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Corsican phrasebook

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Corsican (corsu) is the native language of Corsica. Even though it has no official status there, it is estimated that 50 % of the population has conversational understanding of Corsican, and a significant minority of islanders prefer to use the language over French. Corsican is most closely-related to the Tuscan dialect of Italian and is also much more closely related to other Italian dialects than to French.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

a
as in father
e
as in bet or hey, also pronounced as in rack or father in the south of Corsica
i
as in pin or speed
o
as in or
u
as in moon

Consonants[edit]

b
same as English
c
as in cheap before i or e, and as in cat elsewhere
ch
as in cat
chj
t as in ten, followed by y as in yarn
d
as in English, but also pronounced as a (trilled?) r sound in some words
f
as in English
g
as in Jack before i or e, and as in gill elsewhere
gh
as in gill
ghj
d as in deed, followed by y as in yarn
gli
g as in gill, followed by y as in yarn; sometimes pronounced as dd in the south of Corsica
gn
as in onion
gu
as in hangwa
l
as in English, but also pronounced as a (trilled?) r in some words
m
as in English
n
as in English, also as in name before b, p, and v
p
as in English
qu
as in quilt
r
as in English (or trilled?)
s
as in English, but also pronounced as in she in some words, especially before t
sc
as in she
sg
as in French bonjur
t
as in English
v
as in English or as in bee
z
as in cats of kids

Common diphthongs[edit]

ia
as in German ja
ie
as in yay or yeah
io
as in yo-yo
iu
as in you
ua
as in water

Phrase list[edit]

For this guide, all phrases and sentences are provided in the polite form. It was written this way under the presumption that anyone using this guide will be speaking Corsican to people they are not familiar with.

Basics[edit]

Hello.
Bonghjornu (X)
How are you?
Cumu site? (X)
Very well, Thank you.
Bè, vi ringraziu. (X)
What is your name?
Cumu vi chjamate? (X)
My name is _____.
Mi chjamu _____. (X)
Nice to meet you.
Un piacè di incuntravvi. (X)
Please.
Per piacè (X)
Thank you.
Grazie (X)
I don't know.
Di nunda. (X)
Yes.
Iè (X)
No.
Innò (X)
Excuse me.
Scusatemi. (X)
Sorry.
Goodbye.
Avedeci (X)
I do not speak _____.
Ùn parlu micca ______. (X)
Do you speak English?
Parlate Inglese? (X)
Is there anyone that speaks English here?
Ci hè qualchissia chi parla Inglese quì? (X)
Help!
Aiuta! (X)
Good Morning.
Bonghjornu (X)
Good Afternoon.
Good Evening.
Bona sera (X)
Good Night.
À bona notte (X)
I don't understand.
Ùn capiscu micca. (X)
Where is the bathroom?
Induve sò e toilettes? (X)

Problems[edit]

Don't upset me.
Ùn mi dirangeti micca. (XX)
Don't touch me!
Ùn mi tuccate! (X)
I will call the police.
Aghju da chjamà a puliza. (X)
Police!
Puliza! (X)
Stop! Thief!
Arristeti! O scruccò! (X)
Help me, please!
Aghjutatemi, per piacè! (X)
This is an emergency.
Hè una urgenza. (X)
I am lost.
Sò persu. (X)
I lost my bag (handbag/pocketbook).
Aghju persu u mo saccu. (X)
I lost my wallet.
Aghju persu u mo porta muneta. (X)
I am sick.
Mi sente. (X)
I am hurt.
Sò feritu. (X)
I need medical attention.
Aghju bisognu di un duttore. (X)
Can I use your telephone?
Possu telefunà? (X)

Numbers[edit]

