Phrases

Basque Phrases (Common Expressions)

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This section contains 400 of the most used phrases in Basque. This should help you improve your speaking, reading and writing. Exploring the whole list will make it easier to start conversations and understand what was said to you. I divided this section into 4 pages, the first 100 are listed on this page, then the rest here: phrases 2, phrases 3, phrases 4. Each page contains 100 common expressions. Going through each page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Basque Classes.

Phrases Tips

To make sure you are more likely to remember each expression, try to first to read the sentence without hearing it, then click to hear how it is prnounced, then read it out loud 3 times while imagining yourself vividly talking to somone. Also try to practice what you memorized from time to time, to make it stick.

Here are the first 100 common phrases. You will find a lot of them are about greeting someone, introducing yourself or asking where someone is from ... etc. Basically, these are expressions which you might use when starting a conversation with someone you have just met.

Phrases in Basque

Phrases Basque
How are you? (informal)Zer moduz zaude?
How are you? (formal)Zer moduz?
What's up? (colloquial) Zer gertatzen da?
I'm fine, thank you!Ondo nago, eskerrik asko!
Hi!Kaixo!
Good morning!Egun on!
Good afternoon!Arratsalde on!
Good evening!Gabon!
And you? (informal)Eta zu zer moduz zaude?
And you? (formal)Eta zu?
GoodOna.
We speak two languagesGuk bi huzkuntza hitz egiten ditugu.
They speak four languagesLau hizkuntza hitz egiten ditut.
I visited one countryHerrialde bat bisitatu dut.
She visited three countriesBerak hiru herrilde bisitatu ditu.
She has one sisterAhizpa bat dauka.
He has two sistersBerak bi arreba ditu.
Welcome!Ongi etorri!
Do you like it here?Gustoko duzu hau?
See you later!Gero arte.
Thank you very much!Mila esker. Esker anitz. Eskerrik asko.
I really like it!Benetan dut gogoko!
HappyPozik.
SadTriste.
Thank you!Eskerrik asko.
You're welcome! (in response to "thank you")Ez dago zergatik. Ez horregatik. Ez da ezer.
Have a nice day!Egun ona izan!
Good night!Gabon.
Have a good trip!Bidai ona izan. Bidai ona eduki.
It was nice talking to you!Plazer bat zurekin hitz egitea! Pozten naiz zurekin hitzegiteaz.
Am I right or wrong?Zuzen edo oker nago?
Is he younger or older than you?Bera zu baino nagusiagoa edo gazteagoa da?
Is the test easy or difficult?Azterketa hau erraza edo zaila da?
Is this book new or old?Liburu hau zaharra edo berria da?
This is so expensiveHau oso garestia da.

More Sentences

English Basque
Languages
I don't speak KoreanEz dut korearrez hitz egiten.
I love the Japanese languageJaponiera maite dut. Japoniera dut gogoko.
I speak ItalianItaliarrez hitz egiten dut.
I want to learn SpanishErdera ikasi nahi dut.
My mother tongue is GermanNire ama hizkuntza alemaniarra da.
Spanish is easy to learnErdera erraza da ikasteko.
Origins
He has a Moroccan rugManta hau marokoarra da.
I have an American carNire autoa amerikarra da.
I love French cheeseGazta frantsesa dut gogoko.
I'm ItalianItaliarra naiz.
My father is GreekNire aita grekoa da.
My wife is KoreanNire emaztea korearra da.
Countries
Have you ever been to India?Noiz bait Indian egon zara?
I came from SpainEspainiakoa naiz.
I live in AmericaAmeriketan bizi naiz.
I want to go to GermanyAlemaniara joatea nahi dut.
I was born in ItalyItalian jaioa naiz.
Japan is a beautiful countryJapon herrialde polita da.
Long time no seeAspaldi elkar ikusi gabe.
I missed youFaltan bota zaitut.
What's new?Zer berri?
Nothing newEzer berririk ez.
Make yourself at home!Xure etxean egongo bazina bezela!
Have a good tripBidai ona izan!
Can I practice Italian with you?Zurekin italiera praktikatu dezaket/nezake?
I speak French but with an accentFrantsesez hitz egiten dut, baina azentuaz.
I was born in MiamiMiamin jaio nintzen.
I'm from JapanJaponekoa naiz.
The letter is inside the bookEskutitza liburu barruan dago.
The pen is under the deskBoligrafoa mahai azpian dago.
DirectionsArgibideak.
Can I help you?Lagundu diezaizuket?
Can you help me?Lagundu diezaidakezu?
Can you show me?Erakutsi diezadakezu?
Come with me!Etor zaitez nirekin!
Downtown (city center)Hiri erdigunea.
Excuse me! (to ask someone)Barkatu!
Go straightJoan zuzen!
How can I get to the museum? Nola heldu nahiteke museora?
How long does it take to get there?Zenbat denbora behar da hara heltzeko?
I'm lostGalduta nago.
I'm not from hereEz naiz hemengoa.
It's far from hereHemendik urrun dago.
It's near hereHemendik gertu dago.
One moment please!Itxon pixka bat, mesedez!
Turn leftEzkerretara biratu!
Turn rightEskumatara biratu!

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