Useful foreign phrases

A collection of useful phrases suitable for a variety of situations in many different languages with sound files for quite a few of them.

Index by phrase | Index by language | Index by language family

Index of phrases by language family

Afroasiatic languages

Amharic, Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Assyrian, Hausa, Hebrew, Maltese, Somali


Algonquian languages

Atikamekw, Ojibwe

Altaic languages

Japonic / Japanese-Ryukyuan languages
Japanese, Okinawan
Koreanic languages
Mongolic languages
Tungusic languages
Turkic languages
Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Nogai, Sakha, Tatar, Turkish, Uyghur, Uzbek


Athabaskan languages



Austroasiatic languages

Khmer, Vietnamese,


Austronesian languages

Aklan, Banjar, Cebuano, Chamorro (Guam dialect), Chamorro (North Marianas dialect), Cuyonon, Fijian, Hawaiian, Iban, Iloko, Indonesian, Javanese, Kiribati, Malagasy, Malay, Māori, Samoan, Sundanese, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tuvaluan


Caucasian languages

North East Caucasian languages
North West Caucasian languages
Abkhaz, Adyghe
South Caucasian languages


Dravidian languages

Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu



Aleut, Greenlandic, Inuktitut, Iñupiaq


Hmong-Mien languages

White Hmong


Indo-European languages

Albanian (Gheg), Albanian (Tosk)
Armenian (Eastern), Armenian (Western)
Latvian, Lithuanian
Breton, Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh
Afrikaans, Bavarian, Alsatian, Danish, Dutch, Elfdalian, English (British), Faroese, Flemish (West), Frisian (North), Frisian (West), German, Gothic, Icelandic, Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Old English, Scots, Swedish, Swiss German (Basel dialect), Swiss German (Chur dialect), Swiss German (Lucerne dialect), Yiddish
Greek (Modern), Greek (Ancient)
Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kurdish (Sorani), Maldivian, Marathi, Nepali, Odia (Oriya), Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Urdu, Zazaki
Aragonese, Asturian, Catalan, Corsican, French, Friulian, Galician, Gascon, Italian, Jèrriais, Latin, Occitan, Portuguese (Brazlian), Portuguese (European), Romanian, Romansh, Sardinian, Sicilian, Spanish, Venetian
Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Macedonian, Old Russian, Polish, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian


Iroquoian languages



Khoisan languages

Khoekhoe (Nama)


Mayan languages

Mam, Tsotsil, Yucatec Maya


Niger-Congo languages

Ewe, Igbo, Kinyarwanda, Lozi, Ndebele (Northern), Northern Sotho, Sesotho, Shona, Swahili, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Wolof, Xhosa, Yorùbá, Zulu


Pama-Nyungan languages



Sino-Tibetan languages

Cantonese, Hakka, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese
Burmese, Newari / Nepal Bhasa, Tibetan


Siouan languages



Tai-Kadai languages

Lao, Thai


Uralic languages

Estonian, Finnish, Võro
Lule Sámi, Northern Sámi, Southern Sámi


Uto-Aztecan languages






Pidgins and Creoles

Cape Verdean Creole, Chabacano de Zamboanga, Chabacano de Cavite, Haitian Creole, Papiamento, Tok Pisin


Constructed languages

Esperanto, Ido, Interlingua, Ishirkian, Kala, Klingon, Lingua Franca Nova, Lojban, Pig Latin, Romániço, Talossan, Toki Pona, Volapük, Wightian


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Have you ever dreamed of becoming a person who knows all the languages of the world and can effortlessly speak with anyone and anywhere on their native tongue? It's probably impossible but you can, at least, try to learn some of the most common phrases. We have a very helpful table here with popular phrases you might need while traveling and learning the languages.

All you have to do is to click on the word you're interested in and you'll see its translation to many languages. Have fun learning and exploring the world!

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