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Somali Greetings

Just like in the English language, there are various ways to greet a person in Somali. This includes time-appropriate greetings like good morning, good afternoon, and good evening which are chosen based on the time of day.

Below you'll find a brief rundown to get you conversing in Somali.

Notes: Words in bold added during the last update. You can also view these greetings from English to Somali.


Saying hello in Somali:

Kulanti wanaagsan ➔ Nice to meet you

Ma nabad baa? ➔ Hello / How are you? (lit. Is there peace?)

Salaam alaykum ➔ Hello

Soo dhowow ➔ Welcome

Wakhti dheer kuma arag ➔ Long time no see


Timed Somali greetings:

Maalin wanagsan ➔ Good morning

Galab wanaagsan ➔ Good afternoon

Waa nabad ➔ Good afternoon

Fiid wanaagsan ➔ Good evening

Habeen wanagsan ➔ Good night


Saying goodbye in Somali:

Macasalaamo ➔ Bye (informal)

Maalin wanaagsan ➔ Have a nice day

Nabad gelyo ➔ Good bye


*List of greetings last updated: March 12, 2018.


Comprehension:

Can you answer these questions about Somali greetings?

1. How do you say hello in Somali?
2. How do you say good morning in Somali?
3. How do you say good night in Somali
4. How do you say goodbye in Somali?
5. What is good afternoon in Somali?
6. What is good evening in Somali?
7. What is the word for bye in Somali?



Corrections?

As most of the translations in the list above are user submitted, it's quite possible for there to be mistakes on the page. If you speak Somali and have a correction you'd like to share, feel free to leave a message below. Thanks again for any help you can provide.

The Fine Print

I don't speak Somali myself, so there could be mistakes in the translations. Most of what is here is user-submitted, but I do try to check for accuracy and make corrections as I can. Thanks for your understanding.



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