Somali Directions

These are expressions used when giving or getting directions in Somali. Very useful when trying to find your way around or when lost.

Excuse me! (to ask someone): Raali iga ahoow / iga leexo!
Can you show me?: Ma i tusi kartaa?
I'm lost: Waan dhunsanahay
I'm not from here: Anigu halkaan ma dagani
Can I help you?: Ma ku caawin karaa?
Can you help me?: Ma i caawin kartaa?
It's near here: Halkaan beey u dhoow dahay
It's far from here: Halkaan weey ka fog tahay
Go straight: Horay u soco
Turn left: Bidixda u leexo
Turn right: Midigta u leexo
One moment please!: in yar ii kaadi
Come with me!: Aniga i soo raac!
How can I get to the museum? : Sidee baan u gaari karaa madxafka?
How long does it take to get there?: Imiseey qaadaneeysaa inaan halkaas gaarno?
Downtown (city center): Magaalada hoose (xarunta magaalda)

The following are words which might be used alone or in combination with other words to ask or give directions.

Near: Dhoow
Far: Fogg
Right: Midig
Left: Bidix
Straight: Horey
There: Halkaas
Here: Halkaan
To walk: In la socdo
To drive: In baabuur la ka xeeyo
To turn: In la leexdo
Traffic light: Nalka isgooyska

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