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).



Myanmar School Textbooks:

Browser Extensions, Android & iPhone Applications:

  • Cram.
    Sensational free flashcard app with loads of vocabulary available.
  • Panel View/Dictionary Anywhere.
    This tremendously useful extension for Firefox provides tool-tip translations from Google Translate.
  • 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.
  • Daw Lwin Phyu. Yangon.
    Also quite experienced, has taught for UNICEF. 09420759342.
  • 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.
  • Winma Thet. Yangon. +959261596517.
    Good for beginner to advanced, is very flexible and has her own well written curriculum.
  • Daw Yi Yi Win. Yangon.
    Experienced teacher of many grateful students. 095072110.
  • Zar Chi Aung. Yangon.
    Formerly with Linking Hands. 0973092791.
  • Zaw Ni Maw. Yangon.
    With Myanmar Dimensions.  Great for grammar and intermediate. 09250418352.

Schools and Universities:

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.