Burmese 101

Burmese Word List

The purpose of this list is to give a rough idea of the Burmese language. The words listed below are not the most common words, but a broad sampling of words. See the Word Lists page for more details.

English

Romanization
I

nga, kyok
you sg

nin, min:
he

thu
we

do., kyokto.
you pl

nindo.
they

thudo., thumya:
this

da, di
that

ho, hto
here

dihma
there

hohma, htohma
who

băthu
what

ba
where

when

bèdaw., bèdoun:ga.
how

not

mă…bu:
all

a:loun:
many

mya:, mya:gyi:
some

ăcho.
few

nè:
other

ăcha:
one

tit
two

hnit
three

thon:
four

le:
five

nga:
big

kyi:, kyi:ma:
long

she, shemyaw
wide

kyè, kyèwun:
thick

htudè:
heavy

le:, le:lan
small

the:, nok
short

pu., to
narrow

kyin:, kyin:kyat
thin

pa:, kyè:
woman

mein:ma.
man (adult male)

yaukkya:
man (*human being*)

lu
child

hkăle:
wife

măya:
husband

lin
mother

ăme, ămi.
father

ăhpe, ăhpa.
animal

tăreikhsan
fish

nga:
bird

hnget
dog

hkwe:
louse

than:
snake

mwe
worm

tigaung, than-gaung
tree

thitpin
forest

taw:, thittaw:
stick

dok
fruit

thitthi:, ăthi:
seed

ăsi.
leaf

ăywet
root

myit, ămyit
bark (of a tree)

ăhkauk
flower

pan:, ăpwin.
grass

myet
rope

kyo:, lun
skin

ăye-ăgun, ăye
meat

ătha:
blood

thwe:
bone

ăyo:
fat (noun)

ăhsi
egg

u.
horn

gyo, u:gyo
tail

ămi:
feather

ătaung
hair

hsan, hsăbin, ămwe:
head

gaung:
ear

na:, năywet
eye

myetsi.
nose

hna, hnăhkaung:
mouth

păzat, hnok
tooth

thwa:
tongue (organ)

sha
fingernail

letthè:
foot

che
leg

chedauk, ăpaung
knee

du:, du:gaung:
hand

let
wing

taungban
belly

baik
guts

u
neck

lèbin:
back

kyaw:
breast

yin, yinbat
heart

hnălon:, ăthè:hnălon:
liver

ăthè:, uma.gyiː
to drink

thauk
to eat

sa:
to bite

kaik
to suck

sok
to spit

htwe:
to vomit

an, aw.
to blow

hmok
to breathe

shu, shushaik
to laugh

yi
to see

twe., myin
to hear

kya:
to know

thi., tat, thi.shi.
to think

htin, twe:, sin:za:
to smell

nan:
to fear

kyauk
to sleep

eik
to live

ăthetshin, ne
to die

the, hson:, kwèlun
to kill

that, that-hpyat
to fight

taik, yanhpyit
to hunt

ămè:laik
to hit

yaik
to cut

hnyat
to split

hkwè:
to stab

hto:
to scratch

kok
to dig

tu:
to swim

yeku:
to fly

pyan
to walk

shauk
to come

la
to lie (as in a bed)

hlè:, lyaung:
to sit

htaing
to stand

yat
to turn (intransitive)

hlè., cho:
to fall

kya.
to give

pe:
to hold

kaing
to squeeze

hnyit
to rub

put
to wash

hse:
to wipe

thok
to pull

hswè:
to push

tun:
to throw

pyit
to tie

chi
to sew

chok
to count

ye-twet
to say

pyaw:, hso, hu
to sing

hso
to play

hsaw., găza:
to float

myaw:, paw
to flow

si:
to freeze

hkè:
to swell

hpu:, yaung
sun

ne
moon

la.
star

kyè
water

ye
rain

mo:
river

myit
lake

kan, in:
sea

pinle, annăwa
salt

hsa:
stone

kyauk
sand

thè:
dust

hpon
earth

mye
cloud

tein
fog

myu
sky

mo:
wind

le
snow

hnin:, hnin:gè:
ice

yegè:
smoke

ăhko:
fire

mi:
ash

pya
to burn

sho., laung
road

lan:
mountain

taung
red

ni
green

sein:
yellow

wa
white

hpyu
black

mè:, net
night

nya.
day

ne.
year

hnit
warm

pu, nwe:
cold

e:, chan:
full

pye.
new

thit
old

haung:, o
good

kaung:
bad

hso:
rotten

pok
dirty

nyit-hti:
straight

hpyaung., sin:
round

waing:, lon:
sharp (as a knife)

chun, chunhtet
dull (as a knife)

ton:
smooth

chaw:, mut
wet

so, shwè:
dry

chauk
correct

hman
near

ni
far

we:kwa
right

nya

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