Useful phrases in Guaraní

A collection of useful phrases in Guaraní, a Tupí-Guaraní language spoken mainly in Paraguay, and also in Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina.

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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 Avañe'ẽ (Guaraní)
Welcome Eguahé porá
Hello (General greeting)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Mba'éichapa reiko?
Reply to 'How are you?' Ipora, ha nde?
Long time no see Ymaitereí ndorohechavéi
What's your name? Mbaé’chepa nderéra?
(What is your given name?)
Mba'éichapa ndererajoapy?
(What is your surname?)
My name is ... Che cheréra ...
(My given name is ...)
Chererajoapy ...
(My surname is ...)
Where are you from? Moõguápa nde?
I'm from ... Che ... gua
Pleased to meet you Che roryete roikuaávo
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Mba'eichapa nde ko'ê?
(How are you in the morning?)
Cheko'ê porâ, ha nde?
(I am having a good morning, and you?)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Mba'eichapa nde ka'aru?
(How are you in the afternoon?)
Cheka'aru porâ, ha nde?
(I am having a good afternoon, and you?)
Che ka'aru porã avei
(I'm fine too)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Mba'eichapa nde pyhare?
(How are you in the evening?)
Chepyhare porâ, ha nde?
(I am having a good evening, and you?)
Chepyhare porã avei
(I'm fine too)
Good night Mba'eichapa nde pyhare?
(How are you in the night?)
Chepyhare porâ, ha nde?
(I am having a good night, and you?)
Chepyhare porã avei
(I'm fine too)
(Parting phrases)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand Hesakâmbáma la ereséva
I don't understand Ndaikuaái la ereséva
Yes Hêe
No Nahániri
Maybe Ikatu
I don't know Ndaikuaái
Please speak more slowly Eñe'ê mbegueve
Please say that again Ere jeý péa
Please write it down Ehaí chéve péa
Do you speak English? Reñe’êkuaápa inglépe?
Do you speak Guaraní? Reñe'êkuaápa guaraníme?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Añe’êkuaamichimi mante guaraníme
Do you speak a language
other than
Reñe’ẽ piko avañe’ẽnte térã ambue ñe’ẽ avei.
Reñe’ẽpa la guaranínte térã ambue ñe’ẽ avei.
Mba’épa ñe’ẽ reñe’ẽkuaa, reñe’ẽkuaápa avei guarani
Speak to me in Guaraní Eñe'ê chéve guaraníme
How do you say ... in Guaraní? Mbaé’chepa ojeey ... Guaraníme?
Excuse me
How much is this? Mboý kóa?
Thank you Aguyje
Aguyjevete ndéve
Reply to thank you Tereiko porãke
Where's the toilet / bathroom?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? Ejerokysé chendivé?
I miss you
I love you Rojhayhû
Get well soon Ekuerá pya'eke
Go away! Tereho!
Leave me alone! Cherejá che'añó!
Fire! Okái!
Stop! Epytá!
Call the police! Ehenói tahachípe!
Christmas greetings V'ya pave mita tuparape
New Year greetings Terevy'aite ko ary pyahupe
Vy'apave ary pyahúre
Easter greetings Vy'apavê
Birthday greetings Vy'apavê nde arambotýre
One language is never enough Peteî ñe'ê ndohupytypái
My hovercraft is full of eels

Some phrases provided by Rodrigo Daniel Castigloni Agûero

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