Myanmar

 

Myanmar’s culture is largely a result of heavy Indian influences intertwined with local traditions and some Chinese influences. This can be seen in the various stupas and temples throughout the country, which bear a distinct resemblance to those in northern India. Like neighbouring Thailand, Theravada Buddhism is the single largest religion, and even some of the most remote villages will have a village temple for many to pray. Other religions which exist in smaller numbers include Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.

Talk

The official language of Myanmar is Burmese (known by the government as Myanmar). A majority of Burmese pronunciation is derived from the ancient language of Pali (at the time of the Buddha), but the language is a Sino-Tibetan language related to Chinese and hence tonal (word pitch matters) and analytic (most words are one syllable long).

Myanmar is a former British colony, and as a result – and because English is still compulsory in kindergartens and primary schools – many Burmese understand at least some rudimentary English. Most well-educated upper class Burmese will be fluent in English, while in the main cities like Yangon and Mandalay, many locals will know enough English for basic communication. In fact, you may find more English spoken in Myanmar than in Thailand.

(source: Wikitravel)

 

 

 

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