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What comes to mind when you think of Myanmar? Elaborate Buddhist temples? Women in white face painting? Men wearing Longyis? Local dishes like Mohinga?

Burmese is the official language of Myanmar. Spoken by an estimated population of 32 million people, Burmese is the second most widely spoken Sino-Tibetan language.

Because of its rare usage around the world, Burmese is not commonly used outside its place of origin and comprises of mostly native speakers. However, speakers of the Burmese language can also be found in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

In addition, do you know that Burmese is also the second language of 10 million people around the world?

With the openness towards foreign investment, business opportunities is certainly present in Myanmar. If you want a share of the global market, you may want to consider Myanmar being the next target market you want to reach out to.

Burmese belongs to the Southern Burnish branch of the Sino-Tibetan languages. Being a tonal and syllable-time language, the Burmese alphabet is derived from south Indian scripts during the 8th century. The Burmese language consists of 33 letters and 12 vowels, and is written from left to right.

There are two kinds of Burmese being used, namely the formal and colloquial. The formal form is used for official publications, literary works and formal speeches. While the colloquial form is used more commonly in daily communications. In addition, the Burmese language has a precise order to sentence construction and wording. When translating the language, one must consider the whole sentence, not just individual clauses or phrases.

With all those mentioned above, we are just barely skimming the surface – it goes so much deeper!

Translation work in Myanmar, like in most countries, must be handled with utmost care. If not done properly, it will lead to a clumsy and wordy translation. It will also be inconsistent with the original content and context, and the translated flow will not be smooth or natural. There are also certain words and concepts that seem normal in English, but yet difficult to express in Burmese. The Burmese language is a politically charged language for Myanmar’s ethnic groups and citizens, which means that the cultural aspect must be seriously factored in as well.

From the above, you can see that there are much more to consider rather than just getting someone who knows Burmese to handle translation into Burmese and from Burmese.

It is much more than getting the context and dialect correct.

It is about getting the right quality people with enough training and professional experience to produce translations that are fit for its purpose. The linguists must be mindful of the intended audiences’ educational backgrounds and experiences.

With more than 2 decades of experience in providing English to Burmese, Burmese to English and Burmese related language pairs translation services, we can share this valuable experience with you.

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Contact us now at +65 6570 0138 or fill up our web inquiry form immediately. We are ready to share our experience with you.

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