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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

Lesson 2c: Simple Burmese Phrases with just two words

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4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

မေတ္တာသည် စိတ်ရှည်တတ်၏။ ကြင်နာတတ်၏။ မေတ္တာသည် ဂုဏ်ပြိုင်ခြင်းမရှိ၊ ဝါကြွားခြင်းမရှိ၊ မာန်မာနမရှိ။ သူတစ်ပါး၏ဂုဏ်သိက္ခာအား မထိခိုက်စေတတ်၊ ကိုယ်ကျိုးမရှာတတ်၊ ဒေါသအမျက်မထွက်တတ်၊ ရန်ငြိုးမထားတတ်။ မတရားသောအမှု၌ဝမ်းမြောက်ခြင်းမရှိတတ်၊ အမှန်တရား၌ဝမ်းမြောက်တတ်၏။ မေတ္တာသည် အစဉ်ကာကွယ်စောင့်ရှောက်တတ်၏၊ အစဉ်ယုံကြည်စိတ်ချတတ်၏၊ အစဉ်မျှော်လင့်စောင့်ဆိုင်းတတ်၏၊ အစဉ်တည်မြဲခိုင်ခံ့၏။

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

It takes three words to say "I love you" in English. No word is needed in Burmese — a silence, and yet you know. Two words are enough, sometimes. Just give two words and take nothing.

ချစ်တယ် | chit deare2 - (love + positive affirmative) - ♥ love you ♥ MP3 Audio File

Love You

"Do you love me only this much?", the girl complained. "Please don't say enough," he said. I am not an eloquent guy. I only know this much. "Go find an another girl, then", said she. Waiလျှံ | William and ဆူဇီ | Suzy at April Queens 3 Thingyan water festival stage show in Yangon.

Simple man with few words

One Minute video clip for The Free Online Burmese Lessons -- It takes three words to say "I love you" in English. No word is needed in Burmese — a silence, and yet you know. Two words are enough, sometimes. Just give two words and take nothing.

Posted by Naing Tinnyuntpu on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Is that simple enough? In this lesson, we will learn the most useful simple Burmese phrases with two words. Just two-words — nothing more. All of those colloquial phrases will have either the verb (action word) or adjective (descriptive word) followed by the ending word. Those ending "particle" words are further explained in Grammar Study Materials. Take note of similar patterns.

Burmese Phrases with two words

Table of Contents / Index (Sortable)
# ↑↓ Phrases ↑↓
1It's xxxx
2It tastes xxxx
3He is / She is xxxx
4You are xxxx (a compliment)
5I feel xxxx
6I am xxxx
7I will xxxx / Yes
8I can't go on
9Finally, this is it!
10This is the place for you to xxxx
11xxxx now
12Go ahead and do it
13Keep doing it
14What are you waiting for?
15Don't wait for me
16Do this first before doing something
17Do what I tell you to do now
18Please don't be shy
19Have fun, guys

It's xxxx

လှတယ် | hla1 deare2 - (beautiful + positive affirmative) - It's beautiful. MP3 Audio File
ငယ်တယ် | ngeare2 deare2 - It's small. MP3 Audio File
ကြီးတယ် | kji3 deare2 - It's big. MP3 Audio File
ပူတယ် | pu2 deare2 - It's hot. MP3 Audio File
အေးတယ် | ay3 deare2 - It's cold. MP3 Audio File
နီးတယ် | ni3 deare2 - It's near. MP3 Audio File
ဝေးတယ် | way3 deare2 - It's far. MP3 Audio File
မြန်တယ် | myan3 deare2 - It's fast. MP3 Audio File
နှေးတယ် | hnay3 deare2 - It's slow. MP3 Audio File
သန့်တယ် | thun1 deare2 - It's clean MP3 Audio File
မွှေးတယ် | hmway3 deare2 - It smells good. MP3 Audio File
နံတယ် | nun2 deare2 - It stinks. MP3 Audio File
မာတယ် | ma2 deare2 - It's hard. MP3 Audio File
ပျော့တယ် | pyau1 deare2 - It's soft. MP3 Audio File
လေးတယ် | lay3 deare2 - It's heavy. MP3 Audio File
ပေါ့တယ် | pau1 deare2 - It's not heavy. It's light in weight. MP3 Audio File

It tastes xxxx

The same words for heavy and light in weight can be used to say if the soup is thick with heavy flavor or if it is thin, watery, and not salty enough.

