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TONE REFERENCE TABLE
Audio Pronunciation
Ah1 "a" in "art" with silent "rt"
Ah2 "ar" in "Argentina" with silent "r"
Ah3 "ar" in "Artist" with slilent "r"
De1 "de" in "deep" with silent "p"
De2 "de" as in "demote"; "demand"
De3 "dee" as in "deer"; "decent"
Ko1 "colt" with silent "lt"
Ko2 as in "co-author"; "cocaine"
Ko3 "cold" wit silent "ld"
Yu1 "u" in "Youth" with silent "th"
Yu2 "u" as in "university"; "utensil"
Yu3 "u" as in "user"; "Unix"
Shan1 as in "shunt" with silent "t"
Shan2 "shun" as in "chandelier"
Shan3 as in "shun"
Au1 as in "auction"
Au2 as in "Australia";"auditor"
Au3 as in "August"
May1 "maize" with silent "ze"
May2 "may" as in "May I?"
May3 "ay" in "amazing"
Sin1 "sink" with silent "k"
Sin2 "sin" as in "sincerely"
Sin3 "sin" as in "sinful"; "Singapore"
Un1 "aunt" with silent "t"
Un2 "un" in "understanding"; "umbrella"
Un3 "un" as in "under"
Meare1 "melt" with silent "lt"
Meare2 "mel" in "Melbourne" with silent "l"
Meare3 "mare" of "nightmare"
Tain1 "taint" with silent "t"
Tain2 "tain" as in "Captain"
Tain3 "tain" as in "maintain"
Bine1 "Bryant" without "r"
Bine2 as in "carbine"
Bine3 as in "combine"
Dome1 as in "don't"
Dome2 close to "dominate"
Dome3 as in "dome"
Toon1 "doont" in "couldn't"
Toon2 "mon" in "monastery"
Toon3 "oon" as in "cartoon"
Koun1 "count" with silent "t"
Koun2 "coun" in "counter-strike"
Koun3 "coun" as in "counsel"
ate cake, jade, eight, paid, bake
et wet, set, mad, yet
oot cook, put, look
out out, south, mouse, doubt
ike/ite sight, pipe, night, dice, like
ut up, nut, sucks
oat oat, coat, goat, soak
it it, pit, sit

CLICK TABLE HEADER COLUMNS TO SORT BY ASCENDING OR DESCENDING ORDER OF ENGLISH OR BURMESE.

Vocabulary in Burmese Song "Thein Hta Khwint" (Sortable)
BURMESE ↑↓ ENGLISH ↑↓
a-chain2 time
a-chit love
a-chit mya3 lots of love
ah3 energy, strength
ah3 neare3 low energy level = weak
a-kha2 time of an event; occasion
a-ni3 close, nearby
a-ni3 hma2 close to
a-hsone3 the end
a-hsone3 hma2 in the end
a-pau2 on, upon
a-tu2-tu2 together
a-twin3 inner
a-twin3 za1-ga3 inner language (thought)
a-twin3 za1-ga3 dway2 inner thoughts
ba1-wa1 life
ba1-wa1 hma2 in life
dway2 plural form
de2 this
deare2 affirmation (ending word)
hma2 at, in
hmyau2 lin1 to hope
hmyau2 lin1 chet a hope
hna1 lone3 heart (organ)
hna1 lone3 tha3 heart (that feels)
hta2-wa1-zin2 forever
kjin2 na2 to care
kjo3 string
kjo3 mya3 strings
kjo3 mya3 neare1 with strings
kjo3 mya3 leare3 as for the strings
kheare1 deare1 that which was
khweare3 to break into half
ko1 to me, mine, myself
ko1 yeare1 my
ko2 to whom, I
kwa2 frustrated ending word
khwin1 permission, opportunity
ma1-net-pfyan2 tomorrow
ma1-net-pfyan2 mya3 tomorrow (plural) = future
ma1-shi1 not there
ma1-shi1 lo1 because not there
ma1-shi1 lo1 mya3 tha2 only if not there
ma1 xxx khin2 gah1 prior to action xxx
ma1 xxx oun2 in order not to xxx
may3 to ask
may3 deare1 (noun) associated with asking
may3 deare1 a-kha2 time of asking
meare2 will (do something)
min3 you (same age group)
min3 lay3 baby, you
mya3 a lot, lots, plural
mya3 tha2 only those, only if
nay1 yet days
nay2 to stay
nay2 chin2 deare2 want to stay
neare1 with
ni3 close
ni3 thwa3 to get close
ni3 thwa3 zo1 Let's get close
nin2 you (same age group)
noon3 to wither
pfyut-thun3 to pass though the journey
pyan2 ma1 thwa3 not go back
pyan2 thwa3 to go back
pyau2 shwin2 to enjoy
pyau3 to tell
pyau3 hma2 going to tell
so3 afraid
so3 da2 what is afraid of
ta1-khu1 khu1 something
ta1 yout one person
ta1 yout hteare3 alone
thain3 hta3 to keep
thain3 hta3 khwin1 permission to keep
thi1 to know
thi1 oun2 to make known
thu2 he, she
way3 to be away; to be apart
woon2-khan2 to admit
yah1 to get; to obtain
yah1 chin2 want to get
yah1 chin2 da2 that which is wanted
yi2-yweare2 to intend
yi2-yweare2 hta3 intended
yi2-yweare2 hta3 deare1 that which was intended
yin2 feeling
yin2 hteare3 feeling inside
yin3-hni3 intimate
yin3-hni3 swa2 intimately
yit-pup to coil & wind like a snake
yit-pup byi2 has/have bonded
yo3-tha3 chin3 honesty, innocence, naiveness

