Useful phrases in Mam

A collection of useful phrases in Mam, a Mayan language spoken in Chiapas in Mexico and in Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango and San Marcos in Guatemala.

You can see the phrases in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

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

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English Qyol Mam (Mam)
Welcome B’a’ntulena
Hello
(General greeting)
Jeeka, ma tzuula (sg)
Jeeka, ma chi uula (pl)
Ma (reply)
How are you? Tze’n ta’ya? (sg)
Tze’n ate’ya? (pl)
Reply to 'How are you?' B’a’n chjonte, yajtzan teya? (sg)
B’a’n oto’ qe’. Yajtzan teya? (pl)
Long time no see
What's your name? Ti’ tb’iya?
My name is ... ... nb’iya ... we’ nb’i
Where are you from? Jtum tzajn?
I'm from ... Tzajn qiina tuj t-nom ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
B’a’ntz q’ij
Xisjiy
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Qa’lte
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Qa’lte
Good night Ta’lte
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Qina
Chinej
Good luck
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day B’a’n q’ij teya
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand
I don't understand
Yes Ma’
No Mi’
Mina
Maybe
I don't know
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Mam?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Mam
How do you say ... in Mam? Ti t-b’ii ... tuuj t-yool?
Excuse me Noq same ta
Noq same na
How much is this?
Sorry
Please Jun xtalb’il
Thank you Chjonte
Chjontexix
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? Tajtzana tu’n tb’ixina?
I miss you
I love you Wajb’ila ti’ja ... nlaq wanmiya ti’ja
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
What is this? Tii qlelta kan?
Do you have any ...? At pa teey ...?

Mam phrases mainly provided by Christie Pollock

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Links

Other collections of Mam phrases
http://users.elite.net/runner/jennifers/Country%20Greetings%20Guatemala.htm
http://www.mayatikal.com/2009/03/26/comunidad-linguistica-mam-palabras-y-frases/

Phrases in Mayan languages

Mam, Tsotsil, Yucatec Maya

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