Basic Hmong Words

• Bengal = suab or suav (suab might be a tone change from suav)

• Calendar = nib toos/qas nib toos (from Hmong Southeast Guizhou)

• Cash = txiaj (Note that “nyiaj” means silver, not directly means money or cash)

• Child = tub (ta, tav from Hmong Hunan and Guizhou), nyuam, nyuas

• Currency = npib

• Grandchild = ki (kav from Hmong Songtao, Hunan)

• Leopard = pos; pos teev

• Lion = ntxhuav

• Money = txiaj (Note that “nyiaj” means silver, not directly means money or cash)

• Nationalism = kev ras haiv

• Older sister = viv

• Pather = pos; pos txwv

• Peanut = txiv luaj (“luaj” is ground or soil); taj qaws taws (from Hmong Southeast Guizhou) (NOTE that “huab xeeb” is Chinese)

• Popular culture = qauv pwm haiv (“qauv” is role model; “pwm” is from cuj pwm; and “haiv” is race, national or society)

• Sisters = viv ncaus

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• Underpants = ris nrog; nrog ris (nrog comes from “nruab nrog” meaning inside or inner)

• Undershirt = tsho nrog; nrog tsho (nrog comes from “nruab nrog,” and the word originated from Hmong Sichuan)

• Underwear = tsoos nrog; nrog tsoos (nrog comes from “nruab nrog” meaning inside or inner)

• Website = vas sab (“vas” is net and “sab” is web; “vas sab” also sounds just like website)

• Week = kiab (from Hmong Yunnan and Vietnam)

• Younger sister = ncaus

• Zero = qhoov (from Hmong Songtao, Guizhou)

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