Hausa Phrases

The Hausa 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: barka!
What is your name?: yaya sunanka/ki/ku?
Nice to meet you: naji dadin haduwarmu!
How are you?: ka/ki/kuna lafiya?
I'm good, thanks: ina lafiya kalau, na gode
And you?: kai fa?/ke fa?/ku fa?

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Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Hausa)?: kana/kina jin turancin ingilishi?
Does she speak Chinese?: tana jin harshen china?
A little bit: ka?an
How old are you?: shekaran ka/ki/ku nawa?
I'm 33 years old: shekaruna talatin da uku
It was nice talking to you: na ji dadin zancenmu

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

What do you mean?: me kake nufi?
I don't understand: ban gane ba
I don't know: ban sani ba
Sorry: yi hakuri
What is that called in Hausa?: yaya ake kiran wannan abin a hausa?
What does that word mean in English?: me wannan ke nufi a turancin ingilishi?

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: daga ina kake/kike/kuke?
I'm from the U.S: daga amurka nake
I'm American: ni ba'amurke ne
Where do you live?: a ina kake/kike/kuke zaune?
I live in the U.S: ina zaune a amurka
What do you do for a living?: wace sana'a kake/kuke/kike?
I'm a student: ni ?alibi ne

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: me kake bukata ne?
Can you help me?: ko za ka taimake ni?
Where is the airport?: ina filin jirgin sama?
Go straight: mike
Then: sa'an nan
Turn left: juya hagu
Turn right: yi dama


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Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Hausa in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: taya murnar ranar haihuwa
Happy new year: barka da sabuwar shekara
Merry Christmas: barka da kirsemeti
Good luck: allah bada sa'a
Congratulations: barka

Hausa expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: na kama ?aki
Do you have rooms available?: kuna da ?akuna?
I would like a non-smoking room: ina son ?akin da ba'a shan taba a cikinsa
How much it costs per night?: nawa kudin dakin na kwana guda?
Waiter: sabis
How much is this?: nawa ne wannan?
What is this?: mene ne wannan?

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: lafiya kake.kike/kuke?
I need a doctor: ina bukatar likita
Help: taimako
Call the ambulance: kira motar assibiti
Call the police: kira 'yan sanda
I am sick: ba ni da lafiya

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

Hausa Vocabulary

Hausa 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 Hausa phrases.