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==Phrase list==
==Phrase list==
; Hello. : 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) ?
; Fine : 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 kadai (hello back)
;Sannu da zuwa (welcome, greetings on your arrival)
;sannu kadai (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)
; lahiya lau
;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. : Ina farin cikin haduwa da kai( an English greeting, not a Hausa one)
; Please. : Don Allah
; Thank you. :Na gode.
; You're welcome. :Marhaba (In the sense of welcoming someone, but in response to someone thanking you, Ba kome)
; Yes. :I'i
; No. : A'a
; Excuse me. (''getting attention'') : Don Allah ji mana!
; Excuse me. (''begging pardon'') : Gafara
; I'm sorry. : Yi hak'uri
; Goodbye :  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?
; Help! : Taimaka!
; Look out! : A lura sosai!
; Good morning. : Ina kwana?
; Good evening. : Barka da yamma
; Good night. : Allah ya ba mu alheri
; Good night (''to sleep'') : Mu kwana lafiya
; I don't understand. : Ban gane ba
; Where is the toilet? : Ina makewayi ya ke?

Revision as of 20:57, 28 November 2009

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.

Pronunciation guide


like 'a' in "cat"


like 'b' in "bat" but there is also an implosive b, a sound not in English

Phrase list