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    Krio phrasebook
    Leone Krio is the lingua franca and the de facto national language spoken throughout the West African nation of
    Sierra Leone. Krio is spoken by roughly 6,250,000 people—nearly all Sierra Leone's population. While English is
    Sierra Leone's sole official language, Krio is far, far more widespread. Krio is the native language for some 300,000
    Krios—the descendants of slaves from the West Indies, United States and Britain, who overwhelmingly live in
    Freetown. There are also small Krio speaking communities in The Gambia, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Equatorial
    Guinea, but the language is of practical value for travel only in Sierra Leone.
    Krio is an English-based creole, but is closer to being a fully-fledged language, as it has fixed grammatical structures
    and rules. Most of its vocabulary comes from English, but its sound system and grammar are closer to that of nearby
    African languages, in particular Yoruba. Krio is very similar to and mutually intelligible with Nigerian Pidgin and
    Jamaican Patois.


    Pronunciation guide

    Vowels
    ɛ eh
           like bed
    e ay
           like day
    ɔ oh
           like English cot
    o oh
           like bone
    u oo
           like fool
    i ee
           like machine


    Consonants
    b
           like boy
    ch
           like chair
    d
           like day
    f
           like fun
    g
           like girl
    gb
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           like, well, gb
    h
           ?
    j
           like jump
    k
           like kick
    l
           like lump
    m
           like mango
    n
           like nunchuk
    ny
           like piñata
    ŋ ng
           like sing
    p
           like pellet
    r
           like ring
    s
           like sun
    t
           like telephone
    v
           like voltage
    w
           like water
    y
           like young
    z
           like zero
    zh
           like pleasure
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    Common diphthongs
    aw
             like now
    ay ?
             like bye
    ɔy oy
             like coy


    Phrase list
    Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help
    by plunging forward and translating a phrase.


    Basics
    Hello.
             Kushɛ / Adu. (koo-sheh / "Ah-do")
    How are you?
             Aw Di bodi? / Aw di go de go? (Aw Di boh-di ? / "Aw di go day go")
    Fine, thank you.
             Di Bɔdi fayn / nɔ bad. (Di Bɔdi fayn / nor bad)
    What is your name?
             Wetin yu nem? / Wetin yu nem?(weh-teen you nehm? / weh-teen no you nehm?)
    My name is ______ .
             Mi nem ______ / Mi nem na ______ . (mee nehm _____. / Mi nehm na ______)
    Nice to meet you.
             Ah gladi fɔ mit yu. (ah glah-dee foh meet yoo.)
    Please.
             (Bo) Duya. ((bo) doo-yah)
    Thank you.
             tɛnki. (tehn-kee)
    You're welcome.
             O. (Oh)
    Yes.
             Yes. (Yehs)
    No.
             Nor . (nor )
    Excuse me. (getting attention)
             Bo duya. (Bo do-ya)
    Excuse me. (getting attention)
             Kɔmɔt na rod. (koh-moht nah rohd)
    Excuse me. (begging pardon)
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            a bayg padin. (koh-moht nah rohd)
    I'm sorry.
            A bayg (o) (padin). (ah bayg (o) (pahr-din))
    Goodbye
            A de go. (ah day goh)
    I can't speak name of language [well].
            Ah nɔ sabi tɔk ..... [fayn fayn ]. (Ah nor sah-bi tohk.....[fine fine ])
    Do you speak English?
            U sabi tɔk inglish? (you sah-bi tohk ingi-lish ?)
    Is there someone here who speaks English?
            Pɔsin de ya we sabi tɔk inglish? ( ?)
    Help!
            ɛp mi! (ehp mee!)
    Look out!
            Kɔmɔt! (koh-moht !)
    Good morning.
            .()
    Good evening.
            .()
    Good night.
            .()
    Good night (to sleep)
            .()
    I don't understand.
            .()
    Where is the toilet?
            ? ( ?)
    Leave me alone
            Lɛf mi saful. (lehf mee sah-full)


