Lesson 1: Hello There

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You have just landed in Myeik, this is the first time you are visiting your local host. Let's strike up a basic conversation.


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To Come လာ


This is our first word for you. It consists of 2 parts. The first part is a consonant လ with the sound /l/; and the second part is a vowel ာ /à/. Put together it is လာ /là/.

Myanmar has 3 basic tones:

  • The "low tone", လာ /là/ sounds similar to the sixth musical note 'lah', and is used in this recording, la la la tai, come and sit down.



  • The "creaky tone", လ  , without the vowel. It means moon.



  • The "high tone",လား , like 'laugh" without the final /f/ sound. It is made by combining လ and း .
    Use this to transform a sentence into a 'yes or no' question.




English Rough Phonics  Myeik
Host: Hello mingalabar  မင်္ဂလာပါ
You: Hello mingalabar  မင်္ဂလာပါ
Host: How are you? ni kao la  နေကောင်းလား
You: I'm fine kaun eh   ကောင်း အယ်
You: What about you? ah mah ni kau la  အစ်မ နေကောင်းလား
Host: I am fine, I am fine Kaun eh kaun eh  ကောင်း အယ် ကောင်း အယ်
Host: Come, come and take a seat  la la la tai  လာလာ လာထိုင်
You: Ok, sure  hoke kimbya  ဟုတ်ကဲ့ ခင်ဗျား
Last modified: Thursday, 19 December 2019, 12:52 AM