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This page features a list of the 100 most common words in English, alongside their Somali translations.


Somali is an African language with more than 15 million native speakers.  Somali is spoken primarily in the part of Africa known as Somalia.


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How to Study English and Somali


ENGLISH    SOMALI


a                 a

about           ku saabsan

after             ka dib

all                dhan

also             waxa kale oo

an                ah

and              iyo

any              wax

as                sida

at                at

back            dib

be               noqon

because       maxaa yeelay

but              laakiin

by               by

can             karaan

come          yimaadaan

could          waayeen

day            maalin

do              sameeyo

even           xitaa

first            ugu horeysay

for              u

from           ka 


get             hesho 

give            siin

go              tagaan 

good          wanaagsan 

have          waxay leeyihiin 

he              uu

her             iyada 

him            isaga 

his              uu 

how            sida 

I                waxaan 

if                haddii 

in               ee 

into            galay 

it               waxaa 

its              ay 

just            kaliya 

know          ogahay 

like             sida 

look            fiiri 

make          sameeyo 

me              i 

most           ugu 

my             my 

new            cusub 

no               no 

not             ma 

now            hadda 

of               ee 

on              on 

one             mid ka mid 

only            kaliya 

or               ama 

other          kale 

our             our 

out             ka soo baxay 

over            in ka badan 


person          qof 

say               odhan 

see               arki 

she               iyadu 

so                 si 

some             qaar ka mid ah 

take               qaado 

than               ka badan 

that                in the ka 

their               ay 

them              iyaga 

then               ka dibna

there              waxaa 

these             kuwaas 

they               waxay 

think              qabaa 

this                waxan  

time               markii 

to                   si ay u 

two                 laba 

up                  ilaa 

us                   noo 

use                 isticmaalka 

want               doonayaa 

way                 jidka 

we                  waxaan 

well                 iyo sidoo kale 

what               waxa 

when              markii 

which              kaas oo 

who                kuwaas oo 

will                 doono 

with                 la 

work               shaqada 

would              lahaa

year                sano 

you                 aad 

your                aad



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English to Somali Phrase Translations


ENGLISH                          SOMALI

what time is it?                   waxa mar waa kuma?

where are we going?            halkaas oo aanu socday waxaa lagu?

when is... ?                         marka waa ...?

where is... ?                        halkaas oo waa ...?

who is... ?                           waa kuwa ...?

what is your name?              waa maxay magacaagu?

where are you from?            Halkee ka timid?

where can I get food?           meesha aan ka heli kartaa cunto?

where can I sleep?                halkaas oo aan ka seexan karin?

Can you direct me to... ?       Inaad i toosin kara ...?

I am learning the language.   Waxaan barashada luqadda ahay.

What does _____ mean?        Maxay _____ macnaheedu?






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