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Useful phrases in Guaraní

A collection of useful phrases in Guaraní, a Tupí-Guaraní language spoken mainly in Paraguay, and also in Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase Avañe'ẽ (Guaraní)
Welcome Eguahé porá
Hello (General greeting)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Mba'éichapa reiko?
Reply to 'How are you?' Ipora, ha nde?
Long time no see
What's your name? Mbaé’chepa nderéra?
(What is your given name?)
Mba'éichapa ndererajoapy?
(What is your surname?)
My name is ... Che cheréra ...
(My given name is ...)
Chererajoapy ...
(My surname is ...)
Where are you from? Moõguápa nde?
I'm from ... Che ... gua
Pleased to meet you Che roryete roikuaávo
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Mba'eichapa ndepyhareve?
(How are you in the morning?)
Chepyhareve porâ, ha nde?
(I am having a good morning, and you?)
Iporã avei
(I'm fine too)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Mba'eichapa nde ka'aru?
(How are you in the afternoon?)
Cheka'aru porâ, ha nde?
(I am having a good afternoon, and you?)
Che ka'aru porã avei
(I'm fine too)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Mba'eichapa nde pyhare?
(How are you in the evening?)
Chepyhare porâ, ha nde?
(I am having a good evening, and you?)
Chepyhare porã avei
(I'm fine too)
Good night Mba'eichapa nde pyhare?
(How are you in the night?)
Chepyhare porâ, ha nde?
(I am having a good night, and you?)
Chepyhare porã avei
(I'm fine too)
(Parting phrases)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand Hesakâmbáma la ereséva
I don't understand Ndaikuaái la ereséva
Yes Hêe
No Nahániri
I don't know
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Reñe’êkuaápa inglépe?
Do you speak Guaraní? Reñe'êkuaápa guaraníme?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Añe’êkuaamichimi mante guaraníme
Speak to me in Guaraní
How do you say ... in Guaraní? Mbaé’chepa ojeey ... Guaraníme?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Thank you Aguyje
Aguyjevete ndéve
Reply to thank you Tereiko porãke
Where's the toilet?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you Rojhayhû
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

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