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Northern KurdishVocabulary0 to A1 Course → Greetings and Introductions → Greetings

Introduction[edit | edit source]

In this lesson, we will learn how to greet in Northern Kurdish. Greetings are essential in any language as they allow us to establish connections and show respect to others. By mastering the basic greetings in Northern Kurdish, you will be able to confidently greet native speakers and create a positive first impression.

In this lesson, we will cover the common greetings used in Northern Kurdish and provide you with examples and cultural insights to enhance your understanding of the language. Get ready to dive into the world of Northern Kurdish greetings!

Greetings in Northern Kurdish[edit | edit source]

Basic Greetings[edit | edit source]

Let's start with the most common and basic greetings in Northern Kurdish:

Northern Kurdish Pronunciation English Translation
Slav be! /slav be/ Hello!
Silav û rêz! /silav u re:z/ Greetings and respect!
Bi xêr be! /bi xe:r be/ Good morning!
Rojbaş! /roʒbaʃ/ Good day!
Bi vê şevê rehet be! /bi ve: ʃe:ve: rehet be/ Good evening!
Baş bû! /baʃ bu:/ Goodbye!

Here are some examples of how these greetings can be used in context:

  • Slav be! - Hello! (used when meeting someone for the first time or as a general greeting)
  • Silav û rêz! - Greetings and respect! (used to show respect to someone or in more formal situations)
  • Bi xêr be! - Good morning! (used to greet someone in the morning)
  • Rojbaş! - Good day! (used to greet someone during the day)
  • Bi vê şevê rehet be! - Good evening! (used to greet someone in the evening)
  • Baş bû! - Goodbye! (used when parting ways with someone)

Additional Greetings[edit | edit source]

In addition to the basic greetings, Northern Kurdish also has a few more specific greetings that are worth learning:

Northern Kurdish Pronunciation English Translation
Çend roj in? /tʃend roʒ in/ How many days?
Bi xêr bûn! /bi xe:r bu:n/ Welcome!
Rojek baş! /roʒek baʃ/ Have a nice day!

Let's see these greetings in context:

  • Çend roj in? - How many days? (used to ask someone how long they have been away or when you haven't seen them in a while)
  • Bi xêr bûn! - Welcome! (used to greet someone who has arrived or to make someone feel welcome)
  • Rojek baş! - Have a nice day! (used to wish someone a good day)

Cultural Insights[edit | edit source]

Greetings play a significant role in Kurdish culture, reflecting the warmth and hospitality of the Kurdish people. When greeting someone in Northern Kurdish, it is important to show respect and use appropriate greetings based on the time of day and the relationship with the person.

In Kurdish culture, it is common to offer tea to guests as a sign of hospitality. When visiting someone's home, it is polite to accept the tea and engage in conversation. Remember to show interest in the person you are speaking with and ask about their well-being and family.

It is also important to note that men and women may have different greetings based on their relationship and level of familiarity. While it is common for men to shake hands when greeting, women may greet each other with a hug or a kiss on the cheek. Always follow the lead of the person you are greeting to ensure cultural sensitivity.

Practice Exercises[edit | edit source]

Now it's time to practice what you've learned! Complete the following exercises to reinforce your understanding of Northern Kurdish greetings.

Exercise 1: Match the Greetings Match the greetings in Column A with their corresponding English translations in Column B.

Column A Column B
Slav be! a. Have a nice day!
Bi vê şevê rehet be! b. Goodbye!
Bi xêr bû! c. Hello!
Baş bû! d. Good evening!


  • Slav be! - c. Hello!
  • Bi vê şevê rehet be! - d. Good evening!
  • Bi xêr bû! - a. Have a nice day!
  • Baş bû! - b. Goodbye!

Exercise 2: Create Your Own Conversations Imagine different scenarios and create short dialogues using the greetings you have learned. Be creative and include cultural elements in your conversations. Share your dialogues with a partner or write them down.

Example: A: Slav be! (Hello!) B: Slav be! Çend roj in? (Hello! How many days?) A: Çend roj in? Rojek baş! (How many days? Have a nice day!)

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to greet in Northern Kurdish. Greetings are an important aspect of any language and mastering them allows you to connect with native speakers and immerse yourself in the culture. Practice your greetings regularly to become more comfortable and confident in your language skills.

In the next lesson, we will learn how to introduce yourself in Northern Kurdish. Get ready to expand your vocabulary and improve your conversational skills!

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