21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases You ABSOLUTELY Must Know!

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As you may have figured out by now, I’m someone who’s a “maximum return, minimum effort” kind of guy…

So, I sat down and thought of the typical phrases or questions I might want to know in Gujarati.

Hopefully, you’ll agree with my selection. If you don’t, you’ve got the comments section below to bitch, moan, and then suggest better phrases.

Here they are > > >

 

(If you’ve already seen the following video on Youtube, then skip over to the text version below. You’ll get more explanation)

 

Video Version: 21 Gujarati Phrases

 

Text Version: 21 Gujarati Phrases

 

The Basics

1

“Yes”, “No”, “This”, & “That”

yeshaa      
nona      
thisaa      
thatpḗ∙lu1      

Note To Self:

1 You can also say ‘thḗ’

 

Polite Words

2

“Please”, “Sorry”, “Thank you”, “No, thank you”

Please“Please”2      
Sorry“Sorry”3      
Thank youa∙bᴴaar      
No, thank youna,   a∙bᴴaar      

Note To Self:

2 The proper Gujarati word for “Please” is ‘kru∙pa kȧ∙ri∙né’. However, this is often heard only in announcements (e.g. at the train station or when you get an automated phone message). Therefore, when speaking you can just say “please”.

3 You could also say ‘maaf kȧ∙ro’ (formal) or ‘maaf kȧr’ (informal) although this actually means “Please forgive me”. Therefore, when speaking you can just say “sorry”.

 

 

Meeting & Greeting

3

“How are you?”

How are you?(formal)kḗm   chᴴo?4      
(informal)kḗm   chᴴé?      

Note To Self:

4 ‘kḗm’  =  “how”

 

4

“My name is [Dilshan]”

My name is Dilshanmaa∙ruᴺ   naam   [Dilshan]   chᴴé5      

Note To Self:

5 ‘ma∙ruᴺ’  =  “my” (when preceding a neuter noun);   ‘nauw’  =  “name”

 

5

“What is your name?”

What is your name?(formal)thȧ∙maa∙ruᴺ   naam   shuᴺ   chᴴé?6      
(informal)thaa∙ruᴺ   naam   shuᴺ   chᴴé?7      

Note To Self:

6 ‘thȧ∙maa∙ruᴺ’  =  “your” (formal – when preceding a neuter noun);   ‘shuᴺ’  =  “what”;   ‘shuᴺ  chᴴé’  =  “what is?”

7 ‘thaa∙ruᴺ’  =  “your” (informal – when preceding a neuter noun)

 

6

“Where are you from?”

Where are you from?(formal)thȧ∙mé   kyaᴺ   na   chᴴo?8      
(informal)thu   kyaᴺ   no / ni chᴴé?9      

Note To Self:

8 ‘thȧ∙mé’  =  “you” (formal);   ‘kyaᴺ’  =  “where”;   ‘kyaᴺ na’  =  “from where”

9 ‘thu’ = “you” (informal)

 

 

Language Related

7

“Do you speak (know) English?”

Do you speak (know) English?(formal)thȧm∙né   “English”   aav∙dé   chᴴé?10      
(informal)thȧ∙né   “English”   aav∙dé   chᴴé?11       

Note To Self:

10 ‘thȧm∙né’  =  “to you” (formal)

11 ‘thȧ∙né’  =  “to you” (informal)

 

8

“I don’t understand”

I don’t understandhooᴺ   nȧ∙thi   sȧm∙jyᴴo / sȧm∙ji12      

Note To Self:

12 If you’re a male you’d use ‘sȧm∙jyᴴo’;   if you’re a female you’d use ‘sȧm∙ji’

 

 

Food & Drinks

9

“I’m hungry”

I’m hungrymȧ∙né   bᴴookᴴ   laa∙gi   chᴴé13
      

Note To Self:

13 ‘mȧ∙né’  =  “to me”;   ‘bᴴookᴴ’  =  “hunger”

 

10

“I want (some) water”

I want (some) watermȧ∙né   paa∙ňi   joi∙yé   chᴴé14      

Note To Self:

14 ‘paa∙ňi’  =  “water”;   ‘mȧ∙né  joi∙yé  chᴴé’  =  “I want” (lit. “to me, want”)

 

 

Shopping

11

“How much?”

How much?kḗt∙la   nu   chᴴé?      

