Burmese Translation Service

Burmese Translation Service


Burmese Translation, like in most languages, must be handled with the 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. Some words and concepts seem normal in English, but yet are difficult to express in Burmese.

For Burmese translations, there are a few good practices. These can certainly be applied to the translation of other languages as well but in general, one should take note of the following when doing Burmese translations:

  1. Be concise and try to keep it short.
  2. Translate sentences as a whole. Attempting to break the translation into phrases will lead to a clumsy sentence structure.
  3. Always adopt the formal or correct spelling and not the colloquial ones. This especially so for Burmese as most of the time, what is spoken and what is written can differ greatly.
  4. Unless a formal translation is available and accepted in Burmese, one should leave technical words as they are.
  5. Always bear in mind to localize when translating as this will take into account cultural differences, taboos, slang, etc, and will make for a better understanding.

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. It is about much more than just getting the context and dialect right.

From the above, you can see that there are many things to consider when handling Burmese translation. It is not advisable to just hire someone who knows Burmese to handle a translation into or from Burmese.


What comes to mind when you think of Myanmar? Elaborate Buddhist temples? Thanaka on women’s faces? 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 also the second language of 10 million people around the world and 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 has mostly native speakers. However, speakers of the Burmese language can also be found in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

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

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

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

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


When it comes to Burmese translation, it is about getting the right native Burmese translators with sufficient training and professional experience to produce Burmese translations that are fit for their purpose. The linguists must be mindful of the intended audiences’ educational backgrounds and experiences.

With more than two decades of experience in providing English to Burmese, Burmese to English, and Burmese-related language pairs translation services, we are well prepared to share this valuable experience with you.

Thanks to our ISO 17100 certification and more than 20 years of experience in providing Burmese translation solutions for the Myanmese market, you know your Burmese translations are in good hands with us. Let our professional team of linguists and project managers handle the tedious task of translation for you, leaving you with more time to do what matters most to you: your business.

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


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With more than 20 years of proven excellence in translation services, Lingua Technologies International is one of the pioneers in offering Multilingual Translation Service Solution to Singapore and the region. The company takes pride in making translation an invaluable experience. With the ISO 17100 certification, you now have peace of mind that your translation projects are always processed and handled by professionals in accordance with the guidelines and standards outlined in this ISO certification specification developed for Translation Businesses worldwide. Let our professional team of linguists and project managers handle the tedious task of translation for you, leaving you with more time to do what matters most to you: your business.