101 Sindarin Phrases

(to put on your website)

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Last Updated: 02/09/2013

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Notes on the Pronunciation Guide:

Here is a basic guide so you can learn how to sound out the phrases. I basically used Tolkien's system, with a few changes, which I listed below.

Notes on IPA Pronunciation:

The alphabet I used is IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). It is far more accurate than the pronunciation guide above, but more difficult to learn. If you aren't sure what that is, visit this website. For more notes, read the Sindarin IPA Pronunciation Guide.

These phrases are in the style of the 3rd age Elves west of the Misty Mountains, influenced by the exiled Noldor.

The asterisks mark reconstructed or not-attested words.


English: Hi
Sindarin: A
Pronunciation: A
IPA Pronunciation: /a/

English: Hail!
Sindarin: Ai!
Pronunciation: AI
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈaj/

English: A star shines on the hour of our meeting.
Literal: A star shines over the time of our meeting
Sindarin: Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn.
Pronunciation: EEEL SII.la E.rin LUUU e GO.va.ned VIIIN
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈɛ:l̡ ˈsiˑ.la ˈɛ.rin ˈlu: ɛ ˈgɔ.va.nɛd ˈvi:n/

English: I greet you!
Literal: I greet [familiar] you
Sindarin: Gi suilon!
Pronunciation: gi SUI.lon
IPA Pronunciation: /gi ˈsuj.lɔn/

English: I greet you!
Literal: I greet [reverential] you
Sindarin: Le suilon!
Pronunciation: le SUI.lon
IPA Pronunciation: /lɛ ˈsuj.lɔn/

English: Well met!
Literal: [familiar] You are well met
Sindarin: Mae g'ovannen!
Pronunciation: MAE go.VAN.nen
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈmaɛ gɔ.ˈvan.nɛn/

English: Well met!
Literal: [reverential] You are well met
Sindarin: Mae l'ovannen!
Pronunciation: MAE lo.VAN.nen
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈmaɛ lɔ.ˈvan.nɛn/

English: At last!
Sindarin: Na vedui!
Pronunciation: na VE.dui
IPA Pronunciation: /na ˈvɛ.duj/

English: Enjoy yourself
Literal: Be joyous
Sindarin: No veren
Pronunciation: no VE.ren
IPA Pronunciation: /nɔ ˈvɛ.rɛn/

English: Farewell
Literal: Be good
Sindarin: Novaer
Pronunciation: NO.vaer
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈnɔ.vaɛr/

English: Good luck/Good Bye
Sindarin: Galu
Pronunciation: GA.lu
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈga.lu/

English: Have joy and laughter
Literal: Have joy and laughter
Sindarin: Savo 'lass a lalaith
Pronunciation: SA.vo LASS a LA.laith
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈsa.vɔ ˈlass a ˈla.lajθ/

English: I must go
Literal: It is necessary that I leave
Sindarin: Boe i 'waen
Pronunciation: BOE i WAEN
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈbɔɛ i ˈwaɛn/

English: My heart shall weep until I see you again
Literal: My heart will weep to the time when we will meet again
Sindarin: Guren *níniatha n'i lû n'i a-govenitham
Pronunciation: GU.ren nii.NI.a.tha ni LUUU ni a.go.VE.ni.tham
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈgu.rɛn niˑ.ˈni.a.θa ni ˈlu: ni a.gɔ.ˈvɛ.ni.θam/

English: Sleep well
Sindarin: *Losto vae
Pronunciation: LOS.to VAE
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈlɔs.tɔ ˈvaɛ/

English: Rest well
Sindarin: *Posto vae
Pronunciation: POS.to VAE
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈpɔs.tɔ ˈvaɛ/

English: Sweet dreams
Literal: Dream well
Sindarin: Oltho vae
Pronunciation: OL.tho VAE
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈɔl.θɔ ˈvaɛ/

