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Phrases to learn

Chinese

Basics

English Chinese (Pinyin) Pronunciation
yes shi
no bu
please qing
you're welcome bu ke qi
thank you xie xie
American mei gue ren
doctor yi sheng
Mama ma ma
Papa ba ba
train huo che
airplane fei ji
bus qi che
taxi chu zu che
hotel jiu dian
toilet wei sheng jian
telephone dian hua
store shang dian

Food

English Chinese (Pinyin) Pronunciation
breakfast zao fan
lunch wu fan
dinner wan fan
restaurant fan dian

Greetings

English Chinese (Pinyin) Pronunciation
Hello ni hao
Good morning zao shang hao
Good afternoon xia wu hao
Good evening wan shang hao
Good night wan an
Good-bye zai jian

Apologies

English Chinese (Pinyin) Pronunciation
sorry dui bu qi
excuse me me lao jia

Time

English Chinese (Pinyin) Pronunciation
day bai tian
week xing qi
month yue
today Jin Tian
tomorrow ming tian
What time is it now? Ji dian le?

Basic Phrases

English Chinese (Pinyin) Pronunciation
My name is ... wo jiao ...
Do you speak English? ni jiang ying wen ma?
I don't speak Chinese wo bu shuo zhong wen
Could you speak more slowly? qing shuo man dian hao ma?
I don't understand wo bu ming bai
I understand wo ming bai
Pleased to meet you hen gao xing ren shi ni

Questions

English Chinese (Pinyin) Pronunciation
Where? zai nar?
When? shen me shi hou?
How? zen yang?
Why? wei shen me?
Who? shei?

Amharic (Ethiopia)

Basics

English Amharic
yes ow OR awo
no idellem OR ai de lum OR aye
please (girl) ibahkish OR ibahkeesh
please (boy) i-bah-kah-huh
you're welcome minim chigir yelem, minem ayedelem
thank you ameseginalehu
I am American. Ene americawi negn (male)
Ene americawit negn (female)
doctor hakeem
hospital hakeem be't
mama em-aye-yay OR enat
papa abbabba OR abaye OR uh-buh-buh OR uh-bye-yeh
train babur
airplane ayroplan
bus awtobus
car/truck meckina
hotel hotel
bathroom bagnobet
telephone silk
store, shop suk, kiosk
toilet shinta bet
toilet paper or tissue soft
mom enat
dad ah but
children lej

Food

English Amharic
breakfast kurs
lunch mesa
dinner e raht OR ah-raht
restaurant megeb be't
water wah ha
food/meal megibba

Greetings

English Amharic
Hello selam, hello
Good morning indemin adderk (m),
indemin addersh (f),
indemin adderachihu (pl),
indemin adderu (respect)
Good afternoon indemin walk (m),
indemin walsh (f),
indemin walachihu (pl),
indemin walu (respect)
Good evening indemin amesheh (m),
indemin ameshesh (f),
indemin ameshachihu (pl),
indemin ameshu (respect)
Good night dehna ider (m),
dehna ideree (f),
dehna ideru (pl)
Good-bye (casual) ciao OR chow

Apologies

English Amharic
sorry azinalehu
excuse me yikuhrta

Time

English Amharic
day ken
week sament
month wer
today za re
tomorrow nege
What time is it now? Sint saat nouw?

Basic phrases

English Amharic
My name is... Sime .... new
Do you speak English? Englizigna tinageraleh (male)
Englizigna tinageralesh (female)
I don't speak Amharic. Amarigna alinagerem
Please speak more slowly. Kes bileh tenegari (male)
Kes bilesh tenegari (female)
I don't understand. Algebagnim
I understand. Gebagn
Nice to meet you. Siletewawekin Des Beelognal.
Where's the bathroom? Shent Be'tu yet new? (informal)
Metatebia Be'tu yet new? (formal)
I feel sick. Amognal

Questions

English Amharic
Where (direction) yet?
When? metche?
How? endet?
Why? lemen?
Who? man?
What? min?

Spanish

Greetings

English Spanish Pronunciation
Hello Hola Oh-la
Goodbye Adiós Ahd-yos
Good morning Buenos días Bweh-nos dee-ahs
Good afternoon Buenas tardes Bweh-nahs tar-dehs
Good evening/night Buenas noches Bweh-nahs no-cheys
How are you? ¿Cómo está usted? Coh-moh es-tah oo-sted
Very good/well, thanks Muy bien, gracias Mooey byen, grah-see-yahs
That's all right Está bien es-tah byen
Don't worry No se preocupe no sey prey-oh-coo-peh

