Useful phrases in Kaqchikel

A collection of useful phrases in Kaqchikel (Kaqchikel Ch'ab'ä), a Mayan language spoken in the Central Highlands of Guatemala.

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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 Kaqchikel
Welcome A' cha pe
Ütz ipetik
Hello (General greeting) Xsaqär
Xsaqär nan (said to older females)
Xsaqär tat (said to older males)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? ¿La ütz awäch?
¿Ütz awäch?
Reply to 'How are you?' Ütz matyox. ¿Ütz awäch rat?
Long time no see
What's your name? ¿Achike ab'i' rat? (frm/sg)
¿Achike ib'i' rïx? (frm/pl)
¿Achike rub'i' rija'? (inf)
My name is ... Rin ... nub'i
Nub'i yin ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Xsaqär nan (said to older females)
Xsaqär tat (said to older males)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Xqaq'ij nan (said to older females)
Xqaq'ij tat (said to older males)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Xqa q'ij
Xqa q'ij nan (said to older females)
Xqa q'ij tat (said to older males)
Good night Xokaq'a'
(Parting phrases)
Chwaq chïk
Yojch'o yan chik
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Ki ak'u'x wakami
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes Ja'
No Manäq
I don't know
Do you understand?
I understand
I don't understand
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Kaqchikel?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Do you speak a language
other than
Speak to me in Kaqchikel
How do you say ... in Kaqchikel?
Excuse me Takuyu'
How much is this?
Thank you Matyox
Reply to thank you Majun rub'anun
Where's the toilet / bathroom? ¿Akuchi' ninwil wi ruxikin jay richin chukb'äl?
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 Yatin wajo'
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

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