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SOAS Language Centre

Burmese Beginners Course

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Burmese/Myanmar is the national language of the country known as Burma or Myanmar. It is the mother tongue of the majority ethnic group, the ‘Bamar’, and is used as a lingua franca by other ethnic groups such the Karen and Shan.  


The SOAS Language Centre course in Burmese is a systematically graded foundation course in the modern colloquial language.  It aims to give applicants a confident and enjoyable start in speaking Burmese, focusing on what is most likely to be needed when visiting Burma: “survival language” for cafés, taxis, shops, and so on, and “social language” for getting to know people and making friends.  Applicants will also learn to read and write Burmese script, so that they can read public notices, advertisements, magazines, newspapers and other written material.  The course is taught in English and Burmese. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow close involvement.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

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3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week. Each term classes are subject to quorum requirements.




Course materials, if not supplied, are not included in the fee but can be purchased from SOAS bookshop Please, see under the syllabus tab for course content and materials.

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