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Three-way Dictionary: Burmese-English and English-Burmese - With Tones for English Speakers [Paperback]

A.S. Min , N. Cunningham
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1 July 2009 1887521585 978-1887521581 Bilingual
A practical dictionary for English speakers with easy-to-use pronunciation and writing guide. It has three sections: English, Burmese script and Burmese sound. Also includes a handy chart of the Burmese letters in several fonts. Approx. 30,000 entries.

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  • Paperback: 948 pages
  • Publisher: Paiboon Publishing,Thailand; Bilingual edition (1 July 2009)
  • Language: Burmese, English
  • ISBN-10: 1887521585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887521581
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 10.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, unique resource 3 Aug 2009
This is the only small Burmese English dictionary we have ever come across. It's clear, concise and going to be so useful in out trips to Burmese people.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but International Phonetic pronunciation would make it beter. 7 Jan 2010
By Sue - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book because I work with English Language Learning students - many of whom are Burmese - and while it's certainly better than nothing (it IS a rather comprehensive dictionary), the IPA pronunciation and better instruction on phrase building would significantly improve this book. An aide in the classroom is a native speaker of Burmese, and she has to correct my pronunciation the majority of the time.

As a student of linguistics, and my exposure to dozens of languages, I might have an easier time than some when it comes to deciphering the pronunciation. If you're a beginner to the language, I won't suggest that you don't buy this book, but I would recommend that you use it as a companion guide to something else. While I'm personally not a huge fan of the Lonely Planet phrase books (for the same reason - the lack of proper IPA pronunciation), I appreciate the fact that they release phrase books for languages that a Westerner might consider obscure. As well, their version of phonetic pronunciation tends to be easier than that found in this book, and their low costs makes them worth the investment.

I give the book 3 stars because it's still useful, but not something to be used alone by a beginner. Pick up the Lonely Planet Burmese phrasebook to go with it. You'll be better off. Thanks for taking the time to read my comment.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent for a beginner 8 July 2010
By T. F. Rhoden - Published on Amazon.com
I thought it interesting that another reviewer had not recommend this dictionary for folks just starting out in Burmese.

I would have to disagree for two main reasons: 1) the vocabulary has all of the essentials that a student needs; and 2) the "Burmese Sound" section is obviously intended for beginners, because after you've spent some time with the script you should eventually be able to move beyond using any type of helping transliteration (whether it be IPA or not) and just work off the Burmese script which is fairly phonetic anyway.

For intermediate students I think other dictionaries might fit better. However, I think the dictionary deserves at least a solid four stars for what it sets out to accomplish. For the student just beginning to learn Burmese, I do not think you could come across a better dictionary!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful little dictionary 28 Dec 2009
By Jim - Published on Amazon.com
Great dictionary.

Divided into 3 sections - English, Burmese Script, and Phonetically spelled Burmese.

Includes a very large number of words for such a small book. (I haven't found any missing obvious ones, yet).

It uses a phonetical spelling that's closer to Mesher's than Orkell (so it spells hat like o'-hto' instead of ouq-t'ouq, as many other dictionaries do.)

I recommend it highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best on the Market 24 Oct 2010
By Thrah Rah - Published on Amazon.com
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I have seen several Burmese-English dictionaries and this is the best for English speakers. It provides the burmese word in script as well as the phonetic breakdown using the English alphabet. Most importantly, it provides several definitions. This is important because in English we can use the same word with different meanings such as 'inherit'. One can inherit a piece of land or a disease from their parents. That is two different words in Burmese. So, trying to tell someone they inherited a disease definitely isn't the same as someone inheriting a deadly disease.

The one thing I don't like about the book is its size. It is 'compact' in the sense it is about 5 x 4 (something like that). I use it every day, so I am not sure since it is a short fat book if it will stand up to the abuse. I think they should have made it taller.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 25 Mar 2014
By rake llama - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this is the best dictionary. My mother in law doesn't know English and I don't know burmese so she can easily point out a word and I can understand and vise versa
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