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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

Everyday Spoken Burmese

Everyday Spoken Burmese

Everyday Spoken Burmese is for those seriously learning to understand and speak Burmese in a short time. It covers the most fundamental building blocks of the colloquial Myanmar Language.

Burmese language has parts of speech known as particles and post-positional markers which play critical roles in sentence structures. Heavy emphasis is placed on those words. Color-coding is used to make grammar study easier. Explanation is concise. Words are carefully selected for completeness. One cannot fully understand Burmese until those words are understood.

Everyday Spoken Burmese

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Table of Contents / Index (Sortable)
# ↑↓ ENGLISH ↑↓ BURMESE ↑↓ ROMANIZE ↑↓
1 Confirmation word တယ် deare2
2 Question word လား la3
3 Intention မယ် meare2
4 Question မလား ma1 la3
5 Expectation လိမ့်မယ် lain1 meare2
6 About to happen တော့မယ် dau1 meare2
7 Do this now တော့ dau1
8 Negative pair မ -- ဘူး ma1 xxxx bu3
9 No longer မ--တော့ဘူး ma1 xxxx dau1 bu3
10 Do you still want to ဦးမလား ome3-ma1-la3
11 Making a suggestion with polite ပါ ba2
12 Don't မ -- နဲ့ ma1 xxxx neare1
13 With နဲ့ neare1
14 Pronouns နာမ်စား nun2-za3
15 Already ပြီ byi2
16 Still သေးတယ် thay3 deare2
17 Not yet မ---သေးဘူး ma1 xxxx thay3-bu3
18 Plurals ဗဟုဝုစ်ကိန်း ba1-hu1-woot-kain3
19 Concern words ရဲ့လား yeare1 la3
20 Possessive ရဲ့ yeare1
21 Only if you are sure မှ hma1
22 Simple conditional if ရင် yin2
23 In that case ဆိုရင် hso2-yin2
24 If this is the case ဒါဖြင့် da2-pfyin1
25 But ဒါပေမဲ့ da2-pay2-meare1
26 Pre-requisite မ --- ခင် ma1 xxxx khin2
27 Without မ -- ဘဲ ma1 xxxx beare3
28 A sure request ခဲ့ပါ kheare1 ba2
29 A promise ခဲ့မယ် kheare1 meare2
30 Have just done ခဲ့တယ် kheare1 deare2
31 Experienced before ဖူးတယ် pfu3 deare2
32 Even (I/him/this) တောင် down2
33 Present Participle နေတယ် nay2 deare2
34 Middle of something နေတုန်း nay2 dome3
35 The continuity ထား hta3
36 Only and exactly this ပဲ beare3
37 Only and just him သာ dtha2
38 Want word ချင် chin2
39 Of course တာပေါ့ ta2 pau1
40 Whatever တာ ta2
41 Extreme degree လိုက်တာ lite ta2
42 Better than expected သားပဲ dtha3 beare3
43 A positive statement တာပဲ ta2 beare3
44 Question Words ဘာ - လဲ ba2 xxx leare3
45 Question Words ဘယ်- လဲ beare2 leare3
46 Question Word တုံး dome3
47 May this happen ပါစေ ba2 zay2
48 Please let me ပါရစေ ba1 yah1 zay2
49 Unexpected ပါလား ba2 la3
50 Look- try and see - with care ကြည့် kji1
51 Experience, or asking for intention လို့ lo1
52 Multiple meanings လိုက် lite
53 Let's do something စို့ zo1
54 Let's try something ရအောင် yah1 oun2
55 Possibility or Possession yah1
56 In order to အောင် oun2
57 He says xxxx တဲ့ teare1
58 What are you waiting for? xxxx လေ lay2
59 Very သိပ် thate
60 Can /possible/ capable နိုင် nine2
61 Still possible နိုင်သေး nine2 thay3
62 No longer possible မ -- နိုင်တော့ဘူး ma1 --- nine2 dau1 bu3
63 Do something first နှင့် hnin1
64 Location indicator in/on/at မှာ hma2
65 Skill and Knowledge တတ် tut
66 Has done the act of သွား thwa3
67 From where or the subject is က gah1
68 To ကို go2
69 Direction to or from a person ဆီ hsi2
70 Do something for someone ပေး pay3
71 Every တိုင်း dine3
72 Without a care or concern ပစ် pyit
73 Mistakenly or by chance မိ mi1
74 Seldom ခဲ kheare3
75 Also / too လည်း leare3
76 Also ကော gau3
77 Completion of action ပြီး pyi3
78 Simultaneous activities ရင်း yin3
79 Something happens while တုန်း dome3
80 Because ကြောင့် joun1
81 Becoming လာ la2
82 As လို lo2
83 Something like လိုလို lo2-lo2
84 Same တူ tu2
85 Exactly like အတိုင်း a-tine3
86 Almost / nearly နီးပါး ni3-ba3
87 Near နား na3
88 Exact amount တိတိ ti1-ti1
89 More than ထက် htet
90 Over ကျော် kjau2
91 Approximately လောက် lout
92 Until အထိ a-hti1
93 For အတွက် a-twet
94 For ဖို့ pfo1
95 Dare to ရဲ yeare3
96 Stay behind / left behind ရစ် yit
97 Fully satisfied wa1
98 Each စီ si2
99 All လုံး lone3
100 Earlier time တုန်းက dome3-gah1
101 Since that time ကတည်းက ga1-deare3-gah1

Confirmation word တယ် | deare2

This ending postpositional marker indicates that something is positive and agreeable, or simply states something "is" what it is in the present state described by the adjective.

