Pack suncream – check! Buy swimwear – check! Learn Dhivehi – read on…
You’ve bought your suncream, tried on your swimwear (again!), chosen novels to read on the beach, now for a crash course in Dhivehi! Well, just a few words and common conversational phrases you may come across during your stay.
Learning the national language of Dhivehi isn’t a necessity, but knowing a few words will enrich your holiday; for example, you will know what’s going on when the boat crew shout “Koamas, Koamas!” and start frantically tapping the side of the dhoni – it does not mean the boat is sinking so no need to grab the life jacket – look for the dolphins playing in the bow wave instead!
You may also like to surprise our friendly team by exchanging a few words with them – they will really appreciate your efforts and be more than happy to teach you a bit more should you wish to learn.
Words you may come across during your holiday on Lily Beach:
Beach – ehelun
Coral – muraka
Manta ray – madi
Dolphins – koamas
Fish – mas
Flower – maa
Gecko – hoanu
Makaana – heron
Turtle – velaa
Reef – faru
Sandbank – finolhu
Sand spit – thun’di
Sand – veli
Shark – miyaru
Tuna – kanneli
And now for a few conversational phrases:
An easy one to start… Hello– hello
How are you? – Haalu kihineh
I’m fine, thank you – Ran’galhu, shukuriyaa
Good – ran’galhu
Thank you – shukuriyyaa
You’re welcome – maruhabaa
What’s your name? – Kon nameh kiyanee?
My name is _____ – Aharenge namakee _____.
Goodbye – dhanee or vakivelanee
Shukuriyyaa for reading and have a ran’galhu holiday!