Burmese Phrases

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.

Hi: hai  Audio
What is your name?: thint nan me be lo khaw tha le  Audio
Nice to meet you: thin nai twai ya da wan thar ba de  Audio
How are you?: thin ne kaung ba tha lar  Audio
I'm good, thanks: kyun note ne kaung ba de kyezu be  Audio
And you?: thin yaw ne kaung ba tha lar  Audio


Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Burmese)?: thin ingalait/ bamar sagar pyaw ba tha lar  Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: thu ma ta yoak sagar pyaw tha lar  Audio
A little bit: ne ne ba be  Audio
How old are you?: thint a thet be laut shi pyi le  Audio
I'm 33 years old: kyun note a thet thone se shi ba pyi  Audio
It was nice talking to you: thin ne sagar pyaw ya da kaung ba de  Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: thin ba ko so lo ba tha le  Audio
I don't understand: kyun note nar ma le bu  Audio
I don't know: kyun note ma thi bu  Audio
Sorry: taung ban ba de  Audio
What is that called in Burmese?: d har ko bamar lo be lo khaw tha le  Audio
What does that word mean in English?: d sagar lone ka ingalait lo be lo a dait be ya tha le  Audio


More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: thin be ka lar ba tha le  Audio
I'm from the U.S: kyun note american pyi htaung su hma lar ba de  Audio
I'm American: kyun note american ta yauk phyit ba de  Audio
Where do you live?: thin be hmar ne ba tha le  Audio
I live in the U.S: kyun note american naing ngan hmar ne ba de  Audio
What do you do for a living?: thin a thet mwe wan kyaung a twet ba loat ba tha le  Audio
I'm a student: kyun note kyaung that ta yauk phyit ba de  Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: kyun note thin ko ku nyi naing ba tha lar  Audio
Can you help me?: thin kyun note ko ku nyi naing ba tha lar  Audio
Where is the airport?: lay sait ka be hmar le  Audio
Go straight: te te thwar  Audio
Then: pyi yin dot  Audio
Turn left: be bat ko choe/kwait  Audio
Turn right: nyar bat ko choe/kwait  Audio


Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Burmese in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: mingalar mwe ne ba  Audio
Happy new year: mingalar hnit thit ba  Audio
Merry Christmas: merry christmas  Audio
Good luck: kan kaung ba zay  Audio
Congratulations: chee kyu ba de  Audio

Burmese expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: kyun note kyo tin nay yar yu htar ba de   Audio
Do you have rooms available?: thin hmar a khan lut shi ba tha lar  Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: kyun note say lait ma thauk de a khan lo chin ba de  Audio
How much it costs per night?: ta nya a kha kye ngwe be laut phyit ba tha le  Audio
Waiter: sa bwe hto  Audio
How much is this?: d har ka be laut ba le  Audio
What is this?: d har ka ba le  Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: thin thet thar ye lar  Audio
I need a doctor: kyun note sa yar wun ta yaut lo ba de  Audio
Help: a ku a nyi  Audio
Call the ambulance: a yay baw car khaw ba  Audio
Call the police: ye that khaw ba  Audio
I am sick: kyun note ne ma kaung bu  Audio

These Burmese phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Burmese Vocabulary and Burmese Grammar, you might want to visit our Burmese Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Burmese Vocabulary

Burmese Grammar


Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Burmese phrases.