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Burushaski is an isolate language spoken in the Hunza Valley region, parts of Nagar, Kashmir and Ghizer areas.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

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Basics[edit]

Common signs


OPEN 
phatang
CLOSED 
ban
ENTRANCE 
EXIT 
PUSH 
PULL 
TOILET 
MEN 
WOMEN 
FORBIDDEN 
Hello. 
. ( )
Hello. (informal
. ( )
How are you? 
? (bay haal bila ?)
Fine, thank you. 
. (theek ba )
What is your name? 
? (une gueek besan bila ?)
My name is ______ . 
______ . (ja aek _____ bila.)
Nice to meet you. 
. (goka chagha ne khushi manimi )
Please. 
. (huyy )
Thank you. 
. ( ju na)
You're welcome. 
. (parwa api)
Yes. 
. (awa )
No. 
. (bey ya )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. (DUkoyal a )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
. (aar bakhshish eti )
Goodbye 
. ( ye shua )
Goodbye (informal
. ( ye shua hal)
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. (ja 'burushaski' [daltas]gharas aya mayaba)
Do you speak English? 
? (unar english gharas gore zuchila ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? (khole amulo menar english/angreezi gharas zuchila ?)
Help! 
! ( !)
Look out! 
! (holey bareh !)
Good morning. 
. ( )
Good evening. 
. ( )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
. (asulo apalimi )
Where is the toilet? 
? (ghusul khana amulo bila ?)

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone. 
. ( adimate phat ati.)
Don't touch me! 
! (azsi zsap ayeti !)
I'll call the police. 
. (police er qaw echam .)
Police! 
 ! ( !)
Stop! Thief! 
 ! ! (gheen ! !)
I need your help. 
. (unay madad awaji)
It's an emergency. 
. (but zaruri bila)
I'm lost. 
. (je awaalaba)
I lost my bag. 
. (ja bag waalibi)
I lost my wallet. 
. (ja butwa waalibi)
I'm sick. 
. (je galees ba)
I've been injured. 
. (je zakhmi ataan)
I need a doctor. 
. (jaar doctor awaji)
Can I use your phone? 
 ? (unay phone istimaal echama?)

Numbers[edit]

(han (hen, hak))
(altó (altán))
(isko (iskey))
(waltó)
(čindó )
(mishindo)
(thaló)
(altámbo)
(hunchó)
10 
(tóorumo' (toorimi, turma))
11 
(turma-han)
12 
(turma-alto)
13 
(turma-isko)
14 
(turma-walto )
15 
(turma-čindo)
16 
(turma-mishindo)
17 
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18 
( )
19 
(turma-hunti)
20 
(altar)
21 
(altar-hak)
22 
(altar-alto)
23 
(altar-isko)
30 
(alto-toorumo)
40 
(alto-altar)
50 
(alto-altar-toorumo)
60 
(iski-altar)
70 
( )
80 
( )
90 
( )
100 
(tha)
200 
(alto-tha)
300 
(eski tha )
1,000 
( )
2,000 
( )
1,000,000 
( )
1,000,000,000 
( )
1,000,000,000,000 
( )
number _____ (train, bus, etc.) 
( )
half 
(ada )
less 
(Kaman )
more 
(Da )

Time[edit]

now 
(Mu )
later 
( badlo)
before 
(pehla )
morning 
( subah)
afternoon 
(duguy )
evening 
(sham )
night 
(thapmo )

Clock time[edit]

one o'clock AM 
( )
two o'clock AM 
( )
noon 
( )
one o'clock PM 
( )
two o'clock PM 
( )
midnight 
( )

Duration[edit]

_____ minute(s) 
(min )
_____ hour(s) 
(ganta )
_____ day(s) 
(Gunxh )
_____ week(s) 
( hafta)
_____ month(s) 
(mehna )
_____ year(s) 
(dhen )

Days[edit]

today 
(khulto )
yesterday 
(Sabur )
tomorrow 
(Jimaly )
this week 
(Guty Hafta )
last week 
(pehla Hafta )
next week 
(xuwas te Hafta )
Sunday 
(adit)
Monday 
(tsandura)
Tuesday 
(angara)
Wednesday 
(bodo)
Thursday 
(birespat)
Friday 
(shukuro)
Saturday 
(shimsher)

Months[edit]

January 
(dalo)
February 
(huut)
March 
(hamal)
April 
(sawr)
May 
(jawza)
June 
(sarataan)
July 
(asat)
August 
(sambula)
September 
(miizaan)
October 
(aqrap)
November 
(qaws)
December 
(jadi)

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

black 
(Matum)
white 
(burúm )
gray 
(Tanng)
red 
(Bardum )
blue 
( )
yellow 
(Xhikark )
green 
(Xhiqam )
orange 
( )
purple 
( )
brown 
(Gurro )

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

How much is a ticket to _____? 
(Kiraya berum bila)
One ticket to _____, please. 
(Han ticket tan jachichumana )
Where does this train/bus go? 
(Gusay bus/train amolar nichibi? )
Where is the train/bus to _____? 
(Elar nias ganay amis bus nichibi? )
Does this train/bus stop in _____? 
(Gusay bus elay chat maymia? )
When does the train/bus for _____ leave? 
(Bus khanay beshallar dochibi? )
When will this train/bus arrive in _____? 
(Kholar beshalar xochi bus? )

Directions[edit]

