Useful phrases in Taíno-Quisqueyanaíqui

A collection of useful phrases in Taíno-Quisqueyanaíqui, a version of the Taíno that was spoken in the Dominican Republic reconstructed by Desmond Johnson Montes De Oca. Taíno was an Arawakan language that was once spoken throughout the Caribbean.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

Phrase Taíno-Quisqueyanaíqui
Welcome ¡Enegua!
Hello (General greeting) Tau
Hello (on phone) ¿Aló?
How are you? ¿Idá buquía? (inf)
¿Idá Juquía? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?'
Long time no see
What's your name? ¿Cateí tocá buanulia? (inf)
¿Juanulia cateí? (frm)
My name is ...
Where are you from? ¿Mon'jaru buca? (inf)
¿Mon'jaru juca (frm)
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Tai'güey (sun up)
Tai'caragüey (sun down)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night Tai'carayá
(Parting phrases)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
No No
Maybe Era
I don't know
Do you understand? ¿Bucayaguatagua?
I understand
I don't understand
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Taíno-Quisqueyanaíqui?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
I'm learning Taíno-Quisqueyanaíqui
Do you speak a language
other than
Speak to me in Taíno-Quisqueyanaíqui
How do you say ... in Taíno-Quisqueyanaíqui?
Excuse me Jalia
I would like ...
How much is this?
Sorry Perdon
Please Anacaja
Thank you Gracias
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?
Do you come here often?
I miss you
I love you
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

Phrases provided by Desmond Johnson Montes De Oca

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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