how to say Hello in Hausa and other Greetings in Hausa


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After going through this tutorial, you should watch the video which would show you how you can pronounce the words easily and learn how to say Hello in Hausa Language and as well learn the basic greetings in the Hausa Language.

If you will need to travel to an Hausa region you should want to learn how to say hello in Hausa Language.

The Hausas are a very friendly lot of people. The only thing that you need to go well with them is to understand their language a little. Yeah. Just a little. They are fun to be with.

Basic Greetings Hausa

But to shock you, there is no actual word for “Hello” in Hausa Language. However, there’s a word that’s used for just greeting. It’s “Sannu”

The word Sannu goes for sorry in Hausa Language, well done, Hello and so on. The pronunciation of “Sannu” may seem tricky to explain, but I should get round it.

Try to pronounce it like this, San,   Nu. Separately, San  –  Nu. Stress that second part well. san-Nu.

If you get helped by an Hausa man, this word is just what you should say. “Na gode”.  This will be pretty easier to understand and pronounce. Just like you’re saying Nah! Go! They! Nah Go They. Simple! Isn’t it?

Another simple word here. Gi Dah.

Anytime you hear Gida, it means building. Or house. The “G” is not pronounced as jee but as the “g” sound.

Sama means sky. Therefore, Gidan Sama means tall building or storey building.

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Ina means where?

Ina Gida? means where is the house?

Ina gidan wanka? means “Where is the bathroom?”

Daina means “Stop”

Dadi means “delicious”, in case you eat one of their delicacies!

Ina jin yunwa translates to “I’m hungry”. Let me explain this well because it may be very important! Eeee nah gin yun Wah. That’s the simple pronunciation.

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Greetings in Hausa: Learn how to say Hello in Hausa Language.

Let’s go to the greetings part.

Good morning means Ina Kwana? How was your morning. Remember that “Ina” means How or where?

Good afternoon is translated as Ina Wuni?

How is the afternoon?

How are you is said as “Yahya Dai?”

In order to say I’m fine you say “Alhamdulillahi” meaning Thanks be to God.

The Hausa people make a lot of the best delicacies available in Nigeria and it’s sure nice to learn how to appreciate your host or the cook.

I’m sure that if you taste Suya you won’t be able to stop yourself from taking it every day! Or Kilishi! Sun dried meant, earlier laced with pepper and seasoning while fresh…..mehn….

Ruwa goes for water. Easy right? Roo Wah.

Anyway, incase you are about to get beaten up you should know what to say, shouldn’t you?…..just kidding.

Da Allah is please.

Nawa ne?  goes for How much?

Wan Na goes for one or this.

So Nawa Nne Wan Na goes for how much is this?

After that, maybe you should learn some figures too.

How to say Figures in Hausa

I will only try to teach you the basic numbers. Numbers 1-10.

Numbers 0 – 10

The numbers 0 to 10 in Hausa are:

Zero – sifili,

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One – daya,

Two – biyu,

Three – uku,

Four – hudu,

Five – biyar,

Sux – shidda,

Seven – bakwai,

Eight – takwas,

Nine – tara,

Ten – goma.

How to say a Compliments in Hausa

Kyau mutum is to compliment handsomeness.

While kyakkyawan yarinya means beautiful.

Zai baka damar samun abin sha “Let’s grab a drink” However, that may be mistake as Hausas hardly take alcohol or go about drinking soft drinks. They only take Mai Shayi’s Tea.

That reminds me.

Market Language in Hausa

“Mai” is for “seller of”.

Mai Blade- Seller of Blades.

Mai Tea- Seller of Tea.

Mai Charge- Phone charger administrator.

Mai Ruwa- Remember what Ruwa means? Roo Wah(Pronunciation) means Water.

Mai Ruwa means Water Seller.

Mai Biscuit means Biscuits Seller.

Mai is pronounced as Mayyy.

Sunana (“My name is”)

For example,  “My name is Dave” translates to ”Sunana Dave” in the Hausa language.

Emergency Language in Hausa

Kira  ya sanda (“Call the police”)

In case there’s any case of emergency, you’ll need to know this.

“Kira ya sanda” will let the Hausas know that they ought to call the authorities.

Maybe we should go for a little summary of the Hausa Greetings we’ve learnt!

Greetings in Hausa Language.

Conversation Conclusion Language in Hausa

Gafara dai us an Hausa greeting that means “Excuse me”

Or You may just say “Gafara” which means leave the way or road.

Sai sannu us an Hausa phrase for “Goodbye”

Na fito daga… is used to say “I’m from…”

Ban sani ba is an Hausa phrase for “I don’t know”

Kana jin harshen turanci kuwa? “Do you speak English?”

How Are You? is said as “yaya dai”

Good Night goes for “mai kyau dare”

Good Evening “Ina Wuni”

Good Afternoon is also “Ina Wuni”

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Good Morning is said as “Ina Kwana?”

Please translates as “Da Allah”

Bye is a greeting for “sai anjima”

“I Love You” is said in Hausa as “Ina son ku’

Excuse Me “gafara dai”

Congratulatory phrases in Hausa Language.

Barka is the Hausa greeting for Congratulations.

Barka de Salah means Congratulations on your Eid.

Barka de Jummuah means Congratulations on a successful Jumat.

Very important, “Ba Shiga” means no entry.

And “Anyan” means door or way.

So “Ba Anyan” is for no way.

Learning how to say “Hello” in Hausa Language is the first thing that should be learnt of Hausa Greetings.

After that, Words like Nah Godeh (Thank you) should follow. That’s all you need for an enjoyable coexistence with Hausas.

You should have by now learnt all the basic Hausa Greetings you wanted, How to say “Hello” in Hausa, and so on.

If you have any questions, you should talk about them in the comments below.


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Godfrey Ogbo, the Chief Editor and CEO of AtlanticRide, merges his environmental management expertise with extensive business experience, including in real estate. With a master's degree and a knack for engaging writing, he adeptly covers complex growth and business topics. His analytical approach and business insights enrich the blog, making it a go-to source for readers seeking thoughtful and informed content.

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