Useful phrases in Nahuatl

A collection of useful phrases in Nahuatl or Aztec, a Uto-Aztecan language spoken mainly in central Mexico.

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

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

English nāhuatl / nawatlahtolli (Nahuatl)
Welcome Ximopanōltih
Hello
(General greeting)
Niltze
Tialli
Pialli
How are you? ¿Quen tinemi?
Reply to 'How are you?' Cualli ninemi, tlazocāmati. ¿Īhuān tehuatl?
Long time no see Ahmo titonāmiqui ye huehcāuh
What's your name? ¿Quenin timotōcā?
My name is ... Notōcā ...
Nah notōcā ...
Where are you from? ¿Campa tihuala?
I'm from ... Nah nih ehua ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Cualli Tlanecic
Tlanecic
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Cualli Teotlac
Cualli Tiotaqui
Tiotaqui
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Cualli Teotlac
Cualli Tiotaqui
Tiotaqui
Good night Cualli Teotlac
Cualli Tiotaqui
Tiotaqui
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Ye niauh (to person leaving)
Xiauh ica cualtzin (to person staying)
Timo-itazke (see you later)
Totazke (see you later)
Good luck Ma cualli ohtli
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Ma ixpāntzinco
Have a nice day Ma cualli tōnalli
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Xitlacua cualli
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Xiauh ica cualtzin
I understand
I don't understand Ahmo nitlacaqui
I don't know
Please speak more slowly Ma īyōlīc xitlato
Please say that again Ma occepa xitlato
Please write it down Ma xitlacuilo
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Nahuatl? ¿Tināhuatlahtoa?
¿Titlahtoa Nāhuatlahtōlli?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Quemah, achitzin
How do you say ... in Nahuatl? ¿Quenin moihtoa ... ica Nāhuatl?
Excuse me Ma ixpāntzinco
How much is this? ¿Quezqui inin?
¿Quen tlazohti?
Sorry Ma xinechtlapohpolhui
Please
Thank you Tlazohcamati
Cenca tlazohcamati
Reply to thank you Ahmitla
Where's the toilet? ¿Campa in cuitlacalli?
¿Campa in axixcalli?
¿Campa in alticalli?
¿Campa in tlapiazoti?
¿Campa in tlapiazohualoyan?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? ¿Ticnequi tihtōtiz īhuān nehuatl?
I miss you Nimitlailnamiqui
I love you Nimitztlazohtla
Nimitznequi
Get well soon Niman xipahti
Go away!
Leave me alone! ¡Xiauh!
Help! ¡Xinechpalēhui! (sg)
¡Xitopalēhuicān! (pl)
Fire! ¡Tletl!
Stop! ¡Ximocahcāhua!
Be careful! ¡Ma timocuitlahui!
Be quiet! ¡Macamo xinahuati!
Call the police! ¡Xicnōtza tepixqui!
Christmas and New Year greetings Cualli netlācatilizpan īhuān yancuic xihuitl
Easter greetings Cualli Paxcuatl
Birthday greetings Cualli ilhuichīhualli
One language is never enough Cēntlahtōlli aocmō moāhcic
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Noehēcatlapalqui cōāmichtēnqui

Nahuatl phrases provided by Pat Rivera

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Links

Other collections of Nahuatl phrases
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Nahuatl/Common_phrases
http://6thsunridaz.com/basic-nahuatl-phrases-greetings/
http://www.hoanumpoli.org/uploads/Nahuatl_Greetings.pdf

Phrases in other languages


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