Burmese for beginners - Introduction to Burmese language
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Learn the basics of Burmese language: pronunciation, tones, simple grammar... All you need to know to get started
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What Will I Learn?
  • Pronounce Burmese consonants and vowels
  • Recognize Burmese consonants and vowels
  • Recognize Burmese tones and speak them out
  • Understand Burmese basic grammar structure
  • Know basic Burmese vocabulary
  • Make short sentences by yourself
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  • No particular knowledge is necessary to start the course. It is easy for everyone to use and to learn.
  • You should have Adobe PDF software, to read the lesson handouts.

Introduction to Burmese language is designed in a fun and interactive way that teaches you everything you need to know about Burmese pronunciation and simple grammar. 

We will teach you step by step through 2 course modules. The first one is a 7 lesson module that will go through all consonants, vowels and special sounds you have in Burmese. You will be able to recognize consonants, vowels and special characters of the Burmese alphabet. But most of all you will be able to pronounce them and tones in Burmese will have no secrets for you anymore.

The second module will introduce the basics of Burmese grammar through 10 lessons. How to recognize an adjective, a noun or a verb and what is the structure of the sentence in Burmese. You will also learn how to ask questions, make negative sentences or use modal verbs. 

At the end of this course, you will have gathered some basic vocabulary and simple knowledge of pronunciation and grammar. So you will be able to make sentences in Burmese by yourself. 

Each lesson is made of a video of 10 to 15 minutes, and a PDF Lesson handout that details everything from the video lesson but on a written support. So you will enough knowledge to make you improve already but not too much, not to overwhelm you. 

So if you are going to travel in Myanmar, or work there, if you have friends from Myanmar, if you love the friendliness of Myanmar people or just because you want to learn a beautiful new language, this course is for you. There are never enough reasons to start learning Burmese. 

With this course, you will get strong basics to built up on your Burmese language skills for only a fraction of what you would pay to get full Introduction class in a Burmese language school. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for complete beginners in Burmese, teaching you the basics of pronunciation and grammar.
  • If you know some Burmese but want to review the pronunciation of consonants and vowels, as well as Burmese tones and simple grammar, like nouns, adjectives, sentences structure... you can also follow this easy course.
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
Burmese Pronunciation 101
8 Lectures 01:29:56

Welcome to Burmese Lesson's Introduction to Burmese, in this course you will learn all the basics of Burmese language to help you understand how the language is pronounced and used. We will go from consonants and vowels pronunciation all the way to sentence structure and asking questions or saying negative sentences. 

So follow the whole course and you'll be able to make short sentences by yourself. 

Preview 01:35

There are 33 consonants in Burmese language and through this first lesson, you will learn how to pronounce the 15 first consonants of the Burmese alphabet (or abugida). Many sounds are the same or very similar to English sounds, but some are more tricky. Don't worry though, Haymar will guide you and give you some tricks on how to pronounce them properly.

Preview 09:53

Great quiz to help you memorize what you have learnt in this first lesson.

First consonants quiz.
5 questions

Lesson 1.2 - The sound of consonants part2

In this quiz, you'll be questioned on consonant and sounds you learnt in lecture 2, check if you could memorize it all.

What consonant is it?
4 questions

In Burmese language we cannot associate two consonants together to form a clustered consonant sound. However, we still have clustered consonant and to obtain them we combine a consonant and a special symbol. 

Four special symbols are used to form these clustered consonants and we are going teach them in this lesson, as well as the sound they produced when combined. This first lesson part will teach you these symbols and the sound produced with two of these.

Lesson 2.1 - The sound of clustered consonants part1

This quiz will test your knowledge about special characters and compound consonant sounds.

Do you know about compound consonants?
4 questions

In this lesson we will follow on teaching you the sounds Burmese language have with the special four consonants and give you example words. These pronunciation might be hard to get at first but some practice together with Haymar on the video will help you master them.

Lesson 2.2 - The sound of clustered consonants part2

Here we will test your knowledge acquired during Lecture 4 and 5. 

How many of the compound consonant sounds can you remember?
5 questions

Burmese language have four different tones, creaky, low, high and stopped, and the tone of each syllable is defined by its vowels. So we will teach you all Burmese vowels and how to pronounce them. We will also help you get the tones right, but be aware that getting the tones correct will require practice, so you must use this video to practice as much as you can. 

This lesson will be divided into three parts and this is the first one.

Lesson 3.1 - Pronunciation of vowels: Open vowels

This will help you review the first module of our lesson on vowels, you will answer questions about tones and about open vowels. Ready?

Can you master all open vowels and tones in Burmese?
5 questions

In the second of our lessons about vowels, we are introducing nasal vowels, also called N ending vowels. But even though they are called this way, they do not have a consonant final sound, just a slight nasal one. And as for the open vowels, there are seven groups of three vowels in three tones: creaky, low and high. Some of those sounds may need some practice for you, but with the right amount of efforts you will get there soon.

