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Provençal (Provençau) is one of several dialects of Occitan spoken by a minority of people in southern France and other areas of France and Italy.

In the English-speaking world, "Provençal" is often used to refer to all dialects of Occitan, but actually refers specifically to the dialect spoken in the former province of Provence as well as south of Dauphiné and the Nîmes region in Languedoc and the upper valleys of Piedmont, Italy (Val Maira, Val Varacha, Val d'Estura, Entraigas, Limon, Vinai, Pignerol, Sestriera). Outside Europe, the language is spoken mainly in the Northern Californian counties of Tehama, Siskiyou, Napa, Alpine and Mono counties, especially in the Mono County town of Chalfant Valley. A small community in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties also exists in Southern California.

Provençal is also the customary name given to the older version of the langue d'oc used by the troubadours of medieval literature, as opposed to Old French or langue d'oïl (from the native word for yes) of the northern areas of France.

PhrasebookEdit

Countries where Occitan is spokenEdit

France
França (FRAHN-so)
Italy
Itàlia (ee-TAH-lyo)
Spain
Espanha (ays-PAH-nyo)
Monaco
Mónegue (MOO-nay-gay)
United States
Estats Units (ays-TAHTS oo-NEETS)

EssentialsEdit

GreetingsEdit

Good morning.
Bona matin. (Bo-nuh-ma-tin)
Good evening.
Bon vèspre. (boon VEHS-pre)
Good afternoon.
Bonser. (Bon-ser)
Hello.
Adieu. (Ad-dieu)
What is your name? (formal)
Cossí te dison? (Cuss-ee-te-di-sun?)
What is your name? (familiar)
Cossí te dises? (Cuss-ee-te-di-ses?)
My name is...
Mon nom est... (Mon-nom-ess-t)
Delighted.
Encantat. (En-can-ta)
Likewise.
Agradarsatge. (Ag-ra-dar-sagi)
Pleased to meet you.
Content vos rencontrar. (Con-tent-voo-re-con-trar)
Mister (Mr.)
Monsen (M.)
Madam (Mrs.)
Madòna (Mdm.)
Miss (Ms.)
Madomaisèla (Mla.)
How are you? (familiar)
Cossí vas? (Coss-ee-vas?)
How are you (formal)
Cossí va? (Coss-ee-va?)
What's happening?
Qué passa? (Keh-pas-sa?)
How are you
Cossí anatz? (Coss-ee-anat-ss?)
well
ben (ben)
Thank you.
Mercé. (mer-ceh)
Good-bye.
Adieu. (A-deu)
Good-bye. (formal)
Adieussiatz. (Ad-dieu-si-as)
See you later.
Adieussiatz. (As-dieu-si-as)
See you tomorrow.
Adieu-deman. (Ad-dieu-de-man)
See you.
A reveire. (Arre-vea-re)

NumbersEdit

One (1)
Un (un)
Two (2)
Dos (doos)
Three (3)
Tres (th-re-ss)
Four (4)
Quatre (KAH-tray)
Five (5)
Cinc (seenk)
Six (6)
Sièis (seei-s)
Seven (7)
Sèt (seht)
Eight (8)
Uèit (wait)
Nine (9)
Nòu (noou)
Ten (10)
Dix (deex)
Eleven (11)
Onze (OON-zay)
Twelve (12)
Dotze (DOO-dzay)
Thirteen (13)
Trètze (thret-ze)
Fourteen (14)
Catòrze (kah-TOR-zay)
Fifteen (15)
Quinze (KEEN-zay)
Sixteen (16)
Setze (SAY-dzay)
Seventeen (17)
Dètz-e-sèt (deet-ze-seet)
Eighteen (18)
Dètz-e-uèch (deet-ze-huee-ch)
Nineteen (19)
Dètz-e-nòu (deet-ze-noou)
Twenty (20)
Vint (veen)
Twenty-one (21)
Vint-e-un (veint-e-un)
Thirty (30)
Trenta (th-rain-ta)
Forty (40)
Quaranta (kah-RAHN-to)
Fifty (50)
Cinquanta (seen-KAHN-to)
Sixty (60)
Seissanta (seis-san-ta)
Seventy (70)
Setanta (say-TAHN-to)
Eighty (80)
Ochanta (oo-CHAHN-to)
Ninety (90)
Nonanta (noo-NAHN-to)
One hundred (100)
Cent (saynt)

Body partsEdit

Head
Tèsta (TEHS-to)
Eye
Uèlh (uu-ei)
Nose
Nas (nahs)
Mouth
Boca (BOO-ko)
Arm
Braç (brahs)
Hand
Man (mann)
Finger
Det (dayt)
Stomach
Ventre (ven-tre)
Leg
Camba (KAHM-bo)
Foot
Pè (peh)

School objectsEdit

Pen
Estilo (es-ti-lo)
Folder
Dorsièr (door-si-ee)
Notebook
Quasèrn (qua-seer)
Student
Estudiant (es-tu-di-an)
Paper
Papièr (pa-piee-)
Pencil
Gredon (gray-DOO)
Book
Libre (LEE-bray)
Teacher (male)
Professor (pro-fes-soo)
Teacher (female)
Professora (pro-fes-sooro)
Desk
Taula (TAU-lo)
Classroom
Sala de classa (sa-la-de-class-a)

The calendarEdit

Year
An (aun)
Day
Jorn (gsh-orn)
Week
Setmana (set-ma-na)
Sunday
Dimenge (di-menje)
Monday
Diluns (di-luns)
Tuesday
Dimarts (di-marts)
Wednesday
Dimèrcres (di-meer-crees)
Thursday
Dijòus (di-joou)
Friday
Divendres (di-ven-dres)
Saturday
Dissabte (dis-ab-te)
January
Genièr (jen-neer)
February
Febrièr (feb-reer)
March
Març (marsh)
April
Abrial (ab-ri-al)
May
Mai (mai)
June
Junh (june)
July
Julhet (jull-het)
August
Agost (aw-gost)
September
Setembre (se-tem-brae)
October
Octòbre (ot-too-brae)
November
Novembre (no-vem-brae)
December
Decembre (de-sem-brae)
Today
Uèi (oo-way)
Tomorrow
Deman (de-man)

Note: In Provençal, days of the week and months are only capitalized when they are in the beginning of a sentence.

Weather conditionsEdit

Sunny
Solelhós (so-leel-oh-s)
Hot
Caud (cod)
Cold
Freg (freech)
Windy
Vent (ven)
Rainy
Plòure (pl-oou-re)
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