Useful phrases in Hmong Daw / White Hmong

A collection of useful phrases in Hmong Daw / White Hmong (Hmongb Dleub), a variety of Hmong spoken in Vietnam, China and Laos.

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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 Hmongb Dleub (Hmong Daw / White Hmong)
Welcome Zoo siab txais tos!
Hello (General greeting) Nyob zoo (live well)
How are you? Koj puas nyob zoo? (do you live well?)
Koj nyob licas? (how do you live?)
Reply to 'How are you?' Kuv nyob zoo.
Long time no see Kuv zoo siab tau pom koj. (I'm happy to see you)
What's your name? Koj lub npe hu licas?
My name is ... Kuv lub npe hu ua ...
Where are you from? Koj tuaj qhov twg tuaj?
I'm from ... Kuv tuaj ... tuaj
Pleased to meet you Kuv zoo siab ntsib koj
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Nyob zoo (common any time of day)
Nyob zoo sawv ntxov os (not common)
Nyob zoo thaum sawv ntxov (not common)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Nyob zoo (common any time of day)
Nyob zoo yav tavsu os (not common)
Nyob zoo thaum yav tavsu (not common)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Nyob zoo (common any time of day)
Nyob zoo yav tsaus ntuj os (not common)
Nyob zoo thaum yav tsaus ntuj (not common)
Good night Pw zoo os
(Parting phrases)
Sib ntsib dua
Good luck! Hmoov zoo
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Zoo siab (good heart / happy)
Have a nice day Thov kom koj tau txais koob hmoo tas hnub
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Noj zoo
Noj qab noj zoo
Noj qab nyob zoo
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Thov kom txhob muaj dabtsi dawm koj tes koj taw
I understand Kuv totaub
I don't understand Kuv tsis totaub
Yes Yog (it is)
No Tsis
Tsis yog (it isn't)
Maybe Tej zaum
I don't know Kuv tsis paub
Please speak more slowly Thov hais majmam
Please say that again Thov hais dua
Please write it down Thov sau
Do you speak English? Koj puas hais lus askiv?
Do you speak White Hmong? Koj puas hais lus hmoob?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Kuv hais lus hmoob me me xwb
(I only speak a little Hmong)
Speak to me in White Hmong
How do you say ... in White Hmong? ... lus hmoob hais licas? (how is ... called in Hmong?)
... lus hmoob hais hu licas? (how is... named in Hmong?)
Excuse me Thov zam kev
How much is this? Pestsawg?
Sorry Thov txim
Please Thov
Thank you Ua tsaug
Reply to thank you Tsis ua licas (it's nothing)
Zoo siab pab (happy to help)
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Chav dej nyob qhovtwg?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you Kuv nco koj
I love you Kuv hlub koj
Get well soon Thov kom koj zoo sai sai
Go away!
Leave me alone! Cia kuv nyob ib leeg
Help! Pab
Fire! Hluavtaws
Stop! Tso tseg
Call the police! Tso tseg
Christmas greetings Nyob zoo hnub yug Yesxus
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Zoo siab hnub yug
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

Phrases supplied by Jennifer Runner of Jennifer's Language Pages

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