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This page contains greetings in the languages spoken in Guatemala.

Ethnologue lists 26  languages spoken in Guatemala.

Spanish is the official language of Guatemala.

24 of these languages are listed on this page.

 

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Achi' [acr] (Guatemala: Baja Verapaz.)
  Sakla tat early morning greeting spoken to a man
  Sakla nan early morning greeting spoken to a woman
  Xla tat morning greeting spoken to a man
  Xla nan morning greeting spoken to a woman
 

Utzilaj aniim

morning greeting

 

Utz tzilaj aniim

morning greeting

  La'ij tat afternoon greeting spoken to a man
  La'ij nan afternoon greeting spoken to a man
 

Utzilaj ke'kq'iij

evening greeting

 

Utz tzilaj ke'kq'iij

evening greeting

  La'ab' tat evening greeting spoken to a man
  La'ab' nan evening greeting spoken to a woman
 

Utzilaj chaq'ab'

nighttime greeting

 

Utz tzilaj chaq'ab'

nighttime greeting

  Cha'anmalaa afternoon and evening greeting used by a married person to another married person
  Taa' greeting spoken by a child or unmarried person to a married man
  Aay greeting spoken by a child or unmarried person to a married woman
 

Utz a wach?

how are you?

 

Utz, mantiox, yet?

reply to Utz a wach: good, thank you, and you?

 

Utz, mantiox

reply to Utz, mantiox, yet: good, thank you

  Sa'anoom? how are you?
     
Akateko [knj] (Guatemala: San Miguel Acatán.)
 

Hanik'

general greeting

  Wenus dias morning greeting (from Spanish)
  Watx' mi q'ejb'i hawu? how are you?
  Ta watx' k'al awet xaac ti? how have you been?
  Watx' reply to Watx' mi q'ejb'i hawu and Ta watx' k'al awet xaac ti
  Watx' k'al wet an reply to Ta watx' k'al awet xaac ti
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Awakateko [agu] (Guatemala: Huehuetenango.)
  Keech general greeting
  Tzu ta' general greeting to a man
  Ta'j general greeting to a man
  Tzu na' general greeting to a woman
  Na'j general greeting to a woman
  Sna'j general greeting to a woman
  B'alaj jalchan morning greeting
  B'alaj kwe'nq'ej evening greeting
  B'a'n pe' wutzu'? how are you?
  B'a'n, ko b'a'n teru' reply to B'a'n pe' wutzu
  Ate'pe'u' xe ka'l? greeting used when approaching a house (is anyone home?)
     
Ch'orti' [caa] (Guatemala and Honduras.)
  Kocha' ture't general greeting
  Inb'utz ajk'in morning greeting
  Inb'utz ch'uyujk'in evening greeting
  Inb'utz akb'ar nighttime greeting
  Kocha' tur'etnet? how are you?
  Inb'utz reply to Kocha' tur'etnet
Chuj [cac] (Guatemala: Huehuetenango Department. Mexico.)
  Kil ko p'ah general greeting, "we see each other"
  Taj xih a' k'o'ol? how are you?, literally "how is your belly?"
  Tas xih a' k'o'ol? how are you?, literally "how is your belly?"
  Wach' reply to Taj xih a' k'o'ol and Tas xih a' k'o'ol
  Wach' am ak'o'ol? how are you?, literally "is your belly good?"
  Janik' a' k'o'ol? how are you? in the Ixtatan dialect, literally "is your belly good?"
  Wach' am a k'ojol? how are you? in the San Sebastian dialect, literally "is your belly good?"
  Ach xo reply to Wach' ma k'ojol
  'Ochan welcome greeting, "come in"
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Garifuna [cab] (Honduras and Guatemala.)
  Mabuiga general greeting
  Buiti binafi morning greeting
  Buiti amidi noontime greeting
  Buiti rabanweyu afternoon greeting
  Buiti guñaun nighttime greeting
  Buiti guñon nighttime greeting
  Buiti binafin morning greeting spoken in the Labuga dialect of Guatemala
  Buiti guñon nighttime greeting spoken in the Labuga dialect of Guatemala
  Ida biña? how are you?
  Ida biña uguñe? how are you?
  Úadigiati reply to Ida biña and Ida biña uguñe
  Magadietina reply to Ida biña and Ida biña uguñe
  Aban le reply to Ida biña and Ida biña uguñe
  Mabouë general greeting in the older dialect spoken in the 17th century
     
Itza' [itz] (Guatemala: San José Petén.)
  Te'yoos general greeting
  B'ix a b'el? how are you?
  Ma'lo' reply to B'ix a b'el
     
