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မြန်မာဘာသာ? What language is this?

One might wonder to know that 45 million people speak 111 languages in Myanmar. Majority of Myanmars speak Myanmar language. Myanmar script draws its source from Brahmi script which flourished in India from about 500 B.C. to over 300 AD.

Myanmar script (often known as Burmese script) is basically similar to the Brahmi script. Both script systems are constructed with the components consisting of consonants, consonant combination symbols, vowel symbols related to the relevant consonants and diacritic marks indicating tone level (niggahita, visajjaniya). After the dissolution of King Asoka's Maurya Kingdom, the script changed gradually. The scripts which developed after Brahmi were named after kings such as Kusana, Gupta and Nagari in the north and Pallava, Kadamba, Calukya in the south. These Indian scripts spread to Tibet, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and such regions along with Indian beliefs and culture in the period A.D.. 100 to 800 A.D.

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Myanmar Text to Speech Software

Myanmar text to speech engine has been developed by young Myanmar entrepreneurs team, led by Ma Thinzar Phyo for Myanmar National Association of the Blind (MNAB), and was sponsored by KBZ Bank. The demo can be seen here.
 

Myanmar Literature

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Digging back in history, finding the fact that the Myanmar language itself is now more than 1000 years old, while English is only about 400 years gold, Myanmar literature can be expected to be far richer than most of the western languages.However, Myanmars are weak in fiction. It is believed that Buddhist conservatism has much influenced over writers that fictions are taught to be unreal and made-up stories, and therefore they are lies. In orthodox Buddhist teaching, making lies is a serious sin and is strictly prohibited. This has delayed the birth of the first fiction novel in Myanmar language till the early 1900s.
 

Myanmar, in Other Languages

It is interesteding to know how people of the world call "Myanmar" (မြန်မာ) in their languages.
 

Myanmar Useful Phrases

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How to say "Hi" or "Hello"
 

Famous Myanmar Quotes (Proverbs)

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People often refer to old saying, often called proverbs. These quotations are repetition of someone else's statement or thoughts. There are numerous Myanmar quotes throughout 1200 years of Myanmar language history.
 

Earliest Myanmar Script

The first Myanmar script ever found was a brief Myanmar phrase quoted within a Mon stone inscription. That was Myakan Mon stone inscription by King Kyansitthar saying "Maha Nibban Letswe Chi Ye".However, the first Myanmar stone inscription, "Yarza Komer stone inscription" (also known as "Mya Zedi stone inscription") is known to many as the first Myanmar script, although we should say Myazedi Stone Inscription is the first Myanmar document.
 

Navaho and Apache vs. Tibeto-Burman languages

Some famous linguists like Edwin Pulleyblank believe that there are certain relationship between Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman and the Athabascan group of Native American languages, including Navaho, Apache, Eskimo ethnic tribes.
 

Myanmar Script Development

Myanmar script grew and derived from Brahmi script from India. The Myanmar language is now almost 1000 years old, and its development started from about 12th century AD.
 

Myanmar Words adopted from other languages

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Even though some are not directly adopted, they seems somehow related.
 

Myanmar Alphabets & Numbers

Todays's Myanmar Alphabets
Myanmar script draws its source from Brahmi script which flourished in India from about 500 B.C. to over 300 AD. Myanmar script is basically similar to the Brahmi script. Both script systems are constructed with the components consisting of consonants, consonant combination symbols, vowel symbols related to the relevant consonants and diacritic marks indicating tone level (niggahita, visajjaniya). After the dissolution of King Asoka's Maurya Kingdom, the script changed gradually. The scripts which developed after Brahmi were named after kings such as Kusana, Gupta and Nagari in the north and Pallava, Kadamba, Calukya in the south. These Indian scripts spread to Tibet, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and such regions along with Indian beliefs and culture in the period A.D.. 100 to 800 A.D.