More than footprints?phrasebooks have been lovingly compiled by readers from around the world to arm you with a few words and phrases for your next destination. From basic vocabulary such as 'Yes', 'No' and 'Thank-you', and simple structures like, 'Where is the..?' and 'How much is this?' to the more advanced, 'Are you sure this is a different temple?' and 'Is that a ghost?!'. Enjoy, or as they say in France, 'Cafe au lait!'
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Compiled for More than footprints by Mohamed Ashrafuz Zaman (Bangladesh)
Pronunciation: It would be impossible to adequately express, in text, the correct pronunciation of the phrases below, so to avoid being misinterpreted by the old woman at the bus stop, break the ice on your next train journey and have a local talk you through the correct pronunciation.
yes - ha no, thank you - na, dhonnobad please - doia kore thank-you - dhonnobad hello - assalamualaikum goodbye - bedai Excuse me (Can you help me?) - Maf korben (apni ki ameke shahajjo korben?) Excuse me (Sorry) - Maf korben Good morning - Shu provat Good afternoon - Shuvo beekal Good evening - Shuvo shondha Good night - Shuvo ratri How are you? - Apne kamon achen? I'm fine, thanks - Ami valo achi Do you speak English? - Apne ki English/Engreji bolte paren I don't understand - Ami bujte parchi na What's your name? - Tomer nam ki (inf.) Apner nam ki(formal) My name is... - Amar nam... I'm from... - Ami...theke ashchi I'm a... (student) - Ami (akjon) chatro How do you pronounce this? -
Where is the...? - ...ta kothai? gas station - patrol pump Where can I get a ticket? - Kotaa theke ticket kinbo? Can I have a ticket to...? - Amake...er ekta ticket din? one way/return - jaoar ticket/ashrar ticket Will you tell me where to get off the bus/train? - Kon station a bus/train theke nambo Does this bus go to (the town center)? -Eai bus ta ki...jabe? Is the train to...? - Eai train ta ki...jabe? Which platform? - Kon platform? Which carriage? - Kon bogee? Which gate? - Kon gate? Is it on time? - Ki shomoy moto jacche?
Where is the nearest internet cafe? - Kacher cyber cafe ta kothai? Do you have WiFi? - What's the WiFi password? - I want to phone... - Ami phone korte chai.. Can I check my email? - Ami ki e-mail check korte parbo? Can I print something? - Ami ki print korte parbo? How much does it cost a minute/an hour? - Per minute/ghontaer bill koto? What's the code for (the UK)? - (UK er) code number koto? The sim-card doesn't work - Ai sim card kaj korche na? Where can I buy a phone card? - Phone card kothai kinte pawa jabe?
Can I have a single/double room? - Amake ekta single/double room deben? How much is it? - Ai room er vara koto? Is it cheaper if I stay (5) nights? - Ami pach rat thakle ki vara kom hobe? Can I see another room? - Amake ki r ekta room dekhaben?
emergencies & health
Call an ambulance! - Joldi ambulance dakon Call the police! - Police dakon My (wallet) has been stolen - Amar (money bag) churi hoye geche Help! - Help/shahajjo korun Fire! - Agun I feel ill - Ami oshusto/amer kharap legche diarrhea - diarrhe vomitting - bome I/My friend needs a - Amar/amar bondhur ekta/ekjon...proiojon doctor - dateer doctor hospital - chemist - dentist - ophthalmologist/optician - chokher doctor condoms - contact lenses - moquito repellent - moshari Where is the embassy? - Embassy ta kon jaigai?
restaurants & food
Can I have a table for 1 person/two people? - Can I order? - Ami ki order dite pari? Can I have..? - Amake ekta...deben? Is this very spicy? - Eta ki onek jhal? Can I have it less spicy? - Eta te kom jhal deben? Can I pay? - Ami ki bill/dam dete pari? Cheers! - Can I have another..? - Ami ki r ekta nite pari? beer - water - pani I'm a vegetarian - Ami shodhu shobji khai I don't eat... - Ami...khai na I'm allergic to... - Amar...te allergy ache.
money, shopping & sightseeing
Can I have a..? - Ami ki ekta...pete pari? How much is it? - Etar dam koto? Do you take credit cards? - Ekhane ki credit card chole? Where can I change money? - Ami kothai dollar/euro vangate parbo? What's the exchange rate today? - Where is the nearest...? - Kache...te kothai? What time does the ...open/close? - ...kotar shomoy khole/bondho hoy? post office - bank - travel agency - museum - jadughor mosque/temple - mosjid/mondir shop - zoo - swimming pool - beach - cafe - restaurant - That's too expensive - Etar dam beshi Still too expensive - Ekhono onek dam Do you have anything cheaper? - Kom damer kichu ache?
days of the week
Monday - Shombar Tuesday - Mongol bar Wednesday - Budh bar Thursday - Brehospotti bar Friday - Shukro bar Saturday - Shoni bar Sunday - Robi bar
1 - ek 2 - dui 3 - tin 4 - char 5 - pach 6 - choy 7 - saat 8 - aat 9 - noy 10 - dos 11 - egaro 12 - baro 13 - tero 14 - choddo 15 - ponaro 16 - sholo 17 - satero 18 - atharo 19 - unish 20 - bish 21 - ekush 22 - baish 30 - trish 40 - chollish 50 - ponchash 60 - shaat 70 - sottor 80 - ashi 90 - nobboi 100 - eksho/ekshoto 101 - eksho ek 200 - dui shoto 1000 - ekhajar 10000 - dos hajar 1000000 - dos lac