Egypt (& Indian & Kurdish) bon mots – handy for getting around

“Learn Arabic numbers…  A top tip for train travel in Egypt is to learn Arabic numbers.  The indicator boards at main stations often use Arabic numerals to show train numbers, departure times and platform numbers, only main ones show Western numbers.  If you know Arabic numbers, you can read these making it easy to find your train from the departure time, even if you can’t read the destination.  Arabic numbers are written left-to-right, exactly like Western numbers, even though Arabic words (however) are written right-to-left.”Arabic numbers

[ From Seat61.com website about Egyptian Sleeping Car Trains.]

 Words gathered as we traveled and met people:

[NOTE: Vowels in CAPS mean the Long vowel sound; vowels in lower case mean the short vowel sounds.  CAPS on a syllable mean emphasis.]

English Arabic Hindi Kurdish
Thank you shu kran Dhan yah vahd Teşekkürler (TAY shu koo lerh)
Please tar re zjot   lütfen
You’re welcome ah from Āpakā svāgata hai! (Ah pak SVah gaht hay) Rica ederim! (Ri jah Ayde rim!)
Hello! a ha BEN Namaste MERhaba
Good-bye / Farewell wed tho aN Alavida (ala vEd),
Baad main me len ga
ELvedah
Today ah rE Om   bugün (boo gin)
Yesterday dah mas sou   dün (doo uin)
Tomorrow Ri dah   yarın (YaR in)
Last week     geçen hafta (geh chen hof tah)
Next week     Gelecek hafta (geh leh jek hof tah)
One Month     Bir ay
One Year     bir yıl
Yes Ay wa Hahm evet
No / No Thank you La / La Shu kran Nahīṁ, Nahīṁ  dhan’yavāda (Na him dhan yavad) Yok, hayır teşekkür ederim (Hai yEr teshakoo redER rim)
How are you? Kai fa ha len? Āpa kaisē haiṁ? (Ap kas him) Na SIL sın?
Hello / Greeting (Peace) Salaam Namaste Salaam
Come with me Tai eyli    
I love you Be HEY bak Maiṁ tumasē pyāra karatā hūm Seni sevi yorum
I miss you Wa hashtini   seni özlüyorum
Animal (single) ayo wan pa shoo hI vahn
Animal (multiple) ayo wanet Jānavarōṁ hI vahn lahr
Sweet ha lu AN; surane AN mīṭhā (mi tah) tatli
Pasta with lentils, fried garlic and light spicing Koshary    
Where is … a restaurant / hotel?   Ka ha pe hain?  
How far away? Kah lif DI eh den? Dūra kaisē? (du rah kI sE?)
Kit na Door hai?
ne kadar uzakta?
Toilet Mer hahd Kidher hai tuvalet
Spicy raw mango (Indian sweet like umeboshi)   ka chi keri  
0 (zero) zef(r)   sıfır (suffer)
1 (one) wahed   bir
2 (two) it-nE-En   EkA
3 (three) teleta   ooch
4 (four) arbon (roll “r”)   dort
5 (five) kamsa   besh
6 (six) sitta   ahl tah
7 (seven) saban   yEdih
8 (eight) demiNIA   sA kiz
9 (nine) TIsan   dO kooz
10 (ten) ushara   On
20 (twenty) a shaRIN   Year ME
50 (fifty) hamSE-EN   Ay LE
100 (one hundred) me-YIR   YUz
125 me-YIR ham-se ashaRIN   YUz Year ME besh
300 te lete mi YA   uch yuz
500 HAM se mi YA   besh yuz
1,000 alf   bin
10,000     on bin
very     çok (chOk)
hot     sicak (sE jahk)
cool     serin
cold     soğuk (sO uuK)
Colors     renkler
Red     kirmizi (ker mih zih)
Orange     turuncu (roo roon jeh)
Yellow     sa rih (short)
Green     yeşil (yeh shil)
Blue     mavi (maah vE)
Purple     mOr
Black     sE YAH
White     bay – YaHZ
Brown     kahverengi
Beige     bej
Gold DeH the hab   AHL tin
Silver fih thah   gümüş (goo MooSH)
Bronze     bronz
Lighter     chahk mahk
Darker     koyu (KOh YOh)
Clothes     giysi (gee – zeh)
Shirt     gömlek (gOm lehk)
Skirt     etek
Shorts     şort (short)
Pants     pantolon
Dress     elbise (el BE say)
Coat     kat
Scarf     eşarp (eh sharp)
Shoes, Sandals     ayakkab(ı), sandalet
Socks     çorap (CHO rap)
Underwear     iç çamaşırı (ich chama shih rih)
What is this? Nahch deh?   Bu nedir?
What is that? Nahch dah?   o ne?
Good ZJah ED   iyi (E YE)
Bad So-ud (short)   kötü (KOu TU)
Sometimes Dah HE en nah   bah-zen
Every day KO le ON   her gün (HAIR goon)
A little bit     biraz (Beer rahz)
What time is it? Ma hoo an luchkt?   Saat kaç? (Saht kahch?)
Be careful! KOn ha thrE an   Dikkatli olun (DE kaht lE Ohlun)
I’m hungry Beh nO zja Er Mujhē bhūkha lagī hai (moo jah buhk LaghE) Ben açım (BEN ah chim)
I’m thirsty Donar rOtashan Mujhē pyāsa lagī hai (moo jah pEas LaghE) Kayboldum (kI bOh dum)
Meat, Beef, Pork tel ah HOM, rul hool al beh kar, leh HIM mak en zir mahns, go mahns, su’ara kā mānsa (air kah mans) et, sığır eti (sirgitay), domuz eti (dOH muzeti)
Fowl, Chicken, Duck, Goose DO yur rah, guh zjalj, bah tah, goo zah Mur gE, cikana (Chi kah), Batakha (Bah Tahk), kalahansa (kah lah hans) kümes hayvanı, tav uK, ördek, kaz (kas)
Rice, bread, potatoes Ra Is, el Hootz, el pO tah tO cāvala (chavil), rO ti, ah loo PE rinch, egk mek, pa ta ti es
Onions bO saHL pyāza (pE ahz) soğan (So ahg)
Fruit El faki hah Phala meyveh
Vegetables hadreh welt sabjiyOm seb zeh
Cucumbers fE arh khih rE salatalık
Tomatoes tO nar tin ṭamāṭara domates
Carrots jeze RaH gājara Hav uash
Drinks mussel bat peh ya içecekler (I che jek lar)
Water el BE arh Pa ni su (very short)
Tea, Coffee, Milk be SHY, al kO HO ah, ver ha REB caya (chai), kOphi, dūdha (dude!) çay (chai), kahve, süt
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