Language Scientific’s Burmese Translation Services

Language Scientific provides high quality Burmese translation services, supplying technical, medical and scientific translation, localization and interpreting into and out of Burmese. We are a US-based language services company serving over 1,500 global corporations. Our specialization, focus, industry-leading quality management standards and customer-centered attitude have earned us the trust of many of the world’s best technology, engineering, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies.

Language Scientific has two divisions—Technical and Engineering Localization and Translation Services Division and Medical and Pharmaceutical Localization and Translation Services Division. Both groups provide a full range of Burmese language services including:

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Burmese Language Statistics/Facts

The Burmese language is the official language of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Burmese is the native language of the Bamar or Burmans, a dominant ethnic faction of Burma making up two-thirds of the country’s population.

Burmese has a largely monosyllabic, tonal, syllable-timed quality. It follows a subject-object-verb sentence pattern. Specific emphasis is made on the status and the gender of the audience as pronouns would vary based on whoever is being spoken to. Burmese takes some loanwords from Indo-European languages, such as English, mostly in the form of nouns.

The Burmese language imported words from Sanskrit for religion, Chinese for games and food jargon, Hindi for shipping, food and administration. It also borrowed a handful of Portuguese words and other European languages.

Burmese is classified as part of the Tibeto-Burman group of spoken languages, considered as a sub-family of the Sino-Tibetan family of spoken languages. Currently, Burmese is spoken as a first language by 32 million people, and by approximately 10 million as a second language. It is also being regulated by the Myanmar language Commission.

Burmese Dialects

Dialect Region
ShanShan State, eastern Burma region; spoken by approximately 3,200,000
KarenKaren State, southern and southeastern Burma region; spoken by approximately 2,600,000
Kachin or JingphoKachin State, northern Burma region; spoken by approximately 900,000
ChinChin State, western Burma region; spoken by approximately 780,000
MonMon State, southern Burma region; spoken by approximately 750,000
RakhineRakhine State, western coast of Burma; spoken by approximately 730,000

Countries Where Burmese Is Spoken

  • Burma
  • Singapore
  • United States
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand

Burmese-Speaking Country Data

Country: Burma/Myanmar

Capital: Naypyidaw
Population: 55,123,814
Parliamentary Republic: President Htin Kyaw
Currency: Kyat
GDP (ppp): $5,800
Unemployment: 4.8%
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Industries: Agriculture processing, wood and wood products, mining of iron, tungsten, tin and copper, petroleum and natural gas, gems (such jade and rubies), garments

Country: Malaysia

Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Population: 31,381,992
Federal Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy: King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak
Currency: Ringgit
GDP (ppp): $27,300
Unemployment: 3.3%
Government Type: Federal Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Industries: Mining, logging, rubber and palm oil processing, pharmaceuticals, electronics, agriculture

Country: Singapore

Capital: Singapore
Population: 5,888,926
Parliamentary  Republic: President Halimah YACOB
Currency: Singapore Dollar
GDP (ppp): $87,900
Unemployment: 2.1%
Government Type: Parliamentary  Republic
Industries: Electronics, financial services, chemicals, oil drilling equipment, processed food and beverage

Country: Thailand

Capital: Bangkok
Population: 68,414,135
Constitutional Monarchy: King WACHIRALONGKON Bodinthrathepphayawarangkun
Currency: Baht
GDP (ppp): $16,900
Unemployment: 0.9%
Government Type: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Industries: Industry: Automotive parts and automobiles, electric appliances, financial services, computers and parts, agricultural processing, garments and textiles, cement, beverages, tobacco

Burmese History

Humans first settled in Burma sometime around 11,000 BC as evidenced by cave paintings and discoveries of stone tools. This was the Neolithic age when animals were domesticated and crops were first used. After the Bronze and Iron ages the first city states were formed by the peoples of the Pyu culture.

The earliest evidence of the Burmese is the 12th century inscription called the Rajakumar. The introduction of the Pyu culture was believed to have the form and structure of the old Tibeto-Burman languages from which the Burmese language evolved. Soon after, the Pyu’s power was challenged by the Pagan Empire.

Imperial Burma flourished into life around 1000 AD when the Pagan Empire rose into prominence. This was then laid open to the introduction of Theravada Buddhism across the whole region and the Pagan Empire built many temples throughout the land which are a big draw for the interested traveler today.

Mongol raids came and went across the region and the Pagan way of life finally succumbed around the 16th century. Shan states and the Ava and Hanthawaddy Kingdoms then took over until a forming of the three made the back bone of the resistance to neighboring Siam now modern Thailand. This unification process continued and a united Burma was the ready to embrace such partnerships with nations such as the British Empire and other European powers.

The British visitors heavily influenced Burma in the following years. Trade and infrastructure and learning the English language soon followed. Rangoon became an important port between British India and Singapore and it was no surprise to see the whole of Burma targeted by the invading Japanese army during World War II. As the location to many war time incidents, Burma was finally freed once the war ended. However, Burmese independence was overrun by a military regime locking the country away until a tide of recent freedoms have swept Burma to the front of the world’s attention.

The official language of Burma as it is known today is the primary language of instruction in schools and offices. Its tonal and complex consonantal structure is spoken by Burmese expatriates even in small communities across Asia and in other parts of the world.