An English Guide To Everyday Hausa (Nigeria) Phrases

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While human existence in Nigeria dates back to 900 BC, according to archaeological evidence, Free Translation Quote.the earliest known civilised people were the Nok, as far back as 500 BC.

This guide to translating Hausa phrases into English will no doubt prove necessary if you find yourself en route to Nigeria.

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EmergencyTranslation
Help!Taimako!
I need your help.Ina buƙatar taimakonka
Police!Ɗan sanda!
Stop!Tsaya!
Watch out!Ka kula!
Go away!Tafi!
Let me go!Bari in tafi!
Where are we going?Ina za mu tafi?
I need a lawyer.Ina buƙatar lauya
Can I use your phone / computer?Zan iya amfani da waya/kwamfutarka?
Call the police /a doctor/ an ambulance!Kira ɗan sanda / likita / motar asibiti
Stop! Thief!Tsaya! Ɓarawo!
Leave me alone.Kyale ni.
I’m hurt!An ɓata mini rai!
I need a doctor.Ina buƙatar likita.
I’m sick.Ba ni da lafiya.
I’ve been injured.Na samu rauni.
I’m lost.Na ɓace.
I lost my bag.Jakata ta ɓace.
I lost my wallet.Zabirata ta ɓace.

 

Small TalkTranslation
helloSannu!
Good AfternoonBarka da rana
How are you?Kana lafiya?
How old are you?Shekarunka nawa?
What do you do for a living?Mene ne sana’arka?
What are your hobbies?Wasu irin wasanni kake so?
I am fineIna lafiya
I am sickBa ni da lafiya
My name is…Sunana…
This is my friend / father / mother / son / daughterWannan abokina ne / mahaifi / mahaifiya / ɗa / ‘ya
What is this / that?Mene ne wannan / wancan?
I am pleased to meet youNa yi farin cikin haɗuwa da kai
I am _ years oldShekaruna_
See you laterSai anjima
GoodbyeSai wata rana
Good nightSaid a safe
Where is the restroom?Ina ɗakin hutawar?
I understand / I do not understandNa fahimta / Ban fahimta ba

 

EtiquetteTranslation
please (asking for something)Dan Allah (tambayar wani abu)
please (offering something)Dan Allah (bayar da wani abu)
May I have _?Ko zan samu _?
thank youNa gode
you’re welcomemaraba
yesi
noA’a
excuse megafara dai
sorryYi haƙuri
waitjira

 

NumbersTranslation
oneɗaya
twobiyu
threeuku
fourhuɗu
fivebiyar
sixshida
sevenbakwai
eighttakwas
ninetara
tengoma
elevengoma sha ɗaya
twelvegoma sha biyu
thirteengoma sha uku
fourteengoma sha huɗu
fifteengoma sha biyar
sixteengoma sha shida
seventeengoma sha bakwai
eighteengoma sha takwas
nineteengoma tara
twentyashirin
thirtytalatin
fiftyhamsin
one hundredɗari ɗaya
one thousanddubu ɗaya
ten thousanddubu goma
one hundred thousandduba ɗari
one millionMiliya ɗaya

 

TimeTranslation
nowyanzu
lateranjima
beforekafin
morningsafiya
afternoonrana
eveningyamma
nightdare
one o’clockƘarfe ɗaya
two o’clockƘarfe biyu
noonTaskar rana
midnightTsakar dare
minute/sMinti/mintuna
hour/sAwa / awanni
day/sKwana / kwanaki
week/sMako / makonni
month/sWata / watanni
year/sShekara / shekaru
todayyau
tomorrowgobe
MondayLitinin
TuesdayTalata
WednesdayLaraba
ThursdayAlhamis
FridayJuma’a
SaturdayAsabar
SundayLahadi
JanuaryJanairu
FebruaryFabrairu
MarchMaris
AprilAfurilu
MayMayu
JuneYuni
JulyYuli
AugustAgusta
SeptemberSatumba
OctoberOktoba
NovemberNuwamba
DecemberDisamba

 

ColorsTranslation
blackbaki
whitefari
rayToka-toka
redja
blueshuɗi
yellowrawaya
greenkore
orangeLauni Ja da rawaya
purpleLauni mai ja da shuɗi
brownRowan ƙasa

 

BodyTranslation
headkai
eyesidanu
earsKunnuwa
nosehanci
baki
armhannu
legƙafa
handhannu
feettafin ƙafa
chestƙirji
skinfata
muscletsoka
bloodjini

 

Questioning wordsTranslation
howyaya
whatmene
whenyaushe
whyMe ya sa
whowa
whereina
how manyguda nawa

 

Pronouns and adjectivesTranslation
goodmai kyau
badmara kyau
bigbabba
smallƙarami
fastsauri
slowa hankali
lightmara nauyi
heavymai nauyi
lighthaske
darkduhu
loudƙara
quietshiru

 

