© 2011 Nizar Habash

A Semitish Phrase Book

by Nizar Habash



1. Basic Expressions

Hello

salom

Good-bye

salom

Please

pliz

Thanks

todaškar

Thank you

todaškar

Thanks a lot

alf todaškar

You're welcome

walaw!

Excuse me

smalax-li

How are you?

ma šlon-ka?

Fine, thank you.

toyeb, todaškar

O.K.

oke

Who are you?

min ata?

I am Yosef.

ana yosef

What is your name?

ma sim-ka?

My name is Lina.

sim-i lina

Are you Yosef?

ata yosef?

Yes

kena'am

Yes, I am.

kena'am. ana hu.

Yes, I am Yosef.

kena'am. ana yosef.

No

lalo

No, I am not.

lalo. ana lalo hi.

No, I am not Lina.

lalo. ana lalo lina.


2. Hello Everybody!

Good morning

yom na'im

Good evening

salom

Good afternoon

salom

Good night

layla na'ima

Hello

salom

Hello everybody!

salom hal-kol!

Hi sweetie!

hay habubula!

Congratulations

mabrukot

Happy holiday

zaman na'im

Happy season

zaman na'im

Happy birthday

yom moled na'im

Happy new year

ras sana na'im

Good-bye

salom

See you soon

le-ir'a-ka be-krob

See you (later)

le-ir'a-ka

This is ...

haz ...

How do you do?

ma šlon-ka?

Very well, thank you. and you?

kol toyeb, todaškar. u ata?

I'm doing wonderfully, thank you.

na'im, todaškar.

Excuse me

smalax-li

Sorry

smalax-li

No problem

lalo problem

I beg your pardon.

smalax-li

I would like you to meet Lina

ana ixbob ata le imit Lina

Ms. Smith

madam smith

Mr. Smith

mister smith

mother

im

my mom

im-i

father

ab

my father

ab-i

brother

ax

sister

oxot

son

ben

daughter

bet

aunt

ant

uncle

ankel

grandmother

imima

grandfather

ababa

husband

zog

wife

zoga

sister-in-law

oxot zog-i/zogt-i

brother-in-law

ax zog-i/zogt-i

son-in-law

ben zog-i/zogt-i

daughter-in-law

bet zog-i/zogt-i

family

familia

woman

hawa

man

adam

masculine

zakari

This is my mother

haz hi im-i

and that is my father

u haz hu ab-i

And who is this?

u min haz?


3. One, Two, Three, GO!

number

namber

numbers

namberin

zero

ziro

one

ahad

two

sanen

three

salas

four

arba'

five

xames

six

ses

seven

sab'a

eight

smana

nine

tis'a

ten

'asra

eleven

ahad-'asar

twelve

sanen-'asar

thirteen

salas-'asar

fourteen

arba-'asar

fifteen

xames-'asar

sixteen

ses-'asar

seventeen

sab'a-'asar

eighteen

smana-'asar

nineteen

tis'a-'asar

twenty

'asrin

twenty-one

'asrin u-axad

twenty-two

'asrin u-sanen

twenty-three

'asrin u-salas

twenty-four

'asrin u-arba

twenty-five

'asrin u-xames

twenty-six

'asrin u-ses

twenty-seven

'asrin u-sab'a

twenty-eight

'asrin u-smana

twenty-nine

'asrin u-tis'a

thirty

salasin

forty

arba'in

fifty

xamsin

sixty

sesin

seventy

sab'in

eighty

smanin

ninety

tis'in

one hundred

me'a

two hundred

me'atayn

three hundred

salas me'ot

four hundred

arba' me'ot

five hundred

xames me'ot

one thousand

alf

two thousands

alfayn

three thousands

salas alfin

nineteen seventy three

alf tis'a me'ot sab'in u-salas

million

milyon

two millions

milyonayn

millions

milyonin

billion

milyar

first

axadi/rasi

second

saneni

third

salasi

fourth

arba'i

fifth

xamesi

sixth

sesi

seventh

sabe'i

eighth

smani

ninth

tis'i

tenth

'asri

last

axir

other

axer

beginning

fatiha

end

axera

once

be-ahad

twice

be-sanen

three times

be-salas

half

haf

one-third

salus

percent

be-me'a

plus

u

minus

beli

times

be

divided by

'al

equal

sawa/iswa

5+5-3=7

xames u xames beli salas iswa sab'a

one house

bayt

two houses

baytayn

three houses

salas baytin

twelve houses

axad-'asar baytin

the first house

hal-bayt hal-axadi

the tenth house

hal-bayt hal-'asari

the last house

hal-bayt hal-axir

How much does this cost?

haz be-kama?

