Burmese for Beginners App for iOS and Android

July 24, 2014


The latest popular destination in South East Asia is Myanmar which is now opening up to world tourism. It’s still early days but there has been a lot of interest in tourists in visiting this country. If you are someone visiting for a short time or someone who is investing a more long term interest, then the Burmese for Beginners app should be your top choice for learning the language. It is developed by the people who brought you the widely popular Thai for Beginners series. They already have a book called Burmese for Beginners and this new app nicely complements it. Click on any words or phrases and you get to hear a native speaker. That is the best and only way to learn a foreign language.

Link to Paiboon website iOS support page
Link to Paiboon website Android support page

Key Features of the Burmese for Beginners App:

  • Works on all Apple iOS and Android devices that support GooglePlay
  • This app teaches the language skills of speaking, listening and reading Burmese
  • Hear a native Burmese person speak 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 how to pronounce the Burmese words using Romanized letters 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 language lessons on your mobile device

A video demonstrating the key features of this app:



Thanks to the guys at Paiboon we have four copies of the Burmese for Beginners app to giver away. This competition is only for the iOS version. This means iPhone or iPad only. To enter the competition is simple.  Just post a comment below saying why you want to learn Burmese. It’s that easy. The competition ends at the end of the day on Sunday 27th July 2014. Good luck!

Scroll down to post a comment and to enter this competition >>>>

19 Responses to Burmese for Beginners App for iOS and Android

  1. juan
    July 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Would love to learn Burmese because I believe is the language of some of the most lovely people in Southeast Asia.

  2. Marina Mellis
    July 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Hey Mr. Barrow! I’ve been following you for as long as I’ve been on Twitter and I love looking at your pictures as well as getting real-time Thai news from you. I want to win the Burmese for Beginners app so I can read original Burmese sources, not only the ones translated into English. I wrote my senior thesis on Myanmar and I currently try to access real-time news from Myanmar for work, so this app would be beyond helpful. Thanks for considering my entry and keep up the awesome tweets!

  3. mrpeter
    July 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    mingelaba 😉
    i very much agree with juan & would also like to improve my language skills as i know a family over there quite well, that i plan to visit again later this year 🙂

  4. Phillip Nagano
    July 24, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I used to live in Myanmar and would live to learn more Burmese!

  5. Marbree
    July 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Heading to Myanmar in a few weeks and am so excited to be going. As a true beginner in Burmese this app would be an incredible tool. Everyone says the Burmese people are truly wonderful and I’d love to be able to exchange words in their language.

  6. Brian
    July 25, 2014 at 12:11 am

    I plan on traveling in Northern Myanmar this winter. This app would be very helpful. Thanks for all the info you share. I found your posts to be vital in staying safe and informed as I traveled in Thailand during the unrest this past winter.

  7. Peter asdam
    July 25, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I travel frequently to Myanmar and know many Burmese people. I learned Thai language also with Paiboon and already have their Thai app. So i think it is a good way to learn and start to learn more about this country.
    Mingala ba.

  8. Robert moore
    July 25, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I have been learning Thai with many Paiboon books for 4 years . Now I live in thailand and want to explore Myanmar

  9. cinivala
    July 26, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I am currently a medical student, and in my area we have a lot of recently-arrived Burmese speaking refugees, and I would love to have Burmese for Beginners to further my Burmese speaking ability to be able to better meet the medical needs of the wonderful, friendly Burmese people around me. It would be a delight to win a copy of Burmese for Beginners, thank you for considering me!

  10. Hummayun masood
    July 26, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    We going to asean and i love to learn burmese.its will great i can learn on my i phone anywhere any time.

  11. Andrew Jennings
    July 27, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I want to volunteer as a teacher at a school in Myanmar. Even a basic grasp of the language would be useful.

  12. CineFund
    July 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

    We have a project to take cinema screens through villages in Myanmar, starting next year. We will be screening educational content as well as entertaining media sourced from Youtube etc. Would be great for our staff to start learning Burmese before the project launches.

  13. Kenneth
    July 27, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    My friend is teaching in Burma now and loves it. Thinking if going for a visit, maybe even changing countries.

  14. Simon
    July 27, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I’d love to learn Burmese, as I’m there all of the time and having lived in Thailand for many years, I know what a difference it makes in breaking down barriers. Having a basic grounding in the home language is polite, and shows commitment to understanding local culture and sensibilities.

  15. Chris Wotton
    July 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    So I can navigate my way to some beautiful, untouched Burmese beaches!

  16. paul hastie
    July 28, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I was lucky enough to spend a summer there when I was fifteen… I desperately need a refresher course and a revisit to this magical country

  17. Richard Barrow
    July 28, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. It is now closed. I put all of the names into a randomizer and here are the four winners:


    I will be sending you an email shortly with the promo code so that you can redeem it from the apps store. There is a time limit on how long the code works so be quick.

  18. cinivala
    July 30, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Thanks so much for selecting me to win this app! I promise that I will put it to good use! jeizu dinbadeh/khop khun krap!

  19. Marbree
    July 30, 2014 at 10:42 am

    So happy to have this app, thank you for the chance to get my hands on it. Time to start studying!

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