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)
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Quimichipilli is a fifth generation Chicanah hailing from Venice, CA. He's a former graffiti artist turned Web & Graphic Designer, promoting Ndgns Values and positive community culture. You can find him on and Twitter.
  • Ethian Sanchez

    Pialli, if you could maybe email me a few links where I could find books or tapes on Nahuatl, that would be appreciated greatly.

  • Myra

    How do you say… “Your my heart” in Nahuatl?

    • Noyollotl is saying “my heart” or “my love.” Tehuan, if I’m not msitaken is saying “you are.”. There might be a more revised version of taht word tho. Hope that helps.

    • Maybe: Tinoyollotzin or tehuati noyollotzin.. there is more than one way to say things

  • jael

    Hello. I wanted to know more bout thr nahault language … where’s good websites or books to undetstand this language n so forth? Thank you

  • SERG

    Cualli Teotlac, I’m glad to see your website…keep up the cualli work. I go to Temazcal out here in Chicago. I don’t know where I would be without the traditions. Tlazocamti for spreading the traditions…..ometeotl!

  • Ometeotl tlazocamatli Qimich, cualli to see you again! Love what you’ve done with the website! Keep on keeping it real 🙂
    Ometeotl Blessings

  • NechPaktia miak n altepetlaklameh itech Zongolica Tepeyoh. Inin tlahtol kahki iksemi kualtzin

  • Saul Chacon Hinojos

    Cualli cualli ma inxitle tolteca ba Toluca =good good i am toltec from toluca .I like your site I was raised with the gift of our language and its important to keep our language if we come together as a large enough community we can be like our brothers and sisters in Cali and back home and honor our tribe to be recognisedby the tribes in the u.s after all we brought them with us

  • Esteban Baca

    Cualli tlanezi! Keep up the good work! Good to hear the voices of our ancestors working through good people. Gets old hearing our people talking bad about la danza, temezcal, and native american church beliefs. We in denver have a strong community that pray together both through the danza and also in our own N.A.C chapter called Teocalli tepeyolohtlan. Anyway thanks for your work! Mexica Tiahui! If ever out our way look us up.
    My facebook-capulli Baca. Apologies for the misspelling of kalpulli but fb wont let me fix for 60 days lol

  • Maria

    Does anyone know how to say “intention” in Nahuatl?

    • Jose Tudon


      • Maria

        How about “Live with Intention”?

        • not sure if that’s an exact translation but the sentiment would be more akin to “path with heart”

  • jerry villalobos

    Isn’t quema (yes) spelled like this Quena (yes) or what part of mexico langue is this from?

    • Jose Tudon

      Kena is yes in the Huesteco variation of Nahuatl. Spoken in Hidalgo, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz etc area. Miak tlajpaloli! (muchos saludos!)

  • Joyce Melendez

    Can someone tell me how you spell Johanna in Nahuatl, please. I’m still trying to learn the language.

    • Do the etymology on Johanna first

  • Manny Arsiaga

    This website is DAF! I love it! Much love from the “Tlacatl-Tecuanotl”

  • Loulove04

    Cualli tlaneci no quetzali tecihuauh……What does this mean

    • “Good morning my precious/beautiful woman” or a variation of that sentiment

  • Cruzito

    Pialli! Love this site ! I’m learning my original language *nahuatl * and I’m still a beginner but like some help learning about my people.
    I kno basic knowledge of my people love to learn more and the language.

  • Hueman Luna

    oh Hi i hope you can see my post, i really want to know how to say “i am” in Nahuatl thaks a lot

  • Isabel Hurtado

    how would do you say HAWAIIAN GODDESS?

  • Jo Toñia Morales

    Cualli tonalli..So long story short my boyfriend & i had a falling out last night & he ended the conversation by texting me a whole paragraph in Nahuatl & i can only make out Good night lol. Im just wondering if you could help me at least translate the 1st sentence. He’d been drinking so im sure some is mispelled. But here goes…Qualquitzi! Tlazpalohia mahitzli achipa con quetz…

  • SN B

    How do you say “true love” in Aztec?

  • Josep Blas

    Hello, Quimichipilli. How would you say “We are strong” in Nahuatl?

    Thank you

  • Pope Friedman

    By the way Quimich… Tlazocamati.

  • Pope Friedman

    Nahuatl Language Looks Amazing! Good Night All.

  • Nolo

    What does ‘Nehua ni tecolotzintli’ mean?

  • Jonaiza Adiong

    How do you say… “Ma`am in Nahuatl?

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