Learn Dhivehi & Thaana (Maldivian)

Learn how to speak, read and write the Maldivian Language of Dhivehi with us!

Here you'll find an ensemble of beginner lessons to learn the language of The Maldives: Dhivehi. As you may know, we started a series of 'Dhivehi Lessons' on our YouTube channel, so the below lessons go in parallel with our video lessons.You can read the words as well as listen how to pronounce them when you click on our video.

If you want to learn about the Thaana alphabet, please click here to read out separate blog post on this. This space will be updated weekly with the latest lessons that we upload on YouTube. Happy learning!

Also, please contact us if you require Dhivehi (Maldivian) Translation Services - we will be happy to assist you!

Lesson 1: Introducing Yourself

 

Hello: As-salamu alaykum

Yes: Aan

No: Noo

How are you?: Haalu, kihineh?

Good: Rangalhu

Bad: Goas

Where?: Kon thaaku?

What?: Kocheh?

When?: Kon iraku?

Why?: Keevve?

Who?: Kaaku?

What is your name?: Kon nameh kiyany?

My name is... : Magey namaky...

How old are you?: Umurun kihaavareh?

I am 23 years old: Ahannah 23 (theyvis) aharu

What is your nationality?: Kon gaumeh?

I'm British: Aharen British

What is your job?: Kon vazeefaa eh adhaa kurany?

I work in Marketing: Aharen masaiykaiyy kurany Marketing dhaairaa ga

Where do you live?: Kon thaaku ulheny?

I live in Hulhumale: Aharen ulheny Hulhumale ga

Where are you going?: Kon thaakah thi dhany?

I'm going to the beach: Aharen mi dhany athiri macchah

What are you likes & dislikes?: Kochesseh kamu dhany adhi kamu nudhany?

I like swimming & dislike running: Aharen varah fathaa hiyy vey ekamu aharen dhuvaa hitheh nuvey

Lesson 2: Eating Out

Let's go eat!: Hinga kaan dhaan!

I'm coming!: Mi aanany!

What type of food would you like?: Koaccheh beynumi?

I want to try Maldivian food: Aharen kaan beynumi dhivehi keun

Maldivian food: Dhivehi keun

Is this the restaurant?: Mi ee restaurant tha?

What would you like to eat?: Koaccheh kaan beynumi?

I would like tuna noodles and a coke: Mashah eh tuna noodles 'with one coke'

No spice: Miroos naala

A little spice: Kuda kuda koh kulhikoh

A lot of spice: Varah kulhikoh

 

Can we have the bill?: Bill genes dheebah?

Where are the toilets?: Koba fahana?

Food is great: Varah meeru

Thank you for the service: Varah bodah shukuriyyaa

Thank you!: Shukuriyyaa!

You're welcome!: Marhaabaa!

See you soon!: Fahun dhimaa vaane kamah ummeedhu kuran

Lesson 3: Going to the Beach

Beach towel: Thuvaali

Sunglasses: Ainu

Sun hat: Thofi

Beach bag: Dhabas

Beach ball: Boalha

 

Crab: Kakuni

Hermit crabs: Baraveli

Fish: Mas

Shark: Miyaru

Turtle: Velaa

Ray: Madi

Dolphin: Koamas

Corals: Muraka

 

It's hot!: Haadha hooney!

Let's go to the beach!: Hinga daan athiri maccha!

I need some water: Aharen fen fodheh beynun

Let's go for a swim!: Hinga moodhah daan!

Can I have a fresh coconut please?: Ahannah varah thaaza kurumba eh libidhaane tha?

Let's go back home: Hinga geah daan

Lesson 4: The Supermarket

Supermarket: Fihaara

Let's go to the supermarket: Hingaa fihaarayah dhaan

Eggs: Biss

Milk: Kiru

Bread: Paan

Chicken: Kukulhu

Fish: Mas

Water: Fen

Onion: Fiyaa

Pumpkin: Baraboa

Chilli: Mirus

Potato: Aluvi

Garlic: Lonumedhu

 

Apple: Aafalu

Papaya: Falhoa

Mango: Anbu

Banana: Dhon keyo

Coconut: Kurumba

Watermelon: Karaa

 

Do you have...?: Eba huri tha...?

Where is the/are the...?: Koba tha...?

