2022 ‘Languages of Myanmar’ INYA Course series

The Inya Institute is pleased to announce its inaugural language course series on three prominent languages spoken in Myanmar: (1) Kachin – Jinghpaw; (2) Karen – S’gaw; and (3) Shan – Tai long.

The two-week language course will equip participants with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in one of the three languages in a broad range of situations. Our three teams of language teachers were trained by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s SEASSI current Burmese language instructor. No prior knowledge of these languages is required.

The language course is open to undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate students, professionals, researchers, and NGO workers of any nationality, wherever they are based in Myanmar, Southeast Asia or the U.S. The language of instruction will be English. 

Language classes will be held online:

U.S. Eastern Daylight Time: from 9:00pm to 2:00am, Mondays to Fridays, September 5-16, 2022;

Thailand Time: from 8:00am to 1:00pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, September 6-17, 2022;

Myanmar Time: from 7:30am to 12:30pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, September 6-17, 2022.

As language classes will be held concurrently by our three teams of language teachers, applicants can choose only one language.

To apply, please go to the following link and fill in the Google Form:


Application deadline: July 29, 2022, 4pm, Myanmar Time

Course participants will be notified by August 26, 2022.

For this inaugural session, the language course will be offered for free; in return, we will seek feedback from course participants on how to improve its content and organization.

We have a limited number of seats for this inaugural course and priority will be given to candidates who demonstrate how they hope to apply the learning gained from the language course for their research or professional work.

We look forward to your participation!

The language course is funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act.