White Boy Learning Burmese

The journey of an average white guy trying to learn a non-Indo-European language


You Wanna Learn Burmese, Too?


So, it’s Summer and I have no more excuses as to why I haven’t posted anything (in English or Burmese), and while I’m getting annoyed by how much English I’m using, this post is dedicated to you, my beloved Westerners, English-speakers, Asian-o-philes, Whities, etc.

So, I recently e-mailed a guy who is studying Chinese in China (lucky!) and had told me that he’s considered learning Burmese.  Not a strange request in these times.  This is what I told him: Continue reading


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Interesting Burmese word origins

This is a very interesting topic that English readers and Burmese readers can enjoy.

Fifty Viss

Burmese word origins
A graphic I made, showing some of the linguistic diversity found in the Burmese language.

Burmese has a hodgepodge of words that come from other languages, some that would surprise most people, at least me. It’s a given that many Burmese words come from Pali (from Buddhism) or English (from colonial rule), but quite a number of words also come from obscure and seemingly unrelated languages to Burmese. I’ve compiled a list of the most interesting ones.

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