i caawi ! ('' !'')
 
; Look out! :  iska jir
 
; Look out! :  iska jir
 
; Good morning. :  subax wanaagsan (''sohb-AH wan-ax-sen'')
 
; Good morning. :  subax wanaagsan (''sohb-AH wan-ax-sen'')
 
; Good afternoon : Galab wanaagsan
 
; Good afternoon : Galab wanaagsan
; Good evening. :   
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; Good evening. :  Fiidnimo wanaagsan
 
; Good night. :  habeen wanaagsan (''ha-BEAN wan-ax-sen'')
 
; Good night. :  habeen wanaagsan (''ha-BEAN wan-ax-sen'')
 
; Good night (''to sleep'') :  . ('' '')
 
; Good night (''to sleep'') :  . ('' '')
 
; I don't understand. :  ma ku fahmin
 
; I don't understand. :  ma ku fahmin
; Where is the toilet? : musqusha aaweey?  
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; Where is the toilet? : musqusha aawey?
  
 
===Problems===
 
===Problems===
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0 - eber
 
0 - eber
  
1 - kow/hal
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1 - hal/kow
  
 
2 - labo
 
2 - labo
  
3 - sadex
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3 - saddex
  
 
4 - afar
 
4 - afar
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6 - lix
 
6 - lix
  
7 - todobo
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7 - toddobo
  
 
8 - sideed
 
8 - sideed
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10 - toban
 
10 - toban
  
17 - todobo-toban
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11- kow iyo toban
  
19 - sagaal-toban
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12- labo iyo toban
  
 
20 - labaatan
 
20 - labaatan
  
25 - labaatan-shan
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21 - kow iyo labaatan
  
30 - sodon
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30 - soddon
  
40 - afartan
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40 - afarton
  
 
50 - konton
 
50 - konton
  
 
60 - lixdan
 
60 - lixdan
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 +
70 - toddobaatan
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 +
80 - siddeetan
  
 
90 - sagaashan
 
90 - sagaashan
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1000 - kun
 
1000 - kun
  
9000 - sagaal-kun
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9000 - sagialo-kun
  
 
10000 - toban-kun
 
10000 - toban-kun
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100000 - boqol-kun
 
100000 - boqol-kun
  
1000000 - milyan/kukun
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1000000 - milxen
  
 
===Time===
 
===Time===
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Morning- Subax
 +
10-11AM- Barqo
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Afternoon- Duhur
 +
Evening- Casar
 +
Sunset- Maqrib
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Evening: fiid
 +
Night- Habeen
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8-10PM- Cisha
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Midnight- Saqdadhaxe
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Early Morning (5-6 AM)- Anoor
  
 
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====Days====
====Duration====
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Monday- Isnin
 
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Tuesday- Talado
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Wednesday- Arbaco
 +
Thursday- Qamis
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Friday- Jamco
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Saturday- Sabti
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Sunday- Axad
  
 
====Months====
 
====Months====
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===Colors===
 
===Colors===
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White- Cadaan (A-daan)
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Black- Madow
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Green- Cagar (Agar)
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Red- Gadud
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Yellow- Jale
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Blue- Baluug
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Pink- Basali
  
===Transportation===
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===Transportation=== Gaadiid
  
====Bus and train====
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====Bus and train==== Gaadiid Dadweyne iyo Tareenka
  
 
====Directions====
 
====Directions====
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Revision as of 22:45, 6 July 2012

Somali is the official language of the Eastern African country Somalia.

Contents

Pronunciation Guide

Vowels

as in pat if short (a) but as in father if long (aa)
as in pet if short (e) but as in paid if long (ee)
as in sit if short (i) but as in seat if long (ii)
as in cot if short (o) but as in coat if long (oo)
as in put if short (u) but as in shoot if long (uu)


Note that the general difference in length of vowels is important because otherwise words could get mixed up and it could end up in great confusion.

Consonants

as in box
as in dog
as in get
as in hat
as in jet
as in kick
as in let
as in mat
as in net
rolled as in the French rouge
as in sit
sh 
as in shut
as in ten
as in well
as in yet

Note that the 'doubling' of consonants is also very important not to get confused. A doubled consonant is pronounced in both syllables whereas a single consonant is pronounced in one syllable.

