Languages

Shan

Fact corner

  • Language: Shan
  • Alternate names:: Burmese Shan, Great Thai, “Ngeo” , “Ngiao” , “Ngiaw” , “Ngio” , “Ngiow” , Sam, Sha, Shan Bama, Tai Long, Tai Luang, Tai Shan, Tai Yai, Thai Yai
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:shn
  • Language family: Tai-Kadai, Kam-Tai, Tai, Southwestern
  • Number of speakers: 3,200,000
  • Script:

Introduction

Shan is a language of Myanmar. It is spoken in Shan state. Tai Mao is on Myanmar-Yunnan border, centered at Mu’ang Mao Long or Namkham. Also in China, Thailand. .

Dialects

Northern Shan State, Southern Shan State, Tai Mao (Mao Shan, Tai Khe). Regional dialect differences. Low intelligibility of Lü (See: ?).

The Shan Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekʰop4
to blowpaw2
to breathetʰoj3 tsaɯ
to burnmaj3
to buysʰɯ5
to chewkew5
to chooselɤk3
to climbkʰɯn3
to comemaa4
to cookhuŋ1, mɯ5
to countʔaan2
to cryhaj3
to cut, hackpʰan4, tɛp4
to die, be deadtaaj1
to digkʰut4
to dreampʰan1
to drinksʰot5
to eatkin1
to falltok4
to fearko1
to flowlaj1
to flymin1
to growjaɯ2 maa4
to hearŋin4
to hidemɛp5, sʰɤŋ2, tet2
to hitmɛn3
to holdjip4
to hunttsɔm4 to1 tʰɤn2
to killkʰaa3
to know, be knowledgeablehu5
to laughkʰo1
to lie downlɛŋ5
to live, be aliveju2
to open, uncoverʔaa3, ki3, pʰuj2
to plantkaa3
to pound, beattam1
to saylaat3, waa3
to scratchjaaj4, kʰaan2
to seehan1
to sewjep5
to shootpɯt4
to sitnaŋ3
to sleepnɔn4
to sniff, smellnom1
to spittʰom2
to splittɛk2, tsak4
to squeezepan3
to stab, piercetɛŋ4
to standtsuk4
to steallak5
to sucklut2
to swellkaɯ3, pʰot5, tɯŋ2
to swimluj4
to thinktʰɤm1, won5
to throwpɛt3, tʰim3
to tie up, fastenmat5
to turnwin2
to walkpaj1
to vomithaak3
to workhet4
to yawnhaaw1
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