Lesson 3.2 - Pronunciation of vowels: Nasal vowels

Review your lesson about N final vowels with this little quiz.

Could you recognize all nasal vowels?
5 questions

This is the last lesson of our trilogy on vowel sounds in Burmese. In this last part we will study a type of vowel with a tone on their own, we call them stopped vowels since they have a stopped tone. Haymar will give you tricks on how to pronounce them correctly, but the most important is for you to practice them. So have fun with the last lesson about pronunciation, in the coming lesson we will start teaching you bits of grammar, or how to use nouns in Burmese.

Lesson 3.3 - Pronunciation of vowels: Stopped vowels

Easy questions to review what you have learnt in Lecture 8 about stopped vowels.

Let's test you on stopped vowels!
4 questions
Burmese Grammar Basics
10 Lectures 01:45:34

It is the first unit of lessons about grammar in Burmese language.

This lesson will focus on nouns in Burmese and we will then teach you basic nouns. But you will also learn that nouns does not inflect, and do not need any article. However, we use particles to differentiate plural from singular and genders between them. We'll teach you your first short sentences as well.

Lesson 4 - Nouns and gender in Burmese language

The fifth lesson of this Introduction to Burmese module will teach you about an essential part of the language, pronouns. It is very important to learn these as there are not only one pronoun per person (1st, 2nd, 3rd...) but several. 

The pronouns you will use in Burmese will be depending on your closeness with the people you are talking to, their age, but also the politeness or respect you want to show. In Burmese we even use family members like "brother" or "sister" as pronouns and we can speak about ourselves to the 3rd person. You didn't imagine all that did you? So start learning about those pronouns right away!

Lesson 5 - Pronouns in Burmese

In this lesson we will teach how to use verbs in Burmese. It may be different of many of the languages you know since Burmese neither has subject verb agreement, nor it has conjugation. Instead, we use tense particles in Burmese to determine the tense. You will also learn that adjectives can be used as verbs, isn't that crazy?

Lesson 6 - How to use verbs in Burmese?

In this lesson you will learn the basics about adjectives in Burmese. There are different ways to use them, between formal and spoken language notably, but strangely enough, you will see that their most common use, is to be used as verbs. 

Yes, there is no auxiliary verbs in Burmese, therefore adjectives comes directly at the end of sentence, just like verbs. Crazy no? So let's check more about them right away.

Lesson 7 - Usage of adjectives in Burmese

In this video lesson we will teach you simple ways to change an adjective to a noun or a verb. Actually it is pretty simple to do that since we will only need to add a particle, either suffix or prefix, to the adjective. So follow Haymar's teaching and learn these easy tricks. 

If you need practice and like to read more than watch and listen, don't forget the PDF lesson files attached to the lesson, but also the vocabulary list and exercises of this lesson. You get all tools necessary to improve your Burmese.

Lesson 8 - Changing adjectives into nouns or verbs

If you want to be able to make a sentence in Burmese, this series of lesson is what you should definitely watch. We will teach you all you need to know about sentence structure. 

In the first opus of this 3 lessons series, we will teach you the core of sentence structure, where should subject verb and object placed in the sentence, as well as a few tips.

Lesson 9.1 - Sentence structure part1: basic sentences

In the second lesson of our Sentence Structure series, we will explain in detail the importance and the role of prepositions in Burmese, or what we can call sentence particles. They play an essential role in the speech and you will see that there are several rules on how to use it.

Lesson 9.2 - Sentence structure part2: prepositions

As the title of this lesson clearly implies we will study how to make negative, interrogative and imperative sentences in Burmese. You will see as for many things in Burmese language, it all comes to particles. There are specific particles for each type of sentence in Burmese. Once you get how to use those particles, it will super easy to make any sentence for you. 

So why not start mastering them right away?

Lesson 9.3 - Sentence structure part3: Negation, Questions & Imperative

As verbs in Burmese, modal verbs are usually placed at the end of the sentence, you will see that their usage is not that different. Let Haymar guide you through that important part of the speech.

Lesson 10 - Modal Verbs

Have you ever heard of classifiers or counters? Well they are used a bit in English or other Western languages, but they are not a class of word on their own.
In Burmese however it is the same as in Chinese or Thai languages, you must use classifiers to count things. If you want to say one cat, ten cars or three bowls of soup, you will need to learn classifiers.
Lesson 11 - Classifiers or counters in Burmese
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Burmese Lesson is a group of Burmese and foreign teachers who created a unique course to learn the Burmese language online through audio and video lessons. 

Our aim is for people all over the world to discover about Myanmar, its culture and its language of course. The country that we cherish has recently opened up to the world and more and more people are coming to Myanmar may it be for leisure or business. 

We would like to offer to anybody interested in Myanmar the opportunity to connect with local people, which is what we believe to be the best way to get the most from an experience in the country. So we hope that you will acquire the most Burmese skills with us and will get a chance very soon to connect with the friendly people of Myanmar.

See you on the lessons and don't hesitate to get in touch if you want to know more about the Burmese language, or if you just want to say hi :)