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).
If you can help fill in the gaps on this page, please contact me.
|English||Qyol Mam (Mam)|
|Hello (General greeting)||Jeeka, ma tzuula (sg)
Jeeka, ma chi uula (pl)
|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|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(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 don't understand|
|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?|
|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|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas and New Year 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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