According to Ethnologue, Burmese is spoken by approximately 32 million people worldwide.
Where is Burmese Spoken?
Burmese is the official language of Myanmar (formerly Burma). However, this language is also spoken in other countries in the world such as Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, and the U.S.
Population vs. Internet Penetration
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Did you Know?
There are no last names in the Burmese language. Often, names would be rhymed and would use two words.
According to Ethnologue, there are several dialects of Burmese such as Beik (Merguese, Mergui), Mandalay Burmese, Yangon Burmese, and Yaw.
MustGo report that there are also two registers – a formal (used in official publications, radio and TV broadcasts, literary works, and formal speech) and a colloquial one (used in everyday speech).
“Burmese is a tonal language that requires a very careful ear and tongue to be able to speak and understand it correctly”
4 Easy Phrases in Burmese!
|Mingâlaba (formal)||(Formal greeting)|
|Thwa dau me||Goodbye|
|Kyeizu pyu yue||Please|
|Kyeizu tin ba de||Thank you|
Burmese Translation Tips
- Nouns in the Burmese language are not marked for gender, number or case.
- Plenty of Burmese verbs have a root plus separate particles that signify mood, aspect, tense, positive/negative, and politeness.
- There are various politeness markers in the Burmese language and their use relies on who is speaking to who.
- The word order in Burmese is Subject-Object-Verb.