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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.

English nāhuatl / nawatlahtolli (Nahuatl)
Welcome Ximopanōltih
Hello
(General greeting)
Niltze / Tialli / Pialli
How are you? ¿Quen tinemi?
Reply to 'How are you?' Cualli ninemi, tlazocāmati. ¿Īhuān tehuatl?
Long time no see Ahmo titonāmiqui ye huehcāuh
What's your name?
My name is ...
¿Quenin timotōcā?
Notōcā ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
¿Campa tihuala?
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Ye niauh (person leaving) Xiauh ica cualtzin (person staying)
Good luck Ma cualli ohtli
Cheers!
(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
I don't understand Ahmo nitlacaqui
I don't know
Please speak more slowly Ma īyōlīc xitlato
Please say that again Ma occepa xitlato
Please write it down Ma xitlacuilo
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Nahuatl?
Yes, a little
¿Tināhuatlahtoa?
¿Titlahtoa Nāhuatlahtōlli?
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
Thank you
Response
Tlazohcamati
Cenca tlazohcamati
Where's the toilet? ¿Campa in cuitlacalli/axixcalli/alticalli/tlapiazoti/tlapiazohualoyan?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? ¿Ticnequi tihtōtiz īhuān nehuatl?
I miss you
I love you Nimitztlazohtla / Nimitznequi
Get well soon Niman xipahti
Go away!
Leave me alone! ¡Xiauh!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
¡Xinechpalēhui! (sg)
¡Xitopalēhuicān! (pl)
¡Tletl!
¡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

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Links

Other collections of Nahuatl phrases
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Nahuatl/Common_phrases
http://6thsunridaz.com/basic-nahuatl-phrases-greetings/
http://www.hoanumpoli.org/uploads/Nahuatl_Greetings.pdf

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