Basic Nahuatl Phrases & Greetings

Nahuatl Greetings

Last updated: October 17, 2016

Hello:  Pialli (pee-ahh-lee)
Please:  NimitztlaTlauhtia(nee-meetz-tla-tlaw-ti-ah)
Thank You:  Tlazocamati (tlah-so-cah-mah-tee)
Thank You very Much:  Tlazohcamati huel miac. (tlah-so-cah-mah-tee wehl me-ahk)
You’re Welcome/It’s nothing:  Ahmitla (ahh-mee-tla)
Excuse me:  Moixpantzinco (mo-eesh-pahntz-ink-oh)
How Are You?  Quenin tica?/Quen timohuica? (keh-nihn tee-kah/ kehn-ti-mo-we-kah)
And You\You as Well:  Huan Tah (wahn-tah)
Good:  Cualli (kwal-lee)
Very Good:  Cualli Cualli (kwal-lee, kwal-lee)
Not Good/Bad:  Amo Cualli (ah-moh kwah-lee)
Yes:  Quema (keh-ma)
No/not:  Amo (ah-mo)
(Good) Morning:  (Cualli) Tlanecic (kwal-lee tlah-neh-seek)
Good Afternoon:  Cualli Teotlac / Tiotaqui  (kwal-lee tay-oh-tlahk / ti-oh-tah-kee)
Good Night:  Cualli Yohualli / Tayohua (kwal-lee yoh-wah-lee / tah-yo-wah)
Good Bye/See You Later:  Timo-itazke (tee-mo ee-tahz-keh) | Totazkeh (toh-tahs-keh)
Have a Good Day:  Ma Cualli Tonalli (mah kwal-lee toh-nah-lee)
Have a Good Night:  Ma Cualli Yohualli  (mah kwal-lee yo-wa-lee)
Be Well:  Ma Xipahtinemi  (mah-shee-pah-tee-neh-mee)
I Love You Baby:  Nimitztlazohtla Noyollotzin (nee-meetz-tlah-zoh-tla  no-yoh-loht-seen)
Quimich
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