Kurdish Phrases

The Kurdish 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: چۆنی  [chony?] Audio
What is your name?: ناوت چییە؟  [nawt chya?] Audio
Nice to meet you: خۆشحاڵم بە ناسینت  [khoshhalm be nasint] Audio
How are you?: لە چییای؟  [le chyay?] Audio
I'm good, thanks: من باشم، سوپاست دەکەم  [mn bashim, swpast dakam] Audio
And you?: ئەی تۆ؟  [ay to?] Audio

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Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Kurdish)?: ئایا زمانی (ئینگلیزی/کوردی) قسە دەکەیت؟  [aya zmany (englizy/kurdy) qse dekety?] Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: ئایا ئەو بە چینی قسە دەکات؟  [aya aw be chiny qse dekat?] Audio
A little bit: تەنها کەمەکێک  [tenha kemekek] Audio
How old are you?: تۆ تەمەنت چەندە؟  [to tement chanda?] Audio
I'm 33 years old: من تەمەنم سی و سێ ساڵە  [mn temenm sy w se sale] Audio
It was nice talking to you: خۆشحاڵ بووم بە قسەکردن لەگەڵت  [khoshhalm bwm be qse krdin legelt] Audio

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

What do you mean?: مەبەستت چییە؟  [mabastt chya?] Audio
I don't understand: من تێ ناگەم  [mn te nagem] Audio
I don't know: من نازانم  [mn nazanm] Audio
Sorry: ببوورە  [bbwre] Audio
What is that called in Kurdish?: ئەوە چی پێ دەووترێت بە کوردی؟  [awe chy pe dawtret be kyrdy?] Audio
What does that word mean in English?: ئەو ووشەیە مانای چییە بە ئینگلیزی؟  [ae wsheye manay chye be englizy?] Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: تۆ خەڵکی کوێیت؟  [to khelky kwey?] Audio
I'm from the U.S: من خەڵکی ووڵاتە یەکگرتووەکانی ئەمەریکام  [mn khelky wlate yekgrtwekany amerikam] Audio
I'm American: من ئەمەریکیم  [mn amerikeem] Audio
Where do you live?: تۆ لە کوێ دەژیت؟  [to le kwe dezheet?] Audio
I live in the U.S: من لە ووڵاتە یەکگرتووەکانی ئەمەریکا دەژیم  [mn le wlate yekgrtwekany amerika dezheem] Audio
What do you do for a living?: ئیشی چی دەکەی بۆ ژیانی ڕۆژانەت؟  [eshy chy dekey bo zhiany rozhanet?] Audio
I'm a student: من خوێندکارم  [mn khwendkarm] Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: من دەتوانم یارمەتیت بدەم؟  [mn detwanm yarmeteet bdem?] Audio
Can you help me?: تۆ دەتوانیت یارمەتیم بدەیت؟  [to detwaneet yarmeteem bdeyt?] Audio
Where is the airport?: فڕۆکەخانەکە لە کوێیە؟  [frokekhaneke le kweye?] Audio
Go straight: ڕێک بڕۆ  [rek bro] Audio
Then: پاشان  [pashan] Audio
Turn left: بە لای چەپدا پێچ بکەرەوە  [be lay chepda pech bkerewe] Audio
Turn right: بە لای ڕاستدا پێچ بکەرەوە  [be lay rastdapech bkerewe] Audio


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Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Kurdish in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: جەژنی لە دایک بوونت پیرۆز بێت  [jazhny le daik bunt piroz bet] Audio
Happy new year: ساڵی نوێت پیرۆز بێت  [saly nwet piroz bet] Audio
Merry Christmas: جەژنی کریسمیست بە خۆشی بێت  [jachny krismit be khoshy bet] Audio
Good luck: بەختەوەر بیت  [bekhtewer beet] Audio
Congratulations: پیرۆزە  [peeroza] Audio

Kurdish expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: من قۆرخ کردنم هەیە  [mn qorkh krdnm heye] Audio
Do you have rooms available?: ئایا ژووری بەتاڵت هەیە؟  [aya zhwry betalt heye?] Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: حەزم لە ژوورێکی جگەرە نەکێشە  [hezm le zhwreky jgere nekeshe] Audio
How much it costs per night?: شەوی بە چەندە؟  [shawy be chende?] Audio
Waiter: بەردەستی چێشتخانە  [berdesty cheshtkhane] Audio
How much is this?: ئەمە بە چەندە؟  [ame be chende?] Audio
What is this?: ئەمە چییە؟  [ame chya?] Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: ئایا تۆ باشیت؟  [aya to basheet?] Audio
I need a doctor: پێویستم بە پزیشکە  [pewistm be pzishke] Audio
Help: یارمەتی  [yarmety] Audio
Call the ambulance: تەلەفۆن بکە بۆ ئۆتۆمۆبیلی فریاکەوتن   [telefon bke bo utomobeely fryakawtn] Audio
Call the police: تەلەفۆن بکە بۆ پۆلیس  [telefon bke bo polees] Audio
I am sick: من نەخۆشم  [mn nekhoshm] Audio

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

Kurdish Vocabulary

Kurdish 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 Kurdish phrases.