Useful phrases in Kichwa

A collection of useful phrases in Kichwa (Kichwa Shimi), a Northern Quechuan language spoken in southern Ecuador.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

Phrase Kichwa Shimi (Kichwa)
Hello (General greeting) Imanalla
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Imanalla? (inf)
Imanalla kanki?
Imanallatak kankichik?
Imatak tiyan? (What's new?)
Reply to 'How are you?' Allimi kani, kikinka? (I'm fine, and you?)
Sumakmi kani (I'm great)
Allipachami kani (I'm very well
Allillami kani (I'm so so))
Mana allichu kani (I'm not well)
Long time no see
What's your name? Kikinka imashutitak kanki? (frm)
Imashutitak kanki? (inf)
My name is ... Ñukapak shutika ... kan
Where are you from? Kikinka maymantatak kanki?
I'm from ... ... llaktamantami kani
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Alli puncha
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Alli puncha
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Alli chishi
Good night Alli tuta
(Parting phrases)
Rikurishun (See you)
Kayakaman (See you tomorrow)
Ashata kashkaman(See you later)
Shuk punchakaman (See you another day)
Shuk puncha tuparishun (We'll meet another day)
Shuk puncha rikurishun (We'll see each other another day)
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
Yes Ari
No Mana
Maybe Ichapashchari
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 Kichwa?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Do you speak a language
other than
Speak to me in Kichwa
How do you say ... in Kichwa?
Excuse me Kishpichiway
How much is this? Mashnatak
Sorry Imata rurashun
Please Nipay
Thank you Yupaychani
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? Tushunayanchu?
Do you come here often?
I miss you
I love you Kanta munani
Kanta kuyani
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help! Yanapay!
Fire! Nina!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Sumak wata paktay
Congratulations! Napay!
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

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