လေးတယ် | lay3 deare2 - It's thick with heavy flavor. MP3 Audio File
ပေါ့တယ် | pau1 deare2 - It's not salty enough. MP3 Audio File
ချိုတယ် | cho2 deare2 - It's sweet (taste). MP3 Audio File
ချဉ်တယ် | chin2 deare2 - It's sour (taste). MP3 Audio File
စပ်တယ် | sut deare2 - It's hot (taste). MP3 Audio File
ခါးတယ် | kha3 deare2 - It's bitter (taste). MP3 Audio File
ငန်တယ် | ngan2 deare2 - It's salty (taste) MP3 Audio File
ဆိမ့်တယ် | hsain1 deare2 - It's rich in taste (e.g., avocado, butter, milk, cheese.) MP3 Audio File

He is / She is xxxx

The same word for "cold" could mean "peaceful", and the word is used to describe a nice person with pleasant disposition and good manners. Such a person stays away from gossips and mindless talks.

အေးတယ် | ay3 deare2 - (peaceful + positive affirmative) - He/she is nice. MP3 Audio File
ရိုးတယ် | yo3 deare2 - (honest + positive affirmative) - He/she is honest. MP3 Audio File
အတယ် | ah1 deare2 - (naive + positive affirmative) - He/she is naive. MP3 Audio File
လည်တယ် | leare2 deare2 - (shrewd + positive affirmative) - He/she is shrewd. MP3 Audio File
ရိုင်းတယ် | yine3 deare2 - (rude + positive affirmative) - He/she is rude. MP3 Audio File
ချောတယ် | chau3 deare2 - (pretty + positive affirmative) - She is pretty. MP3 Audio File
ဝတယ် | wah1 deare2 - (fat + positive affirmative) - He/she is fat. MP3 Audio File
ပိန်တယ် | pain2 deare2 - (skinny + positive affirmative) - He/she is skinny. MP3 Audio File

You are xxxx (a compliment)

တော်တယ် | tau2 deare2 - (smart + positive affirmative) - You're smart. MP3 Audio File
လှတယ် | hla1 deare2 - (beautiful + positive affirmative) - You're beautiful. (to female) MP3 Audio File
ခံ့တယ် | khan1 deare2 - (handsome + positive affirmative) - You're handsome. (to male) MP3 Audio File

I feel xxxx

ဆာတယ် | hsa2 deare2 - (be hungry + positive affirmative) - I'm hungry MP3 Audio File
နာတယ် | na2 deare2 - (feel pain + positive affirmative) - I feel painful. MP3 Audio File
ယားတယ် | ya3 deare2 - (feel itchy + positive affirmative) - I feel itchy. MP3 Audio File
အိုက်တယ် | ike deare2 - (feel hot + positive affirmative) - I feel hot. MP3 Audio File
ချမ်းတယ် | chan3 deare2 - (feel cold + positive affirmative) - I feel cold. MP3 Audio File
ပျော်တယ် | pyau2 deare2 - (feel happy + positive affirmative) - I'm happy. MP3 Audio File
ပျင်းတယ် | pyin3 deare2 - (feel bored + positive affirmative) - I'm bored. MP3 Audio File
မောတယ် | mau3 deare2 - (feel tired + positive affirmative) - I'm tired. MP3 Audio File

NOTE (1): "It is xxxx", "He is xxxx", "She is xxxx", I feel xxxx", "You are xxxx" all have the pattern "xxxx deare2 ". You can omit He/She/It/You/I if it is clear enough who or what you are talking about. So, you can give an appreciative look to the nice dress that the lady in front of you is wearing and make a simple comment: လှတယ် | hla1 deare2. MP3 Audio File You are talking about something beautiful in front of you. It could be the dress or the lady or both in front of you, and not about someone or something from across the street you are not even looking.
NOTE (2): In English, the verb "am" is used for both "I'm tired" and "I'm a doctor". Burmese deare2 can be used to describe what I am physically or mentally feeling: hot, cold, bored, tired, hungry, etc.. Post-positional marker တယ် | deare2 CANNOT be used to describe what I am: Carpenter, Christian, Canadian, Crazy, Caring person, etc.. That's next.

