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June 21, 2016 Highlight Colloquial Sentences


Some terms below borrowed from: Language, Vol. 20, No. 4, Language Dissertation No. 38: Outline of Burmese Grammar (Oct. - Dec., 1944), 5-34. 

(+) စားတယ်။ = (someone -- can be me, you, she, ...) eat. 
(-) မစားဘူး။ = (someone -- can be me, you, she, ...) don't eat. 
(?) စားလား။ = Do (someone, can be me, you, she, ...) eat?

Note: COLLOQUIAL Burmese often exclude pronoun. 
There are a lot of variant for above sentences. The variant might have the same meaning, slightly different, or a lot different. Often, the change of suffix change the tone of sentence. 

Find basic suffixes here! 

စားတယ် = to eat (verb). 
စားတယ်။ = (someone -- can be me, you, she, ...) eat. 
စားပါတယ်။ = (someone -- can be me, you, she, ...) eat. [ပါ adds politeness] 
စား။ = Eat! [imperative sentence] 
စားပါ။ = Please eat. [polite imperative sentence] 
စားပါအုံး။ = Please eat. [sounds more friendly] 
စားပါရှင်။ = Please eat, (polite tag of woman speaker). [with polite tag, making the sentence sounds more polite] 
မစားပါနဲ့။ = Please don't eat. [negative imperative sentence]

Here are more! Pay attention to the order of the words; though it is possible there are other variants to the word order. 

Notice the "hotdog" comes first.

ဟော့ဒေါ့စားခဲ့တယ်။ = (someone) ate hotdog. [past tense] 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားတယ်။ = (someone) eat hotdog. [past or present tense] 
ဘာစားသလဲ။ = What does (someone) eat? 
ဘာစားမလဲ။ = What to eat? 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စား(သ)လား။ = (does someone) eat hotdog? 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားတယ်နော်။ = (someone) eat hotdog, right? [asking the listener to agree with you] 

ဟော့ဒေါ့စားနေတယ်။ = (someone) is eating hotdog. [continuous] 

ဟော့ဒေါ့စားမယ်။ = (someone) will eat hotdog. [future tense] 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားမလား။ = Should (someone) eat hotdog? 

ဟော့ဒေါ့စားချင်တယ်။ = (someone) wants to eat hotdog. 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားချင်လား။ = Does (someone) want to eat hotdog? 

ဟော့ဒေါ့စားပြီးပြီ။ = (someone) has finished eating hotdog. 

ဟော့ဒေါ့စားပြီးပြီလား။ = Has (someone) finished eating hotdog?

You may use it as a customer asking if hotdog is available to order.

ဟော့ဒေါ့ဆိုရလား။ = Is hotdog ok? 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားရမလား။ = Should (someone) eat hotdog? 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားမလား။ = Is hotdog ok? or Wanna eat hotdog? 
ဟော့ဒေါ့ရတယ်။ = Hotdog is ok. 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားလို့ရတယ်။ = Hotdog is ok.

Adding time and other adverb.

မနက်ဖြန်ညစာဟော့ဒေါ့စားမယ်ရလား။ = Is hotdog for tomorrow dinner ok?

Express like or dislike.

ဟော့ဒေါ့ကြိုက်တယ်။ = (someone) like (to eat) hotdog. 
ဟော့ဒေါ့ကြိုက်သလား။ = Does (someone) like hotdog? 
ဟော့ဒေါ့သိပ်မကြိုက်ပါဘူး။ = (someone) don't very much like hotdog.

Classifier/counter words and asking people to do something for you.

ဟော့ဒေါ့တစ်ခုပေးပါ။ = Please bring 1 hotdog. 
[N] + # + c.w. + [V] 
ဟော့ဒေါ့အခုနှစ်ဆယ်ပါဆလ်ပေးပါ။ = Twenty hotdog for take away, please. 
For round number: [N] + (အ)c.w. + # + [V]


May 26, 2016

Before, During, and After ReLEx Surgery in TRSC Bangkok Thailand


There are plenty information regarding ReLEx on the internet, but I would like to share mine. I hope it is helpful.


