Burmese: a language from Southeast Asia - Language Solutions Team

Burmese: a language from Southeast Asia


Myanmar or Burma is a country in Southeast Asia. It has borders with Bangladesh, India, Laos, China, and Thailand.  

“Burmese” comes from “Burma, the previous name of Myanmar. There are approximately one hundred languages spoken in Myanmar. The Burmese language is spoken by 32 million people; almost 70% of the population speak it as their mother tongue and nearly 10 million speak it as a second language. There are more than 130 recognized ethnic groups and as many languages spoken including Shan, Karen, Kachin, Chin, Mon, and Rakhine, which are the most common and recognized by the authorities.  

Burmese is a tonal, pitch-register, and syllable-timed language, largely monosyllabic and analytic. It is a member of the Lolo-Burmese grouping of the Sino-Tibetan language family. The Burmese alphabet is ultimately descended from a Brahmic script, either Kadamba or Pallava. 


Source: https://www.evaneos.co.uk/burma/holidays/survival-vocabulary/