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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? ¿Ken tinemi? (How do you live?)
¿Ken tica? (inf)
Reply to 'How are you?' Cualli ninemi, tlazocāmati. ¿Īhuān tehuatl?
Long time no see Ahmo titonāmiqui ye huehcāuh
What's your name? ¿Ken motoca?
My name is ... Notōcā ...
Nehua notōcā ...
Ni ...
Where are you from? ¿Campa tihuala?
I'm from ... Nehuatl ...
Nehua ...
Ne nihuala ...
Pleased to meet you Nechpactia nimitzixmati
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Cualli tlanecic
tlanecic
Cualli tonalli (Good day)
¿Ken otlathuililo? (How was the dawn?)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Cualli teotlac
Cualli tiotaki
Tiotaki
Cualli tonalli (Good day)
¿Ken ocemilhuitihuac? (How was the day?)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Cualli teotlac
Cualli tiotaki
Tiotaki
¿Ken oteotlahquililo? (How was the dusk?)
Good night Cualli yohualli
Ma xicochi (May you sleep)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Ye niauh (to person leaving)
Xiauh ica cualtzin (to person staying)
Timo-itazke (we will see one another later)
Totazke (we will see one another later)
Ixkicha moztla (until tomorrow)
Ixkicha nimitzihtaz (until I see you later)
Good luck Ma cualli ohtli
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Ma ixpāntzinco
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 Nitlacaqui
I don't understand Ahmo nitlacaqui
I don't know Ahmo nicmati
Please speak more slowly Ma īyōlīc xitlato
Please say that again Ma occepa xitlato
Please write it down Ma xitlacuilo
Do you speak English? ¿Tinleztlahtoa?
¿Titlahtoa Inlez?
¿Titlahtoa Inleztlatolli?
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 Nimitztlatlauhtia
Thank you Tlazohcamati
Cenca tlazohcamati
Reply to thank you Ahmitla ((It's) nothing)
Where's the toilet? ¿Campa ca in cuitlacalli?
¿Campa ca in axixcalli?
¿Campa ca in alticalli?
¿Campa ca in tlapiazoti?
¿Campa ca in tlapiazohualoyan?
This gentleman will pay for everything Oquichtli ixtlahuaz nochi
In oquichtli ixtlahuaz nochi
This lady will pay for everything Cihuatl ixtlahuaz nochi
In cihuatl ixtlahuaz nochi
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! ¡Xiauh!
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 Ilhuitl
Tlacatilizilhuitl
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, with corrections and additions by Itzchimalli Metziuhki

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

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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