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Nauruan (Dorerin Naoero) is the main and official language of Nauru. Due to it's significant amount of Australian influence, and even once part of Australia after WWII, most Nauruans can speak English quite well. A number of words in Nauruan is very similar to Micronesian as well, so both those languages may be confusing at times.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

  • i
  • e
  • a
  • à
  • â
  • o
  • ò
  • ô
  • ö
  • u
  • ù
  • û
  • ü

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Common signs


OPEN
baida
CLOSED
ENTRANCE
EXIT
PUSH
youw
PULL
urure
TOILET
MEN
eman
WOMEN
FORBIDDEN
Hello.
Ekamowir Omo (A-ka-mo-wir Ormo )
Hello. (informal)
talofa (talowfa)
How are you?
Wo Areit Ed? (Wo Aarr-eat Ed?)
Fine, thank you.
Omo anga or mo et awe (Omo ang-a or mo et aa-we)
What is your name?
Yen Egom? (Yen Eh-gomme?)
My name is ______ .
______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you.
( )
Please.
Mangada (Man-gaa-da)
Thank you.
Tubwa Kor (Toob-wa Kor)
You're welcome.
( )
Yes.
Eh (Eh) or Ehm (Ah-m)
No.
Deo (De-o) or Keo (Kay-no)
Excuse me. (getting attention)
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon)
. ( )
I'm sorry.
( )
Goodbye
Tarawong (Tārawong)
Do you speak English?
( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English?
( ?)
Help!
ipuòk! (ip-uòk!)
Look out!
( !)
Good morning.
Omo yoran (O-mo Sho-ran)
Good evening.
Omo Yekwo (O-mo Yek-wo) or Omo yabun (o-mo shu-boom)
Good night.
Omo Yemero (O-mo Ye-mero)
Good night (to sleep)
Omo Yubum (O-mo Yu-boom)

Where are you from?

Awe amen e? (A-we me-ni)

I'm from __

Amga amen __ (A-na a-min Na-ru)

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone.
. ( .)
Don't touch me!
! ( !)
I'll call the police.
. ( .)
Police!
! ( !)
Stop! Thief!
! ! ( ! !)
I need your help.
. ( .)
It's an emergency.
. ( .)
I'm lost.
. ( .)
I lost my bag.
. ( .)
I lost my wallet.
. ( .)
I'm sick.
. ( .)
I've been injured.
. ( .)
I need a doctor.
. ( .)
Can I use your phone?
? ( ?)

Numbers[edit]

1
aiquen (ai-quen)
2
aro (aa-ro)
3
aiju (aai-jew)
4
aeoq (a-eo-ck)
5
aijimo (ai-ji-mo)
6
año (añoh)
7
aeiu (aa-ee-eww)
8
ajou (aa-oo-ju)
9
ado (aa-do)
10
ata (aa-ta)
11
(ata ma aiquen)
12
(ata ma aro)
13
(ata ma aiju)
14
(ata ma aeoq)
15
(ata ma aijimo)
16
(ata ma año)
17
(ata ma aeiu)
18
(ata ma aoju)
19
(ata ma ado)
20
(anarama)
21
(anarama ma aiquen)
22
(anarama ma aro)
23
(anarama ma aiju)
30
(animo)
40
(ama)
50
(aijima)
60
(añama)
70
(aemo)
80
(aojomo)
90
(aduma)
100
(aibu)
200
(arobu)
300
(aijubu)
1,000
(araña)
10,000
(ata erañan)
100,000
(aibu erañan)
1,000,000
(araña erañan)
number _____ (train, bus, etc.)
( )
half
( )
less
( )
more
( )

Time[edit]

now
ñage (naager)
later
naga (naaga)
before
ian obwen (iaan obwen)
morning
ijoran (ijooran)
afternoon
enemero (eneemero)
evening
jemerò (jemeerò)
night
anubumin ( )

Clock time[edit]

one o'clock AM
( )
two o'clock AM
( )
noon
eaquò (eh-ah-ko-òh)
one o'clock PM
( )
two o'clock PM
( )
midnight
( )

Duration[edit]

_____ minute(s)
( )
_____ hour(s)
( )
_____ day(s)
_____ ibum ( )
_____ week(s)
( )
_____ month(s)
( )
_____ year(s)
( )

Days[edit]

today
ngabumine (ng-aa-boo-meene)
yesterday
nanahi ( na-na-hi )
tomorrow
( )
this week
( )
last week
( )
next week
( )
Sunday
( )
Monday
( )
Tuesday
( )
Wednesday
( )
Thursday
( )
Friday
( )
Saturday
( )

Months[edit]

January
( )
February
( )
March
( )
April
( )
May
( )
June
( )
July
( )
August
( )
September
( )
October
( )
November
( )
December
( )

Writing time and date[edit]

12 hr time is used locally: HH:MM AM/PM, DD/MM/YY (similar to Australia), but 24 hr time is used at the Australian detention site

Colours[edit]

black
tangtang ( )
white
burbur ( )
grey
( )
red
ȯmwirara (ȯm-wee-raa-raa)
blue
blu ( )
yellow
bababo ( )
green
aditur ( )
orange
( )
purple
( )
brown
( )

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

How much is a ticket to _____?
( )
One ticket to _____, please.
( )
Where does this train/bus go?
( )
Where is the train/bus to _____?
( )
Does this train/bus stop in _____?
( )
When does the train/bus for _____ leave?
( )
When will this train/bus arrive in _____?
( )

Directions[edit]

How do I get to _____ ?
( )
...the train station?
( )
...the bus station?
( )
...the airport?
( )
...downtown?
( )
...the youth hostel?
( )
...the _____ hotel?
( )
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate?
( )
Where are there a lot of...
( )
...hotels?
( )
...restaurants?
( )
...bars?
( )
...sites to see?
( )
Can you show me on the map?
( )
street
( )
Turn left.
( )
Turn right.
( )
left
( )
right
( )
straight ahead
( )
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?
( )
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/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)?
( )

Where is the money?

Inga Mark? ( )

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
Ijeiji in ijoran ( )
lunch
( )
tea (meal)
( )
supper
( )
I want _____.
( )
I want a dish containing _____.
( )
chicken
( )
beef
( )
fish
Iy ( ) or iy ( )
ham
( )
sausage
( )
cheese
( )
eggs
( )
salad
( )
(fresh) vegetables
( )
(fresh) fruit
( )
bread
( )
toast
( )
noodles
( )
rice
( )
beans
( )
May I have a glass of _____?
( )
May I have a cup of _____?
( )
May I have a bottle of _____?
( )
coffee
( )
tea (drink)
( )
juice
( )
(bubbly) water
( )
(still) water
( )
beer
( )
red/white wine
( )
May I have some _____?
( )
salt
( )
black pepper
( )
butter
( )
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
( )
I'm finished.
Amga gwein ( )
It was delicious.
( )
Please clear the plates.
( )
The check, please.
( )

Bars[edit]

Do you serve alcohol?
( )
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
( )
club soda
( )
tonic water
( )
orange juice
( )
Coke (soda)
( )
Do you have any bar snacks?
( )
One more, please.
( )
Another round, please.
( )
When is closing time?
( )
Cheers!
Tubwa Kor! (Toob-waa Core)

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
( )
service (gas) 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 Australian citizen.
Anga Dei Otereiriya (An-ga De-i Au-té-rey-riya)
I want to talk to the Australian embassy
( )
I want to talk to a lawyer.
( )
Can I just pay a fine now?
( )


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