Available for all iOS Devices!
The best selling guide to learning beginning Burmese is now a Smartphone app. Learn to speak Burmese from Paiboon Publishing, the most trusted publisher in language learning materials.
This support page provides the key features of the app, explains how it works, and provides links to a video presentation of the app and our Guide to Burmese Pronunciation.
- Video Presentation of the App
- Key Features
- How it Works
- How to Learn a Lesson
- How to Take the Exercises
- Guide to Burmese Pronunciation
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1) Video Presentation of Burmese App
2) Key Features
- Works on all Apple iOS devices.
- This app teaches you the language skills of speaking, listening and reading Burmese.
- Hear a native Burmese person speaks each Burmese phrase.
- Listen to a phrase over and over until you can say it correctly. Just click on it.
- Paiboon’s system of transliteration shows you how the Burmese words are pronounced using Romanized letters to help you say the Burmese phrases correctly until you are able to read the Burmese script.
- Test your ability to hear and understand Burmese with the built-in interactive exercises.
- You’ll find many opportunities to practice your Burmese lessons on your mobile device.
Burmese for Beginners app is designed for people who are just starting to study Burmese and for those who want to improve their basic Burmese skills.
Each of the ten lessons provides Vocabulary and Sentences and an in-depth study of a specific subject. Information is also provided on Useful Words and Phrases and the Burmese Alphabet.
Each item is presented in three ways: the Burmese spelling, a transliteration and a definition in English.
This app is based on Paiboon Publishing’s Burmese for Beginners book, which contains additional exercises and an excellent guide to writing Burmese. We highly recommend you buy the book to supplement your study with this app. You don’t need to buy the audio CDs since all the spoken phrases are in your app.
4) How It Works
Figures 1 and 2 shows the ten lessons in the Table of Contents plus the two Appendix and support links.
Each lesson introduces new vocabulary, plus a list of sentences using the new vocabulary words. You listen to the native Burmese speaker pronounce each word or phrase until you can speak it correctly. Lessons specialize on particular items such as, Myanmar cities, days of the week, telling time, traveler’s needs, shopping and more.
5) How to Learn a Lesson
Step 1 – This example shows how to learn new Burmese words and phrases. We use iOS screens to show this, but Android devices look very similar. When the app starts you select a lesson from the table of contents as shown in Figure 1. We selected Lesson 1 as shown in Figure 5. You can choose to learn Nouns, Verbs, Particles, Useful phrases, Conversations or Sentences. Selecting any item will bring up a screen to Preview the lesson or take an exercise as seen in Figure 6. Selecting the Preview button will allow you to learn new Burmese words and phrases.
Step 2 – We selected Other Useful phrases to Preview, as seen in Figure 7. The list of items first shows the Burmese script, then the transliteration, and the third line is the English translation. Select the word or phrase you want to hear and the native Burmese speaker will pronounce it correctly for you. You can hear the item spoken over and over until you can say it correctly. Figure 8 shows the preview of Conversation 1, Greetings. Use the back button to return to the lesson list.
6) How to Take the Exercises
Step 3 – To test yourself on any lesson, select the lesson from the Table of Contents and select “Exercise” instead of “Preview” as seen in Figure 9. We can choose to take an exercise with “Reading and Listening” where the word or phrase is spoken for us, or to make it harder we can select “Read only” with no spoken words.
Step 4 – Figure 10 shows that we have selected the “Reading and Listening” exercise from Lesson 3 – Sentences. Once you begin the exercise you will be presented with a word or phrase with a multiple choice of answers. You need to select the correct response in the list of answers to proceed to the next item. In the upper right corner of the screen you will see what number you are on in the exercise. In Figure 10 we are on number 2 of 22 questions.
Step 5 – Click on the question to hear the Burmese word or phrase spoken. If you select the wrong answer the word will be spoken in Burmese and highlighted in red. You need to select the correct answer to proceed to the next question.
The app will keep track of your answers and provide you with your score when you finish the entire lesson. Your score will remain showing until you retake the entire test over and score a different number. If you don’t complete the entire exercise the app will show a small dot on the exercises next to the play button. Later you can either resume the exercise or start over.
The “Read only” exercise works the same way, but there is no spoken Burmese voice. You must be able to read the Burmese script to be able to select the correct answer.
7) Audio Guide to Burmese Pronunciation
Listen to an audio presentation of our Guide to Burmese Pronunciation:
Our Burmese for Beginners App for iOS operating systems does not collect any of your personal information. We do not have access to any of your personal information and therefore cannot, and do not share it with any other entity. The only data that we store within the app are your scores in the exercises.