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!'
Compiled for More than footprints by Jaleh Firouzbakht (England) and Aida Rezaei (Iran)
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 - bale, aare no - na please - lotfan thank-you - mersi hello - salaam goodbye - khodahafez Excuse me (Can you help me?) - Bebakhshid (mishe komakam konid?) Excuse me (Sorry) - Bebakhshid Good morning - Sobh bekheir Good afternoon - Zohr bekheir Good evening - Asr bekheir Good night - Shab bekheir How are you? - Chetori? I'm fine, thanks - khoobam, mersi Do you speak English? - Shoma ingilisi baladin? I don't understand - Man nemifahmam What's your name? - Esmetoon chie? My name is... - Esme man... hast I'm from... - Man az...hastam I'm a... (student) - Man (daneshju) hastam How do you pronounce this? - Chetori ino talafoz mikonid?
passport - passport visa - visa Where is the...? - ...koja hast? train station - istgahe ghatar bus station - istgahe autobus bus stop - istgahe autobus airport - forudgah taxi stand - istgahe taxi gas station - pompe benzin Where can I get a ticket? - Az koja bilit bigiram? Can I have a ticket to...? - Mitoonam ye bilit barae…begiram? one way/return - Yek tarafe/ rafto bargasht Will you tell me where to get off the bus/train? - Mishe be man begin koja piyade besham? Does this bus go to (the town center)? - In autobus mire…. (markaze shahr)? Which platform? - Which carriage? - Kodoom coupe? Which gate? - Kodoom gate? Is it on time? - Be moghe hastesh? How long will it be delayed? - Chand vaght takhir dareh? car - machine petrol - benzin oil - naft garage - garage flat tyre - Charkheh panchar No, we don't have time to visit your friend's/brother's/uncle's carpet factory/furniture store/gem dealership. - Na, ma vaght nadarim barae didane (doostet/baradaret/kargahe ghalie amoot/vasaiel). I'm in a hurry. I'm meeting friends at the hotel and I'm already late. - Man doostamo daram tu yek hotel molaghat mikonam va diram shodeh.
Where is the nearest internet cafe? - Nazdiktarin internet café kojast? Do you have WiFi? - Shoma Wifi darid? What's the WiFi password? - Passworde Wifi chie? I want to phone... - Mikham telefon bezanam Can I check my email? - Mitoonam emailamo check konam? Can I print something? - Mitoonam yeh chizi chap konam How much does it cost a minute/an hour? - Daghighe/saati chand hastesh? What's the code for (the UK)? - Code englis chandeh? The sim-card doesn't work - Sim card kaar nemikoneh Where can I buy a phone card? - Koja mitoonam carteh telefon bekharam?
Can I have a single/double room? - Mishe otaghe yek nafareh/do nafareh dashteh basham? Can I have a dorm bed? - private bath - Hammam khosoosi shared bath - Hammam omoomi How much is it? - In chand hastesh? Is it cheaper if I stay (5) nights? - Agar panj shab bemoonam arzoontareh? Can I see another room? - Mitoonam yeh otaghe digeh ra bebinam?
emergencies & health
Call an ambulance! - Ambulans zang bezan! Call the police! - Polis zang bezan! My (wallet) has been stolen - Kifeh poolam ra dozd bordeh Help! - Komak! Fire! - Atish! Leave me alone - Rahatam bezogar! I'm meeting my husband/wife - Man shoharam/zanam ra molaghat khaham kard I feel ill - Hala badeh. or Halam beham mikhoreh. diarrhea - eshal vomitting - estefragh I/My friend needs a - Man/Doostam ehtiyaj dare be yek... doctor - doktor hospital - bimarestan chemist - darookhooneh dentist - dandanpezeshk ophthalmologist/optician - cheshmpezeshk contact lenses - lenz condoms - condom Where is the embassy? - Sefarat kojast?
restaurants & food
Can I have a table for 1 person/two people? - Mishe miz barayeh yek nafar/do nafar dashteh basham? Can I order? - Mishe order bedam? Can I have..? - Mishe dashteh basham…? Can I pay? - Mishe hesab konam? Cheers! - Salamati Can I have another..? - Mishe yek dooneh digeh …dashteh basham? water - aab doorgh - Yoghurt drink served with everything dizzi - Meat, tomato, chickpea and potato stew served with bread in a rich gravy. Serious comfort food! kebab - kebab I'm a vegetarian - Man giah khar hastam I don't eat... - Man nemikhoram… I'm allergic to... - Man be … hasasiat daram
money, shopping & sightseeing
Can I have a..? - Mitoonam yek …dashteh basham? How much is it? - In chand hastesh? Do you take credit cards? - Aya karte etebari migirid? Where can I change money? - Koja mitoonam pool tabdil konam? What's the exchange rate today? - Nerkhe arz emrooz chand hastesh? Where is the nearest...? - Nazdiktarin...kojast? What time does the ...open/close? - Saat chand ….baaz mikoneh/mibandeh? post office - edarehyeh post bank - bank travel agency - Ajanseh mosaferati museum - muzeh mosque - masjed shop - maghazeh zoo - baghe vahsh swimming pool - estakhr beach - sahel cafe - ghahveh khooneh restaurant - resturan That's too expensive - In kheyli gerooneh Still too expensive - Hanoozham kheyli gerooneh Do you have anything cheaper? - Chizeh arzoontar
days of the week
Monday - Do shanbeh Tuesday - Se shanbeh Wednesday - Chahar shanbeh Thursday - Panj shanbeh Friday - Jomeh Saturday - Shanbeh Sunday - Yek shanbeh
1 - yek 2 - do 3 - se 4 - chahar 5 - panj 6 - shish 7 - haft 8 - hasht 9 - noh 10 - dah 11 - yazdah 12 - davazdah 13 - sizdah 14 - chahardah 15 - panzdah 16 - shoonzdah 17 - hivdah 18 - hijdah 19 - noozdah 20 - bist 21 - bisto yek 22 - bosto do 30 - see 40 - chehel 50 - panjah 60 - shasht 70 - haftad 80 - hashtad 90 - navad 100 - sad 101 - sadoyek 200 - divist 1000 - hezar 10000 - dar hezar 1000000 - sad hezar
Are you sure this is a different mosque? - Aya motmaenni in masjedeh digari hast? Does anyone know what happened in the football/cricket? - Kasi midoneh ke footbaal/cricket chi shod? Is that a ghost?! - Oon yek rooh hastesh?