AUDIO Romanization English
ဟုတ်တယ် hote deare2 Yes (correct)
ပူတယ် pu2 deare2 It's hot.
လှတယ် hla1 deare2 You're pretty.

Question word လား | la3

This ending particle word is a simple question mark.

AUDIO Romanization English
ပူလား pu2 la3 Is it hot?
ပူတယ် pu2 deare2 Yes.

Intention မယ် | meare2

The activity indicated by the verb is going to happen in the near future. There is intention to do something.

AUDIO Romanization English
သွားမယ် thwa3 meare2 I'm about to go. Good bye!
ယူမယ် yu2 meare2 I will take it. I intend to take it.

Question မလား | ma1 la3

Asking for intention described by the verb. Try to understand | ma1 before the question mark လား | la3 as a short spoken sound of မယ် | meare2 in the question.

AUDIO Romanization English
ယူမလား yu2 ma1 la3 Do you want it? Do you intend to take it?
ယူမယ် yu2 meare2 Yes.

Expectation လိမ့်မယ် | lain1 meare2

The event indicated by the verb is going to happen in the near future. There is expectation or anticipation, not intention like မယ် | meare2.

AUDIO Romanization English
ဧည့်သည်လာလိမ့်မယ် eare1-theare2 la2 lain1 meare2 Visitors will be here anytime soon.

la2 = to come
မိုးရွာလိမ့်မယ် mo3-ywa2 lain1 meare2 It's going to rain.

About to happen တော့မယ် | dau1 meare2

တော့ | dau1 is a verb-suffix particle to indicate that the action is imminent or about to happen in the near future.

AUDIO Romanization English
စားတော့မယ် sa3 dau1 meare2 I am about to eat.
စားတော့မလား sa3 dau1 ma1 la3 Are you going to eat now?
စားတော့မယ် sa3 dau1 meare2 Yes.
သွားတော့မယ် thwa3 dau1 meare2 I am about to go.
သွားတော့မလား thwa3 dau1 ma1 la3 Are you about to go?
သွားတော့မယ် thwa3 dau1 meare2 Yes.

Do this now တော့ | dau1

တော့ | dau1 without မယ် | meare2 is a persuasion or an advice to do something immediately.

AUDIO Romanization English
သွားတော့ thwa3 dau1 Go now. It's time.
အိပ်တော့ ate dau1 Sleep now. It's time.

တော့ | dau1 can also be used as an emphasis.

AUDIO Romanization English
တော်တော့တော်ပါတယ် tau2 dau1 tau2 ba2 deare2 She is bright alright.

Negative pair မ -- ဘူး | ma1 xxxx bu3

This is how you say "no" in Burmese.

AUDIO Romanization English
မလိုဘူး ma1 lo2 bu3 No need. I don't need it.
မကြိုက်ဘူး ma1 kjite bu3 I don't like it.
ကြိုက်လား kjite la3 Do you like it?
မကြိုက်ဘူး ma1 kjite bu3 No.
ကြိုက်တယ် kjite deare2 Yes.
ဝယ်မယ် weare2 meare2 I will buy it.
ပူလား pu2 la3 Is it hot?
မပူဘူး ma1 pu2 bu3 No.
ပူတယ် pu2 deare2 Yes.

No longer မ--တော့ဘူး | ma1 xxxx dau1 bu3

Immediate plan has changed if immediate action before တော့ | dau1 is combined with negative pair မ -- ဘူး | ma1 xxxx bu3.

AUDIO Romanization English
မစားတော့ဘူး ma1 sa3 dau1 bu3 I am not eating anymore.
မသွားတော့ဘူး ma1 thwa3 dau1 bu3 I am not going anymore.
မလိုတော့ဘူး ma1 lo2 dau1 bu3 I don't need it anymore.

Do you still want to ဦးမလား | ome3-ma1-la3

The person asking the question expects somewhat a negative answer.

AUDIO Romanization English
စားဦးမလား sa3 ome3 ma1 la3 Do you still want to eat it?
မစားတော့ဘူး ma1 sa3 dau1 bu3 No. (no longer)
စားဦးမယ် sa3 ome3 meare2 Yes. (still)

Making a suggestion with polite ပါ | ba2

This polite word softens the tone.

AUDIO Romanization English
စား sa3 Eat!
စားပါ sa3 ba2 Please eat!
စားပါဦး sa3 ba2 ome3 Won't you please eat?
စားပါဦး အဘ sa3 ba2 ome3 a-ba1 Won't you please eat, Grandpa?

Don't မ -- နဲ့ | ma1 xxxx neare1

Someone is telling you not to do something. Polite ပါ | ba2 softens the tone from ordering tone to a suggestion to prevent something unpleasant.

AUDIO Romanization English
မစားနဲ့ ma1 sa3 neare1 Don't eat that.
မစားပါနဲ့ ma1 sa3 ba2 neare1 Please don't eat that.
မစားပါနဲ့ ဦးလေး ma1 sa3 ba2 neare1 u3-lay3 Please don't eat that, Uncle.