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Colloquial Burmese
The Complete Course for Beginners

ISBN 9781138958142
Published August 13, 2015 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

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 Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

Table of Contents


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


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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.