1st Edition

Colloquial Burmese The Complete Course for Beginners

By San San Hnin Tun, Patrick McCormick Copyright 2014
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    Colloquial Burmese provides a step-by-step course in Burmese as it is written and spoken today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Burmese in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

    Key features include:

    • progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
    • structured, jargon-free explanations of grammar
    • an extensive range of focused and stimulating exercises
    • realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios
    • useful vocabulary lists throughout the text
    • review chapters at intervals throughout the text providing motivational checklists of language points covered
    • an overview of the sounds of Burmese
    • A full answer key and glossary at the back of the book

    Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Burmese will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and for students taking courses in Burmese.

    Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.


    Preliminary Unit: Greetings, Burmese script and numbers

    Unit 1: A Curious foreigner

    Unit 2 : New in town

    Review 1

    Unit 3: Talking about weather

    Unit 4 : Talking about family and friends

    Unit 5 : Lost in the street

    Unit 6 : Talking about food and drinks

    Review 2

    Unit 7 : Talking about likes and dislikes, wishes and desires

    Unit 8 : Talking about abilities and talents

    Unit 9 : Getting thirsty and other needs

    Review 3

    Unit 10 : Being considerate in public spaces

    Unit 11 : Plans for the weekend and travel plans

    Unit 12 : Talking about time

    Review 4

    Unit 13 : Talking about past experiences

    Unit 14 : Getting sick

    Unit 15 : Talking about where you are

    Review 5

    Answer Keys



    San San Hnin Tun is Assistant Professor at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, France

    Patrick McCormick is a researcher at the École française d'Extrême-Orient in Rangoon and a NGO Consultant on Education, both in Myanmar.