Useful Basque phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Basque, a language with no known relatives spoken in northern Spain and southern France.

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Guide to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal.

English euskara (Basque)
Welcome Ongi etorri
(General greeting)
How are you? Zer moduz?
Reply to 'How are you?' Ondo, eskerrik asko
Long time no see Aspaldiko!
What's your name? Nor zara?
Zer da zure izena?
My name is ... ... naiz
Nire izena ... da
Where are you from? Nongoa zara?
I'm from ... ... ko/go naiz
Pleased to meet you Urte askotarako
Pozten naiz zu ezagutzeaz
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Egun on
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Arratsalde on
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Arratsalde on
Good night Gabon
(Parting phrases)
Good luck Zorte on!
(Toasts used when drinking)
On egin!
Have a nice day Egun on izan dezala
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
On egin!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Ondo ibili!
I don't know Ez dakit
I understand Dut ulertzen
I don't understand Ez dut ulertzen
Please speak more slowly Astiro-astiro hitz egin mesedez
Please write it down Idatz iezadazu mesedez
Do you speak Basque? Euskaraz badakizu?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
How do you say ... in Basque? Nola esaten da ... euskaraz?
Excuse me Barkatu
How much is this? Zenbat balio du?
Sorry Barkatu
Please Mesedez
Thank you Eskerrik asko
Mila esker
Esker aunitz
Reply to thank you Ez da eser
Where's the toilet? Non dago komuna?
Would you like to dance with me? Dantzatu nahi al duzu nirekin?
I miss you Zure falta somatzen dut
Faltan zaitut
I love you Maite zaitut
This gentleman will pay for everything Gizon honek guztia ordainduko du
This lady will pay for everything Gizon honek guztia ordainduko du
Get well soon Hobera egin
Leave me alone! Utzi pakean!
Help! Lagundu!
Fire! Sute!
Stop! Geldi!
Call the police! Deitu poliziari!
Christmas and New Year greetings Zorionak eta urte berri on
Easter greetings Ondo izan Bazko garaian
Birthday greetings Zorionak zuri
One language is never enough Hizkuntza bat ez da inoiz nahikoa
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Nire aerolabaingailua aingirez beteta dago

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