COMMON PHRASES FOR CONVERSATIONS:

English Chinese Hainanese
Hello – (informal) 你好 du ho
How are you? 你好吗 ? du ho bo ?
Fine, thank you. 好, 谢谢 ho, dia dia.
What is your name? 你 叫么名 ? lu kio mi mia ?
My name is ______ . 侬的名叫做 (name) nong kai mia kio (name)
Thank you. 谢谢 bok gai / dia dia
You’re welcome. 无用客气 bo yong khek khui
Yes ti
No 无是 / 不是 bo ti / bo
bo oo (ah) – to deny something
Excuse me (getting attention) 请问 sia mui
Excuse me. (begging pardon) 对不起 dui bo khi
Please. sia
I’m sorry. 对不起 dui bo khi
I can’t speak name of language [well]. 我不会讲 / 英文 wa bo oi gong [language](if english, eng boon ]
Do you speak English? 你会讲英文无 ? lu oi gong eng boon bo?
Do you speak English? 你会讲英文无 ? lu oi gong eng boon bo?
Is there someone here who speaks English? 这里有人会讲英文无 ? zhe lè oo nang oi gong eng boon bo?
Help! 救命/救人 kiu mia / kiu nang !
Look out! 小心 mor hor!
Good morning. 早上好 hor yet
Good evening 晚上好 hor mair
Good night (to sleep) 晚安(睡觉) ku koi hor
I don’t understand 我不明 (wa bo oi )wa bor dai
Wheres the toilet? 厕所在处 ?

公房在处 ?

xet toh du dair?

gong bung du dair?

NUMBERS

Chinese Hainanese
1 yet / jiak
2 二 / 两 ji /  noh
3 ta
4 ti
5 ngo
6 lak
7 siet
8 bui
9 kao
10 tap
11 十一 tap yet
12 十二 tap ji
13 十三 tap ta
14 十四 tap ti
15 十五 tap ngo
16 十六 tap lak
17 十七 tap siet
18 十八 tap bui
19 十九 tap kao
20 二十 ji tap
30 三十 ta tap
40 四十 ti tap
50 五十 ngo tap
60 六十 lak tap
70 七十 siet tap
80 八十 bui tap
90 九十 kao tap
100 一百 jiak beh
200 两百 noh beh
300 三百 ta beh
1000 一千 jiak sai
2000 两千 noh sai
10,000 一万 jiak ban
1,000,000 一百万 jiak beh ban
1,000,000,000 十亿 tap yi