Burmese is the official language of Myanmar and is the main lingua-franca in the country, as well as in international Burmese communities. It has over 30 million speakers worldwide. Myanmar is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has recently begun a process of 'opening up'.
Savour a “taste” of Burmese in this class and find out how it can enrich your degree at ANU!
Dr Yuri Takahashi is convenor and lecturer of Burmese at ANU College of Asia & the Pacific. She became interested in Myanmar in 1982. Later she obtained her MA (Burmese literature) from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and M.Phil and PhD (both in Modern Burmese intellectual history) from the University of Sydney. As a researcher on Burmese literature and culture, she has published many essays and translations. She worked for Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Burmese specialist for seven years. She is also a Burmese traditional music singer, studying Burmese classical songs from 1992 to 1994 with Sein Bo Tint, Myanmar’s leading musician while working for the Embassy of Japan in Yangon. Since 1996 she has performed regularly for the Sydney Burmese community.