Basic Burmese Phrases

Most tourists in Myanmar get as far as hello and thank you. It’s a good place to start but it’s not very hard to go a bit further, to put the basic building blocks in place and before you know where you are you’re getting the hang of it and getting a great reaction from the people you meet.

Like many Asian languages, Burmese is a tonal language, meaning that there are four tones (high, low, creaky and checked) that a speaker can use, and a word changes meaning depending on the tone in which it is spoken.

In addition, the language is written using Burmese script, flowing characters based on an ancient Indian script. However, the words here have been Anglicized for easy understanding and pronunciation! However, because of that, you may find slight variations on pronunciation guides online.

The Burmese phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Auspicious to you allMingalar Ba
How are you?nei kaun: ye. la:
Good morningmingala nan ne khin: ba
Good afternoonkaun:tho:nei Khin: ba
Good eveningkaun: tho: nya. nei khin: ba
Good night / Good Byethwa: bi
Please to meet you.twei. ya. da wan: tha ba de
See you againnoun gya. thei: da paw.

Yes / No Words

Yes (Male)hou’ ke khin bya.
Yes (Female)hou’ke shin.
Yes (both genders)in:
Nohin. in:
No (it isnt)hin. in: ma hou’ phu
Okay / Alright / Agreedkaun: bi
It’s all rightya ba de

Polite Phrases

Thank youkyei: zu: tin ba de
Thank you very muchkyei:zu: amya: gyi: tin ba de
You are welcomekyo zo ba de:
I beg your pardon (apology).sei’ mashi. ba ne
I beg your pardon (Male)khin mya (?)
I beg you pardon (Female)Shin (?)
Sorrysel’ mashi ba ne.
Excuse methi: khan ba
You are so kind.a: na zaya gyi:
Don’t feel awkward.a: ma na ba ne
Can I help you?ku nyi ba ya. zei
I don’t mind. its alright.kei’ sa mashi ba bu:
Good Luckkan kaun: ba zei

Questions and Requests

How much?be lau’le:
What’s that?e: da ba le:
Where is the restroom?ein tha be ma shi. tha le:
What time is it?bel na nar yi shi byi lel
May I go now?thwa: gwin. pyu. ba oun:
Do you understand?khamya: na: le tha la:
May I take a photograph?da’ poun yai’ lo. ya. mala:
May I use the telephone?te li hpon: thoun: lo. la:
Where is …?…be na: ma le:
How much do I owe you?be lau’ kya. tha le:
I want to go ……go thwa:gyin ba de
I want……gyin de
Which way?be lan ga thwah ya ma ke’
How Far?be’ lauk way tha le’
Where are you going?be thwa ma lou le’

Other Phrases

Very expensivezei: mya:de
I cannot speak MyanmarMyanmar lo mata’ bu:
I don’t understandna: ma le bu:
Really?da ge la:
It’s impossiblema hpyi’ nain bu:
Possiblyhpyi’ nain ba de
Beautiful!h!a. lai’ ta
Keep the changemaan: ne. daw
Be carefultha di: hta: ba
Be careful. don’t drive too fasttha di: hta: ba: phyei: byei: maun:


Turn leftbe be cho:
Turn rightnya be cho:
Straight aheadte. de. thwa; ba
Stop heredima ya’ ba
Slow downhpyei: byei:
Turn backpyan hie:


Oneti’Sixteentasel chauk
Twohni’Seventeentasel kun
ThreethoneEighteentasel shit
FourlayNineteentasel koe
FivengarTwentyhni sel
SixchaukThirtythone sel
Sevenkunit (kun)Fourtylay sel
EightshitFiftyngar sel
NinekoeSixtychauk sel
TentaselSeventykuni sel
Eleventasel tiEightyshit sel
Twelvetasel hniNinetykoe sel
Thirteentasel thoneOne Hundredta yar
Fourteentasel layOne Thousandta htaung
Fifteentasel ngarOne Lakhta thein


Airportlei zei
Bus Stationba saka: hma’tain
Railway Stationbuda youn
Hotelhou te
Embassythan youn:
Hospitalhsei: youn
Clinichsei: gan:
Police Stationye: sa khan:
Post Officesa dai
River Boat jettythin: baw: zei’
Guest housee. yei’ tha
Restaurantsa: thau’ hsain

Watch this video:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *