Young and beautiful Myanmar lady

What is the proper way to address to a young lady in Myanmar?

Myanmar is a very conservative and traditionalist country. Ok, I know the younger generation is different and more open to modern ideas, but the majority of the country is still quite conservative. The majority of people, even among the urban young generation are still conservative about tradition and custom compared to youths of neighboring countries. In addition, there is a Burmese culture of looking down on people who are not conformed to the traditional customs and traditional ways of life. (Ok, it may not be the culture only dominant in Myanmar, but believe me, you might be looked down on for acting differently from the crowd in Myanmar). Many young Myanmar ladies may feel uncomfortable when a foreigner talks to them in an intimate way, especially in public. Something normal in Western culture may seem inappropriate in Myanmar. You need to know how to address and talk to young ladies in Myanmar if you do not want to offend the locals, or don’t want your lady friend to be looked down on by others.

The first thing that you should definitely not do in any circumstance is to hold the lady (well, except if she is your girlfriend). I know in western culture, people hold each other as a way of greeting, when we meet each other after a long period of absence, or if we are not going to be seeing each other for a long period. However, in Myanmar culture, ladies do not hold men as a way of greeting. (Myanmar lady only holds her boyfriend, so if you want to hold a Myanmar lady, make sure you are her boyfriend! Even if she is your girlfriend, you should not hold her (or kiss her) in public. Don’t forget that Myanmar is a very conservative country.

Not only holding a lady is a definite no, no, you should also not touch any part of a lady. You shouldn’t touch or hold a lady’s hand in Myanmar. Myanmar ladies only hold their boyfriends’ hands. Of course, if you are her boyfriend, you can hold her hands anytime you want, even in public. So, don’t touch any part of the lady in Myanmar.

Myanmar girl with thanakha

When you talk to a lady, address her as “Nyi Ma” if she is younger, and “A-Ma” if she is older. If you use her name, add “Ma” in front of her name for younger ladies, and “Daw” in front of her name if she is older. Also, use “Daw” if she is a government official or a senior staff in your company. It shows respect to the lady by using proper honorifics when addressing them. You will be regarded highly in their eyes as well as in the eyes of the public.

When talking, show appropriate respect appropriate to their age and social standing. In Myanmar, women are given as much respect as men, and it is their social standing and not gender that determines their position in society. Wives of government officials should also be given appropriate respect, sometimes even more respect than their husbands. Many women in Myanmar also hold high-ranking positions in the government. Under no circumstances should you say any words that are disrespectful to women in general.

If you just mind these, you would be OK in Myanmar when communicating with ladies. Don’t forget that even young ladies deserve respect.

3 thoughts on “What is the proper way to address to a young lady in Myanmar?”

  1. 公告社会人士,

    甲洞No. 38 Desa Jaya, Kepong 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia三宝寺主席YIP KUM FOOK律师,家住No. 2A & B, Jalan 53, Desa Jaya, Kepong, 52100, Kuala Lumpur, WP Kuala Lumpur其人实事是一个骗财骗色的大老千。早期他加入甲洞三宝寺時,利用他的歪念知識,横行霸道,迫走知道内情的和尚和会员, 自便到处欺骗,私吞三宝寺的钱财,还敢向警察报案说三宝进贼,帐记被偷,损失惨重的案件,事实是他私吞三宝寺的钱财,自盗毁灭,他知法犯法,贪意妄为的行径,的确令人震惊而愤怒,
    他当任马华公会主席的時代,更坏事干尽, 恶名昭彰, 连破坏别人家庭之事,他也不手软,这不知羞耻的人 实事是民族的败数,佛教的叛徒。
    最近 ,他又想借用三宝寺举辦30周年纪念及建观音殿,我们顾虑他重蹈过去的恶行, 所认特函公告社会善心人士,要谨慎,不要再被阴险笑裡藏刀的恶徒,继续欺骗,为害社会.
    全国509大选,马华公会大败,其因马华公党内太多像 Yip Kum Fook 及 Yip Jiun Hann父子律师的领导層,行为缺德, 损人利己,高傲目大,不可一视,所引发人民不满的一部份,马华公会若想重振历史雄风, 类似以上的觉员必须清理,走入基層,否则免谈。
    此致,并祝国泰民安。
    马来西亚甲洞三宝寺会员敬啟
    TAN HWA HO

  2. Dear brothers and sisters who love the Dharma
    Let me tell you the history about SANNAK SAMBODHI, TAMAN DESA JAYA, KEPONG, KUALA LUMPUR. Last time we were members of the temple but now we are very far apart because now the committee members are very proud of the activities or duties of the temple.
    On the other hand, the current president of the temple is YIP KUM FOOK and son YIP JIUN HANN. His son always said to the devotees: THIS TEMPLE IS MY FATHER’S TEMPLE. Or is it my father’s property…we are silent because We know this temple very well where it came from…
    Now the members of the temple committees are their only group. Others cannot join as members and use Myanmar monks only for service and blessing. Only Myanmar monks are very smart (All monks from Myanmar have the rank of DR or PH. D), but the disciples(devotees) here are very confused because the disciples here have never heard of that name(titles).
    If we understand the teachings of Buddhism that creates BAD KARMA. will receive what has been done

    by the previous committee
    Samnak Sambodhi, Desa Jaya, Kepong, KL

  3. You must remember that Yip Kum Fook(Lawyer) cheats people everywhere, everyone knows this Yip Kum Fook…. Please be careful…. Yip Kum Fook & Associates, Kuala Lumpur, No. 2A & B, Jalan 53, Desa Jaya, Kepong, 52100, Kuala Lumpur, WP Kuala Lumpur

    Suhaidi Bin Ismail (Partner)
    Suhaidi reads in Chambers with Firdaus Azlina & Co. Upon his admission to the Malaysian Bar in 2003, he joined Messrs Syed & Co as a Legal Assistant and was entrusted to attend to all conveyancing matters including but not limited to Sub-sale cases, tenancy, lease and also attending for signing of the Developer’s Sale and Purchase Agreement.

    Later, Suhaidi joined MESSRS YIP KUM FOOK & ASSOCIATES (KUALA LUMPUR) as a Legal Assistant and was in charge of housing loan and commercial loan for various financial institutions such as CIMB Bank, Public Bank, EON Bank and Hong Leong Bank.

    Apart from loan documentation, Suhaidi also has a vast experience in general conveyancing and civil litigation. In general conveyancing, Suhaidi is well versed with all types of Sales and Purchase Agreement as well as loan/facility and other security documentations whereas his practice in civil litigation covers general contract, land law, probate & administration, and other general litigation.

    Prior co-founding Suhaidi Yusoff & Partners, Suhaidi managed his own firm previously known as Messrs Azarol Suhaidi & Sahanuzi. The firm was established in April 2010 and merged with Messrs Khairul A. & Co in November 2010.

    Suhaidi is also a Syarie Lawyer (for Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur) and is expert in Islamic family law, probate, administration and Islamic property matters.

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