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 Samira Said (Somalia)
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 - Haa no, thank-you - Maya, mahadsanid please - Fadlan thank-you - Mahadsanid hello - Haye / halo goodbye - Nabaday Excuse me (Can you help me?) - Igarali ahow (ma e cawin karta) Excuse me (Sorry) - Igarali ahow (wan kahumahay) Good morning - Subah wanagsan Good afternoon - Galab wanagsan Good evening - Feed wanagsan Good night - Habeen wangsan How are you? - Side tahay? I'm fine, thanks - Wan fecanahay Do you speak English? - Maku hadasha englis? I don't understand - Ma fahmin What's your name? - Magaca? My name is... - Magacaygu waa... I'm from... - Wahan kaso jeda... I'm a... (student) - Anigu waxan ahay (arday) How do you pronounce this in Somali? - Wa mahay dhawaqa eraygan Somali ahan?
passport - basabor visa - visa Where is the...? - Meyay...? train station - harunta tarenka bus station - harunta buska bus stop - istag baska airport - erabor taxi stand - mesha taxi gu istago gas station - harunta gaska Where can I get a ticket? - Halke kaheli kara ticket Can I have a ticket to...? - Maheligara ticket one way/return - hal dinac / noqo second class sleeper - hurdaga claska labad Will you tell me where to get off the bus/train? - Ma e shegi karta mesha aan kaga dago buska / tranka? Is this the train to... - Kan miya tran ka u socda...? Does this bus go to (the town center)? - Baskan ma wuxu ada (xarunta magalada)? Which gate? - Albab ke Is it on time? - Ma wagtige miya? How long will it be delayed? - Imisa aya aya laba giyay? car - gari petrol - patrol oil - salid garage - garage flat tyre - tyrer I'm in a hurry. I'm meeting friends at the hotel and I'm already late. - Saheban wahan kula kulmin hotelka wana dahay.
Where is the nearest internet cafe? - Wa halke internet ka ugu daw? Do you have WiFi? - What's the WiFi password? - I want to phone... - Wahan raba in an wao... Can I check my email? - Ma firin kara emailkayga? Can I print something? - Ma dabici kara wah? How much does it cost a minute/an hour? - Imisa weye daqiqade / sacadi? What's the code for (the UK)? - Wamahay code ka lagu galo (uk)? The sim-card doesn't work - Card ka ma shaqaynayo Where can I buy a phone card? - Halke card kagadan kara?
Can I have a single/double room? - Ma hele kara qol kaliya / ama mid laba? Can I have a dorm bed? - private bath - musqul khasa shared bath - musqul la wadago How much is it? - Imisa waye? Is it cheaper if I stay (5) nights? - Ma raqis ba hadan jogo (5) habeen? Can I see another room? - Ma arki kara qolka kale?
emergencies & health
Call an ambulance! - Wac ambalasta Call the police! - Wac policka My (wallet) has been stolen - Mahfadadaydi wa lahaday Help! - I acawi Fire! - Dab I feel ill - Wahan dareemin hanuun diarrhea - shuban vomitting - matag I/My friend needs a - Ani/ sahebtay wahay u bahantahay... doctor - dactor hospital - spital chemist - farmasi dentist - ilka bihiye ophthalmologist/optician - okiyalaha indhaha condoms - condom contact lenses - cadasada indhaha mosquito repellent / net - sinsiyare Where is the embassy? - Wa halke safaradu?
restaurants & food
Can I have a table for 1 person/two people? - Ma helikara mise hal qofa / labo qofa? Can I order? - Madalban kara? Can I have..? - Ma helikara...? Is this very spicy? - Ma basbas bu leyahay? Can I have it less spicy? - Ma helikara mid basbay yar? Can I pay? - Ma bihin kara? Cheers! - Darta! Can I have another..? - Ma helikara mid kale..? beer - beer water - I'm a vegetarian - Wahan ahay qudar cune I don't eat... - Ma uno I'm allergic to... - Wahan ku qaba ilargi...
money, shopping & sightseeing
Can I have a..? - Maheligara...? How much is it? - Imisa waye? Do you take credit cards? - Maku qadatan card? Where can I change money? - Halke lacag kabadalan kara? What's the exchange rate today? - Wa mahay sarif ka manta? Where is the nearest...? - Wahalke mesha u gu dhow...? What time does the ...open/close? - Gorma...lafula/ la hera? post office - hafiska postada bank - bankiga travel agency - hafiska dolimadka museum - museumka mosque - masajid shop - dokan zoo - herada hayawanka swimming pool - barkada dabasha beach - heebta cafe - maqahega shaha restaurant - maqahe That's too expensive - Wa qaliba Still too expensive - Wili wa qali Do you have anything cheaper? - Mah raqisa ma haysa?
Does anyone know what happened in the football? - Cid og majida waha kadacay kobadi? Is that a ghost?! - Kasi ma reer akirad ba? It says here in the newspaper that back in (Europe) it's minus five degrees and raining. Hahahahahahaha! - Waha lagu shegay halakan wargayska in ay tahay shan degree ay da aysana! Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!