January 23, 2010

Myanmar or Burma ?

Burma, or officially the Union of Myanmar, is the largest country Southeast Asia or Indochina.

This country could be considered as mysterious or exotic for europeans or north americans people.

The name "Burma" is derived from the Burmese word "Bamar" (ဗမာ), which in turn is the colloquial form of Myanmar (မြန်မာ). Depending on the register used the pronunciation would be "Bama" or "Myanmah". The name "Burma" has been in use in English since the time of British colonial rule.

Myanmar Burma

Myanmar Burma

Various world countries have chosen to accept or reject the name change. The United Nations, of which Burma (under the name Myanmar) is a member, endorsed the name change five days after its announcement by the junta. However, governments of many countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, and Canada still refer to the country as "Burma", with varying levels of recognition of the validity of the name change itself. Others, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the governments of Germany,India, Japan, China and Russia recognise "Myanmar" as the official name.

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