Distance Burmese


Step into the world of Myanmar/Burma with this beginning (noncredit) distance Burmese course, a language spoken by the majority of people in Myanmar/ Burma. Instruction will be live and conducted by NIU Burmese Language Professor Tharaphi Than.

Taught in Burmese and English, this 20-hour, 10-week course assumes no prior knowledge of the language and is designed for students, professionals and others interested in learning Burmese in a flexible online format. Upon completion, students will be able to engage in everyday conversations and use the language for travel—from hiring a taxi to asking for a visa extension. You also will learn how to read and write basic colloquial Burmese.

Classes begin September 1, 2020. The class size is limited to 15. Three modules of Distance Burmese will be offered. Module 1 will be offered in fall 2020, Module 2 in spring 2021 and Module 3 on demand.

To learn more and enroll, please contact Professor Tharaphi Than at tthan@niu.edu.

Distance Burmese Registration Form

Course Requirements

  • Access to the internet
  • Colloquial Burmese by San San Hnin Tun (ISBN-13: 978-0415517300) students purchase on their own.

Course Modules

  • Beginning Level 1 (fall 2020)
  • Beginning Level 2 (spring 2021)
  • Beginning Level 3 (on demand)

Course Fees

  • $480 for Module 1 only
  • $960 for Modules 1-2
  • $1,440 for Modules 1-3


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