Useful phrases in Quechua

A collection of useful phrases mainly in the Cusco dialect of Quechua, as spoken in Cusco in Boliva. You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, >m = said to an older male, >f = said to an older female

English Runasimi (Quechua)
Welcome Haykuykuy! (Come in!)
Hello Rimaykullayki / Napaykullayki
How are you?


Fine, and you?
¿Allillanchu?
¿Imaynam kasanki?
¿Imaynallam kaskanki? (inf)
¿Imaynallataq kasanki? (frm)
Allillanmi. ¿Qamrí?
Allillanpuni, Qamrí?
Long time no see
What's your name?


My name is ...
¿Imataq sutiyki? (frm)
X Sutiymi ...
X-qa sutiymi ...
Pedroqa sutiymi ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
¿Maymantataq kanki taytay? (frm/>m)
¿Maymantataq kanki mamay? (frm/>f)
¿Maymanta kanki? (inf)
(Nuqa) ...manta kani
Pleased to meet you Anchatam kusikusani riqsisuspayki
Good morning Wuynus diyas / Allin p'unchay (Good day)
Good afternoon Wuynas tardis
Good evening Wuynas nuchis
Good night Allin tuta
Goodbye Tutañam, ripusaq (It is dark already, I'm going)
Huq p'unchaykama (Until another day)
Atispaykiqa, kutimuykuy (Come back if you can)
Tinkunanchiskama (I'll see you later, farewell)
Paqarinkama (Until tomorrow)
Huq ratukama (See you later)
Tupananchiskama (general)
Tupananchikkama (Ayacuco) (till we meet again)
Good luck ¡Hina kachun! (may it be so (for you) / Amen)
Cheers/Good health! ¡Khali kaq kachun! ¡Prosit!
Have a nice day Allin p'unchay kachun
Bon appetit Allin mikuna
Bon voyage Allin purina
Do you understand? ¿Intindinkichu? ¿Hapinkichu?
I understand Intindini / Hapisani
I don't understand Mana hapisanichu / Mana intindinichu
I don't know Mana yachanichu
Please speak more slowly ¿Allichu, Allillamanta rimaykuwankimanchu?
¿Susigullawan rimaykuway!
Please say that again ¿Yapa chayta rimaykuwankimanchu
¿Huq kuti rimaykuwankimanchu?
¡Allichu, huq kuti rimaway!
Please write it down Allichu qilqaykuway
Do you speak English? Inlista rimankichu?
Do you speak Spanish? Kastillanuta rimankichu?
Do you speak Quechua?
Yes, a little
¿Runasimita rimankichu?
Arí, nuqa pisillata rimani (pisichallata)
How do you say ... in Quechua? ¿Imaynataq munan chay runasimipi?
Excuse me Pampachaway / Dispinsaykuway
How much is this? ¿Hayk'ataq kay? ¿Haykataq kay?
Sorry Pampachaykuway
Please Allichu
Thank you
Response
Solpayki / Urpichay sonqoy
Hinallatapas
Where's the toilet? ¿Maypi bañu?
¿Maypi hispana wasi?
¿Maypi aqa wasi?
This gentleman/lady
will pay for everything
Kay wiracocha/warmi tukuyta paganqa
Would you like to
dance with me?
¿Tusuwankimanchu?
¿Munaykichu tusuyta nuqawan?
I miss you Munapakuyki, wañurikusani qamrayku
I love you Kuyayki (romantic) Munayki (platonic)
Get well soon Khali kaq kachun
Go away! ¡Ripuy! ¡Ripuykuy!
Leave me alone! ¡Kapuwan kay! (I have it already)
¡Sapallaña kaq munasani! (I want to be alone)
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
¡Yanapaway! ¡Yanapaykuway!
¡Nina!
¡Hark'ay! ¡Ama ruwaychu!
Call the police! ¡Wardiyata waqyay!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Sumaq kausay kachun Navidad qampaq
Mosoq Watapi sumaq kausay kachun qampaq
Allin wata kachun qampaq
Note: The Inca did not celebrate Christmas.
Happy Easter
Happy Birthday Kusikuy wata hunt'asqayki punchay
One language
is never enough
Huq simi mana askhachu yachanapaq / rimanapaq
My hovercraft
is full of eels

What!? Why this phrase?

Translations and corrections and provided by Jan Willem van Ee

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Links

Other collections of Quechua phrases
http://www.andes.org/q_phrase.html
http://www.unilang.org/wiki/index.php/Quechua_phrases
http://quizlet.com/4812386/quechua-set-10-flash-cards/

Quechua Simplified Language Course
http://www.vanenos.com/quechua-course-materials

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