Useful phrases in Cape Verdean Creole

A collection of useful phrases in Cape Verdean Creole, a Portuguese-based creole spoken mainly in Cape Verde.

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Phrase Kriolu (Cape Verdean Creole)
(General greeting)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Modi bu sta?
Reply to 'How are you?' Muitu ben
Long time no see
What's your name? Moki bu tchoma?
My name is ... Nha nomi e ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Bon dia
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Boa tardi
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Bo noiti
Good night Bo noiti
(Parting phrases)
Te logu
Ti prosima vez
Ti proxima
Ti manham (see you tomorrow)
Good luck Boa sorti
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Boa viaji
I understand
I don't understand N ka ta konprende
Yes Sin
No Nau
I don't know
Please speak more slowly Pur favor, papia digabar
Please say that again Torna fla, pur favor
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Bu ta papia Inglez?
Do you speak Cape Verdean Creole? Bu ta papia Kriolu?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Cape Verdean Creole
How do you say ... in Cape Verdean Creole? Kumó ki bu ta fla ... na kriolu?
Excuse me Da-n lisensa
How much is this? È kantu?
Please Pur favor
Thank you Obrigadu
Reply to thank you Di nada
Where's the toilet?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? Bu cre dança ku mi?
I miss you Im teni sodade bo
I love you Nta amabo
Nta adorabu
Get well soon
Go away! Dixâ-m' em pás!
D'xá-m' s'segód'!
D'xé-m' s'segód'!
Leave me alone! Dixâ-m' em pás!
D'xá-m' s'segód'!
D'xé-m' s'segód'!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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