I am xxxx

Use the simple ပါ | ba2 to describe who you are. Omit "I" if it is clear that it is about you. For example, someone asks you what's your religion. You answer:

ခရိယာန်ပါ | kha1-rit-yan2 ba2 - (Christian + particle) - I'm a Christian. MP3 Audio File

I will xxxx / Yes

သွားမယ် | thwa3 meare2 - (go + positive intention) - I will go; I am about to go. MP3 Audio File
စားမယ် | sa3 meare2 - (eat + positive intention) - I will eat. MP3 Audio File
သောက်မယ် | thout meare2 - (drink + positive intention) - I will drink. MP3 Audio File
ယူမယ် | yu2 meare2 - (take + positive intention) - I will take it. MP3 Audio File
ရောင်းမယ် | youn3 meare2 - (sell + positive intention) - I will sell it; I am selling. MP3 Audio File
ဝယ်မယ် | weare2 meare2 - (buy + positive intention) - I will buy it; I am buying. MP3 Audio File

All those phrases can be the answer "yes" to questions: "Are you going?", "Are you buying?, etc..

I can't go on

မောပြီ | mau3 byi2 - (be tired + has reached certain condition) - I am tired already. MP3 Audio File
ဆာပြီ | hsa2 byi2 - (be hungry + has reached certain condition) - I am starving already. MP3 Audio File
တော်ပြီ | tau2 byi2 - (enough + has reached certain condition) - I have enough. MP3 Audio File
ဝပြီ | wah1 byi2 - (stomach filled + has reached certain condition) - I'm full; can't eat anymore. MP3 Audio File
ညောင်းပြီ | nyoun3 byi2 - (muscles to become stiff + has reached certain condition) - My muscles are already sore. MP3 Audio File

Finally, this is it

ကောင်းပြီ | koun3 byi2 - (good + has reached certain condition) - OK, good! MP3 Audio File
Use this phrase to give an OK, permission, or agreement.

ကန်ပြီ | kun2 byi2 - (kick + has reached certain condition) - He kicks! MP3 Audio File
This is a frequently used phrase by sports commentators in soccer matches.

ကုန်ပြီ | kone2 byi2 - (be empty + has reached certain condition) - It's all gone; sold out. MP3 Audio File
The shopkeeper tells you the item you are looking for has been sold out.

ပြီးပြီ | pyi3 byi2 - (finish + has reached certain condition) - Done! MP3 Audio File
The maid says the room service was completed.

ရပြီ | yah1 byi2 - (be available + has reached certain condition) - It's ready. MP3 Audio File
The waiter says your take-out order is ready.

ရောက်ပြီ | yout byi2 - (reach + has reached certain condition) - We are there. MP3 Audio File
The taxi driver says you have reached the place.

လာပြီ | la2 byi2 - (come + has reached certain condition) - I am coming. MP3 Audio File
You say this when someone knocks the door.

သွားပြီ | thwa3 byi2 - (go + has reached certain condition) - I am going now. Good bye! MP3 Audio File
You say this to your spouse as you leave the house for work.

This is the place for you to xxxx

ဝယ်ခဲ့ | weare2 kheare1 - (buy + particle) - Buy it back here. MP3 Audio File
ယူခဲ့ | yu2 kheare1 - (bring + particle) - Bring it here. MP3 Audio File
လာခဲ့ | la2 kheare1 - (come + particle) - Come over here. MP3 Audio File
နေခဲ့ | nay2 kheare1 - (stay + particle) - Stay here. MP3 Audio File
လိုက်ခဲ့ | lite kheare1 - (come along + particle) - Come along with me/us. MP3 Audio File

xxxx now

အိပ်တော့ | ate dau1 - (sleep + particle) - Go to bed now. It's time to sleep. MP3 Audio File
ထတော့ | hta1 dau1 - (get up + particle) - Wake up! It's time to get up. MP3 Audio File
သွားတော့ | thwa3 dau1 - (go + particle) - Go now! It's time to go MP3 Audio File
ဆင်းတော့ | hsin3 dau1 - (get down + particle) - (At the bus stop) It's time to get down. MP3 Audio File

