Frequently Asked Questions About the Hmong Language

What is This Section? I put this article together based on questions I have heard over the years and Google’s auto-generated questions when you search for the words ‘Learn Hmong’ in Google. I hope to answer the questions here briefly as well as providing links to more complete answers or resources for learning that you can find on this site. … Read More

How to say ‘Where are you from?’ in Hmong

How to say ‘Where are you from?’ in Hmong To ask, ‘Where are you from?” in Hmong you would use the phrase: Koj tuaj qhovtwg tuaj? Where are you from? / Where did you come from? And you would answer with: Kuv tuaj (name of place) tuaj. I come from (name of place). Why the extra ‘tuaj?’ Many wonder, why … Read More

The Pre-Aspirated Letter H in Hmong

This video shows briefly how a word that starts with the letter H in Hmong will be pronounced with a puff of air from the nose first. There are comparisons of pronunciation with and without the pre-aspirated H. Sarah also did a great video about this at:

The Aspirated Letter H

Sarah also did a great video about this at: A simple description with examples of the difference between having and not having an ‘H’ in a word in Hmong. As the description shows, this refers to an ‘H’ that follows another letter. When the ‘H’ is the first letter in a word, it is aspirated differently.

Basic Greetings – Nyob Zoo!

Learn more at This video covers two words for ‘hello’ in Hmong and two words for ‘goodbye.’ Nyob zoo – Hello. Tuaj lov? – Hello. Mus ho tuaj. – See you again /come back next time. Sib ntsib dua. – See you again.

Bible Book Names in Hmong

These bible book names are taken from the ‘Txoj Moo Zoo” or “HWB” White Hmong Bible. Many know it as the ‘Red Bible.’ Greek Scriptures – Cov Nqe Lus Kilis Hebrew Scriptures – Cov Nqe Lus Henplais

Tone Change in Hmong

 What is tone change? Tone change in Hmong is a phenomenon where the tone of one word will affect the word that immediately follows it. What causes tone change? Generally it is a ‘b’ tone (cim siab) or a ‘j’ tone (cim ntuj) that will cause the following word to change tone. An example is the word ‘tus’ which … Read More

Hmong Grammar: Emotional Particles

hmong grammar emotional particles

What is this video about? This is a video that describes the emotional particles or words used at the end of sentences and phrases in Hmong which express emotion rather than meaning. Sometimes they express a mix of both meaning with an implied emotion. The purpose of this video isn’t to give a list of all possible particles but to … Read More

How to pronounce the ‘H’ in Hmong

Above is an explanation of how the letter H is pronounced in Hmong. 1.When the H appears in the middle of a word, it is expressed with a puff of air, as in txheeb: 2. When there is no H, it is pronounced exactly the same but without the puff of air, as in txeeb: 3. When the H is at … Read More

Hmoob Thoob Teb Alphabet

Explanation: This is a series of videos that include pictures and audio of the Hmong alphabet. It was designed primarily to train native speakers how to read, but it could also be used to help nonnatives too.  The Tones: The Vowels: Single Consonants: Double Consonants: 3 and 4 Consonants:

Simple Presentation

› Nyob Zoo › Kuv hu ua_(your name)_ › Kuv tsis paub hais lus Hmoob. › Thov saib zaj video no. › Kuv xav muab daim no rau koj nyeem. PRINTABLE PDF: Instructions: DO NOT PLAY THIS AT THE DOOR OR GIVE IT TO THE HOUSEHOLDER TO READ! We are no longer using phonograph presentations or testimony cards. Make an … Read More


I particularly like that art has so many practical applications, especially in teaching. I am a student of the Hmong language, so here is a short article on reading three of the more confusing letters in the Hmong alphabet. Here is a brief explanation of how to pronounce T, D and R in Hmong. You place your tongue against the … Read More