Burmese, or Myanmar, is a member of the Lolo-Burmese branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken mainly in Myanmar (Burma), where it is the official language. In 2007 there were about 33 million people who spoke Burmese as a first language. There are also thought to be another 10 million who speak it as a second language.
Standard Burmese is spoken in the Irrawaddy River valley. Within that area there are minor differences in vocabulary and pronunciation between the Mandalay dialect of Upper Burma and the Yangon dialect of Lower Burma. Burmese dialects in other parts of Burma differ more from the standard, but they are all more or less mutually intelligible.
There are two registers of Burmese: high and low. The high register is used in formal literature, newspapers, radio and formal speeches. The low register is used in television, comics, informal literature, and everyday conversation. Since the 1960s some Burmese writers have promoted the use of the low register, and have suggest the abandoning of the high register.
The name Myanmar (မြန်မာ [mjəmà]) is the high register name for the country, and Burma (ဗမာ [bəmà]) is the low register name. Both names derive from the Bamar people (ဗမာလူမျိုး [bəmà lùmjó]), the largest ethnic group in Burma. The full official name of the country is the "Republic of the Union of Myanmar" (ပြည်ထောင်စုသမ္မတ မြန်မာနိုင်ငံတော် [pjìdàʊɴzṵ θàɴməda̰ mjəmà nàɪɴŋàɴdɔ̀]).
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.
lutuing:sany tu-nyi lwatlapsau: gun.sikhka.hprang. lany:kaung:| tu-nyi-lwatlapsau: ahkwang.-are:mya:hprang. lany:kaung:| mwe:hpwa:la.su-mya: hpracsany|| htuisutui.hnai puing:hkra: wehpantatsau: nyanhnang. kyang.wat si.tatsau: cittui.hri.kra.rwe htuisutui.sany ahkyang:hkyang: mettahta:rwe hcakhcamkyang.sum:sang.e||
lù.dáɪ̯ɴ.ðè tù.ɲì lʊʔ.laʔ.θɔ́ go̰ʊ̯ɴ.ðeɪ̯ʔ.kʰa̰.pʰjɪ̰ɴ lé.gáʊ̯ɴ | tù.ɲì lʊʔ.laʔ.θɔ́ ʔə.kʰwɪ̰ɴ.ʔə.jé.mjá.pʰjɪ̰ɴ lé.gáʊ̯ɴ | mwé.pʰwá.la̰.ðù.mjá pʰjɪʔ.θè || tʰò.ðù.do̰-n̥aɪ̯ʔ páɪ̯ɴ.ʨʰá wè.pʰàɴ.taʔ.θɔ́ ɲàɴ.n̥ɪ̰ɴ ʨɪ̰ɴ.wʊʔ θḭ.daʔ.θɔ́ seɪ̯ʔ.to̰.ʃḭ.ʥa̰-ɥḛ tʰò.ðù.do̰.ðè ʔə.ʨʰɪ́ɴ.ʥɪ́ɴ meʔ.ta̰.dá-ɥḛ sʰeʔ.sʰàɴ.ʥɪ̰ɴ.ðóʊ̯ɴ.ðɪ̰ɴ-ḭ
Transliteration and transcription by Otavio
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)
Information about the Burmese language
http://seap.einaudi.cornell.edu/system/files/Burmese Language Phrases with Audio_0.pdf
Online Burmese dictionaries
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