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Sranan phrasebook

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Introduction

It is the most used language in Suriname. The only place you will not find it used might be in the government.


Sranantongo or Sranan is the mostly used language here. For many years the Dutch suppressed Sranantongo, but now it has risen to become the most spoken language in Suriname. The language became very popular after a former military leader took over the government. With such an extreme population of immigrants, many due not speak Dutch or English here, everyone is expected to know Sranantongo. There is very little written online, but if you know English, it will not be hard to learn. Suriname is a very immigrant friendly country.

Many learn English from television and school also.

Don't plan on learning the language from television. Quite odd here, you will not be able to learn either Dutch or Sranan from TV here. The immigrant population is so high that Dutch and Sranan together only make up about 7% of all television. 40% is Hindi television, 30% is English television, and around 20 percent is Chinese television. This makes it even harder to learn Sranan or Dutch here.

Descriptions

Sranantongo goes by many other names. Sranantongo may be the most common, however, you will also find these descriptoins also:



1. "Sranan Tongo" (the other form)

2. Nengre

3. Taki-Taki (but rude)

4. Surinaams

5. Sranang

6. Surinamese

Sranan Phrasebook

Fa waka? - What's up? Literally: how's (your) walk ( FA-WALK-A)

Fa go? - How are you? Literally: how's (it) going? ( FI-GO )

e go! - it's going! (answer) ( I-GO )

Fa yu tan? - How are you? ( FI-YOU-TAN )

Ali suni bun? - (is) everything well? ( ALLY-SUNNY-BOON )

Mi lobi dati! - I love that! ( ME-LUBY-DATY )

Mi sorri! - I'm sorry! ( ME SORRY )

Omeni wan? - How much is one? (What's the price?)

Mi gwe! - I'm leaving

Mi de go na oso - I'm going home

Mi go na winkri - I'm going to the store

Su-ma na yu? - Who are you? ( SUE-MA-NA-YOU )

Pe yu e go? - Where are you going? ( PAY-YOU-AH-GO )

Pe yu e de? - Where are you? ( PAY-YOU-AH-DAY )

Omany? - How much? ( O-MANY )

Yepi! - Help ( YEPY )

Pe disi presi? - Where's this place? ( PAY DEE-SEE PRACY)

Soot bus mi mus teki? - What bus must I take? ( SOOT BUS ME MUZ TAKY )

Skowtu! - Police! ( SCOW-TWO )

Pe de skoru de? - Where's the school? ( PAY-DAY-SCEW-RUW DAY )

Pe yu de wroko? - Where do you work? ( PAY-YOU-ROCK-O-GI )

Pe mi kan fini wroko? - Where can I find work? ( PAY-ME-KAN-FINY-ROCK-O )

Kantoro - Office


Time

O lati? - How late? (or) What time is it? ( O-LATY )

negi uru - nine o-clock

tin uru - ten o-clock

elef uru - eleveen o-clock

twarfu uru - twelve o-clock

wan uru - one o-clock

tu uru - two o-clock

dri uru - three o-clock

fo uru - four o-clock

fiebi uru - five o-clock

siksi uru - six o-clock

seibi uru - seven o-clock

Munde - Monday ( MOON-DAY )

Tudewroko - Tuesday ( TWO-DAY-ROCKO )

Dridewroko - Wednesday ( DREE-DAY-ROCKO )

Fodewroko - Thursday ( FOE-DAY-ROCKO )

Fride - ( FRAY-DAY )

Satra - ( SA-TRA )

Zonde - ( SUN-DAY )


Some useful expressions in Sranan

odi masra (misi) - good day mister (miss)

fa waka? - how are you?

fa yu tan? - how are you?

mi bun - I am fine

mi siki - I am ill

grantangi - thanks

mi o si - see you later

tan bun - stay well

disi na mi masra (uma) - this is my husband (wife)

mi wroko gi ... - I work for ...

mi komopo de ... - I come from ...

yu abi wan ... gi mi - do you have a ... for me?

yu sabi pe mi man feni ...? - do you know where I can find ...? mi abi tu pikin - I have two children mi manpikin abi seybi yari - my son is seven years old mi umapikin tan na oso - my daughter stayed home mi lobi ... - I like ... a presi dati fara? - is that place far away? omeni? - how much?

Numbers and pronouns in Sranan

wan - one tu - two dri - three fo - four feyfi - five siksi - six seybi - seven ayti - eight neygi - nine tin - tin

