Learn Burmese

The official language of Myanmar, Burmese is the first language of 32 million people - over half the country’s population - and is spoken as a second language by about 10 million more. Its vocabulary is mostly monosyllabic, as is common with other members of the Sino-Tibetan language family. In Burmese, a polysyllable will often indicate a loan word from a European language. Burmese is tonal, which means that the pitch, duration or loudness of a vowel can modify the meaning of a word.

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Where Is It Spoken?

Myanmar

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Number Of Speakers

33,000,000

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Tibeto-Burman

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Fun facts about Burmese

The Burmese for 'it’s business as usual' is 'go come eat drink live'!

Burmese writing does not need any spaces between words.

Burmese has its own ancient alphabet but the spelling preserves sounds that are no longer pronounced – 'Myanmar' is actually spelled 'Mranma' in Burmese script.

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