How do I get to _____ ? 
( Jay Elar Baylatay Nicham? )
...the train station? 
(Train Station amlo bi ju? )
...the bus station? 
(Bus Station amlo bi Ju )
...the airport? 
(Airport amlo bila ju? )
...downtown? 
(Khatom )
...the youth hostel? 
(Hilashoway Hastel )
...the _____ hotel? 
(Hotal )
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
(Amer/Can/Aus/Bri/ affice Amlo Bila )
Where are there a lot of... 
(amlo bixhang butan )
...hotels? 
( )
...restaurants? 
( )
...bars? 
( )
...sites to see? 
( )
Can you show me on the map? 
(naxha lo abarana )
street 
(gan )
Turn left. 
(khitne fr )
Turn right. 
(ethne fr )
left 
( )
right 
( )
straight ahead 
(sidah ne )
towards the _____ 
( )
past the _____ 
( )
before the _____ 
( )
Watch for the _____. 
( )
intersection 
( )
north 
( )
south 
( )
east 
( )
west 
( )
uphill 
( )
downhill 
( )

Taxi[edit]

Taxi! 
( )
Take me to _____, please. 
()
How much does it cost to get to _____? 
( )
Take me there, please. 
( )

Lodging[edit]

Do you have any rooms available? 
(kamra khali bila )
How much is a room for one person/two people? 
( )
Does the room come with... 
( )
...bedsheets? 
( )
...a bathroom? 
( )
...a telephone? 
( )
...a TV? 
( )
May I see the room first? 
( )
Do you have anything quieter? 
( )
...bigger? 
( )
...cleaner? 
( )
...cheaper? 
( )
OK, I'll take it. 
( )
I will stay for _____ night(s). 
( )
Can you suggest another hotel? 
( )
Do you have a safe? 
( )
...lockers? 
( )
Is breakfast/supper included? 
( )
What time is breakfast/supper? 
( )
Please clean my room. 
( )
Can you wake me at _____? 
( )
I want to check out. 
( )

Money[edit]

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
( )
Do you accept British pounds? 
( )
Do you accept Euros? 
( )
Do you accept credit cards? 
( )
Can you change money for me? 
( )
Where can I get money changed? 
( )
Can you change a traveler's check for me? 
( )
Where can I get a traveler's check changed? 
( )
What is the exchange rate? 
( )
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
( )

Eating[edit]

A table for one person/two people, please. 
( )
Can I look at the menu, please? 
( )
Can I look in the kitchen? 
( )
Is there a house specialty? 
( )
Is there a local specialty? 
( )
I'm a vegetarian. 
( )
I don't eat pork. 
( )
I don't eat beef. 
( )
I only eat kosher food. 
( )
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard
( )
fixed-price meal 
( )
a la carte 
( )
breakfast 
( )
lunch 
( Doghoimo Shapik )
tea (meal
( Chai )
supper 
( )
I want _____. 
( )
I want a dish containing _____. 
( )
chicken 
( gharqamos )
beef 
( oyom chaph )
fish 
( chomo )
ham 
( )
sausage 
( )
cheese 
( )
eggs 
( ting-ayo)
salad 
( )
(fresh) vegetables 
( )
(fresh) fruit 
( )
bread 
( )
toast 
( )
noodles 
( )
rice 
(bras)
beans 
( )
apple 
(báalt)
May I have a glass of _____? 
(glass un.........)
May I have a cup of _____? 
(cup un......... )
May I have a bottle of _____? 
(bottle un jhowa )
coffee 
( )
tea (drink
(chai )
juice 
( )
(bubbly) water 
( )
(still) water 
( )
beer 
( )
red/white wine 
( )
May I have some _____? 
( )
salt 
(bayú)
black pepper 
( matom maricho )
butter 
( maltash )
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
( )
I'm finished. 
( )
It was delicious. 
( )
Please clear the plates. 
( )
The check, please. 
( )

Bars[edit]

Do you serve alcohol? 
(arakh gaxh echa )
Is there table service? 
( )
A beer/two beers, please. 
( )
A glass of red/white wine, please. 
( )
A pint, please. 
( )
A bottle, please. 
( )
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please. 
( )
whiskey 
( )
vodka 
( )
rum 
( )
water 
( čil )
club soda 
( )
tonic water 
( )
orange juice 
(malta juice )
Coke (soda
( )
Do you have any bar snacks? 
( )
One more, please. 
( )
Another round, please. 
( )
When is closing time? 
( )
Cheers! 
( )

Shopping[edit]

Do you have this in my size? 
( )
How much is this? 
( )
That's too expensive. 
( )
Would you take _____? 
( )
expensive 
( )
cheap 
( )
I can't afford it. 
( )
I don't want it. 
( )
You're cheating me. 
( )
I'm not interested. 
(..)
OK, I'll take it. 
( )
Can I have a bag? 
( )
Do you ship (overseas)? 
( )
I need... 
( )
...toothpaste. 
( )
...a toothbrush. 
( )
...tampons. 
. ( )
...soap. 
( )
...shampoo. 
( )
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen
( )
...cold medicine. 
( )
...stomach medicine. 
... ( )
...a razor. 
( )
...an umbrella. 
( )
...sunblock lotion. 
( )
...a postcard. 
( )
...postage stamps. 
( )
...batteries. 
( )
...writing paper. 
( )
...a pen. 
( )
...English-language books. 
( )
...English-language magazines. 
( )
...an English-language newspaper. 
( )
...an English-English dictionary. 
( )

Driving[edit]

I want to rent a car. 
( )
Can I get insurance? 
( )
stop (on a street sign
( )
one way 
( )
yield 
( )
no parking 
( )
speed limit 
( )
gas (petrol) station 
( )
petrol 
( )
diesel 
( )

Authority[edit]

I haven't done anything wrong. 
( )
It was a misunderstanding. 
( )
Where are you taking me? 
( )
Am I under arrest? 
( )
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. 
( )
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
( )
I want to talk to a lawyer. 
( )
Can I just pay a fine now? 
( )

Learning more[edit]

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