Somali Phrases

The Somali 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: haye
What is your name?: magacaa?
Nice to meet you: kulanti wanaagsan
How are you?: see tahay
I'm good, thanks: waan fiicnahay, mahadsanid
And you?: adiguna?

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Somali)?: ma ku hadashaa (ingiriis/afkaaga sheeg)
Does she speak Chinese?: miyay ku hadashaa af shiineys
A little bit: in yar un
How old are you?: meeqo sanaad jirtaa
I'm 33 years old: waxaan ahay saddex iyo soddon
It was nice talking to you: way wanaagsanayd inaan kula hadlo

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

What do you mean?: maxaad uga jeeddaa
I don't understand: ma fahmin
I don't know: ma aqaan
Sorry: waan ka xumahay
What is that called in Somali?: waxaas maxaa lagu dhahaa afkaaga sheeg
What does that word mean in English?: muxuu yahay micnaha eraygaas af ingiriiska?

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: halkee ka timid?
I'm from the U.S: maraykankaan ka imid
I'm American: maraykan baan ahay
Where do you live?: halkee ku nooshahay
I live in the U.S: maraykankaan ku noolahay
What do you do for a living?: maxaad nolosha ka soo saarataa?
I'm a student: arday baan ahay

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: ma ku caawin karaa
Can you help me?: ma i caawin kartaa
Where is the airport?: aaway garoonka diyaaradaha
Go straight: toos u bax
Then: ka dib
Turn left: bidix u leexo
Turn right: midig u leexo


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Good wishes in Somali in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: dhalasho wanaagsan
Happy new year: sannad wanaagsan
Merry Christmas: kirismas wanaagsan
Good luck: nasiib wacan
Congratulations: hambalyo

Somali expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: wuu ii carbuunan yahay
Do you have rooms available?: miyaad haysaa qolal bannaan
I would like a non-smoking room: waxaan jeclaan lahaa qol aan sigaar lagu cabin
How much it costs per night?: waa maxay qiimaha habaynkiiba
Waiter: kabalyeeri
How much is this?: waa imisa kani
What is this?: kani waa maxay?

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: ma fiican tahay?
I need a doctor: dhakhtar baan u baahnahay
Help: caawi
Call the ambulance: wax ambalaaska
Call the police: wac boliiska
I am sick: waan jirranahay

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

Somali Vocabulary

Somali 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 Somali phrases.