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Useful phrases in Manipuri

A collection of useful phrases in Manipuri, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Manipur in India, and in Bangladesh and Myanmar / Burma

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase ꯃꯩꯇꯩꯂꯣꯟ / Meiteilon (Manipuri)
Welcome ꯂꯣꯡꯁꯤꯟꯕꯤꯔꯛꯁꯤ (leng-shin-bi-rək-si)
Hello (General greeting) ꯈꯨꯔꯨꯝꯖꯔꯤ (khu-rum-jə-ri)
Hello (on phone) ꯍꯜꯂꯣ (Həl-lo)
How are you? ꯀꯝꯗꯩꯕꯤꯔꯤꯕꯒꯦ? (kəm-dəu-bi-ri-bə-ge?)
ꯅꯨꯉꯥꯏꯔꯤꯕꯣ? (nu-ngāi-ri-bo?)
Reply to 'How are you?' ꯅꯨꯉꯥꯏꯔꯤꯌꯦ (nu-ngāi-ri-ye)
Long time no see ꯎꯗꯕ ꯀꯨꯏꯔꯦ (udəbə kuire)
What's your name? ꯅꯡꯒꯤ ꯃꯤꯡ ꯀꯔꯤ ꯀꯩꯏ?
(nəng-gi ming kəri kəu-i?)

ꯁꯣꯝꯒꯤ ꯃꯤꯡ ꯀꯔꯤ ꯀꯩꯕꯤꯕꯒꯦ?
(shom-gi ming kəri kəu-bi-bə-ge?)
My name is ... ꯑꯩꯒꯤ ꯃꯤꯡ ... ꯀꯩꯖꯩ (əi-gi ming ... kəu-jəi)
Where are you from? ꯅꯡ ꯀꯗꯥꯏꯗꯒꯤꯅꯣ? (Nəng kə-dāi-də gi-no?)
I'm from ... ꯑꯩ... ꯗꯒꯤꯅꯦ (əi ... də-gi ne)
Pleased to meet you ꯁꯣꯝꯒ ꯎꯟꯅꯖꯕ ꯁꯦ ꯌꯥꯝ ꯅꯨꯉꯥꯏꯖꯩ
(shom-gə un-nə-jə-bə-se yəm nu-ngāi-jəi)