English: Until next we meet
Literal: To the time of our meeting
Sindarin: Na lû e-govaned vîn
Pronunciation: na LUUU e.GO.va.ned VIIIN
IPA Pronunciation: /na ˈlu: ɛ.ˈgɔ.va.nɛd ˈvi:n/

English: Until then
Literal: When the time will come
Sindarin: N'i lû tôl
Pronunciation: ni LUUU TOOOL
IPA Pronunciation: /ni ˈlu: ˈtɔ:l/

English: Until tomorrow
Literal: After today
Sindarin: *Abarad
Pronunciation: A.ba.rad
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈa.ba.rad/

English: Alas!
Sindarin: Nae!
Pronunciation: NAE
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈnaɛ/

English: Behold!
Sindarin: Alae!
Pronunciation: A.lae
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈa.laɛ/

English: Beware!
Literal: Be watchful!
Sindarin: No dirweg!
Pronunciation: no DIR.weg
IPA Pronunciation: /nɔ ˈdir.wɛg/

English: Eek!
Sindarin: Ai!
Pronunciation: AI
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈai/

English: Flee!
Literal: Flee
Sindarin: Drego!
Pronunciation: DRE.go
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈdrɛ.gɔ/

English: Go away!
Literal: Be gone
Sindarin: Ego!
Pronunciation: E.go
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈɛ.gɔ/

English: Run!
Sindarin: Noro!
Pronunciation: NO.ro
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈnɔ.rɔ/

English: Stop!
Literal: Halt
Sindarin: Daro!
Pronunciation: DA.ro
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈda.rɔ/

English: Wow!
Sindarin: Elo!
Pronunciation: E.lo
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈɛ.lɔ/

English: Wake up
Literal: Awaken
Sindarin: *Echuio
Pronunciation: e.KHUI.o
IPA Pronunciation: /ɛ.ˈxuj.ɔ/

English: Let's go
Literal: We go
Sindarin: Gwaem
Pronunciation: GWAEM
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈgwaɛm/

English: Come near the fire
Literal: Come to the fire
Sindarin: Tolo na naur
Pronunciation: TO.lo na NAUR
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈtɔ.lɔ na ˈnaur/

English: Come with me
Literal: Follow me
Sindarin: Aphado nin
Pronunciation: AF.fa.do NIN
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈaf.fa.dɔ ˈnin/

English: Come, join us
Literal: Come, meet us
Sindarin: Tolo, govano ven
Pronunciation: TO.lo GO.va.no VEN
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈtɔ.lɔ ˈgɔ.va.nɔ ˈvɛn/

English: You are welcome here
Literal: We welcome [familiar] you here
Sindarin: Gi nathlam hí
Pronunciation: gi NATH.lam HII
IPA Pronunciation: /gi ˈnaθ.lam ˈhiˑ/

English: You are welcome here
Literal: We welcome [reverential] you here
Sindarin: Le nathlam hí
Pronunciation: le NATH.lam HII
IPA Pronunciation: /lɛ ˈnaθ.lam ˈhiˑ/

English: Save me
Literal: Saving for me
Sindarin: Edraith enni
Pronunciation: ED.raith EN.ni
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈɛd.rajθ ˈɛn.ni/

English: I'm here to save you
Literal: I came for saving for [familiar] you
Sindarin: Udulen an edraith angin
Pronunciation: U.du.len an ED.raith AÑ.gin
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈu.du.lɛn an ˈɛd.rajθ ˈaŋ.gin/

English: I'm here to save you
Literal: I came for saving for [reverential] you
Sindarin: Udulen an edraith anlen
Pronunciation: U.du.len an ED.raith AN.len
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈu.du.lɛn an ˈɛd.rajθ ˈan.lɛn/

English: Release me
Literal: Release me
Sindarin: Leithio nin
Pronunciation: LEI.thi.o NIN
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈlej.θi.ɔ ˈnin/

English: Him or her needs healing
Literal: It is necessary to heal him or her
Sindarin: Boe de nestad
Pronunciation: BOE de NES.tad
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈbɔɛ dɛ ˈnɛs.tad/

