Beginning Burmese

Beginning Burmese

Beginning Burmese

Northern Illinois University is offering the world’s first distance learning course on Burmese, a language spoken by the majority of people in Burma/Myanmar. This course offers students the flexibility of studying the language from anywhere over the internet. All instruction will be live and conducted by Professor Tharaphi Than.

This course assumes no prior knowledge of the language. At the end of the course, 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. Students will also learn how to read and write basic, colloquial Burmese. The course will be taught in English and Burmese.

Class size is limited to 15 people. This is a non-credit bearing course, designed for professionals and for community college students in Illinois who want to enroll in a minor in Southeast Asian Studies at NIU and apply for FLAS funding.

For additional information, please contact the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming department at or 1-815-753-5200.

Dates and Meeting Times
Module 1 will run every Thursday from August 31-November 2, 2017 (10 weeks) from 12:30-2:30 p.m. CST.

Course Fees
$480 per module for 20 hours over 10 weeks.

Continuation of the Course
Based on the demand, module 2 and 3 of the beginning course may be offered starting November 23, 2017 and February 8, 2018 respectively. Modules 1, 2, and 3 are roughly equivalent to a beginning Burmese course offered at NIU.

Course Requirements
Colloquial Burmese by San San Hnin Tun (ISBN-13: 978-0415517300); access to internet; headset; and webcam.  To see if your computer is ready for online learning, please visit

How to Enroll
Professionals and students can enroll in the course at

Corporate Clients
For one-on-one and tailor-made courses, please contact Tharaphi Than at