I live in Yangon, Myanmar. There are 2 options for me where to get the surgery: Singapore or Thailand. The surgery price are more or less the same, but the cost to go there, accommodation, transportation, food, etc = Thailand is much affordable. Thailand people (in the hospital / eye center) look more friendly; while Singapore people are very 'precise' - fast and efficient -- if you are from very friendly environment, you might think they are pretty 'rude'.

I decided to go to Thailand, TRSC. A short email from me got myself a very long email from TRSC, which amaze me! It explains almost everything I need to know as an international patient. Let me summarized the email a bit here:
  1. There will be list of questions regarding your eyes that you need to answer. Some important questions/notes/recommendations are: recommended age of the patient, medicine and drug allergy, history of past eye illnesses or operation,  current eye prescription (not much changed within 1 year. bigger that 6.0 has slightly higher risk), not wearing soft lenses minimum of 3 days, for hard lenses at least 2-3 weeks, dates of travel (it is recommended to stay in Bangkok in 5 days), information of when the eye center closed, recommended not to do surgery if you are pregnant or breastfeeding (fluctuations on hormone. plus, it is also recommended to hold the plan to get pregnant until 3 months after the surgery). 
  2. The result of anti-HIV blood test is required on the day of surgery. You can get it in BNH hospital (very close to TRSC) on the same date with the surgery (in the morning). More details on "ON THE DATE OF SURGERY" section. 
  3. Explanation of what will be done before, during, and after surgery. 
  4. Price of surgery and other fees and accepted payment method (Cash, Credit and debit cards: AMEX, DINERS, VISA and MASTER). We paid with all cash and got some cash back!
  5. It is recommended to go with your friend, because after the surgery your eyes will be covered by eye shield (that make you look like a grasshopper - in my honest opinion) - it is pretty difficult to see - for sure you are not recommended to drive yourself.
  6. Also, bring your sunglasses and hat!
  7. Please refrain from wearing any perfume, deodorant, or anything with an odor on the day of the surgery as the vapors and odors from alcohol and perfumes may affect the laser. Please do not consume any alcohol before the surgery. (TRSC)
  8. When you arrange the surgery schedule, they will give 4 items, here were mine:
  • The pre-operative eye exam: Monday May 2, 2016 at 9.00 hrs.
  • If you are a candidate, surgery: Monday May 2, 2016 at 15.50 hrs.
  • The 1-day follow up: Tuesday May 3, 2016 at 9.00 hrs.
  • The 1-week follow up: Monday May 9, 2016 at 13.00 hrs.
Let's go back a bit to some of the options (there are more that I don't cover. Please excuse me to use very simple terms that I understand):
LASIK or Lasik (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The LASIK surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist who uses a laser or microkeratome to reshape the eye's cornea in order to improve visual acuity.[1] For most patients, LASIK provides a permanent alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses. (wiki)
  • PRK : The first PRK procedure was performed in 1987 (wiki). For some proffesionals, such as pilot and boxer (?), will choose this over LASIK. LASIK and ReLEx will leave 'scar' that can be easily check by an equipment. PRK takes longer time to heal, compare to LASIK.
  • LASIK : In 1992, under the direction of the FDA, Greek ophthalmologist Ioannis Pallikaris introduced LASIK to ten VISX centres (wiki). "Flap" created on the eye surface. There are several different technologies for LASIK, such as blade and blade-less LASIK.
  • ReLEx : 3rd Generation Laser Vision Correction. No flap and heal faster. Read more:, Zeiss


9.00 in the morning I went to TRSC, I was lead to pay the eyes examination fee and run various eye tests such as the myopia degree, the measurement of your pupil size, topographic mappings of your corneas, your eye pressure (IOP), detailed wavefront measurements of the optics of your eyes, and measurement of your refractive error twice, before and after dilating your pupils (TRSC). 

It is also required to watch a detailed multi-media presentation about ReLEx/LASIK (necessary information for each patient to better understand ReLEx/LASIK) provided by TRSC, to later on sign the Consent Form. Watching the video did make me want to back out  a bit. 
Afterwards, I met the doctor and informed that I was eligible to take ReLEx.

