- Total units 24 Units
- Areas of interest Asian Languages, Language Studies
- Specialisation code BURM-SPEC
- Academic career Postgraduate
Burmese is the official language of Myanmar and is the main lingua-franca in the country, as well as in international Burmese communities. It has over 30 million speakers worldwide. Myanmar is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has recently begun a process of ‘opening up’. Burmese has a rich literary and cultural tradition and a thriving publishing industry. ANU is committed to the study of Myanmar, and in 2015 the Myanmar Research Centre was established to strengthen the University’s relationship with Myanmar. By completing this specialisation, students committed to engaging with Myanmar will gain not only language skills but also a deep understanding of the rich Burmese culture and social attitudes.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Demonstrate a solid knowledge of the grammar of literary Burmese and the vocabulary appropriate for this style.
2. Apply Burmese speaking skills to maintain extended conversations on a range of professional and academic topics.
3. Analyse extended passages written in Burmese literary style and critique colloquial style texts.
4. Write extended passages in the literary style and in colloquial Burmese.