Monday, 1 November 2010

Would you like to learn some Mayan Phrases?

Typical Mayan Market
 Continuing with my Yucatan blogs, if you are planning a cruise that will visit the Mayan Riviera or to Cozumel, Mexico, I thought it would come in handy to know some Mayan phrases that might come in handy when dealing with the local Mayan people:

·         Ba’ax ka wa’alik? ---- Which means:  What’s up?
Pronounced:  Bash ka walee

·         B'ix a bèel? ---- Which means:  How are you?
Pronounced:  Bee sh a bell
The usual answer is:
-Mix b’a’al ---- Which means:  Nothing, Don't mention it   Pronounced:  Mee’sh Ba (Ba is pronounced as in Baltic)
-Ma’alob ---- Which means:  Fine, okay
Pronounced:  Ma Alo?

·         B'ix a k'àab'a'? ---- Which means:  What is your name? ----Pronounced: Beesh a ka ba  (Ka is pronounced as in cataract and Ba is pronounced as in Baltic)
                        The usual answer is:
-In k'àab'a'e' Alan ---- Which means:  My name is Alan Pronounced:  In ka ba e Alan (e is pronounced as in electric and Ba is pronounced as in Baltic)

·         Bahúux ---- Which means:  How much?
Pronounced:   Ba oo sh
The usual answer is:
-Ma’---- Which means:  NO
Pronounced:  Ma (Ma as in Mandarin)
-Ma’alob ---- Which means:  Fine, okay
Pronounced:  Ma Alo?

Mayan Lady making tasty tortillas!!!

·         Dios bo’otik ---- Which means:   Thank you
Pronounced:  Dee os Boo tick (Which literally means, God pays) 

·         Ko'ox!---- Which means:  Let’s go
Pronounced:  Co osh

·         Taak saamal ---- Which means:  Until tomorrow
Pronounced:  Ta ack saa ma


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