Note: If you want to use Unicode fonts you are requested to continue to the new dictionary.
Help for the Burmese-English-Burmese (Myanmar) Online Dictionary
This dictionary is intended for "home-use". It is the work of a non-professional – concerning both programming and linguistics. Please contact me if you find any errors or bugs! (See also About the dictionary)
in the search term – words or word-fragments – , choose the
search direction and press return or click the "search‟-button.
If you submit more than one word, you will receive as well results
for every individual word. In the list of the results you will be
able to click on words to launch a new search. If your search didn't return any results, we will try to give you a hint for a modified search.
If you see instead of Burmese words only meaningless blocks of Latin letters, then you still have to update your browser or install the right Burmese font.
The available vocabulary is neither big nor of scientific accuracy. Please understand that the translations offered for a word only present a small scope of all possible meanings. Since we combined both directions (Burmese-English and English-Burmese) in one dictionary, you will find together with precise translations also paraphrases where the languages don't provide sufficient congruence. Unlike many printed dictionaries, we often preferred the spoken variant to the formal. We try to standardize, extend and update the database from time to time, but this all depends on volunteering since we don't receive any funding. So please be patient.
"Only exact match" finds only whole words, no parts.
Extending your search on words with "similar Burmese consonants" is useful if you don't know the exact spelling in Burmese.
Searching with "similar English pronunciation" will try to match English terms also by the way they could be pronounced. This feature is provided by a so-called "soundex" function which sometimes is not very precise. This option can be helpful if you're not sure about how to spell the English word and only know how to speak it. Attention: For technical reasons, "Similar English pronunciation" will deactivate "Only exact match".
Tip: click on after the search results to be taken to the English pronunciation with many audible examples and further explanatins. This part is provided by Merriam-Webster.
Behind the entries you find an icon depicting a pen. Click here if you think that our translation is not correct or if you want to add something. All suggested changes will be revised before made public. (Again, please count with some time to process them.)
(this additional information is available only for some words)
(pej.) pejorative - negative meaning, use carefully!
(coll.) colloquial - not written style
(obs.) obsolete - old fashioned, out of use
Use the virtual keyboard to type Burmese words with your mouse pointer on the screen. You can open it as new window by clicking on "Use virtual keyboard". The Burmese letters will appear in the top left edge while you type. The keys and move the cursor to the left or right.
The Burmese font
If you use a browser of the newer generation, the font will load automatically and you won't have to install it. This is a new feature that possibly still has to be fine-tuned.
|Browser||Version||Font Loads Automatically|
|Firefox (Gecko)||3.5+ (1.9.1)||OK|
|Safari (WebKit)||3.1+ (525)||OK|
If you see instead of Burmese characters some meaningless blocks of letters then you probably have to install the font Wwin_Burmese1 manually on your computer. It can be downloaded here:
After installation, you might have to restart your browser. You can check the installation of the font by starting a word editor, choosing the font Wwin_Burmese1 (which should be available now) and typing some text.
Most entries were provided by users and volunteers.
Among others we use as reference:
You can buy some dictionaries and language courses (book, audio or software) on these pages: Shop of Burma Center Prague
obliged to my wife for her helpful advice and her great support to
maintain and feed the database!
A big Thank You goes also to friends and users who submitted new words, and not least for the many encouraging comments, which helped us to continue this service! Thank you in advance for any financial support, no matter how small!
Burmese Language at "Omniglot"
Printed Burmese dictionaries
Burmese English (en.wikipedia)
Learn Burmese in an innovative way with an online coach through Skype (by glovico.org)
go to the dictionary
(Please understand that we are only volunteers and cannot reply immediately.)
This dictionary - software and vocabulary - is provided as part of the work of Burma Center Prague and remains the property of the authors. Links to explanations and pronunciation ("balloon" icons): From the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary at www.Merriam-Webster.com.
The term "Burmese" is preferred to the alternative one "Myanmar" since it makes a better distinction between the names for language and country. Also, the authors feel that official names of countries, language etc. must be legitimized by the people, not by those who are in power for the single reason that they have the guns.