Ranging from an intensive, individual Burmese language course at our London training centre to an in-company group Burmese course at your offices, Communicaid can provide you and your organisation with a language course that meets your needs. With training centres in London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York providing countrywide coverage and partner organisations worldwide, Communicaid is uniquely placed to be your local, national and international training partner for Burmese courses.
Why attend a Burmese course in London? Our Burmese courses are highly personalised and designed to improve your Burmese communication and language skills, whether your focus is social, business, financial, diplomatic or legal. Upon completion of a Burmese course with Communicaid here in London, you will have the confidence to communicate in Burmese with colleagues, clients and suppliers.
Location: In addition to our Burmese courses in London, we are also able to provide Burmese language training courses worldwide via our global training centres and international partners.
Benefits of our Burmese language course
A Communicaid Burmese training course will provide you with the ability to:
- Speak more confidently when communicating with Burmese speakers
- Interact more effectively when visiting Myanmar or a Burmese-speaking region
- Build rapport and strengthen relationships with Burmese-speaking colleagues and
counterparts through a show of interest in the Burmese language and culture
- Demonstrate goodwill and facilitate international communication at both a personal and
Who should attend our Burmese school
A Communicaid Burmese language course is suitable for:
- Anyone working with Burmese speakers
- Anyone planning to relocate to Myanmar and wishing to attend a Burmese course in order to
prepare in advance for their assignment
- Business professionals conducting business regularly with Burmese speakers who wish to
build rapport and strengthen relationships by attending a Burmese course
- Government and non-governmental agency representatives working in Burma or a Burmese-
speaking region who need to be able to communicate at all levels
Burmese course content
The content and format of your Burmese language training course will depend on your profession, proficiency in Burmese and objectives. Whether beginner, survival, intermediate or advanced, key areas covered in all our Burmese courses include:
- Spoken fluency
- Listening skills
- Pronunciation and accent
- Reading skills
- Telephone skills in Burmese
- Email skills in Burmese
- Sector-specific terminology
- Presentation & negotiation skills
Communicaid’s Burmese courses are available seven days a week, 365 days a year. Training takes place between 08:00 and 20:00 although courses are also available outside of these hours upon request.
Suitable tailored and published Burmese course materials will be used throughout, with recommendations on self-study material and extra reading made at the beginning and during your Burmese course.
We offer a variety of training formats for your Burmese course – from intensive, weeklong courses to extensive, modular lessons. Appropriate formats will be discussed during your diagnostic consultancy (please click here to read more about our approach).
Burmese course trainer
All Communicaid Burmese trainers are native speakers with at least 3 years’ professional Burmese training experience. In addition to relevant academic and linguistic qualifications and experience, many of our Burmese trainers also possess considerable exposure and expertise in the professional world.
Your Burmese trainer will be assigned to you following the results of your diagnostic consultancy according to your objectives and areas of focus. Detailed below is a sample profile of a member of our Burmese training team.
CN is Burmese by birth. After completing his Masters Degree in Rangoon, Burma, CN moved to the UK where he worked in community relations for ten years. During this time, CN also worked as an outside contributor for the BBC World Service’s Burmese Section. Since 1997, CN has been delivering Burmese courses in London as a freelance Burmese trainer. His experience includes working as a visiting lecturer at the University of London as well as working with government organisations. His learners include post-graduates in Burmese through to British diplomats requiring an introduction to the Burmese language.
||– Facts about the Burmese language
Burmese is the common name for the language of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). However, within Burmese, there is a distinction made between the spoken and written forms, each with its own name: Ba-ma represents the spoken, colloquial form and myan-ma is used to indicate the written language. The spoken form was heavily influenced by various European languages between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries but the written language was not. Consequently, the two forms are very difference in vocabulary as well as well syntactical constructions.
Burmese is the official language of Myanmar but is spoken also in neighbouring countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Laos and Singapore as well as in North America and Australia as a result of emigration. It is estimated that 32 million people speak Burmese as a first language worldwide.
Burmese belongs to the Tibeto-Burman branch of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages. The Burmese language’s standard dialect is derived from Yangon (formerly Rangoon) but there are many distinct dialects in use throughout the country, all of which are mutually intelligible.
Burmese is written using a modified Mon script, which is ultimately derived from the Brahmi script from India. A syllabic script, written Burmese uses symbols representing 33 consonants and 14 vowels.