Burmese language facts for kids

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Burmese
မြန်မာစာ (written Burmese)
မြန်မာစကား (spoken Burmese)
Pronunciation IPA: [mjəmàzà] or IPA: [mjəmà zəɡá]
Region Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore
Ethnicity Bamar people
Native speakers 33 million  (2007)
Second language: 10 million
Language family
Sino-Tibetan
Early forms:
Old Burmese
  • Burmese
Writing system Burmese script
Official status
Official language in  Myanmar
Regulated by Myanmar Language Commission

Burmese (in Burmese ba-ma-sa, pronounced /baa-MAA-saa/) is a language spoken in Myanmar. Burmese is a Sino-Tibetan language, meaning that is close to Chinese and Tibetan.

Burmese has three tones (high, medium, low: plus two 'stops or abbreviated additional, qualifying 'tones), no gender {have natural gender e.g. saya (male teacher), sayama(female teacher)}, and no tense. Burmese has many English and Indian words(loan words) though is a very distinct and full language itself with a long history and substantial numbers of proudly articulated dialects.

Examples

Here are some examples of words and sentences in Burmese.

Hello = min-ga-la-ba

How are you? = Nei kaun la?

I am (name) = Cha-naw yè nan-bè ga _______

(Kya-naw is replaced with kya-ma for females.)

What is your name? = Ka-mya na mei be' lo khal le' " (OR) na mei be' lo khal le' (You can omit "Ka-mya=You")

Are you from Burma? = Nae ba-ma pyi ga la da la?

(Note: To ask if someone is from other countries, just replace ba-ma pyi with any of the countries below.)

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