0
Zèru (X)
1
Unu (X)
2
Dui (X)
3
Trè (X)
4
Quattru (X)
5
Cinque (X)
6
Sèi (X)
7
Sette (X)
8
Ottu (X)
9
Nove (X)
10
Dece (X)
11
Ondeci (X)
12
Dodeci (X)
13
Trèdeci (X)
14
Quattordeci (X)
15
Quindici (X)
16
Sèdeci (X)
17
Dicessette (X)
18
Diciottu (X)
19
Dicenove (X)
20
Vinti (X)
21
Vintunu (X)
22
Vintidui (X)
23
Vintitrè (X)
30
Trènta (X)
40
Quaranta (X)
50
Cinquanta (X)
60
Sessanta (X)
70
Settanta (X)
80
Ottanta (X)
90
Novanta (X)
100
Cèntu (X)
200
Duiecèntu (X)
300
Trecèntu (X)
1,000
Mille (X)
2,000
Duiemila (X)
1,000,000
Un millione (X)
Number _____ (train, bus, etc.)
Nùmeru _____ (X)
Half
Mèzu (X)
Less
Menu (X)
More
Più (X)

Time[edit]

now
Avà (X)
later
Più tarde (X)
before
Prima / Ans'ora (X)
morning
A matina (X)
during the morning
ind'a matinata (X)
Afternoon
dopu meziornu (X)
evening
A sera (X)
during the evening
ind'a serata (X)
night
A notte (X)

Clock Time[edit]

one o'clock AM
un'ora di mane (X)
two o'clock AM
duie ore di mane (X)
nin o'clock AM
nove ore di mane (X)
noon
meziornu (X)
one o'clock PM
un'ora (X)
two o'clock PM
dui ore (X)
six o'clock in the evening
sei ore di sera (X)
seven o'clock in the evening
sette ore di sera (X)
quarter to seven o'clock, 06:45
sette ore menu u quartu (X)
quarter past seven, 07:15
sette ore è quartu (X)
seven thirty, 07:30
sette ore è mezu (X)
midnight
meza notte (X)

Duration[edit]

_____ minute(s)
______ minuta(e) (X)
_____ hour(s)
______ ora(e) (X)
_____ day(s)
______ ghjornu(i) (X)
_____ week(s)
______ simana(e) / settimana(e) (X)
_____ month
______ mese(i) (X)
_____ year(s)
______ annu(i) (X)
weekly
settimanale, ebdumadariu (X)
monthly
mensuale (X)
yearly
annuale (X)

Days[edit]

Today
Oghje (X)
Yesterday
Eri (X)
Tomorrow
Dumane (X)
This week
st'etima / sta simana/settimane (X)
Lest week
st'etima chì vene / a prussima simana / settimane (X)
Next week
a simana scorsa / settimane (X)
Monday
luni (X)
Tuesday
marti (X)
Wednesday
marcuri (X)
Thursday
ghjovi (X)
Friday
venneri (X)
Saturday
sabbatu (X)
Sunday
dumenica (X)

Months[edit]

January
ghjinaghju (X)
February
ferraghju (X)
March
marzu (X)
April
aprile (X)
May
maghju (X)
June
ghjugnu (X)
July
lugliu (X)
August
aostu (X)
September
sittembre (X)
October
uttrovi (X)
November
nuvembre (X)
December
dicembre (X)

Colors[edit]

Black
neru (X)
White
biancu (X)
Gray
grisgiu (X)
Red
rossu (X)
Blue
turchinu (X)
Yellow
ghjallu (X)
Green
verde (X)
Orange
aranciu (X)
Brown
brunu (X)

Transportation[edit]

Bus and Train[edit]

How much is a ticket to _____?
Quantu costa u bigliettu per andà in _____? (X _____)
One ticket for _____.
Un bigliettu per ____, per piacè. (X)
Where does this train/bus go?
Induva và stu trenu/carru? (X?)
Where is train/bus for _____?
Induva hè u trenu/carru per _____? (X _____)
Does this train/bus stop in _____?
Stu trenu/carru s'arresta in _____? (X _____)
When does the train/bus for _____ leave?
U trenu/caru per _____ parte à chi ora? (X _____ X)
When will this train/bus arrive in _____?
U trenu/caru per _____ hà da ghjunghje quandu? (X _____)

Directions[edit]

How do I get to ...?
Induva si trova ____? (X _____)
...the train station?
a gara? (X)
...the bus station?
a gara? (X)
...the airport?
l'aeroportu? (X)
...downtown?
in villa/cità? (X)
Where are there a lot of...
Induva ci sò uni pochi di ... (X)
...restaurants?
...risturanti? (X)
...bars?
bar? (X)
...sites to see?
...lochi da visità? (X)
Can you show me on the map?
Pudete mustrammi annant'à a carta? (X?)

