A collection of useful phrases in Mam, a Mayan language spoken in Chiapas in Mexico and in Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango and San Marcos in Guatemala.
Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
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|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 / bathroom?|
|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!|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels|
|What is this?||Tii qlelta kan?|
|Do you have any ...?||At pa teey ...?|
Mam phrases mainly provided by Christie Pollock
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