ꯅꯡꯒ ꯎꯟꯅꯕꯁꯦ ꯌꯥꯝ ꯅꯨꯉꯥꯏꯍꯦ
(nəng-gə un-nə-bə-se yəm nu-ngāi-he – inf)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
ꯈꯨꯔꯨꯝꯖꯔꯤ (khu-rum-jə-ri)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
ꯈꯨꯔꯨꯝꯖꯔꯤ (khu-rum-jə-ri)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
ꯈꯨꯔꯨꯝꯖꯔ (khu-rum-jə-ri)
Good night ꯒꯨꯗ ꯅꯥꯏꯠ (gud nāit)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
ꯕꯥꯏ (bāi)
ꯀꯥꯏꯅꯔꯁꯤ (kāi-nə-rə-shi)
Good luck! ꯌꯥꯏꯐꯕꯤꯔꯣ (yāi-phə-bi-ro)
ꯌꯥꯏꯐꯔꯣ (yāi-phə-ro)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day ꯅꯤꯡꯊꯤꯔꯕ ꯅꯨꯃꯤꯠ ꯑꯃ ꯊꯦꯡꯅꯕꯤꯌꯨ
(ning-thi-rə-bə nu-mit ə-mə theng-nə-bi-yu)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
ꯐꯖꯟꯅ ꯆꯠꯂꯨ! (phə-jən-nə chət-lu!)
Yes ꯍꯣꯢ (hoi)
No ꯅꯑꯠꯇ꯭ꯦ (natte)
Maybe
I don't know
I understand ꯑꯩ ꯚꯥꯞ ꯇꯥꯏ (əi bhāp tāi)
I don't understand ꯑꯩ ꯚꯥꯞ ꯇꯥꯗ_ꯔꯦ (əi bhāp tā-dre)
Please speak more slowly ꯈꯤꯇꯪ ꯇꯞꯅ ꯍꯥꯏꯕꯤꯌꯨ
(khi-təng təp-nə hāi-bi-yu)
Please say that again
Please write it down ꯏꯊꯣꯛ-ꯄꯤꯔꯛꯎ!
(i-thok-pi-rək-u!)
Do you speak English? ꯅꯡ ꯑꯤꯡꯂꯤꯁ ꯅꯥꯡꯕꯔ ꯂꯩꯕꯔꯥ?
(nang English naangba heibraa?)
Do you speak Manipuri? ꯁꯣꯝ ꯃꯩꯇꯩꯂꯣꯟ ꯉꯥꯡꯕꯤꯕ_ꯔꯣ?
(som Məi-təi-lon ngāng-bi-bə-ro?)
ꯅꯡ ꯃꯩꯇꯩꯂꯣꯟ ꯉꯥꯡꯕ_ꯔꯣ?
(nəng Məi-təi-lon ngāng-bro?)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
ꯑꯩ, ꯈꯖꯤꯛ ꯈꯖꯤꯛ
(əu khə-jik khə-jik)
Speak to me in Manipuri
How do you say ... in Manipuri? ꯁꯦ ꯃꯩꯇꯩꯂꯣꯟꯗ ꯀꯃꯥꯏꯅ ꯍꯥꯏꯒꯦ?
(... se Məi-təi-lon-də kə-ri hāi-ge?)
Excuse me ꯀꯩꯅꯣꯝꯇ! (kəi-nom-tə)
How much is this? ꯃꯁꯤꯒꯤ ꯃꯃꯜ ꯀꯌꯥꯅꯣ?
(mə-si-gi mə-məl kə-yā-no?)
Sorry ꯂꯥꯟꯖꯔꯦ! (lān-jə-re)
Please ꯆꯥꯟꯕꯤꯗꯨꯅꯥ (chaanbeeduna)
Thank you ꯊꯥꯒꯠꯆꯔꯤ (thā-gət-chə-ri)
ꯌꯥꯝꯅ꯭ꯥ ꯊꯥꯒꯠꯆꯔꯤ (yaamna thaagatchari)
Reply to thank you ꯀꯩꯁꯨꯀꯥꯏꯗꯦꯗ (kəi-su kāi-de-də)
Where's the toilet? ꯃꯄꯥꯟ ꯊꯣꯛꯐꯝ ꯀꯗꯥꯏꯗꯅꯣ?
(mə-pān thok-phəm kə-dāi-də-no?)
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you ꯑꯩ ꯅꯡꯕꯨ ꯅꯤꯡꯁꯤꯡꯉꯦ
(əi nəng-bu ning-shing-nge)
I love you ꯑꯩꯅ ꯅꯡꯕꯨ ꯅꯨꯡꯁꯤ
(əi-nə nəng-bu nung-shi)
Get well soon
Go away! ꯆꯠꯈ_ꯔꯣ ꯆꯠꯂꯨ (chət-khro chət-lu)
Leave me alone! ꯏꯇꯣꯝꯇ ꯊꯝꯕꯤꯔꯣ! (i-tom-tə thəm-bi-ro)
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings ꯌꯥꯏꯐꯕ ꯁꯖꯤꯕꯨ ꯆꯩꯔꯥꯑꯣꯕ ꯑꯣꯏꯔꯁꯅꯨ
(Yāi-phə-bə sə-ji-bu che-rāo-bə oi-rə-sə-nu)
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings ꯅꯄꯣꯛ ꯅꯨꯃꯤꯠꯇ ꯌꯥꯏꯐꯔꯣ
(nə-pok nu-mit-tə yāi-phə-ro)
One language is never enough ꯂꯣꯟ ꯑꯃꯇꯪꯅ ꯀꯩꯗꯩꯅꯨꯡꯗꯁꯨ ꯄꯦꯟꯗꯦ
(lon ə-mə-tə-nə kəi-dəu-nung-də-su pen-de)
My hovercraft is full of eels
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Phrases provided by Athouba Chingakham

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Information about Manipuri | Manipuri phrases

Links

Other collections of Manipuri phrases
http://manipurian.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/learn-basic-manipuri-languages.html
http://www.e-pao.net/epPageExtractor.asp?src=education.Learn_Manipuri.html
http://www.jamia-physics.net/manipuri/basic.html

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