 

12

“(It’s) too expensive”

(It’s) too expensivebȧ∙hu   mon∙gᴴu   chᴴé15      

Note To Self:

15 ‘bȧ∙hu’  =  “too” or “very”;   ‘mon∙gᴴu’  =  “expensive”

 

 

Traveling

13

“Let’s go”

Let’s go(formal)chaa∙lo   jȧi∙yé      
(informal)chȧl   jȧi∙yé      

 

14

“Stop”

Stop(formal)u∙bᴴaa   rȧ∙ho      
(informal)u∙bᴴo / u∙bᴴi rȧ∙hé16      

Note To Self:

16 When speaking informally to a male you’d say ‘u∙bᴴo rȧ∙hé’;   When speaking informally to a female you’d say ‘u∙bᴴi rȧ∙hé’.

 

15

“I want to go here”

I want to go heremȧ∙né   ȧ∙hi∙yaᴺ   jȧ∙vu   chᴴé17      

Note To Self:

17 ‘ȧ∙hi∙yaᴺ’  =  “here”;   ‘mȧ∙né  jȧ∙vu  chᴴé’  =  “I want to go”

 

 

16

“Where is the toilet?”

Where is the toilet?“Toilet”   kyaᴺ   chᴴé?18      

Note To Self:

18 ‘kyaᴺ’  =  “where”;   the proper Gujarati word for “toilet”  =  ‘sauw∙chaa∙lȧ∙yȧ’

 

 

Health & Emergency

17

“I don’t feel well”

I don’t feel wellmȧ∙né   saa∙ruᴺ   nȧ∙thi19      

Note To Self:

19 ‘saa∙ruᴺ’  =  “well being” / “ok”;   ‘saa∙ruᴺ  nȧ∙thi’  =  “not well” / “not ok”

 

18

“Call a doctor!”

Call a doctor!(formal)“Doctor”   né   bo∙la∙vo!      
(informal)“Doctor”   né   bo∙lav!      

 

19

“Help me!”

Help me!(formal)mȧ∙né   mȧ∙dhȧth   kȧ∙ro!20      
(informal)mȧ∙né   mȧ∙dhȧth   kȧr!      

Note To Self:

20 ‘mȧ∙dhȧth’  =  “help” (noun);   ‘mȧ∙dhȧth  kȧ∙ro’  =  “help!” (command-formal) – this literally reads as “do help!”

 

 

Special Expressions

20

“Happy birthday!”

Happy birthday!jȧn∙mȧ∙dhee∙vȧs   mu∙baa∙rȧk!21      

Note To Self:

21 ‘jȧn∙mȧ∙dhee∙vȧs’  =  “birthday”;   ‘mu∙baa∙rȧk!’  =  a way of wishing someone (“best wishes!”)

 

21

“I love you”

I love you(formal)hooᴺ   thȧm∙né   prḗm   kȧ∙ruᴺ   chᴴuᴺ22      
(informal)hooᴺ   thȧ∙né   prḗm   kȧ∙ruᴺ   chᴴuᴺ23      

Note To Self:

22 ‘prḗm’  =  “love” (noun);   ‘thȧm∙né’  =  “to you” (formal)

23 ‘thȧ∙né’  =  “to you” (informal)

 

Test Yourself: 21 Gujarati Flashcards

 

(informal) I love you!

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hooᴺ   thȧ∙né   prḗm   kȧ∙ruᴺ   chᴴuᴺ

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(formal) I love you!

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hooᴺ   thȧm∙né   prḗm   kȧ∙ruᴺ   chᴴuᴺ

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

Happy birthday!

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jȧn∙mȧ∙dhee∙vȧs   mu∙baa∙rȧk!

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(informal) Help me!

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mȧ∙né   mȧ∙dhȧth   kȧr!

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(formal) Help me!

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mȧ∙né   mȧ∙dhȧth   kȧ∙ro!

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(informal) Call a doctor!

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“Doctor”   né   bo∙lav!

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(formal) Call a doctor!

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“Doctor”   né   bo∙la∙vo!

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

I don’t feel well

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mȧ∙né   saa∙ruᴺ   nȧ∙thi

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

Where is the toilet?

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“Toilet”   kyaᴺ   chᴴé?

