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Khoren (hill tribe) language resources?

Posted by DLuek on 15/11/2008 at 08:00 TF writer

Greetings,

I am a volunteer with the Refugee Resettlement Program here in Vermont, USA, and I have recently become a host for two Khoren families who lived in a Thailand refugee camp for ten years after fleeing their home mountains of Burma due to oppression.

Now they're here in the US, can't speak a word of English (or Burmese or Thai), and I can't find any Khoren-English language resources to help them learn.

My internet searches have thus far come up empty - I'm not sure a Khoren-English dictionary even exists. If anyone knows where I can find good translations it would be very helpful to dozens of people.

Thanks,

DL

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Posted by wanderingcat on 15/11/2008 at 10:31

The spelling is Karen, Google this spelling & you'll find info like this:

http://www.archive.org/details/Karen-englishLanguageUnit4esl
http://drumpublications.org/dictionaryfs.html
http://hilltribe.org/karen/karen-study-language.php

People who post here might also know of good resources: http://rspas.anu.edu.au/rmap/newmandala/

Organisations working with the refugee camps along the Thai-Burmese border could also help, since there are schools teaching English to Karen people there. & there should be resettled Karen who've been in the US for years, who could help.

Think Karen language varies between subgroups.

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Posted by wanderingcat on 15/11/2008 at 10:42

one more link: http://www.ktwg.org/additional_resources.html

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Posted by Guillo on 24/5/2011 at 00:46

I don't think you'll find any Karen specific stuff here, but on this Language Resources list you may find links to several schools and translation agencies that work with the language. Using their forums or help desks you may be pointed to someone who can help.
Congrats on your good work!

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