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Useful phrases in Burmese

A collection of useful phrases in Burmese, a Burmese-Lolo language spoken mainly in Burma (Myanmar).

Key to abbreviations: >m = said to men, >f = said to women, m = said by men, f = said by female

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English ဗမာစကား (Burmese)
Welcome ကြိုဆိုပါတယ် (kyaosopartaal)
Hello (General greeting) မဂႆလာပၝ (min-ga-la-ba)
Hello (on phone) ဟဲလို? (hello)
How are you? ခင္ဗ်ားေနေကာင္းလား
(k'amyà ne-kaùn-là?)
၇ွင္ေနေကာင္းလား။
(shin ne-kaùn-yéh-là?)
Reply to 'How are you?' ေနေကာင်းပါတယ်။ ဘယ်လိုလဲ?
(ne-kaùn-ba-deh, bhaallolell?)
Long time no see ma twe tah kya bi
What's your name? ခင္ဗ်ားနာမည္ဘယ္လိုေခၚလဲ။
(k'amyà ne-meh beh-lo k'aw-lèh?)
ၡင်နာမည်ဘယ်လို ေခါ်သလဲ။
(shin ne-meh beh-lo k'aw-dhǎlèh?) >f
My name is ... ကျွန်ေတာ့် ... လို့ေခါ်ပါတယ်။
(cǎnáw ... ló k'aw-ba-deh) m
ကျွန်မ ... လို့ေခါ်ပါတယ်။
(cǎmá ... ló k'aw-ba-deh) f
Where are you from? သင်ဘယ်ကလဲ?
(sain bhaalkalell?)
I'm from ... ...ကပါ။ (k-par)
Pleased to meet you ေတွ ရတာ ဝမ်းသာပါတယ်။
(twé-yá-da wùn-tha-ba-deh)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
မဂႆလာပၝ (min-ga-la-ba)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
မဂႆလာပၝ (min-ga-la-ba)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
မဂႆလာပၝ (min-ga-la-ba)
Good night  
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
ဘိုင်။ (bhine)
ဘိုင်ဘိုင်။ (bhinebhine)
Good luck ကံကောင်းပါစေ! (kan-kaung-ba-zay)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
 
Have a nice day  
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
 
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
 
I understand ကျွန်တော်နားလည်ပါတယ်
(kyawantaw narrlaipartaal)
I don't understand နားမလည္ပၝဘူး။ (nà-mǎleh-ba-bù)
Yes အင်း၊ (aainn)
I don't know မသိပါဘူး။ (ma thi par bhuu)
Please speak more slowly pyay pyay pyaw ba
Please say that again ြပန်ေြဟပါအံုး။ (pyan-pyàw-ba-oùn)
Please write it down yay pya ba
Do you speak English? သင် အင်္ဂလိပ်လို ပြောသလား?
(shin aaingaliutlo pyaw lar?)
Do you speak Burmese? ဗမာစကား ေြဟတတ်သလား။
(bamazaga pyaw daq lar?)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
နဲနဲေြဟတတ်ပါတယ်။
(nèh-nèh pyàw-daq-ba-deh)
How do you say ... in Burmese? bama lo ... go balo pyaw leh?
Excuse me ခင္ဗဵာ? (ka mya?) - m / shin? (f)
How much is this? diha balao leh?
Sorry ဝမ်းနဲပါတယ်။ (wùn-nèh-ba-deh)
Thank you ေက်းဇူးတန္ပါတယ္။ (cè-zù tin-ba-deh)
Reply to thank you ရပါတယ်။ (ya-ba-deh)
Where's the toilet? ain-ta beh ma leh?
This gentleman will pay for everything di ka lu gyi min pasan akong shin meh
di ka meih swe pasan akong shin meh
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?  
I love you cha-nor kin-mya go chit-teh (m)
cha-ma shin go chit-teh (f)
Get well soon  
Leave me alone!  
Help! ကယ်ပါ။ (keh-ba)
Fire! mee laun neih bi!
Stop! ရပ်။ (yaq)
Call the police! ye' kor like
Christmas and New Year greetings ခရစ္စမတ်နေမှာ မြူးမျော်ပါ (Christmas nay hma mue pyaw pa)
နစ်ဘစ်ကူး မဂံ်လာပါ။ (Hnit thit ku mingalar pa)
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings ေပ်ာ္္စရာေကာင္းေသာ ေမြးေန ့ပါ။
(pyaw-sa’ya-kaung:-thaw: mway:-nay. pa)
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
ကျွန်တော်ရဲ့ လေစီးယာဉ်မှာ ငါးရှင့်တွေအပြည့်ရှိနေပါတယ်။
(kyawantawrae lay hcee yarnymhar ngarr sh in tway a pyi shinaypartaal)