Konkani for the Traveller

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.

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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
One
Ek
Two
Don
Three
Tin
Four
Char
Five
Panch
Six
Sou
Seven
Sat
Eight
Ath
Nine
Nou
Ten
Dha
Eleven
Ikra
Twelve
Bara
Thirteen
Tera
Fourteen
Choudah
Fifteen
Pondra
Sixteen
Solla
Seventeen
Sothra
Eighteen
Otthra
Nineteen
Ekunnis
Twenty
Vis

 

 

English Words
Konkani Translation
Alright/OK
Borem
Bad
Borem Num
Boy
Cheddo
Girl
Cheddum
Excuse me
Matxem
Fast
Begin
Woman
Bail
Man
Dadlo
Here
Hinga
How much
Kitle
I/Me
Hanv
My/Mine
Mojem
You
Tum
More
Odik
No
Na
Reduce it
Todde Kor
Slow
Soukas
Sorry
Guneaun bogos
Stop
Rau
Stop here
Hinga rau
There
Thinga
They
Thim
This
Hem
Too expensive
Ekdom marog
We
Ami
What
Kitem
When
Kedna
Where
Khuim
Who
Konn
Why
Kiteak
Yes
Voi