mi - I yu - you a - he,she,it wi - we unu - you (plural) den - they

Sranan-English minidictionary

a- he/she/it/his/hers/its

abi- have

aksi- ask

ala- all

arki- listen

ati - hart/hurt ay - yes ayti - eight baka - back bakra - european bari - yell bay - buy bigi - big boy - boy brada - brother buku - book bun - good/well dape - there dati - that datra - doctor de - from/be (place) den - they dey - day disi - this doro - door drape - there dri - three dyari - garden dyaso - here dyompo - jump ede - head ef - if esde - yesterday esi - soon ete - yet fa - how fara - far faya - fire feni - find fesi - in front/face feyfi - five fo - four fosi - first fos(i) tron - first time foto - city (fu)furu - steal gado - god gi - for/give go - will (verb) gowtu - gold grantangi - thanks ingi - indian ini - in masra - mister k(a)ba - stop/already kan - can (verb) kari - call kerki - church kisi - get komopo - come (from) kon - come kondre - country koti - cut koyri - go for a walk krin - clean krosi - clothes langa - long lasi - lose libi - live/life lobi - love/like ma - but makandra - each other man - can (verb) manpikin - son mati - friend mi - I/my misi - miss/mrs. moni - money moro - more mun - month munde - monday musu - have to na - be/at neti - night neygi - nine nofo - enough noso - nose noti - nothing nyun - new o - abbreviation of go odi - good day ogri - naughty omeni - how much ondro - under oso - house/home oten - when oto - car pe - where pikin - child/small pipel - people presi - place psa - ago redi - red sabi - know safri - soft san - what sani - thing satra - saturday seri - sell seybi - seven si - see siki - be ill siksi - six sisa - sister skowtu - police skribi - write sma - people sneysi - chinese sonde - sunday sroto - lock srudati - soldier sturu - chair su - shoe suma - who tamara - tomorrow tan - stay tap - at taygi - tell teki - take tide - today tifi - teeth tin - ten tongo - language tori - story trafasi - different trow - marry tu - two tumsi - too much tyari - carry uma - woman un - your (plural) unu - you (plural) umapikin - daughter waka - walk wan - one/a wani - want wantron - immediately wenkri - shop weri - wear wi - we/our wiki - week wroko - work yari - year yepi - help yere - hear yu - you (singular)/your (singular) yuru - hour

English-Sranan mini-dictionary

a - wan

ago - psa

all - ala already - kaba ask - aksi at - tap back - baka be (place) - de be ill - siki be/at - na big - bigi book - buku boy - boy brother - brada but - ma buy - bay call - kari can (verb) - kan can (verb) - man car - oto carry - tyari chair - sturu child - pikin chinese - sneysi church - kerki city - foto clean - krin clothes - krosi come - kon come (from) - komopo country - kondre cut - koti daughter - umapikin day - dey different - trafasi doctor - datra door - doro each other - makandra eight - ayti enough - nofo european - bakra face - fesi far - fara find - feni fire - faya first - fosi first time - fos(i) tron five - feyfi for - gi four - fo friend - mati from - de (in) front - fesi garden - dyari get - kisi give - gi go for a walk - koyri god - gado gold - gowtu good - bun good day - odi hart - ati have - abi have to - musu he - a head - ede hear - yere help - yepi here - dyaso hers - a his - a home - oso hour - yuru house - oso how - fa how much - omeni hurt - ati i - mi if - ef immediately - wantron in - ini indian - ingi it - a its - a jump - dyompo know - sabi language - tongo listen - arki live/life - libi lock - sroto long - langa lose - lasi love/like - lobi marry - trow miss - misi mister - masra monday - munde money - moni month - mun more - moro mrs. - misi my - mi naughty - ogri new - nyun night - neti nine - neygi nose - noso nothing - noti one - wan our - wi people - pipel people - sma place - presi police - skowtu red - redi saturday - satra see - si sell - seri seven - seybi she - a shoe - su shop - wenkri sister - sisa six - siksi small - pikin soft - safri soldier - srudati son - manpikin soon - esi stay - tan steal - (fu)furu stop - kaba story - tori sunday - sonde take - teki teeth - tifi tell - taygi ten - tin thanks - grantangi that - dati there - d(r)ape they - den thing - sani this - disi three - dri today - tide tomorrow - tamara too much - tumsi two - tu under - ondro walk - waka want - wani we - wi wear - weri week - wiki well - bun what - san when - oten where - pe who - suma will (verb) - go/o woman - uma work - wroko write - skribi year - yari yell - bari yes - ay yesterday - esde yet - ete you (singular) - yu you (plural) - unu your (singular)- yu your (plural) - un

Most Used Words

Sorry, I was unsuccessful posting this chart. So I will leave the link alone: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Sranan_Swadesh_list

Useful Links to Study Sranantongo

A Wikitravel guide: (but little info)

http://wikitravel.org/en/Sranan_phrasebook#Sources


Sranan Top WordList

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Sranan_Swadesh_list


Websters Sranan Online Dictionary

http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/definition/Sranan-english/


Sranan Verb Usage Lookup Tool

http://www.verbix.com/languages/sranantongo.shtml


Most useful guide I found:

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Category:Sranan_Tongo_language


Best Sranan Site - But a little too over complicated

http://www.sil.org/americas/suriname/Sranan/Sranan.html


Sranan info in Dutch

http://users.bart.nl/~kamphuys/sranantongo/


For Practice with the Language: Wikipedia recently added a Sranantongo version of their website.

http://srn.wikipedia.org/

Sources

All sources from: http://www.sil.org/americas/suriname/Sranan/English/SrananEngDictIndex.html and from living in the country of Suriname for over four years. My wife is also a native born Surinamese.

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