At the end of Intermediate Burmese (100A, 100B), non-native students will be able to speak Burmese using basic sentence structures, conjunctions, and modifiers to discuss a history, literature, music, and current events. They will also be able to read and write simple literary-style paragraphs describing daily activities, food, travel, family life, home life, and pop culture.

Academic Year 2020-2021

Intermediate Burmese 100A/B (15 units)
Zoom Remote Learning
Wednesdays 4-6PM
Thursdays 4-6PM
Fridays 4-5PM
*Class time may change to accommodate the enrolled students' COVID-related travel restrictions.

Fulfills one year of language requirement.

Burmese 100A Fall 2020 (7.5 units): October 1, 2020 to December 11, 2020
Burmese 100B Winter/Spring 2021 (7.5 units): January 19, 2021 to May 14, 2021

Note: This is a distance learning class administered through UC Berkeley and conducted through Zoom. Students are required to attend the class and participate in live discussions during the designated times.



  • 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
  • Note: To enroll, student need to have successfully completed BURMESE 1A and 1B (Introductory Burmese), or possess basic Burmese speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.


  • Converting spoken Burmese into literary Burmese;
  • Composing biographical sketches, weather forecasts, and free verses in literary form;
  • Using the particles အတွက်၊ ဖို့၊ ကြောင့်၊ လို့ to describe the purpose for your actions;
  • Using the particles တုန်း၊ နေတုန်း၊ စဉ်၊ နေစဉ် to describe events that occur in parallel;
  • Converting verbs into nouns by adding the prefix အ or suffix ခြင်း;
  • Using quotes and paraphrases to recount conversations.


  •  Excerpts from “Give and Take” (အသွားနဲ့အပြန်), a short story byMa Sandar (မစန္ဒာ);
  • A 7 Day TV video report on the booksellers’ district in Yangon;
  • Two video reports from RFA and Myanmar Nowon hate speech.


  • Using double-word adverbs (နှင်းဖွဲဖွဲကျ၊ ခပ်ကုပ်ကုပ်လျှောက်၊ တနွဲ့နွဲ့ညွတ်) in Ma Sandar’s story;
  • Using onomatopoeic adverbs with sounds (တရှဲရှဲမြည်) in Ma Sandar’s story;
  • Using the auxiliary verb လိုက္to describe spur-of-the-moment or impulsive actions;
  • Using the auxiliary verbs လာ and သွားto describing developing actions and the aftermath of actions.


  • Writing the opening to a ghost story using double-word adverbs and onomatopoeic adverbs;
  • Delivering a mock TV news report; A collaborative project on the different definitions of “hate speech” (အမုန်းစကား).


Kenneth Wong is the author of A Prayer for Burma (Santa Monica Press, 2003), a travelogue and memoir about growing up under military rule; Survival Burmese: Phrasebook and Dictionary (Tuttle Publishing, 2017); Easy Burmese: a Complete Language Course and Pocket Dictionary (Tuttle Publishing, 2019). His short stories, articles, poetry translations, and essays have appeared in Myanmar Times, Irrawaddy, San Francisco Chronicle, AGNI, 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, March 10, 2020