It costs 1 zahaba

haz be-zahaba ahada

It costs 35 zahabas

haz be-salasin u-xames zahabot

72 zahabas

sab'in u-sanen zahabot

She is number one (for me).

hu namber axad (be-'ayn-i)

I want number 65.

be-nefes-i namber sesin u-xames


4. What Day is it?

night

layla

day

yom

today

hal-yom

Today is...

hal-yom yom …

yesterday

hal-yom hal-axir

tomorrow

bokra

tonight

hal-layla

last night

hal-layla hal-axira

tomorrow night

laylat bokra

every day

kol yom

all day

kol hal-yom

every night

kol layla

next week

hal-sabu' hal-gai

week

sabu'

What day is it?

ma hal-yom?

It is Sunday.

hal-yom yom ahad

Monday

yom sanen

Tuesday

yom salas

Wednesday

yom arba'

Thursday

yom xames

Friday

yom gom'a

Saturday

yom šabat

Moon

mun

Sun

šemes

month

hadašahr

every month

kol hadašahr

this month

hal-hadašahr haz

last month

hal-hadašahr hal-axir

last week

hal-sabu' hal-axir

next month

hal-hadašahr hal-gai

January

hadašahr ahad

February

hadašahr sanen

March

hadašahr salas

April

hadašahr arba'

May

hadašahr xames

June

hadašahr ses

July

hadašahr sab'a

August

hadašahr smana

September

hadašahr tis'a

October

hadašahr 'asra

November

hadašahr ahad-'asar

December

hadašahr sanen-'asar

year

sana

What year is it?

ma hal-sana?

It is 2009.

hal-sana 2009.

season

zaman sana

Summer

zaman šemes

Winter

zaman matar

Spring

zaman-zera'

Autumn

zaman qatif

How old are you?

ata ben/bet kama?

I am 18 years old.

ana li 18 sana

time

zaman

this time

hal-zaman

next time

hal-zaman hal-gai

last time

hal-zaman hal-axir

sometimes

be-zamanin

What time is it?

ma hal-sa'a?

hour

sa'a

minute

dakika

seconds

saniot

watch

sa'a

It is one o'clock.

hal-sa'a ahad

two o'clock

sanen

half past three

salas u haf

quarter past four.

arba' u rabu'

quarter to four

rabu' le-arba'

twenty to five.

'asrin le xames


5. What, who, where?


Where

ayna

from where

men ayna

when

matay

Who

min

what

ma

which

ay

Whom

min

how

ekif

Why

le-ma

Where am I?

ayna ana?

Where is ...?

ayna…?

Are you from here?

ata men hene?

Yes, I am.

kena'am.

No, I am not from here

lalo, ana lalo men hene

Where are you from?

men ayna ata?

I am from ...

ana men …

America

amerika

France

frans

England

ingland

Japan

yaban

Germany

doitšland

China

sin

Russia

rusia

Iraq

irak

Egypt

meser

Where are you going?

ayna ata iluh?

Where can I find ...?

ayna yešfi ...?

When can I see you?

matay muxal li l-ir'a-ka?

Where is the meeting?

ayna hal-miting?

When is the meeting?

matay hal-miting?

How much does this cost?

haz be-kama?

Can you speak Semiti?

muxal le-ka le-isix be-semiti?

What is this called in Semiti?

ekif le-isix haz be-semiti?

Who am I???

min ana???


6. This is it!


What is this?

ma haz?

This is ...

haz ...

This is a car.

haz kar.

This is a house.

haz bayt.

This is a bird.

haz asifur.

Is it ... ?

hu ... ?

Yes, it is.

kena'am, ihyikun

No, it isn't.

lalo, lalo ihyikun

So, what is it?

aza, ma hu?

Where is ...?

ayna…?

Where is it?

ayna hu?

Where are they?

ayna hem?

Here it is.

hene hu.

There they are.

hene hem.

Where is my hotel?

ayna hotel-i?

Are they in Egypt?

hem be-meser?

Yes, they are in Egypt.

kena'am, hem be-meser

What does he do?

ma hu if'al?

He

hu

He is a doctor.

hu doktor?

professor

profesor

politician

politiki

musician

musikar

What does she do?

ma hi if'al?

She

hi

She is a doctor.

hi doktora?

professor

profesora

politician

politikia

musician

musikara


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