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Burmese (Myanmar): An Introduction to the Literary Style (Southeast Asian Language Text) [Paperback]

John Okell

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15 Nov 2010 0875806457 978-0875806457 Reprint
Burmese has two styles of speaking and writing: the colloquial style, which is used for talking to friends and for writing letters, and the literary style, which is used in more formal contexts, such as academic articles, newspaper reports, and narrative passages in fiction. This volume, the final book in a four-part Burmese language course, introduces learners to the literary style. It assumes a prior knowledge of Burmese script and a grounding in the colloquial style.Okell starts with simple sentences, and, over a series of short lessons, gradually increases the range of vocabulary and the level of complexity. The texts Okell uses for study are excerpts from Burmese children's schoolbooks highlighting themes of home- and school-life and Burmese nationalism and independence. Each passage is accompanied by a full translation and is followed by a set of exercises designed to familiarize the reader with the new vocabulary and sentence structures. Accompanying audio files allow students to hear the texts read aloud. Language professors, their students, or those learning Burmese on their own will appreciate the accessible approach and the manageable size of the lessons of the very practical textbooks in this series.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press; Reprint edition (15 Nov 2010)
  • Language: Burmese
  • ISBN-10: 0875806457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875806457
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 21 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,016,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Okell, now retired, was for many years Lecturer in Burmese at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is the author of "First Steps in Burmese" and "A Reference Grammar of Colloquial Burmese" and coauthor of "Burmese/Myanmar: A Dictionary of Grammatical Forms, " and he continues to teach short courses in Thailand, in Burma, in Spain, in the USA, and at SOAS.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent learning tool 1 July 2012
By tada2001 - Published on Amazon.com
A very thorough and well thought-out textbook with 46 individual lessons, additional phrases and dialogues towards the end of the book. The accompanying mp3 audio files can be downloaded for free from the publisher's website. Each exercise introduces a topic that is then used to practice new grammar and vocabulary with the help of the audio files. The first 10 lessons also include a pronunciation guide. Review chapters appear at regular intervals to help solidify the knowledge. This is how a proper language textbook should be laid out and it sets the bar high for any future textbooks on the Myanmar language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Sep 2012
By T. F. Rhoden - Published on Amazon.com
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I really cannot recommend this text enough.

For anyone who has about a year (or two) of spoken Burmese underneath them, this book is perfect for transitioning from colloquial speech to the foundations of literary written style. Okell makes the transition a very easy one by utilizing authentic elementary and grade school lessons taken from actual Burmese school textbooks. He then adds additional exercises and explanations for EVERY word or phrase in the text. In this way, one could almost use the text by one's self without the help of an instructor, since every literary quiddity is broken down into its separate parts and compared to its colloquial(and easier) form.

Also, a big plus for me is the reference grammar and reference vocabulary. This is perfect, since you won't have to carry around an extra dictionary when referencing words within the text.

It may seem surprising, but the basics of literary style are not that difficult. Once the new vocab is understood (and memorized), it's amazing how much more I can read now. After finishing the book one is ready to move onto more difficult things like trying to understand newspaper writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The go-to book for learning the Burmese script 22 Nov 2012
By Ananda - Published on Amazon.com
This is probably the best introductory book out there to learn the Burmese language. The audio recordings are extremely helpful to get the tones correct. John Okell does a thorough job of explaining the usage and pronunciations of all the consonants, vowels, and the different rule exceptions. It is good for self-study, but will be better if one can find a native Burmese speaker to help if there are questions. This new edition comes with free mp3 files available on the publishing site for free so no more hassles with cassettes!
5.0 out of 5 stars great!!!! 19 Jan 2014
By Steven Osma - Published on Amazon.com
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This is really a great learning tool. I would have preferred they taught how to pronounce the numbers in the lessons in intro to script but it is taught early in the intro to spoken language so it kind of makes up for it. Overall I had a great time with the lessons I am going through and I having sill having a great time and the audio files really does act as a FANTASTIC supplement. I must recommend you not buy just intro to script or intro to language as they specialize in their individual subject only. It may seem like a shame that you must buy two books and read them at the same time but it is definitely worth it because Okell does an excellent job in teaching in the script and the language and keeping them as separate books was probably the only way to teach script and language the best.
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent intro to the language 24 Oct 2013
By linda fulponi - Published on Amazon.com
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this is an excellent book/audio to learn the sound of the Burmese language. Learning the spoken language and the script are to be highly recommended. This is not a quick or easy task but i am sure the rewards will be long lasting or at least i hope so
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