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Wellington City Libraries

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Ngā rauemi mā ngā kaikōrero Purumīhi Resources for Burmese speakers

Learning English

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We have:

  • Books, tapes, videos, CDs and CD-ROMs to help you learn English
  • Grammar, vocabulary books and dictionaries
  • Items to help you take IELTS and TOEFL tests
  • Books about living in New Zealand, including cooking, parenting and health
  • Stories to enjoy.

These items are available in the Adult Learning Collection (Adult Learning Collection), the main collection at 420.7 and 428.24, and the Central Sound & Vision Centre . There are Adult Learning collections at Central, Newtown, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Johnsonville, Miramar and Karori libraries.

All of these items are FREE to borrow and are issued for 3 weeks. You can borrow as many items as you like.

For more information, visit our English as a Second Language subject guide.


What we have

Wellington City Libraries have Magazines, Books, DVDs and Music CDs that may be of interest to speakers of Burmese.


Burmese Democratic Voice and Irrawaddy News (both in Burmese and English) are accessible online for free using the 'free internet' computers at all libraries.


We do not have magazines in the Burmese language at the moment but would like your suggestions to buy.

DVDs and Music CDs

CDs and DVDs may be borrowed for 1 week with your Library Card. A borrowing fee is charged for Sound & Vision materials.

Music CDs are on the Ground Floor of Central Library, in the Sound & Vision Centre. Look for the World Music: Burma section.

You may be interested in:

Amazon link for CD Music of Nat Pwe
Music of Nat Pwe (call number CD Burma MUS)
Compiled by Alan bishop from a variety of homemade
cassettes of live performances at Nat Festivals.

Amazon link for CD Guitars of the Golden Triangle
Guitars of the Golden Triangle (call number CD Bur GUI)
Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar
compiled by Alan Bishop from original cassettes from Shan State.


Books in English

You may read these books in the Library, or borrow them for 3 weeks with your Library Card.

Our fiction collection is shelved alphabetically by the author's surname.

Our non-fiction books are shelved by numbers. For example, The Road Code for car, motor cycle and truck driver's licenses is shelved at 343.0946 DON. There are copies at all Libraries and they can be borrowed for 1 week. If no copies are currently available, you can reserve one with your Library Card.

Here are some subjects you may find useful:

  • 428 : learning English
  • 500s: science, the universe, plants and animals
  • 640-649: home care, sewing for the home, children's & adults' clothing, cooking and parenting
  • 650s: information on working in New Zealand
  • 700s: art, calligraphy, music, movies & entertainment
  • 800s: literature, including poetry, plays, essays and letters
  • 900s: countries, travel and history

Here are some books that may be of interest to you:

Amazon link for Mantles of Merit
Mantles of Merit - Chin textiles from
Myanmar, India and Bangladesh
available at Central library.
Call number 746.09591 FRA

Amazon link for Visions of Myanmar
Visions of Myanmar,
available at Central Library
Call number 915.91 MUE

Amazon link for Myanmar Style
Myanmar Style Art
Architecture and Design of Burma

Call number 747.2591 FAL

Amazon link for Beyond the Last Village
Beyond the Last Village.
Wildlife conservation in Burma.

Call number 591.9591 RAB
Available at Central and Kilbirnie Libraries.


If these books are not available at a library near you, then you may reserve any of these items with your library card.

Please ask us if you need help finding anything you need.

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