A Little Bit of Konkani on Your Tongue

Konkani is the mother-tongue of Goans – the people of Goa. It is also the state’s official language having been recognised as so in 1976 and is also one of the languages recognised in the constitution of India. Since Konkani is used everywhere in Goa in day-to-day life, this section is intended to provide you with some basics in the native language of Goa.

The smattering of phrases or words given here will certainly not make you an expert nor is in any way a substitute for any formal language training. But the list of essential Konkani words and phrases given in this section will help you interact with the locals on your trip to Goa. Konkani is a beautiful language and we hope with this brief introduction you will be motivated to learn more and explore it beyond what is presented here.

English Numbers

Konkani Translation
OneEk
TwoDon
ThreeTin
FourChar
FivePanch
SixSou
SevenSat
EightAth
NineNou
TenDha
ElevenIkra
TwelveBara
ThirteenTera
FourteenChoudah
FifteenPondra
SixteenSolla
SeventeenSothra
EighteenOtthra
NineteenEkunnis
TwentyVis
English WordsKonkani Translation
Alright/OKBorem
BadBorem Num
BoyCheddo
GirlCheddum
Excuse meMatxem
FastBegin
WomanBail
ManDadlo
HereHinga
How muchKitle
I/MeHanv
My/MineMojem
YouTum
MoreOdik
NoNa
Reduce itTodde Kor
SlowSoukas
SorryGuneaun bogos
StopRau
Stop hereHinga rau
ThereThinga
TheyThim
ThisHem
Too expensiveEkdom marog
WeAmi
WhatKitem
WhenKedna
WhereKhuim
WhoKonn
WhyKiteak
YesVoi