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Introduction to Myanmar Speaking

  Myanmar is the official language and is spoken by the majority of the population, including large national races and non-Myanmar ethnic minorities. However, many ethnic nationals have their own languages and dialects used only within their respective communities or in particular regions. Many people speak or understand English, and it's the second language, especially among the educated urban population.

Myanmar is a tonal language and most of the linguistic groups of Myanmar are monosyllabic and polytonal, similar to those of Tibet and China.

Myanmar is easy to learn. There are a few consonants or vowels that might present problems in articulation. Although it is a tonal language, they can be easily differentiated. Grammatical rules are few and especially easy to learn.

Sentence formation follows the "subject + object + verb" pattern unlike English formation. There are, of course, subject and object markers but, as with many languages, the subject and even the object may sometimes be left out if the situation permits. There are no articles, no inflection of the verb to agree with tense or numbers, nor declension of nouns and pronouns according to gender, number or case.

Daily use in Dictionary

Airport - Lei zeit
Railway station - Buda youn
Highway bus terminal - Away pyei car gate
Bus stop - Bus car hmat tai
Hotel - Hotel
Taxi - Taxi
Bus - Bus
Airplane - Lei yin byan
Train - Ya htar
Restaurant - Sar thau sai
Bar - Ayet sai
Coffee shop - Coffee sai
Police station - Ye sa khan
Hospital - Sei youn
Market _ Zei
Breakfast - Manat sar
Lunch - Nei le zar
Dinner - Nya zar
Supper - Nya le zar
Convenience - Satore sai
China town - Tayoke tan
Downtown - Myo de

Useful Expressions in Myanmar

good morning/afternoon/evening - Mingalar Bar
How do you do?/ I'm glad to see you - Twei ya dar wan
thar bar de
How are you? - Nei kaung lar
Goodbye / I'm leaving now - Thawr lai par ohn Me
What is your name? - Nar me be lo khaw Le
Thank you - Kyei zu tin bar de
I bag your pardon/ I'm sorry - Sei mashi bar ne
How can I get to Shwedagon Pagoda? - Shweidagoun paya go be lo thwart ya le
How much is that? - Dar be lau le
Can you show me the restroom,please? - Einthar be mar shi Le