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ThomasC
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Burmese Language Resources?

Post by ThomasC » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:04 pm

Hello! Any Burmese speakers here, or recommendations for learning materials? Particularly as relates to Buddhism/talking to monks? I've seen some Youtube videos as well as a book for free download, but am wondering if some of the basic phrases they teach are too informal to use with monastics. I don't want to accidentally say "Hey, what's up?" when I mean "How are you this evening, Sayadaw?" :embarassed:
Burmese language resources seem pretty scarce compared to many languages, and the monastic angle makes this even more specific, ha, but any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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P.S. For anyone interested, here is the link to the free download of Burmese By Ear, complete with the audio files.

https://www.soas.ac.uk/bbe/

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Re: Burmese Language Resources?

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:54 pm

The resources that SOAS has to offer may be as good as it gets.

Burmese is complicated. You need different pronouns for talking to monks, men, and women. Many things one might say to a lay person like "Hello, how are you," are probably inappropriate anyway.

Are you planning to travel to Burma, or just trying to communicate with Burmese monks in your area?

It took me a month just to learn how to read the alphabet.
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Re: Burmese Language Resources?

Post by ThomasC » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:24 pm

Thank you for the info, Bhante. So everyday phrases like "Ne-kaun-dhala?" and "Twe-ya-da wun-tha-ba-deh" should be avoided when addressing a monk?

And yes, while travel to a center or monastery in Burma is something I would think about in the future, my immediate goal is to be able to talk a bit to the monks in my area. The Sayadaw at the temple speaks English with me, so it's not really necessary, but it would still be nice to learn some spoken Burmese as I love languages in general. I've been holding off on learning the script, but that might make a nice winter project...

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Re: Burmese Language Resources?

Post by Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:26 am

One Huge Burmese Dhamma Resource (Mainly in Burmese)

pdf, mp3, videos, etc.

http://www.dhammadownload.com/
This is the Dhamma Download Home Page. In this Web Site , you can freely download or listen on-line most of the Dhamma Talks which were given by Myanmar monks over the years. This website is created by a group of Myanmar in Singapore, dedicated to all Buddhist all over the world.

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Re: Burmese Language Resources?

Post by Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:42 am

Another huge resource in Burmese

Thitsarparami Buddhist Society (Singapore)
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audio,
video,
pdf
24 hrs radio


https://www.thitsarparamisociety.com/


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Re: Burmese Language Resources?

Post by Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:57 am

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Kabaaye Buddha Research Library
(great resources mainly in Burmese)

http://www.kbrl.gov.mm/Catalog/Featured
The Department for the Promotion and Propagation of the Sasana, through the donated services of Mahadhammapala organization, has created e-books of Buddhist literature, which has gone online since 21-7-2015 at (www.kbrl.gov.mm) website, with the aim of preserving, propagating, and being accessed by the public at convenience.
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Re: Burmese Language Resources?

Post by Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:54 pm

Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:57 am
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Kabaaye Buddha Research Library
(great resources mainly in Burmese)
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"English" dhamma related books (more than 900) [not limited to Theravada]

http://www.kbrl.gov.mm/catalog/index/58


Most books are scanned pdf. So, file sizes will be probably be quite big.


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Re: Burmese Language Resources?

Post by Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta » Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:21 am

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A web portal to a variety of Burmese resources.

nibbana.com
(redirects to http://www.myanmarnet.net/nibbana/#.XetR2i8VSfA)


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