How much is the/are the...?: Kihaa varakah tha...?

Expensive: Agu bodu

Cheap: Agu heyo

Lesson 5: Numbers 1 to 20

1: Ekeh

2: Dheyh

3: Thineh

4: Hathareh

5: Faheh

6: Hayeh

7: Hatheh

8: Asheh

9: Nuvaeh

10: Dhihaeh

11: Egaara

12: Baara

13: Theyra

14: Saadha

15: Fanara

16: Soalha

17: Sathaara

18: Ashaara

19: Navaara

20: Vihi

Lesson 6: Maldivian Currency

5 MVR: Fas Rufiyaa

10 MVR: Dhiha Rufiyaa

20 MVR: Vihi Rufiyaa

50 MVR: Fansaas Rufiyaa

100 MVR: Satheyka Rufiyaa

500 MVR: Fas Satheyka Rufiyaa

1000 MVR: Eh Haas Rufiyaa

5000 MVR: Fas Haas Rufiyaa

 

MVR to USD conversion:

5 MVR = 0.32 USD

10 MVR = 0.65 USD

20 MVR = 1.30 USD

50 MVR = 3.20 USD

100 MVR = 6.49 USD

500 MVR = 32.46 USD

1000 MVR = 64.93 USD

5000 MVR = 324.64 USD

Lesson 7: Days Of The Week

Day: Dhuvas

Week: Hafthaa

Month: Mas

Year: Aharu

Today: Miadhu

Tomorrow: Maadhan or Maadhamaa

Yesterday: Iyye

What day is it?: Miadhu mee kon dhuvaheh?

 

Sunday: Aadheetha

Monday: Hoama

Tuesday: Angaara

Wednesday: Budha

Thursday: Buraasfathi

Friday: Hukuru

Saturday: Honihiru

Lesson 8: Colours

Red: Raiyy

Blue: Noo

Green: Fehi

Yellow: Reendhoo

Purple: Dhambu

Pink: Fiyaathoshi

Orange: Niyandhuru

Black: Kalhu

White: Hudhu

Grey: Alhi

Brown: Mushi

Gold: Ran

Silver: Rihi

Dark: Gadha

Light: Madu

Lesson 9: Actions

I: Aharen

You: Kaley

We: Aharemen

They: Emeehun

 

Eating: Kanee

Drinking: Bonee

Talking: Vaahaka dhakkany

Going: Dhanee

Walking: Hinganee

Running: Dhuvany

Driving: Dhuvvany

Swimming: Fathany

Diving: Feenany

Surfing: Raalhaa alhany

Dancing: Nashany

Singing: Lava kiyany

Giving: Dhenee

Shopping: Viyafaari kuranee

Buying: Gannani

Taking a photo: Foto naganee

Lesson 10: Emotions

I am: Aharen mihuree

Happy: Ufaavefa

Sad: Dheravefa

Angry: Rulhi aissa

Shocked: Hairaan vefa

Tired: Varubali vefa

Bored: Foohi vefa

Interested: Shauguverikan ebahuri

Scared: Biruganefa

Shy: Ladhu ganefa

Proud: Fahuruveri vefa

Stressed: Boa haas vefa

Lesson 11: Weather

Weather: Moosun

Sun: Iru

It's sunny: Avi gadha

Rain: Vaarey

It's rainy: Vissaara

Wind: Vai

It's windy: Vai gadha

Clouds: Vilaa

It's cloudy: Bana

Hot: Hoonu

Cold: Fini

How’s the weather?: Moosun kihineh?

Is it raining?: Vaarey veheny tha?

Lesson 12: Nature & Environment

Environment: Thimaaveshi

Island: Rahh

Palm Tree: Ruhh

Flowers: Maa

Leaf: Faiyy

Grass: Vina

Plants: Gass

Rock: Gaa

Sand: Veli

Sea: Moodhu or Kandu

Waves: Raalhu

Beach: Athirimathi

Sky: Udu

Rainbow: Vissaara dhuni

Day: Dhuvaalu

Night: Reygandu

Moon: Handhu

Stars: Thari

Plankton: Rendhan

There's rubbish on the beach: Athiri matheega kuni eba huri

Let’s do a beach cleanup: Hingaa athirimathi saafu kuran dhaan