Burmese Please !!

I know there are loads of requests for many languages to get into the incubator, but I've never seen anyone mention Burmese, and I have a very good personal reason for longing to see some progress begin in this language: Firstly the written language (Alphabet) looks so extraordinarily pretty; but mostly because...

My son has married a lovely Burmese lady and My granddaughter has just had her 1st Birthday. She will grow up completely bi-lingual, and I would love to be able to speak to her in Burmese.

I know it probably will not rank high on the listings, when there are so many other languages on the waiting list, but Burmese for English, would be wonderful for me.

Any comments would be most welcome :)

March 10, 2014


If your daughter in law speaks fluent Burmese and English, she could apply to build the course. If the news gets out about that, there may be other bilinguals who can help.

March 10, 2014

Try to spread the word about the incubator, the course will only come to live if a decent number of bilinguals is found to build it! :)

Sweet reasoning though, good luck and have fun playing/speaking with your grandchild(ren)!

March 11, 2014

I just applied for the language incubator for Burmese. What else can we try to get the Burmese language as soon as possible in Duolingo?

July 26, 2017

I don't know myself. So far, I have not gotten any response yet.

November 14, 2017

Yea, same here!

May 29, 2018

You can put in a request here:

This isn't a formal survey but the goal is to give the mods an idea of what the people want. Although Burmese isn't likely to do well in the polls, it's worth a shot.

March 10, 2014

Burmese here. I think I can help out, but it's been a while since I write and read in it (speaking is more or less fine, because I still do it at home). Maybe I can contribute after a quick refresh.

EDIT: I'm still alive, but no... I haven't got any responses about the Incubator yet. On another note, the challenge is in using the fonts. Most of the Burmese use Zawgyi-One (non-Unicode), but I prefer to use an Unicode font, along with proper letters and types.

September 13, 2016

I will shower you with lingots. I have friends who speak Burmese, but its tough to learn. If you contribute, I will be eternally grateful!

November 3, 2016

Are you still there? PLease be here!

May 19, 2017

Yes, I'm still here! Just sent an application for it just now. I might be a bit rusty, but I can still help out with the base line. Here's to hoping that there'll be more contributors! :)

May 21, 2017

I just sent an application too! Please let me know when you get the response from the incubator.

July 26, 2017

Did you ever have any luck with it?

August 12, 2019

Did you ever have any luck?

August 12, 2019

There are a growing number of Burmese people in my area, and it would be great to find a way to connect with them. I hope this course takes off!

June 20, 2016

That would be so cool.Also have you read the book "Elephant run". it happens in myanmar.

May 21, 2016

I've always dreamed about visiting Myanmar and I'd really like to learn the language =)

September 12, 2016

Also another native Burmese-English bilingual here. Let's get this to the incubator someday :D

October 19, 2017

If you have the time and energy to contribute to it please do, Burmese is not as readily available to english speakers as many other languages and many of us would love to learn it!

August 12, 2019

I am learning Burmese/Myanmar Language and I would love to have it on duolingo.

I am using all sorts of resources: Videos on Youtube: Professor Bo Kenneth Wong Kaye lin Burglish Myanmar Idol Burmese music videos


Apps: Jw language app HelloTalk (for chat with natives)

Books: Pocket Burmese dictionary

May 1, 2017


May 19, 2017

Kenneth wong videos are very helpful indeed

November 13, 2017

YEA! I think he teaches Burmese at UCB.

November 13, 2017

omg i watch your yt channel!!@SNicolejo

December 20, 2018

Sorry for necroing but I second this, I speak burmese but I'm illiterate in it, so it would be useful for me as there doesn't seem to be a (good) guide on the alphabet anywhere.

September 12, 2017

Please add me to the list of people who want to learn Burmese!!! Yes, there is no decent place to learn Burmese, and it is a FAST-growing economy. Lots of business is starting in Burma. I was just there in February, and it was frustrating not to be able to learn the language with a decent language program. My wife is Burmese, and I'd love to talk to her family in Burmese. This is my #1 language choice.

September 27, 2017

I'm also interested in learning Burmese! Many of my older family members speak Burmese but are illiterate. Sadly my parents and other relatives are unwilling to teach a "dying" language. To me, I'd love to be able to speak this beautiful language freely with the older generation, without a translator.

I've visited Myanmar once many years ago. Because I was with relatives who spoke Cantonese and Burmese, I was able to get by. In my opinion, the country is full of lovely people, unique cultural treasures, culinary delights, and opportunities for economic growth. I would love to return for more visits in the future.

And just recently at the school district that I work in, I've noticed a recent influx of Burmese families attending. The school district does not have a translator on staff, so it is very expensive to outsource a translator. I think the Burmese community will only increase over time, and learning Burmese will help create and strengthen positive relationships.

November 10, 2017

I have a parent in the English Language class I teach that would love to have a Burmese option -- we use Duolingo for practice outside of class/for homework and I feel bad that she is not included in this. She is currently using quizlet to practice instead, but the point system on Duolingo is something I wanted to use to award a "most practiced" at the end of the school year!!

June 16, 2016

Great idea

October 3, 2016

I'm very interested in learning Burmese as well!

October 16, 2017

I too am a native speaker of Burmese! I am getting a sense of pride and gratitude for enthusiasm fellow learners are showing in this wonderful but particles-laden language :) Although I have lived outside Myanmar for more than 12 years, my grasp and skill of the language remains as good as when I left the country as my parents would not allow anyone to speak any language other than Burmese at home. That being said, I would certainly want to be a contributor to the course when it becomes available in Duolingo. Kyay Zuu Tin Par Dal XD

January 2, 2019

Lets keep this thread alive! We need to keep trying to get Burmese added to the incubator.

November 3, 2016

I would love to learn some Burmese as well.

December 31, 2016


May 19, 2017

I would like to see it too.

September 4, 2017

This would be amazing. Especially if it included some survival phrases.

September 18, 2017

i want it too!

November 19, 2017

My father speaks Burmese as his first language and it often feels like I'm barred from him and my relatives when they talk to each other. I would definitely want to learn the language if possible...

June 24, 2018

Still very interested in this! There aren't a lot of good resources for Burmese out there and Duolingo would be such a great way to start!

June 24, 2018

it would be great. there are almost none Burmese courses in all internet. Maybe few but i believe for Duolingo it would be excellent.

July 14, 2018

+1 user v keen for a Burmese course ✨

December 13, 2018

pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I want to learn toooooooooooo

April 10, 2019

Yes please, i can support this, but to be honest i feel like it will be a long time until this comes. :(

May 27, 2017

Go for it! I would definitely learn this language

June 11, 2017

It would be really cool

June 18, 2017

Yeah, the Burmese alphabet looks totally unique and fun to read. Same thing with Thai. It would be good if Duolingo added another SE Asia language. Maybe Duolingo should add Cambodian as well?

September 17, 2018

I started now to learn with "Burmese by ear" from the University of London. It is free on soundcloud. All links and the booklet are on the homepage of the university of London:

September 18, 2018

Thanks for sharing Takatu! Quite a useful resource.

September 19, 2018

Is there anyway that I can help to make that happened? I'm learning at the moment Burmese at the Humboldt University Berlin and could support the Integration in Duolingo.

October 28, 2018

I would like to learn Burmese too.

January 19, 2019

I'm glad to hear that. I've also applied in Duo.

May 25, 2019

I would love to see Burmese introduced to the Incubator as well, as my partner's family speaks it as a first language and I wish I could understand at least some of what they are saying.

August 12, 2019
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