Oromo Phrases

The Oromo 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: naqaa?
What is your name?: maqaan ke eenyu
Nice to meet you: si argun naaf gammachudha
How are you?: isin attam?
I'm good, thanks: fayyaadha, ulfaadhu
And you?: ati ho?

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Oromo)?: afaan (ingiliizi/oromoo) beekta?
Does she speak Chinese?: afaan chaayina beeka?
A little bit: xinnoo se
How old are you?: umuriin ke waggaa meeqa?
I'm 33 years old: ani waggaa soddomi sadii
It was nice talking to you: wajjin haasa'un kenya na gammachiseera

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

What do you mean?: maal jechuu keeti?
I don't understand: naa ngalle
I don't know: an hinbeeku
Sorry: dhiifama
What is that called in Oromo?: afaan oromootin maal jedhama?
What does that word mean in English?: jechi kun afaan ingiliizitin maal jedhaa?

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: biyyi ke eessa?
I'm from the U.S: biyyo ko usa
I'm American: ani nama amaarikaaniti
Where do you live?: essa jiraatta?
I live in the U.S: biyya amaarikaani njiraadha
What do you do for a living?: maal hojiin ke?
I'm a student: ani barataadha

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: si gargaaru?
Can you help me?: na gargaarta?
Where is the airport?: dirreen xiyyaaraa eessa?
Go straight: fuuluma dura ke deemi
Then: yeros
Turn left: gara bitaa gori
Turn right: gara mirgaa gori


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Good wishes in Oromo in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: ayyaana dhalootaa gaarii
Happy new year: ayyaana haaraa gaarii
Merry Christmas: ayyaana dhalootaa kiristoos gaarii hata'u
Good luck: carraa gaarii, (or milkaa'a)
Congratulations: baga gamadan

Oromo expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: iddoo qabadheera
Do you have rooms available?: kutaan siree duwwaan jira?
I would like a non-smoking room: kutaa dhowwaa sigaaraa qabu nfedha
How much it costs per night?: halkan tokkoof gaiin meeqa?
Waiter: tajaajilaa / baashira
How much is this?: kun gatiin meeqa?
What is this?: kun maal inni?

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: ati fayyuma?
I need a doctor: hakiimiitu na barbaachisa
Help: gargaarsa / qarqaarsa
Call the ambulance: ambulaansii waamaa
Call the police: poliisii waamaa
I am sick: na dhukkuba / nandhibama

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

Oromo Vocabulary

Oromo 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 Oromo phrases.