Lesson 18: Learn to Sing a Burmese Song

One good thing about learning to sing a song in Burmese language, or in any other language that you don't know is that you don't need to understand all the words. You just sing along Karaoke style to make new friends in Myanmar and socialize in Myanmar night life. Of course, it will be good if you know what the song is all about, and understand at least the gist of the lyrics.

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Burmese word for a "song" is tha1-chin3. MP3 Audio File The word for "to sing" is hso2. MP3 Audio File So, how would you say, "I am going to sing"?

tha1-chin3 -- song (noun)
hso2 -- sing (verb)
meare2 -- will; going to (post-positional marker)

tha1-chin3 hso2 meare2 -- I am going to sing. (song + sing + will)

MP3 Audio File

tha1-chin3 -- song (noun)
ta1 boat -- one + "measure words for songs (adjective)
hso2 -- sing (verb)
meare2 -- will; going to (post-positional marker)

tha1-chin3 ta1 boat hso2 meare2 -- I am going to sing a song. (song + one + "measure word for songs" + sing + will) MP3 Audio File

I have picked a beautiful Burmese song with a sweet vocal and wonderful lyrics that inspired me to translate into English. The song is titled, "Thein Hta Khwint" (Thain3-hta3 khwin1), which means "permission to keep". It was sung by a talented ethnic Kachin singer named N Kaira from Northern Myanmar.

Lyrics of Myanmar Song: "Thein Hta Khwint" by N. Kaira - part 1 translated into English

Let's listen to the first part of the song.

pfyu2 sin2 deare2 -- pure and white (white + pure + affirmation)

MP3 Audio File

ko1 yeare1 -- my

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min3 a-pau2 -- on you

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yo3-tha3-chin3 mya3 dtha2 -- only innocent feelings (innocence + plural + only)

MP3 Audio File

My innocence: only what I had on you -- pure and white.

pfyu2 sin2 deare2 -- pure and white (white + pure + affirmation)

MP3 Audio File

kjin2 na2 deare1 -- caring (cares; be kind; be tender + that which)

MP3 Audio File

kjo3 mya3 neare1 -- with strings (string + plural + with)

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ma1 yit pup khin2 ga1 -- before being bounded (negative + coil and bind + before + at the time)

MP3 Audio File

Pure and white,
before being bonded by the strings of caring attachment.

yin3 hni3 swa2 -- intimately

MP3 Audio File

thu2 -- he
pyau2-shwin2 -- enjoy
kheare1 deare1 -- definitely had

MP3 Audio File

nay1-yet dway2 -- days (day + plural)
a-hsone3 hma2 -- at the end (end + at)

MP3 Audio File

At the end of intimate days he definitely had enjoyed

Ko2 -- I
yin2 hteare3 -- in my heart

MP3 Audio File

way3 hma2 -- to be far
so3 -- be worry
da2 -- (points out to that worry)

MP3 Audio File

in my heart, I feel afraid to be apart

My innocence:
only what I had for you -- pure and white.
Pure and white,
before being bonded by the strings of caring attachment.
At the end of
friendly days he definitely had enjoyed,
in my heart,
I feel afraid to be apart.