English: Sorry
Literal: Forgive me
Sindarin: Goheno nin
Pronunciation: GO.he.no NIN
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈgɔ.hɛ.nɔ ˈnin/

English: Yes
Literal: May it be so!/Make it so!
Sindarin: No!
Pronunciation: NO
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈnɔ/

English: No
Literal: It isn't so!
Sindarin: Û!
Pronunciation: UUU
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈu:/

English: Please
Literal: For my joy
Sindarin: An ngell nîn
Pronunciation: aññ GELL NIIIN
IPA Pronunciation: /aŋŋ ˈgɛl̡l ˈni:n/

English: I love you
Literal: I love [familiar] you
Sindarin: Gi melin
Pronunciation: gi ME.lin
IPA Pronunciation: /gi ˈmɛ.lin/

English: I love you
Literal: I love [reverential] you
Sindarin: Le melin
Pronunciation: le ME.lin
IPA Pronunciation: /lɛ ˈmɛ.lin/

English: I love to see your eyes shine when you laugh
Literal: I delight when [familiar] your eyes shine when [familiar] you laugh
Sindarin: *Gellon ned i gelir i chent gîn ned i lelig
Pronunciation: GEL.lon NED i GE.lir i KHENT GIIIN NED i LE.lig
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈgɛl̡.lɔn ˈnɛd i ˈgɛ.lir i ˈxɛnt ˈgi:n ˈnɛd i ˈlɛ.lig/

English: I love to see your eyes shine when you laugh
Literal: I delight when [reverential] your eyes shine when [reverential] you laugh
Sindarin: *Gellon ned i gelir i chent lîn ned i lelil
Pronunciation: GEL.lon NED i GE.lir i KHENT LIIIN NED i LE.lil
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈgɛl̡.lɔn ˈnɛd i ˈgɛ.lir i ˈxɛnt ˈli:n ˈnɛd i ˈlɛ.lil̡/

English: Do you speak Elvish?
Literal: Do [familiar] you speak Elvish
Sindarin: Pedig edhellen?
Pronunciation: PE.dig e.DHEL.len
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈpɛ.dig ɛ.ˈðɛl̡.lɛn/

English: Do you speak Elvish?
Literal: Do [reverential] you speak Elvish
Sindarin: Pedil edhellen?
Pronunciation: PE.dil e.DHEL.len
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈpɛ.dil̡ ɛ.ˈðɛl̡.lɛn/

English: I don't speak Elvish
Literal: I don't speak Elvish
Sindarin: Ú-bedin edhellen
Pronunciation: UU.be.din e.DHEL.len
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈuˑ.bɛ.din ɛ.ˈðɛl̡.lɛn/

English: I speak Elvish
Literal: I speak Elvish
Sindarin: Pedin edhellen
Pronunciation: PE.din e.DHEL.len
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈpɛ.din ɛ.ˈðɛl̡.lɛn/

English: May we speak as friends now?
Literal: We will speak now as friends
Sindarin: Peditham hi sui vellyn?
Pronunciation: PE.di.tham HI SUI VEL.lyn
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈpɛ.di.θam ˈhi ˈsuj ˈvɛl̡.lyn/

English: I am ___
Literal: I am _[a name]_
Sindarin: Im ___
Pronunciation: IM ...
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈim .../

English: Don't be afraid
Literal: [you] don't fear
Sindarin: Av-'osto
Pronunciation: a.VOS.to
IPA Pronunciation: /a.ˈvɔs.tɔ/

English: Thank you
Literal: I am glad
Sindarin: Ni *'lassui
Pronunciation: NI LAS.sui
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈni ˈlas.suj/

English: Thank you
Literal: You [reverential] are generous
Sindarin: Le fael
Pronunciation: LE FAEL
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈlɛ ˈfaɛl̡/

