Tuesday 15th March 2011by Lionslayer
I’ve been learning IPA symbols for a while for the purpose of using in Wikipedia and Wiktionary. IPA stands for International Phonetic Alphabet. Most people think IPA is quite difficult and only suited for linguists and geeks. The fact might not be wrong for learning IPA for professional purpose. But translating IPA to Burmese is not that difficult since Burmese had it’s own phonetic writing system. Burmese syllables (ဝဏ္ဏ) are limited which means Burmese phonetic is easy enough to learn. Here is the link to Burmese phonetic guide, by Myanmar Language Commission, which was scanned from Burmese Dictionary.
- The Burmese phonetic input needs to follow the standard set by Myanmar Language Commission.
- Add “dash”(-) symbol in the place of half tune(အသံဝက်). This is not in the standard but to save my lazy coding.
- Full set of Burmese Phonetic – IPA list compiled by me is available here.
- Burmese Phonetic guide is available here. You can easily find it in every Burmese dictionary front pages.
Examples: သှ-ဒင်းဇ-ဂါး (သတင်းစကား) သက်ကျာ့မုနိ (သကျမုနိ) မင်ဂ-လာဇောင် (မင်္ဂလာဆောင်) အေယာဝ-ဒီမျစ် (ဧရာဝတီမြစ်) နိုင်ငန်ဒေါ်ဝင်ဂျီးဂျုတ် (နိုင်ငံတော်ဝန်ကြီးချုပ်) ပ-ယွက်ဆိတ် (ပုရွက်ဆိတ်) အ-ယှုတ်အ-ယှင်း (အရှုပ်အရှင်း) ဗော်လုန်းဗွဲ (ဘောလုံးပွဲ) ဗွတ်ဇင်ဂါ့သုတ် (ဗောဇ္ဈင်ဂသုတ်) ဗ-မာ့တတ်ပေါင်းဇုတတ်မ-ဒေါ် (ဗမာ့တပ်ပေါင်းစုတပ်မတော်)
##And, of course, input texts have to be in Unicode encoding.