* This course is available in Semester 1

This course will introduce students to the Burmese language, and provide them with communicative commands at an Introductory level, with an emphasis on conversation in everyday situations. Students will also begin to familiarise themselves with reading and writing Burmese script.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Introductory level of Burmese to:

  1. Recognise and pronounce the 32 Burmese consonants, seven basic vowels, and three tones, as well as other distinctive features of Burmese pronunciation such as glottal stops.
  2.  Reproduce Burmese pronunciation according to the Romanization system used by SOAS, London University, to support the basic use of English-Burmese and Burmese-English dictionaries; recognize the Burmese script and reproduce basic words in it.
  3. Use an active vocabulary of around 300 items.
  4. Recognise and produce sentence structures in colloquial Burmese to allow short conversations and the reading and writing of short, basic texts.
  5. Understand and compose basic forms of colloquial style of Burmese such as greetings and simple questions and answers about personal details, statements on the quantity and quality of things they encounter in everyday life.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of basic cultural practices such as honorifics for Burmese names and the custom of birthdays of the week. 

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