Ixil [ixi] (Guatemala.)
  Ixh pap general greeting spoken to a man
  Ixh nan general greeting spoken to a woman
  Ixh txaj general greeting spoken to a boy
  Ixh xvaj general greeting spoken to a girl
  Cha'laxh morning greeting spoken to one person
  Cha'laxh pap morning greeting spoken to a man
  Cha'laxh nan morning greeting spoken to a woman
  Cha'laxh txaj morning greeting spoken to a boy
  Cha'laxh xvaj morning greeting spoken to a girl
  Cha'lexh morning greeting spoken to a group of people
  Tiixen pap evening greeting spoken to a man
  Tiixen nan evening greeting spoken to a woman
  Tiixen txaj evening greeting spoken to a boy
  Tiixen xvaj evening greeting spoken to a girl
  Ma' b'a'n kuxh axh? how are you?
  Ma' b'a'n kuxh axh pap? how are you? spoken to a man
  Ma' b'a'n kuxh axh nan? how are you? spoken to a woman
  B'a'n kuxh in reply to Ma' b'a'n kuxh axh
  B'a'n kuxh in, ta'ntiixh see reply to Ma' b'a'n kuxh axh
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Jakalteko [jac] (Guatemala: Huehuetenango Department.)
  Hanik' general greeting
  Amamin general greeting spoken to a man
  He tz'ul reply to Amamin
  Amiyay general greeting spoken to a woman
  Maamin general greeting spoken by a young person to a man
  Miiyay general greeting spoken by a young person  to a woman
  Humna general greeting spoken to a man
  Humni general greeting spoken to a woman
  C'ul mama' general greeting spoken to a man in the Eastern dialect
  C'ul miay general greeting spoken to a woman in the Eastern dialect
  Hanik' ha wey? how are you?
  Ayexmi? general greeting spoken by a visitor at a house; "is anyone home?"
 

Ho’ ayin, okanh

welcome greeting, reply to Ayexmi
     
Kaqchikel [cak] (Guatemala: southern region.)
  Saqärik ütz general greeting
  Xsaqär morning greeting
  Xseqär morning greeting
  Xqaq'ij tat afternoon greeting spoken to a man
  Xqaq'ij nan afternoon greeting spoken to a woman
  Xokaq'a' nighttime greeting
  Xu'aq'a' nighttime greeting
  Xoq'a' nighttime greeting
  Xoc ak'a nighttime greeting in the Western dialect
  K'ok'a' c'a nighttime greeting in the Yepocapa dialect
  Co k'a' nighttime greeting in the Santa María de Jesús dialect
  Ujäl ni kik'el   nighttime greeting
  La ütz awäch? how are you? spoken to a man
  Ütz awäch tat? how are you? spoken to a man
  Ütz awäch nan? how are you? spoken to a woman
  Ütz reply to Ütz awäch
  Ütz matiox reply to Ütz awäch
  Achi'el ab'anom? how are you?
  Ache'el ab'anom? how are you?
  Ütz apetenik welcome greeting
     
K'iche' [quc] (Guatemala.)
  Saqarik general greeting
  Saqarik, tat general greeting spoken to a man
  Saqarik, tata'ib general greeting spoken to a man
  Saqarik, nan general greeting spoken to a woman
  Saqarik, nana'ib general greeting spoken to a woman
  Saqarik, ali general greeting spoken to a boy
  Saqarik, ala general greeting spoken to a girl
  Saqarik, ak'al general greeting spoken to a child
  Xeq'ij afternoon and evening greeting
  Xb'eqij afternoon and evening greeting
  Xok aq'ab evening greeting
  Jasmächa'? how are you?
  Laa utz awach? how are you?
  A utz awach la? how are you?
  Sibalaj utz reply to Jasmächa', Laa utz awach, and A utz awach la
  Utz maltiox reply to Jasmächa', Laa utz awach, and A utz awach la
  Utz ya, maltiox chawe formal reply to Jasmächa', Laa utz awach, and A utz awach la
  Calah morning greeting in the classical dialect
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Mam [mam] (Guatemala.)
 

