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Useful phrases in Quenya

A collection of useful phrases in Quenya, a member of the Amanya branch of the Elvish language family invented by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Note: many of these phrases were created by fans of Tolkien's work who may not necessarily be familiar with all the intricacies of Quenya.

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Phrase Quenya
Welcome Alatulya
Amatulya (Blessed arrival)
Amatúlie (Blessed arrival)
Hello (General greeting) Aiya! (Hail) - frm
Mára rë (Good day)
Elen síla lúmenn' omentielvo
(A star shall shine on the hour of our meeting)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Sut naa lle? (How are you?)
Sut naa lle umien? (How are you doing?)
Sut naa lle umien sina re? (How are you doing today?)
Lle tyava quel? (Do you feel well?)
Reply to 'How are you?'
Long time no see
What's your name? Man esselya ná?
Mani naa essa en lle?
My name is ... Nánye ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you Vandë omentaina
Saesa omentien lle (Pleasure meeting you)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
'Quel amrun
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
'Quel andune
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
'Quel undome
Good night Quel esta (Rest well)
Quel kaima (Sleep well)
(Parting phrases)
Namárië (Be well)
Mára mesta
Alámene (Go with a blessing / good omen)
Vanya sulie (Fair winds)
Aa' i'sul nora lanne'lle (May the wind fill your sails)
Tenna' ento lye omenta (Until next we meet)
Tenna' tul're (Until tomorrow)
Lissenen ar' maska'lalaith tenna' lye omentuva
(Sweet water and light laughter till next we meet)
Good luck! Quel marth!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Almien! (To good fortune!)
Have a nice day Nai aurelya nauva mára!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Mára mesta
Yes Ná (It is so)
Náto (It is that)
Náce (It may be so)
Né (It was so)
I don't know
I understand Hanyan
I don't understand Umin hanyan
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Quenya? Ma istal quet' Eldarin?
Lle quena i'lambe tel' Eldalie?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ná, istan quete (Yes, I can speak)
Speak to me in Quenya
How do you say ... in Quenya?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Sorry Nanyë nyérinqua
Please Ecë nin? (Please, may I?)
Thank you Hanta
Hantanyel (I thank you)
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? Lle merna salk?
Do you come here often?
I miss you
I love you Melinyel
Amin mela lle
Get well soon
Go away! Hecal! (You be gone!)
Leave me alone!
Help! Aiya!
Stop! Á pusta!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings Alassëa Hristomerendë (Joyous Feast of Christ)
Alassëa merendë (Joyous feast)
Alassëa Vinyarië (Happy New Year)
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Alassëa nosta!
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Venenya vilyanirwanen ná quanta as angolingwi