Basic Chad Arabic Survival Phrases
hello (familiar, peer to peer greeting)
al-salâm alek - greeting to an adult man, or boy (formal)
al-salâm aleki - greeting to an adult woman, or girl (formal)
wa alêk al-salâm - response to the greeting
inta (m)/inti (f) âfé? - are you well? (note the difference between addressing a man and a woman)
(anâ) âfé - I am well. (response to above; first word is optional)
agod âfé - you (sing.) stay well (I am leaving, a leave-taking phrase when addressing one person)
agodu âfé - you (plural) stay well (when addressing more than one person)
amshi âfé - you (sing.) go well (leave-taking, when you are the one who is staying)
amshu âfé - you (plural) go well (when addressing more than one person)
usumak shunu? - what is your name?
wên al daktor? - where is the doctor?
wên al labtan? - where is the hospital?
wên inta? - where are you from?
bêkam al kitab da? - how much does that book cost?
shunu al kitab da? - what is that book there?
mâla? - why?
êsh wa mulah - boule (millet paste, staple food of Chad) and sauce
wâhed, tinên, talâta, arba'a, xamsa, sitte, saba'a, tamâne, tis'a, ashara - the numbers one through ten
shukran - thank you
afwân - you are welcome (response to "shukran")
antini almi hana churâb - Give me water to drink (In such phrases, "please" is not necessary)
antini Coka hana churâb - Give me a Coca-Cola to drink
antini mapa - Give me a baguette (French bread)
ma' anata... - What does... mean?"
Da shunu? - What is this?
Kikef tigul... - How do you say...?
...be fransawi - In French
...be arabi - In Arabic
...be inglezi - In English
al hamdu l'llah! - Praise God
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