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?
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.