English: Thank you from my heart
Literal: My heart is glad
Sindarin: Guren *glassui
Pronunciation: GU.ren GLAS.sui
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈgu.rɛn ˈglas.suj/

English: You did well
Literal: [familiar] you did well
Sindarin: Agoreg vae
Pronunciation: A.go.reg VAE
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈa.gɔ.rɛg ˈvaɛ/

English: You did well
Literal: [reverential] you did well
Sindarin: Agorel vae
Pronunciation: A.go.rel VAE
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈa.gɔ.rɛl̡ ˈvaɛ/

English: My Lady
Literal: Beloved Lady
Sindarin: Hiril vuin
Pronunciation: HI.ril VUIN
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈhi.ril̡ ˈvujn/

English: My lord
Literal: Beloved lord
Sindarin: Hîr vuin
Pronunciation: HIIIR VUIN
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈhi:r ˈvujn/

English: My child
Literal: [diminutive] Child
Sindarin: Henig
Pronunciation: HE.nig
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈhɛ.nig/

English: My son
Literal: [diminutive] Son
Sindarin: Ionneg
Pronunciation: JON.neg
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈjɔn.nɛg/

English: My daughter
Literal: [diminutive] Daughter
Sindarin: Iellig
Pronunciation: JEL.lig
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈjɛl̡.lig/

English: Daddy
Sindarin: Ada
Pronunciation: A.da
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈa.da/

English: Mommy
Sindarin: Nana
Pronunciation: NA.na
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈna.na/

English: I won't
Literal: I refuse
Sindarin: Avon
Pronunciation: A.von
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈa.vɔn/

English: You betrayed me
Literal: [familiar] you betrayed me
Sindarin: Nin gwerianneg
Pronunciation: NIÑ gwe.ri.AN.neg
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈniŋ gwɛ.ri.ˈan.nɛg/

English: You smell like a monster
Literal: [familiar] you have the stench of a monster
Sindarin: Sevig thû úan
Pronunciation: SE.vig THUUU UU.an
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈsɛ.vig ˈθu: ˈuˑ.an/

English: Your head is empty
Literal: [familiar] your head is empty
Sindarin: Dôl gîn lost
Pronunciation: DOOOL GIIIN LOST
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈdɔ:l ˈgi:n ˈlɔst/

English: Evil fate!
Literal: Poor fate
Sindarin: Amarth faeg!
Pronunciation: A.marth FAEG
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈa.marθ ˈfaɛg/

English: Curses!
Sindarin: Rhaich!
Pronunciation: RHAIKH
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈr̊ajx/

English: Idiot!
Literal: Lacking intelligence
Sindarin: Pe-channas!
Pronunciation: pe.KHAN.nas
IPA Pronunciation: /pɛ.ˈxan.nas/

English: Where are we?
Literal: Where are we
Sindarin: Mi van me?
Pronunciation: mi VAN ME
IPA Pronunciation: /mi ˈvan ˈmɛ/

English: Do you promise?
Literal: Do [familiar] you promise
Sindarin: Gwestog?
Pronunciation: GWES.tog
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈgwɛs.tɔg/

English: Do you promise?
Literal: Do [reverential] you promise
Sindarin: Gwestol?
Pronunciation: GWES.tol
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈgwɛs.tɔl/

English: Is it done?
Literal: Is the task done
Sindarin: I dass carnen?
Pronunciation: i DASS KAR.nen
IPA Pronunciation: /i ˈdass ˈkar.nɛn/

English: Is it necessary?
Literal: Is it necessary
Sindarin: Boe?
Pronunciation: BOE
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈbɔɛ/

English: Is there trouble?
Literal: Trouble
Sindarin: Prestad?
Pronunciation: PRES.tad
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈprɛs.tad/

English: What are you doing?
Literal: What are [familiar] you doing
Sindarin: Man cerig?
Pronunciation: MAN KE.rig
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈman ˈkɛ.rig/

