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!

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

Lesson 13: Family

 

Family: Aailaa

Mother: Mamma

Father: Bappa

Children: Dharin or Kudakudhin

Daughter: Anhen dhari

Son: Firihen dhari

Siblings: Eh bandu meehun

Older brother: Beybe

Younger brother: Firihen kokko

Older sister: Dhattha

Younger sister: Anhen kokko

Auntie: Bodu dhattha

Uncle: Bodu beybe

Grandfather: Kaafa

Grandmother: Maama

I have 2 younger sisters and 1 elder brother: Aharen ge 2 anhen kokko aa 1 beybe hurey

How many siblings do you have?: Eh bandu kithah meehun thibey?

Lesson 14: Numbers 20 to 50

 

20: Vihi

21: Ekaavis

22: Baavis

23: Theyvis

24: Sauvis

25: Fansavis

26: Sabbis

27: Hathaavis

28: Ashaavis

29: Navaavis

30: Thirees

31: Thirees ekeh

32: Thirees dheyh

33: Thirees thineh

34: Thirees hathareh

35: Thirees faheh

36: Thirees hayeh

37: Thirees hatheh

38: Thirees asheh

39: Thirees nuvaeh

40: Saalhis

41: Saalhis ekeh

42: Saalhis dheyh

43: Saalhis thineh

44: Saalhis hathareh

45: Saalhis faheh

46: Saalhis hayeh

47: Saalhis hatheh

48: Saalhis asheh

49: Saalhis nuvaeh

50: Fansaas

Lesson 15: Telling The Time

 

 

What time is it?: Gadin kihaa ireh

It's 6 o'clock: Hayeh jehee

It's 7 o'clock: Hatheh jehee

It's 8 o'clock: Asheh jehee

It's 9 o'clock: Nuvaeh jehee

It's 10 o'clock: Dhihaeh jehee

It's 11 o'clock: Egaara jehee

It's 12 o'clock: Baara jehee

It's 1 o'clock: Ekeh jehee

It's 2 o'clock: Dheyh jehee

It's 3 o'clock: Thineh jehee

It's 4 o'clock: Hathareh jehee

It's 5 o'clock: Faheh jehee

 

It's 9 o'clock in the morning: Hendhunu nuvaeh jehee

It's 9 o'clock in the evening: Reygandu nuvaeh jehee

It's quarter to 9 (8.45): Nuvaeh jahan fanara minute

It's quarter past 9 (9.15): Nuva gadi fanara

It's half past 9 (9.30): Nuva gadi bai

10.30: Dhiha gadi bai

11:30: Egaara gadi bai

12.30: Baara gadi bai

1.30: Eh gadi bai

2.30: Dhe gadi bai

3.30: Thin gadi bai

4.30: Hatharu gadi bai

5.30: Fas gadi bai

6.30: Ha gadi bai

7.30: Haiyy gadi bai

8.30: Ah gadi bai

Let's meet at 8.30: Hingaa ah gadi baiga dhimaavaan

Lesson 16: The Body

 

Body: Hashigandu

Face: Moonu

Forehead: Niyykuri

Eyes: Loa

Eyelashes: Esfiya

Eyebrows: Buma

Nose: Neyfaiyy

Cheeks: Koa

Ears: Kanfaiyy

Mouth: Anga

Lips: Thunfaiyy

Tongue: Dhoo

Teeth: Dhaiyy

Chin: Dhaiyy dholhi

 

Hair: Isthashi gandu

Neck: Karu

Shoulders: Kondu

Arms: Aiyy

Elbow: Ulhanboshi

Hands: Aiyythila

Fingers: Ingili

Chest: Meymathi

Back: Burakashi

Stomach: Bandu

Waist: Unagandu

Legs: Fai

Thighs: Falamasgandu

Knees: Kakoo

Feet: Faithila

Ankle: Kuda hulhu

Lesson 17: Clothing

 

Clothes: Annaunu

My clothes: Magey annaunu

Trousers: Fatuloonu

Shorts: Soatu

Shirt / Blouse: Gamees

T-shirt: Ganjifaraas

Dress: Hedhun

Underwear: Jangiyaa

Pyjamas: Nidhaa hedhun

Shoes: Bootu

Socks: Istaakeenu

Flip flops: Faivaan

Hat: Thofi

Scarf: Rumaa

Lesson 18: Numbers 50 to 100

50 - fansaas 

51 -  fansaas ekeh

52 -  fansaas dheyh

53 - fansaas thineh

54 - fansaas hathareh

55 - fansaas faheh

56 - fansaas hayeh

57 - fansaas hatheh

58 - fansaas asheh

59 - fansaas nuvaeh

 

60 -  fasdholhas

61 -  fasdholhas ekeh

62 - fasdholhas dheyh

63 - fasdholhas thineh

64 - fasdholhas hathareh

65 - fasdholhas faheh

66 - fasdholhas hayeh

67 - fasdholhas hatheh

68 - fasdholhas asheh

69 - fasdholhas nuvaeh

 

70 - hayydhiha

71 - hayydhiha ekeh

72 - hayydhiha dheyh

73 - hayydhiha thineh

74 - hayydhiha hathareh

75 - hayydhiha faheh

76 - hayydhiha hayeh

77 - hayydhiha hatheh

78 - hayydhiha asheh

79 - hayydhiha nuvaeh

 

80 - addiha

81 - addiha ekeh

82 - addiha dheyh

83 - addiha thineh

84 - addiha hathareh

85 - addiha faheh

86 - addiha hayeh

87 - addiha hatheh

88 - addiha asheh

89 - addiha nuvaeh

 

90 - nuvadhiha

91 - nuvadhiha ekeh

92 - nuvadhiha dheyh

93 - nuvadhiha thineh

94 - nuvadhiha hathareh

95 - nuvadhiha faheh

96 - nuvadhiha hayeh

97 - nuvadhiha hatheh

98 - nuvadhiha asheh

99 - nuvadhiha nuvaeh

100 - satheyka

Lesson 19: Jobs

Adult - Bodethi meehun

Job  - Vazeefaa

Salary - Musaara

 

Lawyer - Vakeelu

Doctor - Dakutaru 

Dentist - Dhathuge dakutaru

Architect - Farumaa kuraa meehaa

Electrician - Karantaabehey meehaa

Farmer - Dhan'duveriyaa

Fisherman - Masveriyaa

Hairdresser - Boakoshaa meehaa

Plumber -  Fenvairukuraameeha

 

Assistant - eheetheriyaa

Athlete - kasrathukuraa meehaa

Blacksmith - kamburu

Carpenter - vadi

Cleaners - saafu kuraa meehun

Fireman - alifaan nivvaa meehaa

Policeman - fulus meehaa 

Chef - kakkaa

Ambassador - safeeru

President - raees

Prime Minister - bodu vazeeru

Actor - filmaai thamseelu kulhey meehaa

Musician - Lava kiyuntherin 

Author - musannifu

Dancer - neshuntheriyaa

Journalist - noos veriyaa

Poet - lhen veriyaa

Writer - liyun theriyaa

 

I am a .... Writer....  - Ahannakee liyuan therieh

I want to be a.... Writer....  -  Aharen vaan beynumee liyun theriyakah