Hausa Vocabulary

The Hausa vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: daya Two: biyu a Three: uku
Four: hu?u Five: biyar Six: shida
Seven: bakwai Eight: takwas Nine: tara
Ten: goma First: na farko Second: na biyu

Time Expressions

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: litinin Tuesday: talata Wednesday: laraba
Thursday: alhamis Friday: jumma'a Saturday: asabar
Sunday: lahadi Now: yanzu Yesterday: jiya
Today: yau Tonight: da daren nan Tomorrow: gobe

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Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: ya'yan itace Apples: aful
Bananas: ayaba Tomatoes: tumatir
Potatoes: dankali Onions: albasa

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: jajata Green: tsanwa Blue: shu?i
White: fari Black: ba?i Grey: tokatoka

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: karin kumallo Lunch: abincin rana
Dinner: buda-baki Milk: madara
Coffee: kofi Bread: burodi

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Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: hasken rana Windy: iska Rainy: alamar ruwa
Snowy: dusar kankara Cold: sanyi Hot: zafi

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: yaro Girl: yarinya
Son: ?a Daughter: ya
Brother: dan'uwa Sister: kanwa
Man: namiji Woman: macce
Father: mahaifi or baba Mother: mama or uwa
Grandfather: kaka Grandmother: kaka

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: gida Toilet: makewayi Room: ?aki
Bedroom: ?aki Kitchen: kicin Table: tebur

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: mage Dog: kare Mouse: kusu
Bird: tsuntsu Cow: saniya Horse: doki

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: safa Shoes: takalma Trousers: wando
Shirt: shat Sweater: suwaita Coat: kwat

Most popular languages in the world:

English: turancin ingilishi French: faransanci German: jamusanci
Spanish: spaniyanci Italian: italiyanci Portuguese: harshen portugal
Greek: grkanci Russian: rashanci Arabic: larabci
Hindi: indiynci Chinese: harshen sin Japanese: japananci


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Travel Vocabulary

Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: taksi Bus: motar safa
Hotel: otel Reservation: kama ?aki
Airport: filin jirgin sama Passport: fasfo

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: ?alibi Teacher: malami Pen: al?alami
Books: lattafai Page: shafi Dictionary: kamus

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: hannu Feet: kafafu Hair: gashi
Eye: ido Mouth: baki Nose: hanci

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: motar assibiti Doctor: likita
Hospital: assibiti Pharmacy: shagon magungunna
Police: yan sanda Stomach Ache: ciwon ciki

As you can see, this Hausa vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.