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Do you speak Dhivehi ?

The national language of Maldives

Dhivehi is an Indo-Aryan language closely related to the Sinhalese language of Sri Lanka. As close as both languages are, However, Sri Lankan people and Maldivians do not necessarily understand each other.

Dhivehi has also been influenced by other languages that crossed the country in the early centuries, such as Arabic, English, Portuguese or Hindustani.

Dhivehi is written in Thaana Alphabet and is written from right to Left like Arabic.

Dhivehi Language Maldives Thaana Alphabet Thaana Characters


A small English-Dhivehi Lexicon for your holidays


Don't forget to roll Your "R"s.

Thaana characters, written in Dhivehi, the Maldivian language"Thaana" characters, written in Dhivehi, the Maldivian language.


Assalaamu alaikum

pronounce: Assalamualaikum.
Rarely used.

Thank you


pronounce: ( with the u as input ) Shukureeya

How are you ?

Kihineh ?

pronounce: Kee-Hee-Nay.
Mostly used.

How are you doing ?

Haalu kihineh ?

pronounce: Haalu-Kee-Heenay.

I feel good


pronounce: Raangaalu

I feel very good


pronounce: Baaraabaaru

If you feel extremely well:

Varah Ran'galhu !

pronounce: Vaaraa Rangaalu

or if you feel even better:

Varah barabaru !

pronounce: Vaaraa baaraabaru

Bye bye :


pronounce: Daanee



pronounce: Aan



pronounce: Nun

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