FeelingsTranslation
hot / cold / warmZafi / sanyi / ɗumi
painful / pleasantMai zafi / mai daɗi
comfortableda daɗi
I am happy / sadIna murna / baƙin ciki
I am angryIna fushi
I am tiredNa gaji
I am embarrassedNa ji kunya
I agree / disagreeNa yarda / Ban yarda ba
I like / dislike thisIna so wannan / Ban a son wannan
I am worried / concernedNa dmu / Ina jin

 

MoneyTranslation
How much is this?Nawa ne wanna?
What is the cost?Mene ne kuɗinsa?
Where can I get money changed?A in azan samu canji?
Do you accept credit card /Kana amsar katin kuɗi?
moneykuɗi
currencykuɗin ƙasa
cashTsabar kuɗi
credit cardKatin kuɗi
bankbanki
bank accountasusun banki
automatic teller machine (ATM)Injin samar da kuɗi (ATM)
travellers checkCek (takarda mai bad a izini banki su biya kuɗi)

 

TravelTranslation
Please take me to_Dan Allah kai ni zuwa ga _
Where can I find _?A in zan nemi _?
What is the address?Mene ne adireshin?
Where can I rent a _?A in azan yi hayar_?
airport / airplanefilin jirgin sama / jirgin sama
passportfasfot
stationtasha
restaurantswurin cin abinci
guest housegidan hutawa
hostelɗakin kwana
hotelotal
bed & breakfastgado / Karin kumallo
barsmashaya
charger – mobile / tablet / computerabun caji – tafi- da-gidank/ ƙaramar kwamfuta / kwamfuta
bike / train / bus / car / taxiKeke / jirgin ƙasa/ safa / tasi
ferry / yacht / boatJirgin fito / babban jirgin ruwa / kwalekwale
gas (petrol)gas (fetir)
What is the room number?Mene ne lambar ɗakin
Which floor?Hawa na nawa?
When is the next _?Yaushe ne_ na gaba?
How far is _?Yaya _ yake?
Northarewa
Southkudu
Eastgabas
Westyamma

 

FoodTranslation
waterruwa
BreakfastKarin kumallo
LunchAbinci rana
DinnerAbincin dare
Snacktaɓa abinci
meat / chicken / beef / pork / lambNama / kaza /naman sa / alade / naman ɗan tunkiya
fishkifi
vegetablesganyayyaki
kwaɗon ganye
drink / wine / beerAbun sha / barasa / giya
beverageAbun shad a ba ruwa
tea / coffeeShayi / kofi
I am hungry / thirsty / satisfiedIna jin yunwa / ƙishi / ƙoshi
Table for one / two / three / family please.Dan Allah teburin mutum ɗaya / biyu / uku.
Please may I look at the menu?Dan Allah ko zan iya duba takardar tsarin abincin?
I am vegetarian / vegan / I don’t eat meat.Ni mutum ne dab a na cin kowane irin nama ko kifi / kowane irin abun day a danganci dabbobi/ Ban a cin nama.
Kosher only / Halaal onlyKosha kaai / Halal kawai
Cheers!Sowa!

 

ShoppingTranslation
When do you open / close?Yaushe kake duɗewa / rufewa?
I will take it thank youZan amshi shih aka na gode
I want it / I don’t want itIna son shi / Ban a son shi
How much?Nawa?
toothbrushasuwaki
soapsabulu
shampooSabulun wanke gashi
pain medicineMaganin zafi
toweltawul
batteriesbatirori
pens / paperAƙalami / takarda

 

ProverbsMeaning/ English Equivalent
Karambanin akwiya, gai da kura(it was pure) meddlesomeness on the part of the goat to think she could great the hyena without disaster. i.e. Don’t attempt the impossible.
Mai haƙuri yak an dafa dutse ya sha romonsaA patient person will cook a stone and drink its broth. i.e. patience is virtue.
Barin kasha a ciki bay a maganin yunwa.Keeping one’s excrement in one’s stomach doesn’t keep one from hunger. i.e. Speak out when the time comes-remaining silent won’t solve the problem.
Albarkacin kaza ƙadangare ya sha rowan kaskoThanks to the chicken the lizard drank water from a bowl. i.e. Some gain advantages through no virtue of their own.
Da tsirara gara baƙin bante.Rather than nakedness better a black loincloth. i.e. Half a loaf is better than none.
Ko ba a gwada ba linzami ya fib akin kaza.Even though no measurement is taken one can see that a bridle is too big for the mouth of a chicken. i.e. Such-and-such is completely obious.
Aikin banza makaho da waiwaye.It is worthless work for a blind man to turn his head to look. i.e. An illustration of a supreme waste of effort.
Labarin zuciya a tambayi fuska.For the news of the heart one should ask the face. i.e. One’s face shows what is in one’s heart.
Kome nisan dare gari zai waye.No matter how long the night, morning will come. i.e. Every cloud has a silver lining.

 

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