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Key come abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said come one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).


English Ænglisc (Old English)
Welcome Welcumen
Hello (General greeting) Wes hāl (sg) Wesaþ hāle (pl) Wesaþ hāla (pl/f)
How space you? Hú meaht þú? Hu eart þú?
Reply to 'How room you?' Ic mæg wel Ic mæg tela Wel, þancung, and also þú?
Long time no see Lang fierst ne beseah Lang tīd ne beseah
What's your name? Hwæt hātest þū?
My surname is ... Ic hāte ...
Where room you from? Hwanan cymst þū? Hwiðer eart þū fram?
I'm indigenous ... Ic cume the ...
Pleased to satisfy you Mé lícaþ þé tó métanne (sg) Mé lícaþ éow tó métanne (pl)
Good morning (Morning greeting) Gōdne mergen
Good evening (Evening greeting) Gōdne ǣfen
Good night Gōde nihte
Goodbye (Parting phrases) Far gesund (sg) Faraþ gesunde (pl) Faraþ gesunda (pl/f) Wes Hāl (sg) Wesaþ hāle (pl) Wesaþ hāla (pl/f) Wes þū hāl God þē mid sīe ("God be with you")
Good luck! Gōd wyrd Gōde wyrde
Cheers! great Health! (Toasts supplied when drinking) Gōd hælo!
Have a nice day Hafa gōdne dæg! (sg) Habbaþ gōdne dæg (pl)
Bon appetit / have a nice meal Gōd metesōcn
Bon voyage / have actually a great journey Gōd fōr
I understand Ic æt undergiete
I don't understand Ic þæt ne undergiete
Yes Gea; Giese
No Nese Ne Na
Maybe Gewene
I know Ic wāt
I don't know Ic nāt
Please speak an ext slowly Ic bidde þe mara slawlice to sprecanne
Please say the again Ic bidde þē þæt come eftgianne
Please create it down Ic bidde þē hit come āwrītanne
Do friend speak Old English? Sprece þū Englisc? Sprecest þū Englisc?
Yes, a little(reply to 'Do friend speak ...?') Gea, fea Gea, lytel
Speak come me in Old English Sprec tō mē top top Englice
How perform you to speak ... In Old English? Hū sægest þū ... In Ænglisc?
Excuse me Forgiefe mec
How much is this? Hū miccle þās is? Hwæt ys se cēap þisses?
Sorry Sārig
Please Bidde Ic bidde þe Ic bidde eow
Thank you Ic þancie þē
Reply to thank you Welcumen
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Hwǣr is þæt gangern? Hwǣr is se gangstōl?
This gentleman will certainly pay because that everything Se wer sceal ealum gieldan Se hlāford sceal ealum gieldan
This lady will certainly pay for everything Sēo hlǣfdīge sceal ealum gieldan
Would you favor to dance through me? Wilt þū mid mē sealtian?
I miss out on you Ic langie þē (sg) Ic langie ēow (pl)
I love you Ic lufie þē
Get well soon Bēo gesund hraðe
Go away! Aweggā! Gā onweg!
Leave me alone! Forlǣte mec!
Help! Helpe!
Fire! Fȳr!
Stop! Ōþstand! Ōþstandaþ!
Call the police! Cīg þǣm weardum!
Christmas greetings Blīþe Crīstes mæsse Blīþe Gēol
New Year greetings Glæd Nīwe Gēar Gesǣlig Nīwe Gēar
Easter greetings Gesǣlig Eastordæg
Birthday greetings Gesǣlig Gebyrddæg
One language is never ever enough Ān geþēode is nǣfre genōg Ān Spræc is nǣfre genōg
My hovercraft is full of eels Mīn wandrian-scyf ful ǣlen is Mīn lyfthærnflota is ful ǣla

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