The Burmese language

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The Burmese language belongs to the Tibeto-Burman language family and is spoken in Myanmar. This family includes multiple languages, some of which are spoken by large groups of people and others by smaller groups located in very isolated regions. Of the Tibeto-Burman languages, Burmese is the most widespread and is the mother tongue of 35 million people, collectively, while about 50 million speak it as their second language.

Unique aspects of the Burmese language

Burmese belongs to the tonal languages of Southeast Asia. This means that people convey meaning in the spoken language based on rises, falls, and volume of pitch, as well as how long vowels are held. Therefore, assigning different intonations to vowels can change the meaning of an expression entirely. For example, the same consonant and vowel sequence can mean “fee,” as well as “shake”. These linguistic features cause problems for Americans when learning these languages.

Burmese also has its own script. The oldest written evidence of Burmese dates back to the 12th century and was first printed in the early 19th century. Obviously, these aspects of Burmese mean that it’s especially important to only assign mother tongue translators to translate documents from or into the language.

Count on highly professional translations

Even though Burmese is spoken by more than 80 million people, collectively, professional translators for the language are not easy to find. That’s why our service is invaluable to you because we have an enormous network of translators, which include Burmese native speakers.

Are you in need of a high quality translation of a text into or from Burmese? Perhaps you have a birth certificate or marriage certificate that you need translated from Burmese into English and certified for the USCIS. We are accustomed to these and other requests, including challenging projects.

The skilled translators we assign to your Burmese translations possess professional experience and are highly qualified. We are able to offer you translations by native speakers into Burmese for a large number of subject areas.


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