Written by: Erick, Daryus, Gabe, Darrion, Aaron, and Martel
Perhaps you would like to learn a few words in the Sgaw Karen Language so that you can speak with our Karen Community neighbors. We learned a few words as part of our project. Here is a great website where you can learn more about the language.
HOW DO YOU SAY.....
Hsa shares with IPS Channel 23 News how to say some common phrases.
70% of Karen speak Sgaw Karen 7% of Karen speak Pwo Karen.
The Unique Language of Sgaw Karen
By Darrion and Erick
Have you ever heard about Karen culture? I know you're thinking about “Karen,” your annoying next door neighbor, but this is the Karen (pronunciation) culture from southeast Asia and they are cool?
There are three main branches and S’gaw (pronounced Skaw) Karen, Western Pwo Karen and Eastern Pwo Karen It sounds unique and is spoken at a medium pace. Almost 70% of Karen people speak Sgaw Karen or over a million people, where only 7% of Karen speak Pwo Karen.
Tsa Win, title or way we explain we interviewed him, explained that there are also many different dialects depending on the region they live in, which makes it hard to sometimes. When these languages are read or written, it flows in the same direction (left to right) as ours, but it uses different letters than our alphabet.
Learning about the Karen languages helps me better understand how many people all over the world speak differently! This made me appreciate the language and the Karen culture.