Red Karen (ꤊꤢꤛꤢꤟ)

Red Karen is a Karen language spoken by about 570,000 people in eastern Myanmar and Thailand. There are two varieties of Red Karen, which are classified as separate languages in some sources:

Red Karen is also known as Karenni, Kayah or Kayah Li. There are ways to write it with the Latin and Burmese alphabets, and also with Kayah Li, an alphabet invented in 1962.

Kayah Li alphabet for West Kayah

Kayah Li alphabet for West Kayah


Download an alphabet chart for Red Karen (Excel)

Sample text in Western Kayah

Kayah Li alphabet

ꤊꤢ꤬ꤛꤢ꤭ ꤘꤣ ꤢ꤬ ꤞꤢꤧꤐꤟꤢꤦ ꤗꤟꤢꤜꤢ꤬ꤊꤥ꤭ ꤒꤟꤢꤧ꤬ꤡꤢꤪꤒꤟꤢꤧ꤬ꤒꤟꤢꤩ꤬ ꤒꤢ꤬ꤟꤢꤩ꤬ꤔꤌꤣ꤬, ꤢ꤬ ꤔꤟꤤꤙꤢꤧ꤬ ꤒꤟꤢꤧ꤬ꤏꤢꤪ꤭ꤚꤤ꤬, ꤗꤟꤢꤩ꤬ꤒꤢꤩ꤭ꤟꤢꤩꤚꤢꤪ ꤢ꤬ ꤊꤟꤢꤦ ꤔꤟꤤꤙꤢꤧ꤬ꤘꤢꤦ꤬ ꤜꤟꤢꤪ꤭꤮ ꤒꤟꤢꤧ꤬ꤡꤢꤪꤒꤟꤢꤧ꤬ꤒꤟꤢꤩ꤬ ꤘꤣ ꤢ꤬ ꤞꤢꤧꤐꤟꤢꤦ ꤔꤌꤣ꤬ꤒꤢ꤬ꤟꤢꤩ꤬ ꤕꤢ꤭꤯

Burmese alphabet

ကၤယး ဒၲ အၤ သဲဇှံ မှလၤကိး တှဲၤစဴတှဲၤတှၴၤ တၤဟၴၤနၲုၤ, အၤ နှီဘဲၤ တှဲၤဆဴးရီၤ, မှၴၤတၴးဟၴရဴ အၤ ကှံ နှီဘဲၤဒံၤ လှဴး꤮ တှဲၤစဴတှဲၤတှၴၤ ဒၲ အၤ သဲဇှံ နၲုၤတၤဟၴၤ ပှး။

Latin alphabet

Kayǎ dố a thè́zṳ̂́ má̤lakǒ tè̤cò́tè̤te̤ tahenuô, a ní̤bè tè̤sò̌ri, me̤těhérò a ki ní̤bèdû lò̌꤮ tè̤cò́tè̤te̤ dố a thè́zṳ̂́ nuôtahe pǎ.


Translation (Matthew 5:6)

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.


Sample videos in Red Karen

Information about Red Karen | Numbers in Red Karen (West Kayah)


Information about Red Karen (PDF)

Karenic languages

Eastern Pwo Karen, Manumanaw Karen, Northern Pwo, Pa'O, Red Karen (Kayah Li), S'gaw Karen, Western Pwo


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Other writing systems

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