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Essentials အေျခခံ အသုံးအႏႈံးမ်ား #1 #2
1 Hello မဂၤလာပါရွင္
miN ga la ba shiN
2 Good evening မဂၤလာပါရွင္
miN ga la ba shiN
3 Goodbye သြားေတာ႔မယ္
thwa dau mai
4 See you later ေတြ႕မယ္ေနာ္
ta wei mai nau
5 Yes ဟုတ္ကဲ့
hoʔ kei'
6 No မဟုတ္ဘူး
ma hoʔ b̠ū
7 Excuse me! ဒီမွာရွင္
di mha shiN
8 Excuse me တစ္ဆိတ္ေလာက္
tit saiʔ lautʔ
9 Thanks ေက်းဇူးတင္ပါတယ္
kyei zū tin pa tei
10 Thanks a lot ေက်းဇူးအမ်ားၾကီးတင္ပါတယ္
kyé zū a myā gyi tin ba tai
11 Thank you for your help ကူညီတဲ့အတြက္ေက်းဇူးတင္ပါတယ္
ku nyi tei' a thwet kyé zū tin ba tai
12 Don't mention it ကိစၥမရွိပါဘူး
ké sa ma shiʔ ba b̠ū
13 ရပါတယ္
ya ba tei
14 Ok ေကာင္းပါျပီ
kaung pa bī
15 How much is it? ဒါဘယ္ေလာက္ပါလဲ
da bai lautʔ pa lé
16 Sorry! စိတ္မရွိပါနဲ႕ခင္ဗ်ာ
saiɁ ma shi pa nei' kin bya
17 Sorry! စိတ္မရွိပါနဲ႕ရွင္
saiɁ ma shi pa nei' shiN
18 I don't understand နားမလည္ပါဘူး
nā me lé pa bū
19 I get it သိျပီ
thi pyi
20 I get it နားလည္ျပီ
nā lé pa pyi
21 I don't know မသိဘူး
ma thi bū
22 Forbidden ခြင့္မျပဳ
khwoinʔ ma pyu
23 Forbidden မလုပ္ရ
ma loʔ ya
24 Excuse me, where are the toilets? အိမ္သာဘယ္မွာရွိပါသလဲ
aiN tha bai mha shiʔ the lei
25 Happy New Year! မဂၤလာႏွစ္သစ္ပါ
miN ga la hnit thit pa
26 Happy birthday! ေမြးေန႕မွာေပ်ာ္ရႊင္ပါေစ
maweī nei' mha pyau pa sai
27 Happy holiday! မဲရီး ခရစ္စမတ္စ္ /Merry Christmas
merri christmas
28 Congratulations! ဂုဏ္ယူပါတယ္
goN yū pa tai
29 Congratulations! ဂုဏ္ယူ၀မ္းေျမာက္ပါတယ္
goN yū wuN myauk pa tai

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How to learn Burmese by yourself? Start with an easy and free online course!

We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest you to start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.
Getting used to pronounce words out loud, numbers for exemple, is an easy exercise that you can practice often and at anytime throughout the day.
It will help you to get used to the sounds of your chosen language and thus make it more familiar.
And once your holidays have begun, in Yangon, Bagan or elsewhere in Burma, you will be surprised how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.
Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It enables you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.

Why speak Burmese while traveling?

A destination of many natural and religious sites

Bordered by the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, Burma - also called Myanmar - is the largest state in mainland Southeast Asia. Burma shares borders with India, China, Bangladesh, Laos and Thailand, countries that have significantly influenced the creation of a diverse culture. In fact, there are many ethnic and cultural minorities in this country.
As Buddhism is the most widely practiced religion, the country has many majestic temples and pagodas that attract visitors from around the world, who come to admire Inle Lake or the Hpa-An region, the royal towns of Mandalay, its mountainous areas (which sometimes resemble those of Switzerland!), and its beautiful coast, lined with islands. 

Make a success of your stay in Burma

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly more willing to help.

How to succeed in having good pronunciation within a week to a month?

It will be necessary to master the tones - which are an essential component of this language.
A language which is isolating (its words are invariable) and agglutinative (morphemes with a specific meaning are added to words), Burmese is also a tonal language, with three tones: high, low and descending. These tones distinguish words, hence their importance. 
Among the useful tips for learning the pronunciation of Burmese, we can point out the fact that the R has almost disappeared, today pronounced J, and the presence of aspirated unvoiced consonants (consonant + aspiration).
Here are some other examples of pronunciation: 
The W is pronounced as the W of “what” in English.
The H is pronounced aspirated as in English. 
The ɲ is pronounced GN, as “campagne” in French.
We invite you to listen to the pronunciation of the letters by clicking on the following link: Burmese alphabet with audio.