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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).

If you can help fill in the gaps on this page, please contact me.

English Qyol Mam (Mam)
Welcome B'a'nkyulin
Hello Jeeka, ma tzuula (sg) Jeeka, ma chi uula (pl)
Ma (reply)
How are you?
I'm fine, and how are you?
Tza'n ta'ya nan/tat?
B'a'n tiina, yetzn teeya?
Long time no see
What's your name?
My name is ...
Ti t-b'iiya?
... n-b'iiya
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Jtum tzajn?
Tzajn qiina tuj t-nom ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning Xisjiy
Good afternoon Qelty
Good evening Qelty
Good night Kya'qelty
Goodbye Qiina-ow, ma chin aajey, Txuuxa (reply)
Good luck
Cheers/Good health!
Have a nice day B'a'n q'ij teya
Bon appetit
Bon voyage
I don't understand
I don't know
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak Mam?
Yes, a little
How do you say ... in your language? Ti t-b'ii (kan) tuuj t-yool?
Excuse me Noq same ta/na
What is this? Tii qlelta kan?
Do you have any ...? At pa teey ...?
How much is this?
Please Jun xtalb'il
Thank you
Chjonte / Chjontexix
Where's the toilet?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you Wajb'ila ti'ja ... nlaq wanmiya ti'ja
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!

Call the police!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Happy Easter
Happy Birthday
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

Mam phrases mainly provided by Christie Pollock

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

Information about the Mam languages

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Other collections of Mam phrases

Phrases in Mayan languages

Mam, Tsotsil, Yucatec Maya

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