Colloquial Burmese provides a step-by-step course in Burmese as it is written and spoken today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Burmese in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.
Key features include:
progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
structured, jargon-free explanations of grammar
an extensive range of focused and stimulating exercises
realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios
useful vocabulary lists throughout the text
review chapters at intervals throughout the text providing motivational checklists of language points covered
an overview of the sounds of Burmese
A full answer key and glossary at the back of the book
Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Burmese will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and for students taking courses in Burmese.
Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.
San San Hnin Tun is Assistant Professor at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, France Patrick McCormick is a researcher at the Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient in Rangoon and a NGO Consultant on Education, both in Myanmar.
Introduction Preliminary Unit: Greetings, Burmese script and numbers Unit 1: A Curious foreigner Unit 2 : New in town Review 1 Unit 3: Talking about weather Unit 4 : Talking about family and friends Unit 5 : Lost in the street Unit 6 : Talking about food and drinks Review 2 Unit 7 : Talking about likes and dislikes, wishes and desires Unit 8 : Talking about abilities and talents Unit 9 : Getting thirsty and other needs Review 3 Unit 10 : Being considerate in public spaces Unit 11 : Plans for the weekend and travel plans Unit 12 : Talking about time Review 4 Unit 13 : Talking about past experiences Unit 14 : Getting sick Unit 15 : Talking about where you are Review 5 Answer Keys Glossary