Myanmar language (Burmese)

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Interesting Fact

The Myanmar language has no adjectives; rather, everything is described using verbs.


The Myanmar language (or Burmese) is the language of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. It is part of the Sino-Tibetan language group with Chinese.

It uses the Burmese alphabet, which is made of 33 consonants and 12 vowels (compared to 21 consonants and 5 vowels in English). There are no spaces between words although a space made be added between clauses to make it easier to read.

Myanmar doesn’t have adjectives (e.g. beautiful, pretty) as such but uses verbs with a specific particle (e.g. person + be beautiful).

The “standard” variant of the Myanmar language is spoken around the Irrawaddy River valley. It is a diglossic language – it has a formal written form used in newspapers and the like and an informal form used for any informal communication such as speech, television or even comics.

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