Useful Statements

English Spanish Pronunciation
I don't know No sé no say
I'm hungry (thirsty) Tengo hambre (sed) tayn-go ahm-bray (sed)
I'm tired Estoy cansado es-toy cahn-sah-doh
I'm ready Estoy listo es-toy lee-stoh
One moment please Un momento por favor. oon moh-men-toh pour fah-vohr
Thank you for your help Gracias por tu ayuda. grah-see-yahs pour too ah-yoo-dah
Taxi please Taxi por favor tah-ksee pour fah-vohr

Common Phrases

English Spanish Pronunciation
Yes see
No No no
Please Por favor pour fah-vohr
Thank you Gracias grah-see-yahs
You're welcome De nada deh nah-dah
No thank you No gracias no grah-see-yahs
Sorry Perdone pehr-doh-ney
What is your name? ¿Cómo se llama? coh-moh say yah-mah
My name is ... Me llamo ... may yah-moh ...

Language Problems

English Spanish Pronunciation
Do you speak English? ¿Habla inglés? ah-blah een-glays?
Do you understand me? ¿Me entiende? may ehn-tyen-day?
I don't speak Spanish No hablo español no ah-bloh es-pah-nyol
Please speak slowly Hable despacio, por favor ah-blay des-pah-siyo pour fah-vohr
I don't understand No entiendo no ehn-tyen-doh

Questions

English Spanish Pronunciation
Where is (are)? ¿Dónde está (están) dohn-day es-tah (es-tahn)
When? ¿Cuándo? kwahn-doh?
Who? ¿Quién? kee-yen?
Why? ¿Por qué? pour-kay?
What? ¿Qué? kay?
How much is (are)? ¿Cuánto es (son)? kwahn-toh ehs (sohn)?
How far? ¿Qué distancia? kay dee-stahn-si-ya eye?
I want (would like ...) Quiero kee-yer-oh
Can you help me? ¿Puede usted ayudarme? pway-day oo-sted ah-yoo-dahr-may
Can you show me? ¿Puede enseñarme? pway-day oo-sted en-sen-yar-may
Can you tell me? ¿Puede decirme? pway-day oo-sted deh-seer-may

Russian

Basics

English Russian
(Transliterated)
Pronunciation
yes da dah
no net nyet
please / you're welcome pozhaluista pah-zhal-stah
thank you (very much) spasibo (bol'shoe) spah-see-bah (bahl-shoye)
American Amerikansky Ah-myer-ee-kahn-skeey
doctor vrach vrahch
medical clinic polikinika pah-lee-klee-nee-kah
Mama Mama Mah-mah
Papa Papa Pah-pah
train poezd poy-ezd
airplane samolët sah-mah-loot
bus avtobus ahv-toh-boos
taxi taksi tahk-see
hotel gostinitsa gah-stee-nee-tsah
toilet tualet too-ah-lyet
telephone telefon tee-lee-fohn
store magazin mah-gah-zeen

Food

English Russian
(Transliterated)
Pronunciation
breakfast zavtrak zahv-trahnk
lunch obed ah-byed
dinner uzin oo-zheen
restaurant restoran res-tah-rahn

Greetings

English Russian
(Transliterated)
Pronunciation
hello zdravstvuite zdrast-vooy-tye
good morning dobroe utro doh-braye oo-trah
good afternoon dobr'y den' doh-bree dyen
good evening dobr'y vechr doh-bree vye-cher
good night spokoinoy nochy spah-koy-nay noh-chyee
good-bye do svidaniya dah svee-dah-nee-ya

Apologies

English Russian
(Transliterated)
Pronunciation
sorry izvinite eez-vee-nee-te
excuse me prostite prah-stee-tye

Time

English Russian
(Transliterated)
Pronunciation
day den' dyen
week nedelya nye-dyel-ya
month mesyats mye-syats
today segodnya sye-vohd-nyah
tomorrow savtra zahf-trah
What time is it now? Skol'ko seichas vremeny? Skohl-kah syey-chahs vrye-myen-ee?

Phrases

English Russian
(Transliterated)
Pronunciation
My name is ... Menya zovut ... Myen-yah zah-voot...
Do you speak English? V'i govorite po-angliyski Vi ga-var-eet-ye pa an-glee-skee?
I don't speak Russian Ya ne govoryu po-russki Yah nye gah-vahr-yoo pah-roo-skee
Could you speak more slowly? Govorite, pozhaluista, medlennee Gah-vah-ree-tye pa-zha-looy-sta myed-lee-ney
I don't understand Ya ne ponimayu Ya nee pa-nee-ma-yoo
I understand Ya ponimayu Ya pa-nee-ma-yoo
Pleased to meet you! Ochen' priyatno Oh-chyen pree-yaht-nah!

Questions

English Russian
(Transliterated)
Pronunciation
Where? gde? gdye?
When? kogda? kog-dah?
How? kak? kak?
Why? pochemu? pach-yee-moo?
Who? kto? kto?