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Hausa phrasebook

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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. Especially prevalent in the Northern Region of Ghana, commonly used by the Fulani herdsmen who originate from Nigeria.

Pronunciation guide


like 'a' in "cat"


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

Phrase list


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)?
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)
I do not speak Hausa (literally I do not hear Hausa) 
Ba na jin Hausa
I do not understand 
Ban gane ba

Nice to meet you. 
Ina farin cikin haduwa da kai (an English greeting, not a Hausa one)
Don Allah
Thank you. 
Na gode.
You're welcome. 
Marhaba (in the sense of welcoming someone)
Ba kome (in response to someone thanking you)
Excuse me. (getting attention) 
Don Allah ji mana!
Excuse me. (begging pardon) 
I'm sorry. 
Yi hak'uri
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?
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?

In Daily Life

Let's go 
Where are you going? 
Nazakey (Masculine), E-Nazaka(Feminine)
Small boy 
Where do you come from? 
Na cafey toe
House/ Family
What country do you come from? 
Wani gari cafey toe
Wakey zoey
Where are you going? 
ina katay
Do you understand (Hausa) 
Kanagee (Hausa)
Small Small 
Kadun kadung
Is it good?* or It is good 
Ina de cho *use question intonation
What is this? 
Manini wanga
What are you doing? 
Manini Kaayee
Okay, yes, you're welcome* 
Toe, Yo *common in Ghana to use when speaking Hausa
I like you 
Ina so Kwory

In the Market

Good Market With you 
Allah abiba kasu-ah
How much? 
Can I buy some? 
Dan say abu
Can I have some? 
Nasu mu
Densay (Madera)? 
Can I buy (Milk)
Last price? 
Na wani ga ski-ah
Give me clean water to drink 
Bani rue-ah en shah
Drinkable water 
Rue-en Shah
Food is delicious (Literally Food gets delicious) 
Abinti goonada dadday


  • Sannu: Sorry
  • Na gode: Thank You
  • Ina jin yunwa: I'm Hungry
  • Ina son ruwa: I want water
  • Ko ba ha'ka ba? Is that not so?
  • Gaskiya? True?
  • Sai wata rana. Until another day (Goodbye)
  • Akwai labari? Is there any news?
  • Na ji dadi. I am pleased
  • Madallah! Excellent! (often used at the end of the greetings if all is well)
  • Na gaji. I am tired.

I na zaka(ki) ce? Where do you want to go?

Bin iya yi ba. I don't know how to do it.

Zan tafi. I'm leaving.

Na gani. I understand.

A kwe abinchi? Is there food?

Me ka(kin) ce? What did you say?

Bari. Leave it.

Zauna. Sit down.

Ta fita. She has gone out.

Ya je aiki. He has gone to work.

Ka iya yi? Do you know how to do it?

Ina son mota dan Allah. I would like a car please.

Ina zan kwana? Where would I stay?

Kana de Kud'i? Do you have money?

Bani de kud'i. I don't have money.

Ba na so. I don't like it.

Ina so. I like it.

Shanu Cattle

Zomo Hare

Rakoomi Camel

Rakoomin dadje Giraffe

Doki Horse

Dan doka Police

Kanna sha taba? Do you smoke? (lit; Do you drink cigarettes)

Sarki A chief

Aboki Friend

Zaki Lion

Geewa Elephant

Geewan Ruwa Nile perch (Lit: Elephant of the waters)

Bai kome It doesn't matter

Wasa Playing

Kadaka zo gobe Don't come tomorrow

Mata ta gudo. Your wife has run away.

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