Taxi[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

Eating[edit]

Bars[edit]

Do you serve alcohol?
Servite alcool?
One beer/two beers, please.
Una biera/duie biere, per piacè.
A glass of red/white wine, please.
Un bichjeru di vinu rossu/biancu, per piacè.
One large beer, please.
Una grande biera, per piacè.
A bottle, please.
Una buttiglia, per piacè.
whisky
whisky
vodka
vodka
rhum
rhum
water
acqua
soda
soda
Coke
Coca
Est-ce que vous avez des apéritifs (dans le sens chips ou cacahuètes)?
Avete aperitivi (ind'u sensu chips è cacahuete)
Encore un/une autre, s'il vous plaît.
Un(a) altru(a), per piacè.
When do you close?
À chi ora chjudete?

Buying[edit]

Do you have this in my size?
Avete què ind'a mo taglia?
How much (is this)?
Quantu costa?
That's too exspensive.
Hè troppu caru.
Would you take _____?
Accittate _____?
exspensive
caru
cheap
à bon pattu
Je ne peux pas le/la payer.
Ùn possu pagallu(la).
I don't want it.
Ùn ne vogliu micca.
Vous me trompez.
Mi burlate.
I'm not interested.
Ùn sò micca interessatu.
Bien, je vais le/la prendre.
Bè, aghju da pigliallu(la).
Can I have a bag?
puderesti dammi un saccu?
Do you ship (overseas)?
Livrate à u strangeru?
I need...
Aghju bisognu...
...toothpaste.
...di dentifriciu.
...a toothbrush.
...d'una brossa à denti.
...tampons.
di stamponi. (X)
...soap.
di savone.
...shampoo.
di shampooing.
...painkillers (aspirin, ibuprofen).
...un analgesicu.
...cold medicine.
...un medicamentu per u rhume.
...stomach medicine.
...di medicamentu per u stomacu.
...a razer.
...di un rasoghju.
...batteries.
...di pile.
...an umbrella.
...di un paracua.
...a parasol.
d'un parasole. (X)
...sunscreen.
...di crema pè u sole.
...a postcard.
di una cartulina. (X)
...des timbres à poste.
di franchizie.
...du papier à lettres.
di carta. (X)
...a pen.
d'una penna. (X)
...de livres en français.
...di libri in francese.
...des magazines en français.
...di magazini in francese.
...un journal en français.
...un ghjurnale in francese.
...d'un dictionnaire français-XXX.
...di un dizziunariu francese-XXX.

Driving[edit]

Je voudrais louer une voiture.
Vudriu appigiunà una vittura.
Je pourrais être assuré(e)?
Purriu esse assicuratu(a)?
stop (sur un panneau)
stop
sens unique
senzu unicu
cédez le passage
lasciate passà
stationnement interdit
staziunamente difesu
limite de vitesse
lìmita di vitezza
station essence
stazione essenza
l'essence
l'essenza
diesel
diesel

Authority[edit]

I haven't done anything wrong.
Ùn aghju fattu nunda di male.
It was a misunderstanding.
Hè un sbagliu.
Where are you taking me?
Induva mi purteti?
Am I under arrest?
So in statu d'arristazione?
Je suis citoyen français/belge/suisse/canadien.
So francese/belgu/svizzeru/canadianu.
Je suis citoyenne française/belge/suisse/canadienne.
So francesa/belga/svizzera/canadiana.
Je dois parler à l'ambassade/au consulat français/belge/suisse/canadien.
Devu parlà à l'ambassada/à u cunsulatu francese/belgu/svizzeru/canadianu.
I want to talk to a lawyer.
Vuderiu parlà à un avucatu.
Can I just pay a fine now?
Puderiu simplicemente pagà un'amanda?

Learning more[edit]

How do you say _____ in Corsican?
Cumu si dice _____ in corsu ?(X)
What is this/that called?
Què cumu si chjama ?(X)


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