Prepositions by Jean Mottin

The first document above is a translation of the section on prepositions (direction words) in Jean Mottin’s grammar book. It was originally written in French, and the second file is the original French. Enjoy!

6 Tips for Basic Sentence Structure

6 tips for sentence structure

This video discusses 6 tips that will help you put together a sentence in Hmong. Resources 6 Tips for Hmong Sentence Structure Outline –Download PDF 6 Tips Worksheet –Download PDF 6 Tips Worksheet Answers –Download PDF 6 Tips for Hmong Sentence Structure Many who first start learning Hmong will often say, “I just want to know how to put a … Read More

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Action – Object – Modifier in Hmong

Often in English when we talk about an action we add modifying words to that action to show in what manner it was completed. For example, if you say, ‘kick him’ it has one meaning, but if you say, ‘kick him out‘ it has an entirely different meaning because of that modifier ‘out.’ A few more examples are: Stand up. … Read More

Personal Pronouns in Hmong

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VIDEO: Personal Pronouns in Hmong The Basic Personal Pronouns in Hmong. Hmong personal pronouns are similar to English, with a few simple differences. Here are the basics: 1st Person – I, me, we Kuv mus lawm. I went. Lit: I go already. Wb yuav mus. We’ll go. Lit: We(2) will go. Peb tsis tuaj. We’re not coming. Lit: We(3+) not … Read More

Turning a verb into a noun in Hmong

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What is a Verb? What is a Noun? A verb is an action word, or a word that describes something that you do as opposed to a ‘thing.’ So a verb could be to run, to eat, to think, to talk, to hear, to like, etc. A noun on the other hand is a person, place, or thing. So a … Read More

How to say ‘I can’ in Hmong

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Hmong has several ways to say you ‘can’ do something, each with it’s own unique shade of meaning. The basic ‘I can’ with ‘tau.’ The word ‘tau’ in Hmong has a basic meaning of to ‘get’ or ‘achieve.’ It is used somewhat more complexly than that, however. Generally speaking, when ‘tau’ appears after a verb it means it is a … Read More

Hmong Glossary of Grammar

Hmong Glossary of Grammar A usable glossary of grammar with examples.      A note for understanding Hmong grammar: Languages are like different brands of cars. They all have the same basic parts, with the same basic functions. Each one is a little different, though. Generally, you can’t take a part out of one brand and just install it in … Read More

The Noun Classifier in Hmong

What is a noun classifier in Hmong? First of all, do you remember what a noun is? A noun is a person, place, or thing. Noun classifiers are special grammatical words placed before a noun to add depth of meaning to it, to grammatically make a reference in a sentence more specific, and to differentiate between homonyms (two words that … Read More

Hmong Grammar: Emotional Particles

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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

Hmong for Beginners by Annie Jaisser

Download PDF: Hmong For Beginners by Annie Jaisser This is one of the best, if not the only secular resources for learning the Hmong Language from the beginning, as well as learning the grammar of the language. You can download the book here. If you are more of a book person, you can take this file to a place like … Read More

White Hmong Grammar by Jean Mottin

This is a book that I have been, bit by bit, translating from French to English using translate.google.com. I thus apologize for any poor translations. I do not know French at all. I am therefore at the mercy of Google Translate. I have attached a few PDF’s of the sections I have translated so far. Hopefully it will be useful. … Read More

White Hmong Dialogues

Download PDF: “White Hmong Dialogues”  This is a fantastic beginner’s introduction to basic Hmong phrases. It also includes extensive audio to make up complete lessons. Thanks to the Olivehurst Hmong Group for contributing the PDF as well as the audio files. Audio Files Download Audio: Lesson 01 White Hmong Dialogues 1986 Download Audio: Lesson 02 White Hmong Dialogues 1986 Download Audio: Lesson … Read More