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(informal) Stop

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u∙bᴴo / u∙bᴴi rȧ∙hé

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(formal) Stop

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u∙bᴴaa   rȧ∙ho

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(informal) Let’s go

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chȧl   jȧi∙yé

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(formal) Let’s go

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chaa∙lo   jȧi∙yé

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(It’s) too expensive

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bȧ∙hu   mon∙gᴴu   chᴴé

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

I want (some) water

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mȧ∙né   paa∙ňi   joi∙yé   chᴴé

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

I’m hungry

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mȧ∙né   bᴴookᴴ   laa∙gi   chᴴé

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

I don’t understand

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hooᴺ   nȧ∙thi   sȧm∙jyᴴo / sȧm∙ji

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(informal) Do you speak (know) English?

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thȧ∙né   “English”   aav∙dé   chᴴé?

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(formal) Do you speak (know) English?

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thȧm∙né   “English”   aav∙dé   chᴴé?

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(informal) How are you?

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kḗm   chᴴé?

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(formal) How are you?

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kḗm   chᴴo?

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(informal) Where are you from?

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thu   kyaᴺ   no / ni chᴴé?

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(formal) Where are you from?

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thȧ∙mé   kyaᴺ   na   chᴴo?

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(informal) What is your name?

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thaa∙ruᴺ   naam   shuᴺ   chᴴé?

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

(formal) What is your name?

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thȧ∙maa∙ruᴺ   naam   shuᴺ   chᴴé?

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

My name is Dilshan

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maa∙ruᴺ   naam   [Dilshan]   chᴴé

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

No, thank you

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na,   a∙bᴴaar

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

Thank you

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a∙bᴴaar

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Sorry

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“Sorry”

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Please

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“Please”

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that

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this

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no

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yes

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I want to go here

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mȧ∙né   ȧ∙hi∙yaᴺ   jȧ∙vu   chᴴé

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

How much?

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kḗt∙la   nu   chᴴé?

Taken from: 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases…

 

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8 Responses to 21 Lazy But Smart Gujarati Phrases You ABSOLUTELY Must Know!

  1. Aashni February 12, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

    Omg Dilshan you actually made a gujarati blog?!?!?!?! I love you ❤? can’t believe I’ve only just found this! This is literally one of the best things to happen ever 😀

    • Dilshan Jayasinha February 13, 2017 at 11:15 am #

      And the award for the most “enthusiastic” comment on this blog to date goes to… 🙂

      Thanks Aashni, I’m hoping to soon dedicate a fair bit of time on developing this further. By the way, how did you “just find out about it”? Did you see my video on youtubue or did you see me mentioning it on my Sinhala blog?

      • Aashni February 13, 2017 at 11:54 am #

        Hahaha thank you Dilshan!
        That would be brilliant, I’m so excited to learn. I haven’t been on your Sinhala blog for a while (fell out with my Sinhalese friend ?) but was looking up ‘learn gujarati’ videos yesterday and found yours on YouTube 🙂

        • Dilshan Jayasinha February 13, 2017 at 11:57 am #

          That’s what I thought. For some (awesome) reason, Youtube has always seemed to favor the Lazy But Smart brand name and does promote my videos. Yay!

          Sorry to hear about the falling out. I remember you mentioning this friend to me in one of your emails.

          Ok Aashni, do me a HUGE favor? Please tell all your NRI Gujju friends about my new site and then ask them to tell their friends about it and then ask… (well, you get the drift, right?) 🙂

          • Aashni February 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

            Wow, I guess you can’t complain about that! (And nor can I :’) )
            That’s okay 🙂 I’d still like to learn Sinhala one day as I’m a fan of Bathiya and Santhush and Centigradz, but better get round to learning my mother tongue first 🙂
            Hahaha I would absolutely do that if I had many Gujju friends! But I have so far told my mum, my Punjabi friend and my Tamil friend 🙂
            By the way I wanted to ask, what kind of Gujarati is your wife – is she a Patel? I think there are differences between dialects of Gujarati – like when you say ‘that’ translates to ‘pelu’, we say ‘olu’. And the Patel word for salt is ‘mithu’, which means sweet to a Shah ?

          • Dilshan Jayasinha February 20, 2017 at 5:25 am #

            My wife is a “Shah” although she’s not the one in charge of translations. Ironically, the person who does help me with the translations is also a “Shah” (they’re everywhere, I tell you :). That’s very interesting the differences you pointed out. Shall ask my “people” about it. Thanks for telling your mum & friends. I appreciate it.

  2. Shalini June 15, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    Glad I found this blog !!! Need to learn Gujarati in a month 🙂

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