Je'y

general greeting
  Jeyó general greeting
  Je'ky general greeting
  Jay general greeting
  Lente general greeting in the southern dialect
  Qa'lte general greeting in the southern dialect
 

Leen

general greeting in the northern dialect
  B'a'an reply to Tza'n tay'a
  Chin q'olb'el kyeyea informal greeting spoken to a group of people
  Ti' tok informal greeting
  Q'antz tq'ab'a formal greeting
  Antz tq'ab'a formal greeting spoken to an elder
  Antz tq'ab'a taat formal greeting spoken to an elder man
  Tin sqixi morning greeting
  B'a'ntz q'ij morning greeting
  Tin sqixa afternoon greeting
  Tin xqaxa evening greeting
  Maa' tzuula b'eetal greeting spoken to a visitor
  Mapa tzuula greeting spoken to a visitor
  Mápa jáwe? morning greeting
  May reply to Mápa jáwe
  T'in t'ai? how are you?
  Tza'n tay'a? how are you?
  Tza'n tay'a ta? how are you? spoken to a man
  Tza'n tay'a na? how are you? spoken to a woman
  Tzen ta'ya? how are you? in the Todos Santos dialect
  B'a'an reply to Tza'n tay'a
  Ban tine yag reply to Tza'n tay'a
  Ban tul lena welcome greeting
     
Maya, Mopán [mop] (Belize and Guatemala.)
 

Yoos

general greeting
  Yoos tat general greeting spoken to a man
  Yoos na' general greeting spoken to a woman
  B'iki'ilech incheche? how are you?
     
Poqomam [poc] (Guatemala.)           
  Qa'nki morning greeting
  Saq'wa morning greeting
  Qasanaq q'iij ta' afternoon greeting spoken to a man
  Qasanaq q'iij na' afternoon greeting spoken to a woman
  Qawaq'aab' nighttime greeting
  Alawuu' greeting spoken by a woman when arriving at a house
  Kiroo' ar xtichila welcome greeting
  Nqak'ul awach welcome greeting
     
Poqomchi' [poh] (Guatemala: Alta Verapaz and San Cristobal.)
K'aleen general greeting
  K'aleen haaw general greeting spoken to a man
  K'aleen tuut general greeting spoken to a woman
  Wilkaat naak cho? greeting spoken when visiting a house
  Tuweey reply to Wilkaat naak cho
  Nik wach xatsak'ik? morning greeting
  Ma'xta ret, ntiox reply to Nik wach xatsak'ik
  Nik wach? how are you?
  Chih inkin? how are you?
  Chajbi nqui suk? how are you?
  Suk, ntiox reply to Chajbi nqui suk
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Q'anjob'al [kjb] (Guatemala.)
  Txajin general greeting
  Txajin mamin general greeting spoken to a man
  Txajin chikay general greeting spoken to a woman
  Txajej hinteq mamin general greeting spoken to a woman
  Txajej hinteq chikay general greeting spoken to a woman
  Janik' general greeting spoken in San Pedro Soloma
  Watx' mi ha k'ul? how are you?
  Watx' in k'ul reply to Watx' mi ha k'ul
  Watx' reply to Watx' mi ha k'ul
  Texi ha k'ul? how are you?
  Watx' k'al mi? how are you?
  Ja' watx' k'al reply to Watx' k'al mi
     
Q'eqchi' (Kekchi) [kek] (Guatemala: Alta Verapaz and Petén.)
  Sahil ch'oolejil general greeting
  Ma xatsaqewk? morning greeting
  Sa', bantiox reply to Ma xatsaqewk
  Ma xatsaqewk laa'at? morning greeting, "how did you wake up?"
  Hehe', laa'in xinsaqewk reply to Ma xatsaqewk laa'at
  Hehe', laa'in xinsaqewk, b'antiox reply to Ma xatsaqewk laa'at
  Ch'owa' greeting spoken to an elder man
  Ch'owa'xin greeting spoken to an elder man
  Wa'xin greeting spoken to an elder man
  Wa'chin greeting spoken to an elder man
  Ch'ona greeting spoken to an elder woman
  Na'xin greeting spoken to an elder woman
  Na'chin greeting spoken to an elder woman
  Chan xakwil? how are you?
  Xo xaq'a'in reply to Chan xakwil
  Us, b'i reply to Wan b'i
  Ma sa laach'ool? how are you, literally "is your heart rich/comfortable?"
  Sa sa' linch'ool reply to Ma sa laach'ool
  Sa sa' linch'ool, b'antiox reply to Ma sa laach'ool
  Chaab'il li e'qla morning greeting (calque from Spanish)
  Chaab'il li ewu afternoon and evening greeting (calque from Spanish)
  Chaab'il li q'ojy'ink nighttime greeting (calque from Spanish)
     
Sakapulteko [quv] (Guatemala: Quiché Department.)
  Saqarek morning greeting
  Kisaqarek morning greeting
  Xaq'an q'iij morning greeting used from about 9 am until noon
  Kab'lujuuj q'iij noontime greeting
  Xulub' q'iij afternoon greeting used from about 1 pm until 4 pm
  Qaj q'iij afternoon greeting used from about 3 pm until 6 pm
  Xak aq'ab' evening and nighttime greeting used after 6 pm
  Xek aq'ab evening and nighttime greeting used after 6 pm
  Chimcha'? how are you?
  Chemcha'? how are you?
  Chimcha' lan? how are you?
  Kewa' rii' lan reply to Chimcha' lan
     
