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How to Say ‘How Are You?’ in Burmese & Common Responses

In this post, you will learn how to say ‘how are you?’ in Burmese. You’ll also learn common responses so you can respond if you’re asked this question. This can be really useful if you’re speaking with someone from Myanmar (Burma) or if you’re travelling there. 

Burmese is spoken by around 36 million people so you’ll definitely have plenty of people to practise with! If you’re visiting Myanmar then you’re bound to meet plenty of friendly people and they’ll really appreciate you trying to speak their language.

How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Burmese

The main way to ask someone ‘how are you?’ in Burmese is:

How are you?Nay kaun la?

This literally means ‘are you well?’. Practice this simple phrase to ask someone how they are.

How To Respond To ‘How Are You?’ In Burmese

There are many different ways that you can reply to this question. Below are the most common responses to this question. I’ve also included how to say ‘thank you’ as it’s polite to thank someone if they ask how you are.

Thank youJay-zuu-tin-bah-teh

This can be shortened to:


To respond to the question ‘how are you?’, you can answer:

I’m fine/I’m goodNeh kaun deh
I’m very happy todayDi nay a yan pyaw de
I’m sleepyEight chin deh
I’m tiredPin pan deh
I’m sadSayt ma kaung bu

It’s also useful to be able to say ‘and you?’ so you can ask how someone else is if they ask you.

And you?Bhaallolell?

Check out the below video to hear the pronunciation of these words:

As Burmese is a tonal language, each word can have a different meaning depending on the tone used. You don’t have to worry about this too much for simple greetings/phrases like these as they can be understood from context.

Example Conversation:

Person 1: Nay kaun la? 
Person 2: Neh kaun deh, jay-zuu-tin-bah-teh. Bhaallolell? 
Person 1: Neh kaun deh, jay-zuu-tin-bah-teh.

You should now know how to say ‘how are you?’ in Burmese and you should also be able to respond if you’re asked! 

You can’t go far wrong with these simple phrases.

If you want to learn to read in Burmese, then start by learning the Burmese alphabet.

Thanks for reading this post.