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Myanmar (Burmese)Mymr

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Changes in Shape to the Myanmar Script
Marma language carving in the Myanmar script
Names of Months and Days in Burmese
Names of Months and Days in Shan
Sample from the book of Matthew

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Writing systems that use this script (27)
Name Code Is used to write language
Aiton written with Myanmar script aio-Mymr Aiton [aio]
Akha written with Myanmar script ahk-Mymr Akha [ahk]
Asho Chin written with Myanmar script csh-Mymr Chin, Asho [csh]
Burmese written with Myanmar script my Burmese [mya]
Bwe Karen written with Myanmar script bwe-Mymr Karen, Bwe [bwe]
Geba Karen written with Myanmar script kvq-Mymr Karen, Geba [kvq]
Khamti written with Myanmar script kht-Mymr Khamti [kht]
Lamkang written with Myanmar script lmk-Mymr Lamkang [lmk]
Manumanaw Karen written with Myanmar script kxf-Mymr Karen, Manumanaw [kxf]
Marma written with Myanmar script rmz-Mymr Marma [rmz]
Moken written with Myanmar script mwt-Mymr Moken [mwt]
Mon written with Myanmar script mnw-Mymr Mon [mnw]
Old Burmese written with Myanmar script obr-Mymr Burmese, Old [obr]
Pa'o Karen written with Myanmar script blk-Mymr Karen, Pa'o [blk]
Pali written with Myanmar script pi-Mymr Pali [pli]
Phake written with Myanmar script phk-Mymr Phake [phk]
Pwo Eastern Karen written with Myanmar script kjp-Mymr Karen, Pwo Eastern [kjp]
Pwo Western Karen written with Myanmar script pwo-Mymr Karen, Pwo Western [pwo]
Rakhine written with Myanmar script rki-Mymr Rakhine [rki]
Ruching Palaung written with Myanmar script pce-Mymr Palaung, Ruching [pce]
Rumai Palaung written with Myanmar script rbb-Mymr Palaung, Rumai [rbb]
S'gaw Karen written with Myanmar script ksw-Mymr Karen, S'gaw [ksw]
Sanskrit written with Myanmar script sa-Mymr Sanskrit [san]
Shan written with Myanmar script shn-Mymr Shan [shn]
Shwe Palaung written with Myanmar script pll-Mymr Palaung, Shwe [pll]
Tai Laing written with Myanmar script tjl-Mymr Tai Laing [tjl]
Western Kayah written with Myanmar script kyu-Mymr Kayah, Western [kyu]

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  • Historically, Burmese was inscribed on stone, a method which lent itself to angular letters, but changes over time led to the current alphabet consisting almost entirely of rounded letters. One theory is that when the script began to be primarily written on palm leaves, the shapes changed. Angular shapes written on palm leaves with a reed pen could easily split the leaves, whereas rounded shapes were less problematic.

    ContributorScriptSource Staff
  • This is a text sample showing the Marma language written in the Myanmar script. The text was carved by Tim Brookes, as part of the  Endangered Alphabets Project. The words are from a short poem by Tim Brookes, which can be translated, "These are our words, shaped by our hands, our tools, our history. Lose them and we lose ourselves."

    Source

    From an original carving by Tim Brookes. Used with permission.

    Copyright© Tim Brookes 2012
    LicenseCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Allows modification and redistribution
    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • Gregorian Calendar

    Months

    January: ဇန်နဝါရီ (ဇန်, ဇ)

    February: ဖေဖော်ဝါရီ (ဖေ, ဖ)

    March: မတ် (မတ်, မ)

    April: ဧပြီ (ဧ, ဧ)

    May: မေ (မေ, မ)

    June: ဇွန် (ဇွန်, ဇ)

    July: ဇူလိုင် (ဇူ, ဇ)

    August: ဩဂုတ် (ဩ, ဩ)

    September: စက်တင်ဘာ (စက်, စ)

    October: အောက်တိုဘာ (အောက်, အ)

    November: နိုဝင်ဘာ (နို, န)

    December: ဒီဇင်ဘာ (ဒီ, ဒ)

    Days

    Sunday: တနင်္ဂနွေ (တနင်္ဂနွေ, တ)

    Monday: တနင်္လာ (တနင်္လာ, တ)

    Tuesday: အင်္ဂါ (အင်္ဂါ, အ)

    Wednesday: ဗုဒ္ဓဟူး (ဗုဒ္ဓဟူး, ဗ)

    Thursday: ကြာသပတေး (ကြာသပတေး, က)

    Friday: သောကြာ (သောကြာ, သ)

    Saturday: စနေ (စနေ, စ)

    For further information on calendar data, see  Unicode Technical Report #35.

    Source Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR)
    Copyright© 1991-2011 Unicode, Inc.
    LicenseRestricted content - see terms below

    All rights reserved. Distributed under the Terms of Use at  www.unicode.org/copyright.html.

    ContributorScriptSource Staff
  • Gregorian Calendar

    Days

    Sunday: ဝၼ်းဢႃတိတ်ႉ

    Monday: ဝၼ်းၸၼ်

    Tuesday: ဝၼ်းဢင်းၵၼ်း

    Wednesday: ဝၼ်းၽုတ်ႉ

    Thursday: ဝၼ်းၽတ်း

    Friday: ဝၼ်းသုၵ်း

    Saturday: ဝၼ်းသဝ်

    For further information on calendar data, see  Unicode Technical Report #35.

    Source Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR)
    Copyright© 1991-2011 Unicode, Inc.
    LicenseRestricted content - see terms below

    All rights reserved. Distributed under the Terms of Use at  www.unicode.org/copyright.html.

    ContributorScriptSource Staff
  • An excerpt from the book of Matthew, written in the Pa'o Karen language, using the Myanmar script. This image is taken from the document  Proposal for encoding one additional Myanmar character for Pa’o Karen in the UCS written by Michael Everson and Martin Hosken in 2009. Image used with permission.

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    Michael Everson and Martin Hosken, 2009, Proposal for encoding one additional Myanmar character for Pa’o Karen in the UCS

    Copyright© 2009 Michael Everson and Martin Hosken
    LicenseCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Allows modification and redistribution
    ContributorSteph Holloway

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Copyright © 2017 SIL International and released under the  Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license (CC-BY-SA) unless noted otherwise. Language data includes information from the  Ethnologue. Script information partially from the  ISO 15924 Registration Authority. Some character data from  The Unicode Standard Character Database and locale data from the  Common Locale Data Repository. Used by permission.