After all test done - it was about 12 at that time, I went to BNH (11 min walk according to Google Map) to take anti-HIV blood test and go find some food. Going back to BNH to take test result after 2.5 hours, and go to TRSC.

After paying the surgery, I entered the surgery area around 4 PM, sitting on a comfortable seat while the nurse kept coming back to me every a couple minutes to explain about the eye drop (some antibiotic and to numb the eyes) and put the eye drops.
At one point the doctor came and explained how the surgery will be done - all I can remember that during the surgery, I have to focus and follow the light for several seconds (and she said she will remind me again during surgery). I think I was in the surgery area about 15 minutes? There was no pain during the surgery. Right after the surgery, I have my 'perfect' eye sight!
Anyway, after settling up with eye shield, some medicine (paracetamol and valium), and eye drop, I was send home!

Feeling tired, I spent the rest of the day on bed and trying to sleep. Lucky for me, without the valium, I could sleep the whole night! My eyes was heavy and feel a bit sandy, I will say it felt like I was wearing the contact lenses whole day and felt so tired, but to wound-pain feeling. 

Caution! This video contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing


Morning was fine, still with eye shield on, ate breakfast and went to TRSC. Some eyes check and met the doctor. Everything was fine. I could already see as fine as when I was wearing the weary contact lenses (because it was blurry! but the doctor said that is normal). The doctor said it will take about 3 months to adjust, during that time blur is normal, at some days might be much clear, at others might not be blur. Leaving TRSC without eye shield - but need to wear it during bed time for 3 nights (I did 5 nights, just in case). No rubbing!!
Another meeting with the doctor after 7 days. Looked like everything was fine, again, luckily!
During the first 2 weeks I put the tear drop every hour, now after 3 weeks: every 3-4 hours.


It's been 24 days. I really think this is magic! I still think I am wearing glasses / contact lenses now, and at some point I really thought so and I was thinking, oh it's time to take out the contact lenses.
I don't think I see halos.
It still blur though, especially in the morning when I lack of sleep. I tried to close my eyes for half a minute every half an hour. Bought another 2 boxes (1 box = 32 vials) back to Yangon.
I will go back to TRSC to check my eyes up in 3 months, and 6 months.

I hope this is helpful, feel free to drop me any question, and, good luck for those whose going to get the surgery!


Eye shield

Tear drop

February 22, 2016 Dogs Directories in Yangon

Hello Yangon Dog Lovers,

Since I have 3 adorable puppies, I at least have one favorite vet and one pet shop where I buy their food. Here I share the list Would be great if you can add to the list by emailing

Read more stories about Wolverine Jack Russell Terrier, Thor German Shepherd and Hulk Rottweiler on!

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BBE Burmese Flashcards on Quizlet

Hi everyone,

While I am learning Burmese by Ear by John Okell, I think it is very useful to have flashcards on my phone. After launching Do It Yourself flashcard on, I also added the exact same vocab you can find on Burmese by Ear to

You can use the flashcards by downloading Quizlet mobile app (or AnkiApp), and then search user Cubbera on Quizlet to open the flashcard to your app. You might need to download Myanmar font to your iphone from MyFont, and then install Myanmar3 font.

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January 05, 2016

BAMALearnBurmese DIY Flashcard


Happy New Year 2016.

After a while, I have my first mobile app delivered to me! I designed it and asked a kind developer to develop it.
Please feel free to download it from Google Play. The app is FREE, and no ads. You can add new flash card of any languages supported by your Android phone -- and then play it at any time.

Please visit our website for more information and drop a 'hi' to our email: We will be very happy to receive any input regarding the website and mobile app. Hope the website and mobile app help you learn Burmese!

We created website to learn Burmese from 0. It will include basic Burmese Script, audio, exercise, common phrases, mini dictionary, flash card app (click HERE to download the free offline Android app) and other mobile apps (coming soon). We will add new content and audio, so stay tuned!
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