Western Pwo (ဖျိၩ့)

Western Pwo is a member of the Pwo group of Karen languages. It is spoken by about 210,000 people in southern Myanmar, particularly in the Ayeyarwady, Bago and Yangon regions.

Western Pwo is also known as Western Pwo Karen, Delta Pwo, Bassein Pwo Karen, Delta Pwo Karen, Mon Karen, Mon Kayin, Mutheit, Pathein Pwo Karen, Phlong, Phlong Sho, Pho, Shu or Talaing Karen.

Western Pwo is written with the Myanmar / Burmese script. There is some literature in the language, including a translation of the Bible and a dictionary, and literacy is taught in churches and summer classes.

Myanmar alphabet for Western Pwo

Myanmar alphabet for Western Pwo

Download an alphabet chart for Western Pwo (Excel)

Sample text

လၧၧဖျိၩ့ဖျိၩ့အိၩ ၦမုၪလဂၩအဖိၪခွၫအီၪဝ့ၫကအီၪဝ့ၫဂၩဂီၩ့ အဝၩၥံၫဒၪခွံၬတၭ လၧဆၧကၪဆၧဂဲၩအဖၧၩ့ဘၪအီၪထးမုၪမဲၫလၧ အ၀ၩအလးခဲၫ့လီၫ. လါနၫ့ ၦမုၪယီၩ လၧအဖိၪခွၫ ကမိမၩနီၪ ကျ့ၭစၨၭမၩအ့ၪဝ့ၫအ့ၪဝ့ၫ လီၩ့ဘၪအ့ၪဝ့ၫအ့ၪဝ့ၫၥၭ ကိၭကၠၪဒ့ၭကၠၪဒ့ၭလီၫ.

Transliteration

Lə́ phlóuphlóu ó pəmï̀ lə ǧá ə phòkhwà àu wè kə ǧá ǧáun, ɓà àuthân mï̀mài lə́ ə wá əlânkhàin lɔ̀. Lânàn pəmï̀ yɔ́ lə́ ə phòkhwà kə mô má nɔ klɨʔsɨʔ má è wè, láun ɓà è wè ə ṯaʔ koʔ cà ɗeʔ lɔ̀.

Translation

A long time ago, a woman had a son. Her husband died, leaving her behind, and she was living as a widow in a difficult situation. However, this woman did her best to do what her son wanted and always indulged him.

Source: https://youtu.be/0pHIzupwpCw

Details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample videos

Links

Information Western Pwo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Pwo_language
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/pwo
http://www.language-archives.org/language/pwo
https://glottolog.org/resource/languoid/id/pwow1235
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/359436808_Pwo_Karen_writing_systems_2_Western_Pwo_Karen
https://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks11/1100031p.pdf

Karenic languages

Eastern Pwo Karen, Manumanaw Karen, Northern Pwo, Pa'O, Red Karen (Kayah Li), S'gaw Karen, Western Pwo

Languages written with the Myanmar / Burmese script

Aiton, Arakanese, Burmese, Eastern Pwo Karen, Jingpho, Khamti, Marma, Palaung, Pa'O, S'gaw Karen, Tai Laing, Tai Phake, Western Pwo

Page created: 18.05.22. Last modified: 21.05.22

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