Malagasy Phrases

The Malagasy 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:   Audio
What is your name?: izy no anaranao  Audio
Nice to meet you:   Audio
How are you?: manao ahoana ianao  Audio
I'm good, thanks: tsara fa misaotra  Audio
And you?: ary ianao?  Audio


Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Malagasy)?: miteny (anglisy/malagasy) ve ianao?  Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: miteny sinoa ve izy?  Audio
A little bit: kelikely fotsiny  Audio
How old are you?: firy taona ianao  Audio
I'm 33 years old: telo amby telopolo aho  Audio
It was nice talking to you: nahafinaritra ny niresaka taminao  Audio

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

What do you mean?: inona no tianao ho lazaina?  Audio
I don't understand: tsy azoko / tsy mazava amiko  Audio
I don't know: tsy fantatro  Audio
Sorry: azafady / miala tsiny  Audio
What is that called in Malagasy?: inona no anaran'ity amin'ny teny malagasy?  Audio
What does that word mean in English?: inona no dikan'ity teny ity amin'ny teny anglisy  Audio


More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: avy aiza ianao?  Audio
I'm from the U.S: avy any etazonia aho  Audio
I'm American: amerikanina aho  Audio
Where do you live?: aiza ianao no mipetraka?  Audio
I live in the U.S: any etazonia aho no mipetraka  Audio
What do you do for a living?: inona no antom-pivelomanao?  Audio
I'm a student: mpianatra aho  Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: afaka manampy anao ve aho?  Audio
Can you help me?: afaka manampy ahy ve ianao?  Audio
Where is the airport?: aiza ny seranam-piaramanidina?  Audio
Go straight: mandehana mahitsy  Audio
Then: avy eo  Audio
Turn left: mihodona miankavia  Audio
Turn right: mihodona miankavanana  Audio


Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Malagasy in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: arabaina tratry ny tsigerin-taoana nahaterahana  Audio
Happy new year: arahaba tratry ny taona  Audio
Merry Christmas: arahaba tratry krisimasy  Audio
Good luck: tsar?  Audio
Congratulations: arabaina  Audio

Malagasy expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: nanao famandrinana aho  Audio
Do you have rooms available?: mbola manana efitrano malalaka ve ianareo?  Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: mila efitrano tsy azo hifohana sigara aho   Audio
How much it costs per night?: ohatrinona isan'alina no sarany?  Audio
Waiter: mpandroso sakafo  Audio
How much is this?: ohatrinona ity?  Audio
What is this?: inona ity?  Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: manao ahoana ianao  Audio
I need a doctor: mila dokotera aho  Audio
Help: fanampiana  Audio
Call the ambulance: miantsoa ambilansa  Audio
Call the police: miantsoa polisy  Audio
I am sick: marary aho  Audio

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

Malagasy Vocabulary

Malagasy Grammar


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 Malagasy phrases.