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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
Namárië (Be well)
Mára rë (Good day)
Máriessë! (In happiness!)
Hara máriessë! (Stay in happiness!) Elen síla lúmenn' omentielvo
(A star shall shine on the hour of our meeting)
Hello (on phone)
How are you?
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)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night
(Parting phrases)
Namárië (Be well)
Áva márië! (Go happily!)
Márienna! (To happiness!)
Good luck! Mára valto
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?
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?
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 Minë lambë lá ná farëa
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Venenya vilyanirwanen ná quanta as angolingwi

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