The Basque language, known as Euskara, is a very old language and has no known living relatives. You'll enjoy learning a few words and being able to use them while you're here.
Words to get by in basque
This is the most common word used to greet people. Basically, 'hello'. More colloquial expressions include 'Epa', 'Apa', 'Iepa', and 'Aupa'.
Expression used to welcome someone. 'Ongi' means 'well', and 'etorri' means 'to come'.
This word is used to say goodbye. A more colloquial term would be 'Aio'.
And if you don't like goodbyes, how about 'see you later'?
Egun on, arratsalde on, gabon
A greeting for every time of the day: good morning, good afternoon and good night.
'Please'. Used to politely ask for something.
This word is used to say you're sorry.
'How are you' or 'How's it going?'. The most common answers are: 'ondo' (well) or 'gaizki' (not well).
'House' or 'home'.
This word is used to congratulate someone. You can also say 'Urte askotarako', which means 'for many years to come'.
Gosaria, Bazkaria, Afaria
These are the three meals of the day: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Gipuzkoa loves to eat. 'On egin!' means 'bon appétit' or 'enjoy your meal'.
A carefully prepared bite-sized morsel, a cornerstone of Basque gastronomy.
Cider house, a place to drink apple cider ('sagardoa' in Basque), and enjoy a meal of cod, steak, cheese and walnuts.
Winery where Txakoli is made, a fresh Basque white wine.
A short, stemless glass generally used for red wine in a 'txikiteo' or bar crawl.
A word he used define something that is delicious.
Traditional farmers market where locals sell their fruits, vegetables and other natural products.
Fine constant drizzle, typical in the Basque Country.
Beach. The word comes from 'hondar', meaning 'sand'.
Number. Here are the numbers from 1 to 10: Bat, bi, hiru, lau, bost, sei, zazpi, zortzi, bederatzi, hamar. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Declaration of love, 'I love you'.
Kiss. The 's' in 'musu' is pronounced like an 'sh' (mooshoo).
A word used to refer to something pretty or cute.