Sipakapense [qum] (Guatemala: San Marcos Department.)
  Q'ajla'neem general greeting
     
Spanish [spa] (Spain, Mexico, and various countries in Central and South America.)
  Buenos días morning greeting
  Buenas tardes afternoon and evening greeting
  Buenas noches nighttime greeting
  Hola informal greeting
  Buen día morning greeting, spoken in Argentina
  ¿Cómo está? how are you? spoken to one person, formal
  ¿Cómo está usted? how are you? spoken to one person, formal
  ¿Cómo estás? how are you? spoken to one person, informal
  ¿Cómo están? how are you? spoken to a group of people
  Bien rely to Cómo está, Cómo está usted, Cómo estás, and Cómo están
  ¿Qué tal? how are you? informal
  ¿Qué hay de nuevo? how are you? informal, literally "what's new"
  Bienvenido welcome greeting spoken to a man
  Bienvenida welcome greeting spoken to a woman
  Bienvenidos welcome greeting spoken to a group of people
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Tektiteko [ttc] (Guatemala.)
  Je'ky general greeting
  Sa' taat general greeting spoken to a man
  Sa' naan general greeting spoken to a woman
  K'amoj jun limb'il ta atz formal greeting
  Je'ky titza' atich? how are you?
     
Tz'utujil [tzj] (Guatemala.)
  Saqari taa' general greeting spoken to a man
  Saqari naan general greeting spoken to a woman
  Utz laj xinaq'a' awk'iin morning greeting
  Xqa'j q'iij taa' afternoon greeting spoken to a man
  Xqa'j q'iij naan afternoon greeting spoken to a woman
  Utz laj nik'akq'iij awk'iin afternoon greeting
  Utz laj chaq'a' awk'iin nighttime greeting
  Xoc ak'a nighttime greeting
  Naj tb'iij? how are you?
  Naj tb'iij taa'? how are you? spoken to a man
  Naj tb'iij naan? how are you? spoken to a woman
  Utz aawach? how are you?
  Utz matyoox reply to Utz aawach
  Utz aawach taa'? how are you? spoken to a man
  Utz aawach naan? how are you? spoken to a woman
  Utz rwach? how are you? spoken to one person
  La utz rwach? how are you? spoken to one person
  La utz aawach? how are you? spoken to one person
  La utz aawach atet? how are you? spoken to one person
  Utz eewach? how are you? spoken to a group of people
  La utz eewach? how are you? spoken to a group of people
  Utz awuuliik welcome greeting spoken to one person
  Utz ak'ujliik welcome greeting spoken to one person
  Utz ewuuliik ixix welcome greeting spoken to a group of people
  Utz ek'ujliik ixix welcome greeting spoken to a group of people
     
Uspanteko [usp] (Guatemala: Las Pacayas.)
 

Saqari'n

general greeting
  Saqariin general greeting
  Xoc ak'ab'  nighttime greeting
  Chaach respectful greeting used when speaking to older people
 

Tiqaya jun jtzil aawch

formal greeting
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Xinca [xin] (Guatemala.) 
  Antarti a na mento formal greeting
  Antarti a na mento t'zimahahli formal greeting to a group of people
  Tarti a na mento formal greeting
  Ansamaj antarti mento formal greeting
  Mento general greeting
  Mento tata general greeting spoken to a man
  Mento nana general greeting spoken to a woman
  Tay nana general greeting spoken to a woman
  Xanki pa'ri morning greeting
  Xanki na'wu afternoon greeting
  Xanki sümah nighttime greeting
  Xani yanak? how are you?, informal
  Xani yanaka? how are you?, formal
  Hurum num reply to Xani yanak and Xani yanaka
  Hapay humaray welcome greeting, "come in"
  Xawuya welcome greeting, "have a seat"
  Xima nimaqui con Dios morning greeting in a 19th century dialect from Jalapa
  Xima nuoiguai con Dios nighttime greeting in a 19th century dialect from Jalapa
  Xima coy canay sal parri? how are you? in a 19th century dialect from Chiquimulilla
  Nensu reply to Xima coy canay sal parri  in a 19th century dialect from Chiquimulilla
  Muy huastaya welcome greeting in a 19th century dialect from Chiquimulilla, "come in"
Muy casunuya welcome greeting in a 19th century dialect from Chiquimulilla, "have a seat"
     
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