English: What are you doing?
Literal: What are [reverential] you doing
Sindarin: Man ceril?
Pronunciation: MAN KE.ril
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈman ˈkɛ.ril̡/

English: What did you do?
Literal: What did [familiar] you do
Sindarin: Man agoreg?
Pronunciation: MAN A.go.reg
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈman ˈa.gɔ.rɛg/

English: What did you do?
Literal: What did [reverential] you do
Sindarin: Man agorel?
Pronunciation: MAN A.go.rel
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈman ˈa.gɔ.rɛl̡/

English: At when?/At where?
Sindarin: Na van?
Pronunciation: na VAN
IPA Pronunciation: /na ˈvan/

English: With what?
Literal: What with
Sindarin: A van?
Pronunciation: a VAN
IPA Pronunciation: /a ˈvan/

English: Which one?
Literal: What person
Sindarin: Man pen?
Pronunciation: MAN PEN
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈman ˈpɛn/

English: Who is leading?
Literal: Who leads
Sindarin: Man tôg?
Pronunciation: MAN TOOOG
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈman ˈtɔ:g/

English: Why not?
Literal: Don't do it for what purpose
Sindarin: Avo garo am man theled?
Pronunciation: A.vo GA.ro am MAN THE.led
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈa.vɔ ˈga.rɔ am ˈman ˈθɛ.lɛd/

English: Why?
Sindarin: Am man?
Pronunciation: am MAN
IPA Pronunciation: /am ˈman/

English: Why?
Literal: For what purpose
Sindarin: Am man theled?
Pronunciation: am MAN THE.led
IPA Pronunciation: /am ˈman ˈθɛ.lɛd/

English: He or she had too many cups of drink
Literal: He or she drank countless cups of drink
Sindarin: Uhunc ylf ernedui
Pronunciation: U.huñk YLV ER.ne.dui
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈu.huŋk ˈylv ˈɛr.nɛ.duj/

English: I am not an Elf
Literal: I am not an Elf
Sindarin: Ni ú-edhel
Pronunciation: ni UU.e.dhel
IPA Pronunciation: /ˌni ˈu:.ɛ.ðɛl̡/

English: I don't know
Sindarin: Ú-iston
Pronunciation: uu.IS.ton
IPA Pronunciation: /uˑ.ˈis.tɔn/

English: I know
Sindarin: Iston
Pronunciation: IS.ton
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈis.tɔn/

English: I know your face
Literal: I know [familiar] your face
Sindarin: Iston i nîf gîn
Pronunciation: IS.ton i NIIIV GIIIN
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈis.tɔn i ˈni:v ˈgi:n/

English: I know your face
Literal: I know [reverential] your face
Sindarin: Iston i nîf lîn
Pronunciation: IS.ton i NIIIV LIIIN
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈis.tɔn i ˈni:v ˈli:n/

English: Go kiss an orc
Literal: Be gone, kiss an orc
Sindarin: Ego, *mibo orch
Pronunciation: E.go MI.bo ORKH
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈɛ.gɔ ˈmi.bɔ ˈɔrx/

English: I can say what I wish, and you won't understand me
Literal: I say the words that I want, and [familiar] [singular] you can't understand me
Sindarin: Pedin i phith in aníron, a nin ú-cheniathog
Pronunciation: PE.din if FITH in a.NII.ron a NIN uu.khe.NI.a.thog
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈpɛ.din if ˈfiθ in a.ˈniˑ.rɔn a ˈnin uˑ.xɛ.ˈni.a.θɔg/

English: I can say what I wish, and y'all won't understand me
Literal: I say the words that I want, and [familiar] [plural] you can't understand me
Sindarin: Pedin i phith in aníron, a nin ú-cheniathagir
Pronunciation: PE.din if FITH in a.NII.ron a NIN uu.khe.ni.A.tha.gir
IPA Pronunciation: /ˈpɛ.din if ˈfiθ in a.ˈniˑ.rɔn a ˈnin uˑ.xɛ.ni.ˈa.θa.gir/