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Basic Somali Words and Phrases

On this page you'll find several basic 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.

Note: Words in bold added during the last update. You can also view this list of basic words and phrases from English to Somali.

Somali to English Key Words:

Yes and No

Haa ➔ Yes

Maya ➔ No

Please and Thank you

Fadlan ➔ Please

Mahadsanid ➔ Thank you

How are you?

Iska waran? ➔ How are you?

Sidee ta'hay? ➔ How are you?

Nabad ➔ Good

Waan fiicanahay (fii'anahay) ➔ I am fine


Caawi (aawi) ➔ Help

How old are you?

Immisa jir baad tahay? ➔ How old are you?

Do you speak English?

Maan fahmin ➔ I don't understand

Ingiriisiga ma ku hadashaa? ➔ Do you speak English?

What is your name?

Magacaa? ➔ What is your name?

Magacaygu (maga'aygu) waa… ➔ My name is…

I'm sorry

Waan ku xumahay (humahay) ➔ I am sorry

*List of basic Somali words and phrases last updated: March 7, 2018.

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


As many 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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