    Problems
    Leave me alone.
            . ( .)
    Don't touch me!
            ! ( !)
    I'll call the police.
            . ( .)
    Police!
            ! ( !)
    Stop! Thief!
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          ! ! ( ! !)
    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
    1
          ()
    2
          ()
    3
          ()
    4
          ()
    5
          ()
    6
          ()
    7
          ()
    8
          ()
    9
          ()
    10
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          ()
    11
          ()
    12
          ()
    13
          ()
    14
          ()
    15
          ()
    16
          ()
    17
          ()
    18
          ()
    19
          ()
    20
          ()
    21
          ()
    22
          ()
    23
          ()
    30
          ()
    40
          ()
    50
          ()
    60
          ()
    70
          ()
    80
          ()
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    90
            ()
    100
            ()
    200
            ()
    300
            ()
    1,000
            ()
    2,000
            ()
    1,000,000
            ()
    1,000,000,000
            ()
    1,000,000,000,000
            ()
    number _____ (train, bus, etc.)
            ()
    half
            ()
    less
            ()
    more
            ()


    Time
    now
            ()
    later
            ()
    before
            ()
    morning
            ()
    afternoon
            ()
    evening
            ()
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    night
            ()

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

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

    Days
    today
            ()
    yesterday
            ()
    tomorrow
            ()
    this week
            ()
    last week
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            ()
    next week
            ()
    Sunday
            ()
    Monday
            ()
    Tuesday
            ()
    Wednesday
            ()
    Thursday
            ()
    Friday
            ()
    Saturday
            ()

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


    Colors
    black
            ()
    white
            ()
    gray
            ()
    red
            ()
    blue
            ()
    yellow
            ()
    green
            ()
    orange
            ()
    purple
            ()
    brown
            ()


    Transportation
    When?
            Wetin? (way-teen)

    Bus and train
    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 _____?
            ()
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    When does the train/bus for _____ leave?
             ()
    When will this train/bus arrive in _____?
             ()

    Directions
    I want to go to _____
             A wan fɔ go _____ (ah wahn foh goh _____)
    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.
             ()
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    Turn right.
             ()
    left
             ()
    right
             ()
    straight ahead
             ()
    towards the _____
             ()
    past the _____
             ()
    before the _____
             ()
    Watch for the _____.
             ()
    intersection
             ()
    north
             ()
    south
             ()
    east
             ()
    west
             ()
    uphill
             ()
    downhill
             ()

    Taxi
    Taxi!
             ()
    Take me to _____, please.
             ()
    How much does it cost to get to _____?
             ()
    Take me there, please.
             ()
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    Lodging
    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?
           ()
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    Please clean my room.
          ()
    Can you wake me at _____?
          ()
    I want to check out.
          ()


    Money
    Money
          kɔpɔ (coh-poh)
    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
    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?
          ()
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    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
            ()
    tea (meal)
            ()
    supper
            ()
    I want _____.
            ()
    I want a dish containing _____.
            ()
    chicken
            ()
    beef
            ()
    fish
            ()
    ham
            ()
    sausage
            ()
    cheese
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             ()
    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
             ()
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    May I have some _____?
             ()
    salt
             ()
    black pepper
             ()
    butter
             ()
    Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
             ()
    I'm finished.
             ()
    It was delicious.
             ()
    Please clear the plates.
             ()
    The check, please.
             ()


    Bars
    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
             ()
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    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!
            ()


    Shopping
    Do you have this in my size?
            ()
    How much is this? ɔmɔs fɔ am?
            ( oh-mohs foh ahm)
    That's too expensive.
            ()
    Would you take _____?
            ()
    expensive
            ()
    cheap
            ()
    I can't afford it.
            ()
    I don't want it.
            ()
    You're cheating me.
            ()
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    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.
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             ()
    ...a pen.
             ()
    ...English-language books.
             ()
    ...English-language magazines.
             ()
    ...an English-language newspaper.
             ()
    ...an English-English dictionary.
             ()


    Driving
    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
             ()
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    Authority
    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?
           ()


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    Krio phrasebook  Source: http://en.wikivoyage.org/w/index.php?oldid=747014  Contributors: (WT-en) Bill Ellett, (WT-en) CurvyEthyl, Peterfitzgerald, Vidimian, Wrh2, 4 anonymous edits




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