Top 20 Translated Phrases in Tigrinya Language

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English Tigrinya
Welcome መርሓባ (merhaba)

እንቋዕ ብደሐን መጻእካ (ənqwaˋ bdeHen meSaəka) m

እንቋዕ ብደሐን መጻእኪ (ənqwaˋ bdeHen meSaəki) f

lit. “wonderful that you have arrived safely”

እንቋዕ ብድሐን ጸናሕካ (ənqwaˋ bdeHen SenaHka) m

እንቋዕ ብድሐን ጸናሕኪ (ənqwaˋ bdeHen SenaHki) f

lit. “wonderful that you have stayed well” – response to above

Hello (General greeting) ሰላም (selam)
How are you? ከመይ ኣለኻ (kemey ‘aleka) m/sg

ከመይ ኣለኺ (kemey ‘aleki) f/sg

ከመይ ኣለኹም (kemey ‘alekum) m/pl/frm

ከመይ ኣለኽን (kemey ‘ aleken) f/pl/frm

(“Thanks to God!”)

Reply to ‘How are you?’ አግዚኣብሔር ይመስገን! (Ezgher Yimesgen!)
Long time no see ነዊሕ ኮይኑ ካብ ዘይንረአአ (Newih Koynu Kab Zeynire’e)
What’s your name? መን’ዩ ሸምካ (menyu shimka) m/sg

መን’ዩ ሸምኪ (menyu shimki) f/sg

መን’ዩ ሸምኩም (menyu shimkum) m/frm

መን’ዩ ሸምክን (menyu shimken) f/frm

My name is … ስመይ….ይበሃል (simey … yebehal)
Where are you from? ካበይ ዓዲ መጺኻ (Kabey Adi Metsika) m

ካበይ ዓዲ መጺኺ (Kabey Adi Metsiki) f

I’m from … ኣነ ካብ … መጽየ (Ane kab … Metsiye)
Pleased to meet you ጽቡቕ ሌላ (SbuQ liela)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
ከመይ ሓዲርካ (kemey Hadirka) m/sg

ከመይ ሓዲርኪ (kemey Hadirki) f/sg

ከመይ ሓዲርኩም (kemey Hadirkum) m/pl/frm

ከመይ ሓዲርክን (kemey Hadirkin) f/pl/frm

Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
ከመይ ውዒልካ (kemey Wu’elka) m/sg

ከመይ ውዒልኪ (kemey Wu’elki) f/sg

ከመይ ውዒልኩም (kemey Wu’elkum) m/pl/frm

ከመይ ውዒልክን (kemey Wu’elkn) f/pl/frm

Good evening
(Evening greeting)
ከመይ ኣምሲኻ (kemey Amsika) m/sg

ከመይ ኣምሲኺ (kemey Amsiki) f/sg

ከመይ ኣምሲኹም (kemey Amsikum) m/pl/frm

ከመይ ኣምሲኽን (kemey Amsikn) f/pl/frm

Good night ቡሩኽ ለይቲ (Buruk Leyti)

ሰናይ ለይቲ (Senay Leyti)

ልዋም ለይቲ (Lwam Leyti)

(Parting phrases)
ሰላማት (selamat)
Good luck! ጽቡቅ ዕድል (Tsibuk E’dl)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
ንጥዕናና (nTi’enana)
Have a nice day ደሓን ውዓሉ (deHan wˋalu)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
ቡሩኽ መግቢ (Buruk Megbi)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
ብደሓን እቶ (bdeHn əto)


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