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Useful phrases in Nahuatl

A collection of useful phrases in Nahuatl or Aztec, a Uto-Aztecan language spoken mainly in central Mexico.

You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

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

English nāhuatl / nawatlahtolli (Nahuatl)
Welcome Ximopanōltih
Hello (General greeting) Niltze
How are you? ¿Quen tinemi? (How do you live?)
¿Quen tica? (inf)
Reply to 'How are you?' Cualli ninemi, tlazocāmati. ¿Īhuān tehuatl?
Long time no see Ahmo titonāmiqui ye huehcāuh
What's your name? ¿Quenin timotōcā?
My name is ... Notōcā ...
Nehua notōcā ...
Ni ...
Where are you from? ¿Campa tihuala?
I'm from ... Nah nih ehua ...
Pleased to meet you Nechpactia nimitzixmati
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Cualli Tlanecic
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Cualli Teotlac
Cualli Tiotaqui
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Cualli Teotlac
Cualli Tiotaqui
Good night Cualli Teotlac
Cualli Tiotaqui
(Parting phrases)
Ye niauh (to person leaving)
Xiauh ica cualtzin (to person staying)
Timo-itazke (see you later)
Totazke (see you later)
Good luck Ma cualli ohtli
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Ma ixpāntzinco
Have a nice day Ma cualli tōnalli
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Xitlacua cualli
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Xiauh ica cualtzin
I understand Nitlacaqui
I don't understand Ahmo nitlacaqui
I don't know Ahmo nicmati
Please speak more slowly Ma īyōlīc xitlato
Please say that again Ma occepa xitlato
Please write it down Ma xitlacuilo
Do you speak English? ¿Tinleztlahtoa?
¿Titlahtoa Inlez?
¿Titlahtoa Inleztlatolli?
Do you speak Nahuatl? ¿Tināhuatlahtoa?
¿Titlahtoa Nāhuatlahtōlli?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Quemah, achitzin
How do you say ... in Nahuatl? ¿Quenin moihtoa ... ica Nāhuatl?
Excuse me Ma ixpāntzinco
How much is this? ¿Quezqui inin?
¿Quen tlazohti?
Sorry Ma xinechtlapohpolhui
Please Nimitztlatlauhtia
Thank you Tlazohcamati
Cenca tlazohcamati
Reply to thank you Ahmitla
Where's the toilet? ¿Campa in cuitlacalli?
¿Campa in axixcalli?
¿Campa in alticalli?
¿Campa in tlapiazoti?
¿Campa in tlapiazohualoyan?
This gentleman will pay for everything Oquichtli ixtlahuaz nochi
In oquichtli ixtlahuaz nochi
This lady will pay for everything Cihuatl ixtlahuaz nochi
In cihuatl ixtlahuaz nochi
Would you like to dance with me? ¿Ticnequi tihtōtiz īhuān nehuatl?
I miss you Nimitlailnamiqui
I love you Nimitztlazohtla
Get well soon Niman xipahti
Go away! ¡Xiauh!
Leave me alone! ¡Xiauh!
Help! ¡Xinechpalēhui! (sg)
¡Xitopalēhuicān! (pl)
Fire! ¡Tletl!
Stop! ¡Ximocahcāhua!
Be careful! ¡Ma timocuitlahui!
Be quiet! ¡Macamo xinahuati!
Call the police! ¡Xicnōtza tepixqui!
Christmas and New Year greetings Cualli netlācatilizpan īhuān yancuic xihuitl
Easter greetings Cualli Paxcuatl
Birthday greetings Cualli ilhuichīhualli
One language is never enough Cēntlahtōlli aocmō moāhcic
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Noehēcatlapalqui cōāmichtēnqui

Nahuatl phrases provided by Pat Rivera, with corrections and additions by Itzchimalli Metziuhki

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

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