MISKITO PHRASES

Hello. = NAKSA (knock-sa)

Good morning. = MARNIN / TITAN YAMNI (tee-ton yam-nee)

Good afternoon. = TUTNI YAMNI (tut-nee yam-nee)

Good evening. = TIHMIA YAMNI (tee-ha-me-a yam-nee)

How are you? = NAKISMA (knock-kees-ma)

I am fine. = PAIN (pine)

I am bad; lousy. = SAURA

My name is (Steve)… = YANG NINAM LIKA (Steve) (yang nee-nam lee-ka)

What is your name? = MAN NINAM DIA? (maun nee-nam dee-a)

Does anyone here speak Spanish? = NU APO YA ISPEL AISEE SAPA? 

Excuse me, but could you help me?= ESCYUS, MAN SIPSMA ILPEIMONAYA?

I feel sick. = YAN SIKNES.                        

May I cross your property? = SIPSNA MAN PRIZCAMKU NUEEWAIYA?            

Where can I change dollars? = ANSARA DALAS SISMONAYA SIPSNA?

Do you have a bathroom?= BANO BRISMA? (ban-yo brees-ma)

God bless you. = DAWAN YAMNI MAIMUMBIA (da-wan yam-nee my-mum-bee-a)

Thank you. = TINKI PALI (tink-ee pa-lee)

Goodbye. = AISABE (ay-sa-bay)

MISKITO WORD SET

English

Miskito

One

Kum

Two

Wol

Three

Yumpa

Four

Wol Wol

Five

Matsip

Man

Waikna

Woman

Mairin

Dog

Yul

Sun

Lapta

Moon

Kati

Water

Laya

White

Pini

Red

Pauni

Yellow

Lalalni

Black

Siksa

Eat

Plunpisa

See

Kaikisa

Hear

Walisa

Sing

Aiwanisa

Leave

Mahka auya

HANDY MISKITO PHRASES

With more than 150,000 native speakers scattered along one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and untouched stretches of coastline, Miskito isn’t a bad language to know for the visitor to Nicaragua. Intrigued? Contact Dr. Dionisio Melgara Brown (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), who publishes a comprehensive Spanish–Miskito dictionary and can arrange classes at his museum in Waspám.


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