Useful phrases in Quechua

A collection of useful phrases mainly in the Cusco dialect of Quechua, as spoken in Cusco in Boliva. You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, >m = said to an older male, >f = said to an older female

English Runasimi (Quechua)
Welcome Haykuykuy! (Come in!)
(General greeting)
Rimaykullayki / Napaykullayki
How are you? ¿Allillanchu?
¿Imaynam kasanki?
¿Imaynallam kaskanki? (inf)
¿Imaynallataq kasanki? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Allillanmi. ¿Qamrí?
Allillanpuni, Qamrí?
Long time no see
What's your name? ¿Imataq sutiyki? (frm)
My name is ... X Sutiymi ...
X-qa sutiymi ...
Pedroqa sutiymi ...
Where are you from? ¿Maymantataq kanki taytay? (frm/>m)
¿Maymantataq kanki mamay? (frm/>f)
¿Maymanta kanki? (inf)
I'm from ... (Nuqa) ...manta kani
Pleased to meet you Anchatam kusikusani riqsisuspayki
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Wuynus diyas / Allin p'unchay (Good day)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Wuynas tardis
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Wuynas nuchis
Good night Allin tuta
(Parting phrases)
Tutañam, ripusaq (It is dark already, I'm going)
Huq p'unchaykama (Until another day)
Atispaykiqa, kutimuykuy (Come back if you can)
Tinkunanchiskama (I'll see you later, farewell)
Paqarinkama (Until tomorrow)
Huq ratukama (See you later)
Tupananchiskama (general)
Tupananchikkama (Ayacuco) (till we meet again)
Good luck ¡Hina kachun! (may it be so (for you) / Amen)
(Toasts used when drinking)
¡Khali kaq kachun! ¡Prosit!
Have a nice day Allin p'unchay kachun
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Allin mikuna
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Allin purina
Do you understand? ¿Intindinkichu? ¿Hapinkichu?
I understand Intindini / Hapisani
I don't understand Mana hapisanichu / Mana intindinichu
I don't know Mana yachanichu
Please speak more slowly ¿Allichu, Allillamanta rimaykuwankimanchu?
¿Susigullawan rimaykuway!
Please say that again ¿Yapa chayta rimaykuwankimanchu
¿Huq kuti rimaykuwankimanchu?
¡Allichu, huq kuti rimaway!
Please write it down Allichu qilqaykuway
Do you speak English? Inlista rimankichu?
Do you speak Spanish? Kastillanuta rimankichu?
Do you speak Quechua? ¿Runasimita rimankichu?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Arí, nuqa pisillata rimani (pisichallata)
How do you say ... in Quechua? ¿Imaynataq munan chay runasimipi?
Excuse me Pampachaway / Dispinsaykuway
How much is this? ¿Hayk'ataq kay? ¿Haykataq kay?
Sorry Pampachaykuway
Please Allichu
Thank you Solpayki / Urpichay sonqoy
Reply to thank you Hinallatapas
Where's the toilet? ¿Maypi bañu?
¿Maypi hispana wasi?
¿Maypi aqa wasi?
This gentleman will pay for everything Kay wiracocha tukuyta paganqa
This lady will pay for everything Kay warmi tukuyta paganqa
Would you like to dance with me? ¿Tusuwankimanchu?
¿Munaykichu tusuyta nuqawan?
I miss you Munapakuyki, wañurikusani qamrayku
I love you Kuyayki (romantic) Munayki (platonic)
Get well soon Khali kaq kachun
Go away! ¡Ripuy! ¡Ripuykuy!
Leave me alone! ¡Kapuwan kay! (I have it already)
¡Sapallaña kaq munasani! (I want to be alone)
Help! ¡Yanapaway! ¡Yanapaykuway!
Fire! ¡Nina!
Stop! ¡Hark'ay! ¡Ama ruwaychu!
Call the police! ¡Wardiyata waqyay!
Christmas and New Year greetings Sumaq kausay kachun Navidad qampaq
Mosoq Watapi sumaq kausay kachun qampaq
Allin wata kachun qampaq
Note: The Inca did not celebrate Christmas.
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Kusikuy wata hunt'asqayki punchay
One language is never enough Huq simi mana askhachu yachanapaq / rimanapaq
My hovercraft is full of eels
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Translations and corrections and provided by Jan Willem van Ee

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