Lyrics of Myanmar Song: "Thein Hta Khwint" by N. Kaira - part 2 translated into English

de2 a-chain2 hma2 -- At this time (this + time + at)

MP3 Audio File

ko1 go2 -- to me (me + to)

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ta1-khu1-khu1 -- something

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min3 lay3 -- baby, you
may3 deare1 a-kha2 -- at the time of asking (ask + that which + time)

MP3 Audio File

At this time... baby, when you ask me something....

woon2-khan2 meare2 -- I will admit (admit + reference to the future action)

MP3 Audio File

kjin2-na2 deare1 -- caring (cares; be kind; be tender + that which)
kjo3 mya3 leare3 -- strings also (string + plural + also)
yit-pup byi2 kwa2 -- have coiled and bind (coil and bind + has reached that condition + sigh!)

MP3 Audio File

I will admit, the strings of caring attachments have bonded me

min3 thi1 oun2 -- In order to let you know (you + know + in order to)

MP3 Audio File

ko2 yi2-yweare2 hta3 deare1 -- those which I have intended (I + intend + present continuous tense + that which)

a-twin3 za1-ga3 dway2 -- inner words (inside + word + plural)

pyau3 hma2 -- going to tell (tell + "to")

MP3 Audio File

To make you know... I'm going to tell you my intended inner thoughts

nay2 chin2 deare2 -- I want to stay (stay + want + affirmation)

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min3 yeare1 -- your (you + possessive; convert "you" into "your")
a-ni3 hma2 -- nearby (proximity; nearness + at)

MP3 Audio File

I want to stay close to you

At this time...
baby, when you ask me something...
I will admit,
the strings of caring attachments have bonded me.
To make you know...
I'm going to tell you my intended inner thoughts:
"I want to stay
close to you."

Lyrics of Myanmar Song: "Thein Hta Khwint" by N. Kaira - part 3 translated into English

hmyau2-lin1-chet -- A hope
hna1-lone3-tha3 -- heart

MP3 Audio File

ma1 noon3 oun2 -- in order not to wither away (not to + wither and fade + in order)

pyan2 khweare3 ma1 thwa3 neare1 kwa2 -- "Please don't break apart and go away.. (again + break + not + go + don't + frustrated tone)

MP3 Audio File

Let not a hope in the heart to wither... don't you break it apart and go away

a-tu2-tu2 -- together
pfyut-thun3 -- to journey
ni3 thwa3 zo1 -- Let's get close! (to be near + increasing degree + let's)
ma1-net-pfyan2 mya3-- days of tomorrow

MP3 Audio File

Let's journey the days of tomorrow you and I. Let's get close together!

ko2 -- I
ta1 yout hteare3 -- alone
ah3 neare3 -- weak

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ba1-wah1 hma2 -- in life
nin2 ma1-shi1 lo1 mya3 tha2 -- if you were not there

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All alone and weak I will be, if you were not there in my life

hta2-wa1-zin2 -- forever
a-chit mya3 -- lots of love

MP3 Audio File

thain3-hta3 khwin1 -- permission to keep
yah1 chin2 da2 -- What I want to have is

MP3 Audio File

What I want to have is... a permission to keep lots of love -- forever!

Let not a hope in the heart to wither...
don't you break it apart and go away.
Let's journey the days of tomorrow you and I,
Let's get close together!
All alone and weak I will be,
if you were not there in my life.
What I want to have is...
a permission to keep lots of love -- forever!

Myanmar Song: "Thein Hta Khwint" by N. Kaira - part 4

The full version of the song has a repeat of part 3 and ending part is an another repeat of the last four lines:

All alone and weak I will be,
if you were not there in my life.
What I want to have is...
a permission to keep lots of love -- forever!

If you are interested in detailed break down of this song word by word, I have listed the lyrics of this entire song translated into English on the left column of this page.

Recommended Myanmar Vocalist: N. Kaira

Try searching "N. Kaira + Thein Hta Khwint" on the Internet. There are a number of her songs on the YouTube. But, I would recommend buying her records when you visit Myanmar. Then, you will have a permission to keep those -- forever!

N. Kaira, Thein Hta Khwint