Karen Language Resources

Are you interested in learning Karen language? There are several online resources you can use to learn Karen language.

KOM does not offer any in-person language classes currently. To learn Karen language, we recommend using the resources below and then finding a Karen person to practice speaking with.

Before you begin, it is helpful to know that Karen has two main dialects: S’gaw Karen and Pwo Karen. S’gaw Karen is the most popular dialect within the Karen community. The following websites provide resources for learning S’gaw Karen language.

  • Drum Publication Group is a small, independent, Karen community-based organization dedicated to promoting education and preserving the cultures of the peoples of Burma. They provide an online dictionary, transliteration guide, videos, glossaries, and more.
  • The Karen Teacher’s Working Group provides a booklet of basic phrases in S’gaw Karen. The booklet includes 14 sections with the English, transliteration, and Karen text. It also includes an audio file to listen to the correct pronunciation of each phrase.
  • Karen Konnection provides three workbooks for learning S’gaw Karen. The workbooks teach useful words and phrases along with information about grammar and how to structure sentences.
  • Memrise is an online language resource that also offers an app for users to download on their phone. Memrise uses the “Say It In Karen” workbooks from Karen Konnection and breaks them down into lessons.

Karen Language Resources

Are you interested in learning Karen language? There are several online resources you can use to learn Karen language.

KOM does not offer any in-person language classes currently. To learn Karen language, we recommend using the resources below and then finding a Karen person to practice speaking with.

Before you begin, it is helpful to know that Karen has two main dialects: S’gaw Karen and Pwo Karen. S’gaw Karen is the most popular dialect within the Karen community. The following websites provide resources for learning S’gaw Karen language.

  • Drum Publication Group is a small, independent, Karen community-based organization dedicated to promoting education and preserving the cultures of the peoples of Burma. They provide an online dictionary, transliteration guide, videos, glossaries, and more.
  • The Karen Teacher’s Working Group provides a booklet of basic phrases in S’gaw Karen. The booklet includes 14 sections with the English, transliteration, and Karen text. It also includes an audio file to listen to the correct pronunciation of each phrase.
  • Karen Konnection provides three workbooks for learning S’gaw Karen. The workbooks teach useful words and phrases along with information about grammar and how to structure sentences.
  • Memrise is an online language resource that also offers an app for users to download on their phone. Memrise uses the “Say It In Karen” workbooks from Karen Konnection and breaks them down into lessons.

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