Hausa Phrases I Just Can't Get Out of My Head
Menene wannan? What's this?
Ina kasuwa Where's the market?
Wurin da ungulu su ke Where the vultures are (see "Ina kasuwa")
Ban san sunanshi da Hausa ba I don't know its name in Hausa
In na so in saya taya I want to buy a tire
Akwai fari, da baki, da ja There are white, black and red (tires - see above)
Har da ayaba, da mangwaro, da suransu There are bananas, mangos, and the rest of them
Ina barci? Ina aiki? Ina gajiya? Ina uwargida? Ina iyali, etc. etc. etc. and then you talk! How did you sleep? How's your work? How's your tiredness? How's your wife? How are your children?
Haba Malam! Nonsense, Malam (learned as a response to a trader's price that is way too high)
Yau da gobe, ka iya Today and tomorrow, you can do it
Giwa, a wani gari, zomo ne An elephant is but a rabbit in a different town
Sai anjuma (response: "to, allah ya kai mu" See you tomorrow (response: OK, God willing)
Duniya mata ciki ce The world is a pregnant woman (i.e. you don't know what is going to happen)
From TN: Ga shi ga shi nan Here it is, it's right here (a common way to begin a tale)
Kwabo kwabo ne They cost a penny apiece
Na ji Hausa kadan kadan I speak a little Hausa
Gaskiya ta fi kwabo Truth is better than a penny
Tusa ba ta hura wuta Farting doesn't make a fire
Lokacin menene? Lokacin Cafenol ne (radio ad) What time is it? It's time for Cafenol!
Sannu ba ta hana zuwa ba Slowness doesn't prevent getting there
Saura daya There's one left
Shi ke nan That's all