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Burmese    ဗမာစကား (Burmese [báma sákà])

The Burmese or Myanmar script developed from the Mon script, which was adapted from a southern Indian script during the 8th century. The earliest known inscriptions in the Burmese script date from the 11th century.

Notable Features

Used to write:

Burmese/Myanmar (ဗမာစကား), a member of the Burmese-Lolo branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family spoken by about 21 million people in Burma (Myanmar).

The Karen languages, a group of languages related to Burmese and spoken by around 4 million people in Burma and Thailand.

Mon, a member of the Mon-Khmer group of the Austroasiatic languages spoken by about 200,000 people in Burma and Thailand.


Burmese consonants

Vowels and vowel diacritics

Burmese vowels and vowel diacritics

Regular Rhymes

Regular Burmese Rhymes


Burmese numerals

Sample Text in Burmese

Sample text in Burmese (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Hear a recording of this text by Lynnie T. Htoo


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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Information about the Burmese language

Online Burmese lessons

Burmese phrases Language Phrases with Audio_0.pdf

Online Burmese dictionaries

Free Burmese fonts

Online Burmese radio

Online Burmese news

Tibeto-Burman languages

Arakanese, Bantawa, Burmese, Dzongkha, Garo, Karbi, Karen, Kayah Li, Ladakhi, Lahu, Lepcha, Limbu, Lisu, Manipuri, Marma, Mizo, Mro, Naxi, Nepal Bhasa / Newari, Sikkimese, Sunuwar, Tibetan, Tshangla, Tujia, Yi

Languages written with the Burmese script

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas