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Basque for your trip: Lesson 1 - say hello and introduce yourself

If you ever decide to take a trip to the Basque country, it would be useful to learn a bit of Basque so you can communicate with the locals, especially in more rural areas. I will teach you some useful phrases so you can get by in Basque. I have made these lessons for English speakers, but there are also Spanish translations as well. I want to focus on vocabulary and phrases since you don't really want to stress about grammar on a trip or holiday, right?

Lesson 1: Say hello and introduce yourself (For anyone that doesn't know 'X' is pronounced something like 'ch')

kaixo! ~ hello!/ hola!

agur! ~ goodbye!/ adiós!

bai! ~ yes!/ sí!

ez! ~ no!/ no!

egun on ~ good morning/ buenos días

arratsalde on ~ good afternoon/evening - buenas tardes

gau on ~ good night/ buenas noches

gero arte ~ see you later/ hasta luego

mesedez ~ please/ por favor

eskerrik asko ~ thank you/ gracias

ez horregatik ~ you're welcome/ de nada

zer moduz? ~ how are you?/ cómo estás?

oso ondo, eskerrik asko ~ well, thanks/ bien, gracias

nola deitzen zara? ~ What is your name?/ Cómo te llamas?

___ naiz~ my name is - / me llamo -

barkatu ~ sorry/ disculpe

ez dakit euskaraz hitz egiten ~ I don't speak Basque/ yo no hablo euskera

ez dut ulertzen ~ I don't understand/ no entiendo

At the end of every lesson, I will put a photo of something in the Basque country. Here is a photo of Donostia/San Sebastian:

It looks like a bit like Rio De Janeiro, doesn't it?

October 25, 2015

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buenotc

One of the few non indo-european languages... Still fighting for their country.

Good list!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew-Macdonald

Correction, one of the few non indo-european languages in Europe, and the only language in Europe that has no relatives and is classified by itself (Finnish, Hungarian, and Estonian are Uralic). But yeah, I would like to see them gain independence from Spain. It would probably incourage the teaching of the Basque language more.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/otsogutxi

Are there other phrases you would find useful or you would like me to add to this list? (as long as it relates to the lesson title!)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doktorkampi

Eskarrik asko! I'm looking forward to get the next lesson! Gero arte!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/otsogutxi

I'm posting the next lesson soon. In about half an hour.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luke_shears

Eskerrik asko! Basque has always been of interest to me. Thanks for sharing!

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