Reading Myanmar (Burmese)
What you'll learn
- Students should be able to begin reading Myanmar text.
- Have a grasp of the English language.
This course is designed to teach English-speaking students how to read the Myanmar (Burmese) language using a streamlined direct approach. It provides pronunciation for consonants, vowels and special symbols without requiring the student to learn the names of each. It explains how to pronounce stacked consonants, weakened vowels and voiced consonants using simple, well-illustrated examples. It includes a lesson on Myanmar tones described in a way that has made sense to a lot of English speaking students. It also includes a description of the difference between spoken and literary Myanmar. The course uses the pronunciation of English words as a basis for explaining Myanmar pronunciation.
Who this course is for:
- Myanmar language students from beginner to advanced who want to learn how to read.
- Native Myanmar speakers who want to learn how to read.
In 2012, in association with my community volunteer work, I began learning the Myanmar language to help serve the needs of a growing refugee population where I live. In 2013, after having learned the basics of reading, I began to build a curriculum to assist other volunteers in our group to learn to read the Myanmar script. My reason for doing so resulted from my own inability to locate a source of instruction that focused primarily on reading using a simple, non-academic approach.
By 2014, I had successfully taught several students the basics of reading Myanmar and continued to refine the instruction. In 2016, I made the material available in printed form to students in other parts of the country who were learning to read and speak the language as well. In 2017, after further refinements, I provided students with video instruction. As of the summer of 2018, over 250 students in the U.S. and abroad were using or had used the videos.