White Boy Learning Burmese

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

Listen to my interview with the Voice of America’s Ma Oo here.


Myanmar Basics Episode 1- “Myanmarsar Overview”


For all of you other “white people” (and other foreigners in general) who are learning Burmese, I’m starting a series on YouTube where I go over certain things about the Burmese language, and I am starting off by giving a brief overview of the writing system (ျမန္မာစာ) and I’ll be delving into the individual parts of the system later on.

ေမာင္ေပါက္က်ိဳင္း ပံုျပင္ -၂


ကြ်န္ေတာ့္ သူငယ္ခ်င္း ျမန္မာကေလးစာအုပ္တစ္အုပ္ဖတ္ပါတယ္။ နားေထာင္စြမ္းအားကုိ ပုိတုိးထက္ေအာင္ဖုိ႔ ဒီဗြီဒီယုိကုိၾကည့္ပါတယ္။


A Video to Support My Idea of Reading Practice

I would like to draw attention to this video for a moment.  It’s entitled Read Japanese Fluently (毛虫答え03) and the creator “KemushiChan” actually does a pretty decent job explaining the learn-to-read process not just for Japanese, but really for any language!  In Burmese, it does get frustrating at times to even pick up my little coloring book entitled ဘုရားသခင္သည္… (“God is…”) and not understand certain words, but she reminds me of what I already knew and stubbornly forget:

  • Make sure you’re reading at your level.
  • Don’t depend on dictionaries so much.
  • Focus on certain passages at a time.
  • Read for comprehension, not for complete understanding.
  • Enjoy it! (Don’t read children’s books if you don’t like them, and don’t continue to read if you get frustrated!)

That’s all I wanted to say for now!  Ta-ta!