Go ahead and do it

မှာလိုက် | hma2 lite - (order + particle) - Go ahead and make an order MP3 Audio File
ပေးလိုက် | pay3 lite - (give or hand over + particle) - Go ahead and give it to him. MP3 Audio File
ယူလိုက် | yu2 lite - (take + particle) - Go ahead and take it. MP3 Audio File
ဝယ်လိုက် | weare2 lite - (buy + particle) - Go ahead and buy it. MP3 Audio File
စားလိုက် | sa3 lite - (eat + particle) - Go ahead and eat it all. MP3 Audio File
သောက်လိုက် | thout lite - (drink + particle) - Go ahead and drink it all. MP3 Audio File

Keep doing what you are doing

ယူထား | yu2 hta3 - (take + particle) - Take it and keep it. (as a loan) MP3 Audio File

ကိုင်ထား | kine2 hta3 - (hold in the hand + particle) - Keep it in the hand (or) keep holding it. MP3 Audio File


ခေါက်ထား | khout hta3 - (fold + particle) - keep turning. (Frequently used phrase telling the driver to keep the steering turning when backing up the car into the parking slot. MP3 Audio File


ဟိုးထား | ho3 hta3 - (stop + particle) - keep your foot on the brake pedal and don't release it. (frequently used phrase) MP3 Audio File

What are you waiting for?

စားလေ | sa3 lay2 - (eat + particle) - Eat it. What are you waiting for? MP3 Audio File
သွားလေ | thwa3 lay2 - (go + particle) - Go! What are you waiting for? MP3 Audio File
လုပ်လေ | loat lay2 - (do + particle) - Do it! What are you waiting for? MP3 Audio File
ယူလေ | yu2 lay2 - (take + particle) - Take it! What are you waiting for? MP3 Audio File
တက်လေ | tet lay2 - (Go up/climb up + particle) - Go up! What are you waiting for? MP3 Audio File
ဆင်းလေ | hsin3 lay2 - (Go down + particle) - Go down! What are you waiting for? MP3 Audio File

Don't wait for me

စားနှင့် | sa3 hnin1 - (eat + particle) - Don't wait for me. Go ahead and eat first. MP3 Audio File
သွားနှင့် | thwa3 hnin1 - (go + particle) - Don't wait for me. You go ahead first. MP3 Audio File

Do this first before doing something

ထိုင်ဦး | htine2 ome3 - (sit + particle) - Sit first. MP3 Audio File
နားဦး | na3 ome3 - (rest + particle) - Rest first. MP3 Audio File
စားဦး | sa3 ome3 - (eat + particle) - Eat first. MP3 Audio File
နေဦး | nay2 ome3 - (stay + particle) - Wait first. MP3 Audio File
ရပ်ဦး | yut ome3 - (stop + particle) - Stop first. MP3 Audio File
ထည့်ဦး | hteare1 ome3 - (put in + particle) - Put some more. (e.g., Put the rice first before taking the pot away) MP3 Audio File

Do what I tell you to do now

လာစမ်း | la2 zun3 - (come + particle) - Come here now! MP3 Audio File
သွားစမ်း | thwa3 zun3 - (go + particle) - Go away! MP3 Audio File
ထွက်စမ်း | htwet zun3 - (to exit + particle) - Get out! MP3 Audio File

Please don't be shy

The same word ပါ | ba2 to describe who you are can be used to urge someone with hesitation to do something.

ထိုင်ပါ | htine2 ba2 - (sit + particle) - Please sit. MP3 Audio File
ယူပါ | yu2 ba2 - (take + particle) - Please take it. MP3 Audio File
စားပါ | sa3 ba2 - (eat + particle) - Please eat. MP3 Audio File
သောက်ပါ | thout ba2 - (drink + particle) - Please drink. MP3 Audio File
ထည့်ပါ | hteare1 ba2 - (put in + particle) - Please help yourself. (e.g., scoop a dish or pour a drink) MP3 Audio File

Have fun, guys!

စားကြ | sa3 ja1 - (eat + particle) - Help yourselves, you guys. MP3 Audio File
သွားကြ | thwa3 ja3 - (go + particle) - Go, you guys. (e.g., to the movies) MP3 Audio File
ကစားကြ | ga1-za3 ja1 - (to play + particle) - Play and have fun you guys! (e.g., Here's the ball.) MP3 Audio File

burmese word for have fun