Study Resources

Below is a comprehensive, curated selection of useful resources and sources for the study of Burmese, originally built from the list long-maintained by Sayagyi John Okell.  If you know of a valuable addition not listed here, please send it to email at lukecorbin dot org – but only if it has a digital presence in some form (i.e. email address, bookshop, publisher website).

Books:

Dictionaries:

Myanmar School Textbooks:

Android & iPhone Applications:

  • Cram.
    Sensational free flashcard app with loads of vocabulary available.
  • iAbidan.
    Great dictionary app, strong on all fronts.
  • Ornagai.
    Another very good dictionary app, better at Burmese-English.
  • Shwebook.
    Decent dictionary with one-press copy to clipboard of Burmese definitions.

General Websites:

Other Digital Materials:

Study Clubs and Groups:

Tutors in Burma:

  • Professor Cho Cho Aung. Yangon.
    Has taught foreigners at the Theravada Buddhist Missionary University for many years.
  • Jennifer Lwin. Yangon.
    Very experienced and reactive for intermediate/advanced.
  • U Mya Hla. Yangon.
    Formerly with Linking Hands, now freelance. Has taught at SEASSI.
  • Dr Nang Moe Pwint Chit. Yangon.
    Has her own school and location on Thein Pyu Rd. 0943168422.
  • Daw Phyu Phyu Win. Mandalay.
    Formerly with Linking Hands. 095046431.
  • Sally San Yu Wai Maung. Yangon (currently in France, but does Skype lessons).
    Taught at the Institut Français Birmanie.
  • Su Htwe Aung. Yangon.
    Has her own space including art gallery on Bo Myat Tun Rd. 09421156604.
  • Daw Yi Yi Win. Yangon.
    Experienced teacher of many grateful students. 095072110.
  • Zar Chi Aung. Yangon.
    Formerly with Linking Hands. 0973092791.

Schools and Universities:

  • Australian National University. Canberra, AU.
    Employs a full-time linguist and historian and teaching all levels at University standard.  Classes typically run from Feb-June and June-Nov each year.
  • Cornell University. Ithaca, US.
    Regular Burmese classes available as part of various University curricula.
  • Institut Français Birmanie. Yangon, MM.
    Regular courses throughout the year. Contact Rose Marie. 09536900, 09537122.
  • Moe Myanmar Language Centre. Yangon, MM.
    Recent school with regular beginner classes, less regular intermediate/ advanced.
  • Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, US.
    Classes are held at the University that also hosts the Centre for Burma Studies.  Also runs an online course.
  • SEASSI. Wisconsin, US.
    An enduring and popular mid-year intensive language program in Burmese.  Not cheap but a powerful experience.
  • SOAS, University of London, UK. Offers Burmese language as part of courses leading to BA, MA and PhD. For students not studying for a degree, there are evening classes once a week and tailored courses for individuals. Contact Justin Watkins <jw2@soas.ac.uk> for further information.
  • University of Foreign Languages (UFL). Yangon, MM.
    Large teaching staff, many levels, including evening classes 3 days a week. +951535985.
  • University of Yangon (Foreign Languages Dept.). Yangon, MM.
    Courses for foreigners, Levels 1 & 2, four days a week.  +951534390.

There are many other university programs across the globe: in Washington DC (Johns Hopkins), Paris (INALCO), Berlin (Humboldt), St Petersburg, Tokyo, Osaka, Chiang Mai, Pitsanulok, Beijing, Kunming, Tianjin, Nanning, and Pusan.  If you have personal experience with any of these programs and would like them to be added to the list above, please email us.