Basque Phrases

The Basque phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: kaixo!  Audio
What is your name?: zein da zure izena?  Audio
Nice to meet you: [uj: not used]  Audio
How are you?: zer moduz zaude?  Audio
I'm good, thanks: ondo, eskerrik asko  Audio
And you?: eta zu?  Audio

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Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Basque)?: (ingelesez / euskaraz) hitzegiten al duzu?  Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: txineraz hitz egiten al du?  Audio
A little bit: piska bat  Audio
How old are you?: zenbat urte dauzkazu?  Audio
I'm 33 years old: hogeita hiru urte dauzkat  Audio
It was nice talking to you:   Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: zer esan nahi duzu?  Audio
I don't understand: ez dut ulertzen!  Audio
I don't know: ez dakit!  Audio
Sorry: barkatu!  Audio
What is that called in Basque?: nola deitzen da hori euskaraz?  Audio
What does that word mean in English?: zer esan nahi du hitz horrek ingelesez?  Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: nondik zatoz?  Audio
I'm from the U.S: estatu batuetakoa naiz.  Audio
I'm American: amerikarra naiz  Audio
Where do you live?: non bizi zara?  Audio
I live in the U.S: estatu batuetan bizi naiz  Audio
What do you do for a living?: zertan egiten duzu lan?  Audio
I'm a student: ikaslea naiz  Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: lagundu al diezazuket?  Audio
Can you help me?: lagundu al diezadakezu?  Audio
Where is the airport?: non dago aireportua?  Audio
Go straight: joan zaitez zuzenean  Audio
Then: gero  Audio
Turn left: ezkerrera biratu  Audio
Turn right: eskuinera biratu  Audio


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Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Basque in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: zorionak!  Audio
Happy new year: urte berri on!  Audio
Merry Christmas: gabon zoriontsua!  Audio
Good luck: zorte ona izan!  Audio
Congratulations: zorionak!  Audio

Basque expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: erreserba daukat  Audio
Do you have rooms available?: gela librerik al daukazu?  Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: ez erretzaileentzako gela nahi nuke  Audio
How much it costs per night?: zein da gau bakoitzerako prezioa?  Audio
Waiter: barkatu!  Audio
How much is this?: zenbat balio du?  Audio
What is this?: zer da hau?  Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: ondo al zaude?  Audio
I need a doctor: medikua behar dut  Audio
Help: laguntza!  Audio
Call the ambulance: deitu anbulantziari!  Audio
Call the police: deitu ertzaintzari!  Audio
I am sick: txarto sentitzen naiz  Audio

These Basque phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Basque Vocabulary and Basque Grammar, you might want to visit our Basque Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Basque Vocabulary

Basque Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Basque phrases.