How to Speak

Greeting People

min-găla-ba Hello
(k'ămyà/shin) ne-kaùn-yéh-là? (m/f) Are you well?
ne-kaùn-ba-deh I am well
twè-meh naw ?(or) nauq-twè-dhè-da-bàw See you again/later
pyan-táw-malà ? Are you going home?
thwà-táw-malà ? Are you leaving now?
thwà -ba-oùn-meh I am leaving now
pyan-meh naw ? I am going home, OK?
mathwà-ba-néh-oùn! Please don't go
nauq-twé-dhè-da-báw See you later
t'amin sà-pì-bi- là? Have you eaten?
sà-pì-bi I have eaten
beh thwà-maló-lèh? Where are you going?
zè thwà-maló I am going to the market
k’ayì thwà-maló I am travelling
myó-dèh thwà-maló I am going to town
pyan-tàw-mala? Are you going home?
beh-gá la-dha lèh? Where have you been?
pyan-táw-meh I am going home
ho-teh-go pyan-táw-meh I am going back to my hotel
yan-goun-gá la-ba-deh I have come from Yangon
caùn-gá la-ba-deh I have come from school
ame-rí-kà-gá la-ba-deh I have come from America
(k’amyà / shin)-néh twé-ya-da wùn-tha-ba- deh (m/f) I'm glad to meet you I'm glad to meet you
keiq-sá mashí-ba-bù Never mind
cè-zù pyú-bì ku-nyi-ba Please help
taùn-ban-ba-deh I am sorry
à-na-ba-deh I do feel about it
(k’amyà / shin) na-meh beh-lo-k’aw-dhalèh? What is your name?
(canaw / camá) … ló k’aw-ba-deh (m/f) My Name is ...
dó thangeh-jìn-dwe-ba We are friends
theiq pu-deh naw? It's very hot
di-nà-mha ne-dhalà? Do you live near here?
(k’amyà-go / shin-go) daq-poun yaiq-nain-malà? Can I take a photo (of you)?
da-go beh-lo-k’aw-lèh? What's this called?
aleh la-da-là? Are you here on holiday?
aleh la-ba-deh I'm here for a holiday
beh-lauq ca-ja ne- malèh How long are you here for? 	b
k’aná-lè naw Just a minute
nà-leh- dhalà? Do you understand?
nà-leh-ba-deh I understand
nà-maleh-ba-bù I don't understand
pyan-pyàw-ba-oùn Please say it again

Useful Words

cè-zù-pyù-bì Please
tas’eiq-lauq Excuse me(attracting attention)
cè-zù naw Thanks
cè-zù tin-ba-deh Thank you
amyà-jì cè-zù tin-ba-deh Thank you very much
pyè- pyè Take it easy
houq-kèh Yes
mahouq-pa-bù No
keiq-sá mashí-ba-bù Never mind
cè-zù pyú-bì ku-nyi-ba Please help
taùn-ban-ba-deh I am sorry
à-na-ba-deh I do feel about it
da-go beh-lo-k’aw-lèh? What's this called?
aleh la-da-là? Are you here on holiday?
k’aná-lè naw Just a minute
nà-leh- dhalà? Do you understand?
nà-leh-ba-deh I understand
nà-maleh-ba-bù I don't understand
pyan-pyàw-ba-oùn Please say it again

At Meal

t'amin sà-pì-bi- là? Have you eaten?
sà-pì-bi I have eaten
ˈsɑː pɑːr əʊn ˈlɑː Would you like to eat?
bɑː ˈsɑː sa yar ʂ ˈlæl Where is there to eat?
baɪk ˈsɑː neɪ ˈtɑːl I am hungry
ˈtʃəʊ ˈtɑːl It is sweet
tʃɪn ˈtɑːl It is sour
sæt 't??l It is spicy
khar 't??l It is bitter
ˈsɑː ˈləʊ <kaung> ˈtɑːl This is good to eat
<kyun> tɔː ðət ðət <lut> pæl ˈsɑː ˈtɑːl I'm a vegetarian
mɑː næt ˈsɑː Breakfast
neɪ ˈlæl ˈsɑː Lunch
<nya> ˈsɑː Dinner
ˈsɑː sa <yar> Food
<hta> miːn Cooked rice
ˈmɑːnt ˈhɪn <khar> Rice vermicelli in fish soup
ˈkuːn <yar> Betel quid
læt <phat> ˈjeɪ Tea

Getting Around

ˈbæl <hmar> ˈlæl Where is the..?
leɪ seɪt Airport
bət tɑː <yone> Railway station
kɑː ɡeɪt Bus station
θɪn <baw> seɪt Jetty
diː <nar> <hmar> ˈlɑː Is it nearby?
ˈweɪ <tha> ˈlɑː Is it far?
ˈbæl ˈbæk Left
<nyar> ˈbæk Right
<talt> <talt> Straight (ahead)
lɑn ʃaʊt ɪn jə mɑː ˈlɑː Can I walk there?
sæt <twar> pɑːr əʊn Continue!
<phyaye> <phyaye> <twar> pɑː Please go slowly
<saunt> pɑːr əʊn Please wait for me
diː <mhar> <yat> pɑː Stop here

Shopping

ˈbæl ˈlaʊk ˈlæl How much
ˈkiː <yone> pɑː pæl I'm just looking
tɑː tʃɑː hɑː ʂ <thay> ˈlɑː Do you have any others?
<thate> ˈtɔːk mɑː <kyite> buː I don't really like it
<zay> ʃɒt pɑːr əʊn Please reduce the price
ˌpiːˈəʊ <kyee> <talt> tɑː <khu> peɪ pɑː Please give me a bigger one
<zay> <thate> <kyee> ˈtɑːl It is very expensive
<wut> ˈkiː ˈləʊ jə mɑː ˈlɑː Can I try it on
ˈbæl <hmar> ˈwɒl jə mɑː ˈlæl Where can I buy?