Useful phrases in Aymara

A collection of useful phrases in Aymara, an Aymaran language spoken mainly in Boliva and Peru, and also in Argentina and Chile.

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

Phrase Aymar aru (Aymara)
Welcome Jallallt'atapxtawa
Hello (General greeting) Aski urükipana
Aski urukïpanaya (reply)
Suma uru
Aski alwakipana
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Kamisaraki?
Reply to 'How are you?' Waliki, jumasti?
Walikiskthwa, jumasti?
Waliquitua, jumasti?
Hualiquithua, jumasti?
Long time no see
What's your name? Kunas sutimax?
Kunasa sutimaxa?
My name is ... Sutijara ...
Sutijax ...
Sutixax ...wa
Nayan sutinhaxa ...
Nayaxa ... satäthwa
Where are you from? Cauquitaatasa?
Cauquitsa juta?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Aski urükipana
Aski urukïpanaya (reply)
Suma uru
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Aski jayp'ukïpana
Jumarusa ukhamaraki (reply)
Suma jayp'u
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Aski jayp'ukïpana
Jumarusa ukhamaraki (reply)
Aski jayp'ukïpanaya
Suma jayp'u
Good night Aski aurmakïpana
Jumarusa ukhamaraki (reply)
Aski arumakïpanaya
Suma aruma o arama
(Parting phrases)
Jikisiñkama (See you)
Jikisiñkamaya (reply)
Qharürkama (See you tomorrow)
Qharükamaya (reply)
Mayakama (Until the next time)
Mayakamaya (reply)
Sarawayä (I'm going)
Sarawayamaya (reply)
Sart'awayä (I'm going)
Sart'awayamaya (reply)
Maqawayä (I'm going)
Maqawayamaya (reply)
Sarä (I'm going)
Saramaya (reply)
Sarxä (I'm going)
Sarxamaya (reply)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day ¡Suma urupana!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes Jisa
No Janiwa
I don't know
I understand
I don't understand Janiwa entindkti
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Aymara?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
I'm learning Aymara Aymar yatiqaskta
Aymar aru yatiqaskta
Nayax aymar yatiqaskta
Nayax aymar aru yatiqaskta
Speak to me in Aymara
How do you say ... in Aymara?
Excuse me
How much is this? Kawkhasa manuma?
Please Mira
Thank you Juspajaraña
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet / bathroom?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you Munsmawa
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help! Yanapa!
Fire! Nina!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings Sooma Nawira-ra
Kusisiña Navidad
New Year greetings Machaq Mara
Suma Machaq Mara
Wali Sum Machaq Mara
Easter greetings Kusisiñ Pascua uru
Birthday greetings Kusisiñ mara phuqhapan
Suma urupnaya cchuru uromankja
Aski mara phuqhawi
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels


In Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina, Aymara New Year is celebrated on 21st June, which is the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. This became a national holiday in Bolivia in 2009, or year 5517 in the Aymara calendar. In Aymara it is known as Willkakuti ("Return of the Sun") or Machaq Mara ("New Year").

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