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Learn Common Somali Phrases and Words

On this page you'll find several common words and phrases translated from Somali to English. Among these translations, you'll find words like No, Please, and Thank you, and useful phrases like How are you?, I am fine, and I don't understand.

You'll also find on this page a comment section where you can have your say and a Somali-themed poll where you can leave your vote. Beyond this are also some helpful learning resources from and some Somali language trivia.

Near the bottom of the page you'll find a submit form where you can send in any translation requests or new content which will be added to the site in a future update. Current translation requests have been listed just above the form, so if you happen to know the Somali translation for any of the requested words, feel free to use the submit form. Everything on this site was at one time submitted by visitors just like you. We've simply collected everything and made it available to other language learners.

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Somali to English Key Words:

Whether you are learning about Somali key words and phrases in Somalia, taking an online Somali class, or plan to enrol yourself in a Somali language immersion school, our Somali to English dictionary is always being updated with new Somali key words which makes it an excellent supplement for those trying to learn how to speak Somali.

View this list of common Somali phrases with translations from: Somali to English or English to Somali

(Words in bold added during the last update.)

Maya - No

Fadlan - Please
Mahadsanid - Thank you

Iska waran? - How are you?
Sidee ta'hay? - How are you?
Nabad - Good
Waan fiicanahay (fii'anahay) - I am fine

Caawi (aawi) - Help
Immisa jir baad tahay? - How old are you?
Maan fahmin - I don't understand
Magacaygu (maga'aygu) waa… - My name is…
Waan ku xumahay (humahay) - I am sorry

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Somali Greetings: Learn how to say Somali greetings and goodbyes.

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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