February 21, 2017

Resources to learn Chinese Mandarin. I wish similar resources available for Burmese.

Hello again!

Here are some free++ websites and mobile apps to learn Mandarin. I really wish similar resources are available for Burmese learners!
  1. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pinyin-trainer-by-trainchinese/id376797304?mt=8. Mobile app. First, if you are a complete beginner, train your pronunciation (don't forget the tones) with this!
  2. http://languagedrops.com/. Mobile app. Adding your vocab with this very fun game! Various languages are available.
  3. http://chineseskill.com/cs.html. Mobile app. This is my favorite for quite a long time, and it is free (mostly). "a game-based and structured curriculum optimized for English-speaking beginners". Lots of vocab, some grammar & sentences. The content is frequently added and updated.
  4. http://ce.linedict.com/#/cnen/home. Web and mobile app. Another interesting resource with plenty materials. 
  5. http://www.thechairmansbao.com/the-chairmans-bao-app/. Mobile app. "The 1st Chinese online simplified newspaper dedicated to those learning Mandarin.". This is very good for more advanced learners, where you can learn beyond vocab: a set of sentences and paragraphs; yet you can always break them down.
  6. https://chinesepod.com/. Web. Chinese lesson videos.
  7. http://english.cntv.cn/learnchinese/. Web. This is for advanced learners.
  8. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ktdict-c-e-chinese-english/id291179703?mt=8. Mobile app. One of the most favorite Chinese dictionary apps.
  9. http://www.youku.com/. Web and mobile app. Time to watch movies!
If you have more resources, please let me know, especially the ones to learn Burmese!

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December 15, 2016


We have published a 30 day challenge Learn Basic Burmese workbook. You can download it for free here: http://www.bamalearnburmese.com/bama_class/30dc/30dc.html.
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June 21, 2016

BAMALearnBurmese.com Highlight Colloquial Sentences


Some terms below borrowed from: Language, Vol. 20, No. 4, Language Dissertation No. 38: Outline of Burmese Grammar (Oct. - Dec., 1944), 5-34. 

(+) စားတယ်။ = (someone -- can be me, you, she, ...) eat. 
(-) မစားဘူး။ = (someone -- can be me, you, she, ...) don't eat. 
(?) စားလား။ = Do (someone, can be me, you, she, ...) eat?

Note: COLLOQUIAL Burmese often exclude pronoun. 
There are a lot of variant for above sentences. The variant might have the same meaning, slightly different, or a lot different. Often, the change of suffix change the tone of sentence. 

Find basic suffixes here! 

စားတယ် = to eat (verb). 
စားတယ်။ = (someone -- can be me, you, she, ...) eat. 
စားပါတယ်။ = (someone -- can be me, you, she, ...) eat. [ပါ adds politeness] 
စား။ = Eat! [imperative sentence] 
စားပါ။ = Please eat. [polite imperative sentence] 
စားပါအုံး။ = Please eat. [sounds more friendly] 
စားပါရှင်။ = Please eat, (polite tag of woman speaker). [with polite tag, making the sentence sounds more polite] 
မစားပါနဲ့။ = Please don't eat. [negative imperative sentence]

Here are more! Pay attention to the order of the words; though it is possible there are other variants to the word order. 

Notice the "hotdog" comes first.

ဟော့ဒေါ့စားခဲ့တယ်။ = (someone) ate hotdog. [past tense] 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားတယ်။ = (someone) eat hotdog. [past or present tense] 
ဘာစားသလဲ။ = What does (someone) eat? 
ဘာစားမလဲ။ = What to eat? 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စား(သ)လား။ = (does someone) eat hotdog? 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားတယ်နော်။ = (someone) eat hotdog, right? [asking the listener to agree with you] 

ဟော့ဒေါ့စားနေတယ်။ = (someone) is eating hotdog. [continuous] 

ဟော့ဒေါ့စားမယ်။ = (someone) will eat hotdog. [future tense] 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားမလား။ = Should (someone) eat hotdog? 

ဟော့ဒေါ့စားချင်တယ်။ = (someone) wants to eat hotdog. 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားချင်လား။ = Does (someone) want to eat hotdog? 

ဟော့ဒေါ့စားပြီးပြီ။ = (someone) has finished eating hotdog. 

ဟော့ဒေါ့စားပြီးပြီလား။ = Has (someone) finished eating hotdog?

You may use it as a customer asking if hotdog is available to order.

ဟော့ဒေါ့ဆိုရလား။ = Is hotdog ok? 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားရမလား။ = Should (someone) eat hotdog? 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားမလား။ = Is hotdog ok? or Wanna eat hotdog? 
ဟော့ဒေါ့ရတယ်။ = Hotdog is ok. 
ဟော့ဒေါ့စားလို့ရတယ်။ = Hotdog is ok.

Adding time and other adverb.

မနက်ဖြန်ညစာဟော့ဒေါ့စားမယ်ရလား။ = Is hotdog for tomorrow dinner ok?

Express like or dislike.

ဟော့ဒေါ့ကြိုက်တယ်။ = (someone) like (to eat) hotdog. 
ဟော့ဒေါ့ကြိုက်သလား။ = Does (someone) like hotdog? 
ဟော့ဒေါ့သိပ်မကြိုက်ပါဘူး။ = (someone) don't very much like hotdog.

Classifier/counter words and asking people to do something for you.

ဟော့ဒေါ့တစ်ခုပေးပါ။ = Please bring 1 hotdog. 
[N] + # + c.w. + [V] 
ဟော့ဒေါ့အခုနှစ်ဆယ်ပါဆလ်ပေးပါ။ = Twenty hotdog for take away, please. 
For round number: [N] + (အ)c.w. + # + [V]