Also note the following complicated pronunciations.

dh 
Can be viewed as flapped d or r depending on the speaker - either way you'll get it right. Set your mouth to pronounce as normal d or r, but then curl your tongue right up so that the bottom touches the top part of your mouth. As you try you'll fell your tongue flapping forward.
It's more of an emphantic version of h. Take the exhaling sound you make when you've just burnt your mouth after taking a sip of boiling hot soup, push it right back into the very back of your mouth, making sure your tongue also goes back and that should be a good approximation.
If you follow the same pronunciation rules for x, with the tongue and back of the mouth all pressed up against the back of the throat then simply change the hiss of the h to a sound using your vocal cords. If you're then sounding if you being choked then that's it. Hint: Think of c as a vowel modifier and if listening to a natie speaker, note how it changes thevowel in its vicinity 'pharyngealized' the vowel, sending half the sound up the nose.
It's pronounced like a k but right back in the mouth at the throat end, in the same area as c and x. Imagine you've got a marble in the back of the throat and that you're bouncing it using only the glottis and make a k sound at the same time.
kh 
It's the rasping ch in Scottish loch and German ach. It's also pronounced like the Spanish jota.
It's what's called the glottal stop. You simply close the glottis at the very back of the mouth/top of throat, and then release the built-up air. The result is a light uh sound with a very slight grunt just before it. Althought it's not written, it occurs in the conversational speech of nearly all English speakers, being most noticeable in the pronunciation of words like bottle as 'bo'el' by many Londoners

Phrase List

Basics

Hello. 
iska warran
How are you? 
sidee tahay?
Fine, thanks, and you? 
waan wanaagsanahay, mahadsanid, adiguna?
What is your name? 
magacaa (maga'aa)
My name is ______ . 
magacay waa ___ (MAHGA-ay waa _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
kulanti wanaagsan
Please. 
fadlan (FAHD-lahn)
Thank you. 
mahadsanid (me-HAD SEN-eed)
You're welcome. 
adaa mudan ( )
Yes. 
haa (HAAH)
No. 
maya (m-AY-ah)
Excuse me. (getting attention
iga raali ahow ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
. (Raali ahow )
Goodbye 
nabad galyo (na-bad GEHL-you)
Goodbye (informal
. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
Ingiriis ma ku hadasha?
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
qofna Ingiriis ma ku hadla?
Help! i caawi ! ( !)
Look out! 
iska jir
Good morning. 
subax wanaagsan (sohb-AH wan-ax-sen)
Good afternoon 
Galab wanaagsan
Good evening. 
Fiidnimo wanaagsan
Good night. 
habeen wanaagsan (ha-BEAN wan-ax-sen)
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
ma ku fahmin
Where is the toilet? 
musqusha aawey?

Problems

Numbers

0 - eber

1 - hal/kow

2 - labo

3 - saddex

4 - afar

5 - shan

6 - lix

7 - toddobo

8 - sideed

9 - sagaal

10 - toban

11- kow iyo toban

12- labo iyo toban

20 - labaatan

21 - kow iyo labaatan

30 - soddon

40 - afarton

50 - konton

60 - lixdan

70 - toddobaatan

80 - siddeetan

90 - sagaashan

100 - boqol

200 - labo-boqol

1000 - kun

9000 - sagialo-kun

10000 - toban-kun

100000 - boqol-kun

1000000 - milxen

Time

Morning- Subax 10-11AM- Barqo Afternoon- Duhur Evening- Casar Sunset- Maqrib Evening: fiid Night- Habeen 8-10PM- Cisha Midnight- Saqdadhaxe Early Morning (5-6 AM)- Anoor

Days

Monday- Isnin Tuesday- Talado Wednesday- Arbaco Thursday- Qamis Friday- Jamco Saturday- Sabti Sunday- Axad

Months

Writing time and date

Colors

White- Cadaan (A-daan) Black- Madow Green- Cagar (Agar) Red- Gadud Yellow- Jale Blue- Baluug Pink- Basali

===Transportation=== Gaadiid

====Bus and train==== Gaadiid Dadweyne iyo Tareenka

Directions

Taxi

Lodging

Money

Eating

Bars

Shopping

Driving

Authority

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Variants

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