This course is intended for beginners with little or no exposure to the language. It focuses primarily on Colloquial (or Spoken) Burmese, with some excursions into the Literary Style, usually reserved for written texts. Distance learning students must be present in the class during the designated class time. Lessons conducted via video conferencing.

Academic Year 2019-2020

Introductory Burmese 1A/B (15 units)
Powell Library Room 270
Wednesdays 4-6PM
Thursdays 4-6PM
Fridays 4-5PM

Fulfills one year of language requirement.

Intro Burmese 1A Fall 2019: September 26, 2019 to December 12, 2019
Intro Burmese 1B Winter-Spring 2020: January 22, 2020 to May 8, 2020


  • Currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student
  • Minimum GPA required: 2.0 for undergraduate students, 3.0 graduate students
  • Must be already enrolled in minimum 12 units at UCLA 


  • Pose and respond to yes-no questions;
  • Pose and respond to who, what, where, when questions;
  • Use auxiliary verbs to say: have done something, can do something, have the skills to do something, dare to do something, and must do something;
  • Construct if-then statements;
  • Use the conjunctions but, because, and therefore to join statements;
  • Read and write words in the six basic diacritic families: a, ee, u, ay, ae, aw.


  • Lyrics of a Burmese pop song by Chit Kaung;
  • A contemporary poem by Khayan Byah Htet Lu;
  • A Telenor TV commercial.


Kenneth Wong is the author of A Prayer for Burma (Santa Monica Press), a travelogue and memoir; Survival Burmese: Phrasebook and Dictionary (Tuttle); Easy Burmese: a Complete Language Course and Pocket Dictionary (Tuttle). His short stories, articles, poetry translations, and essays have appeared in Myanmar Times, Irrawaddy, San Francisco Chronicle, AGNI, and Eleven Eleven, among others. 



 Because it takes a few weeks for the enrollment to be processed, students are asked to start the enrollment process at least four weeks before classes begin.

  1. If interested, contact the instructor Kenneth Wong at for an initial language assessment.
  2. To officially enroll, contact Magda Yamamoto at to schedule a meeting. 
  3. The students should have the following forms ready when making the appointment:

Undergraduate students: Simultaneous Enrollment Form

Graduate students: Intercampus Exchange Program Application
(The form must be approved by the department chair.)






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Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2019