WRITING

Here are some loan-words written with the nasalized dipthong   ေ ာင် [aun].

ပေါင် pound (Eng)
ဂျော့တောင်း George Town (Eng)
ကရောင်း crown (Eng)
ဟောင်ကောင် Hong Kong (Chinese)
ဖောင်ဒေးရှင်း foundation (Eng) 

 

READING

You will read this word ကောင်းကောင်း as [kàun kàun] when you are reading as it is written, but it is sometimes read or said [kàun gàun] and sometimes [kàun ngàun].  Notice that the consonant [k] that follows the nasalized dipthong changes to the nasalized consonant [ng].  Nasalization of the consonant following after a nasalized vowel usually occurs when a speaker says a word fast. 

 

WRITTEN

READ

တောင်းပန် [tàun pan] [taun ban]
[tàun man]
ကောင်းတယ် [kàun teh]

[kàun deh]

[kàun neh]
စောင်ထဲ [saun hteh]

[saun deh]

[saun nèh]