Myanmar Language Text and CD Released

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The University of Foreign Languages in Yangon has announced the publication of An Introductory Course in Myanmar Language by U Aung Win Naing, under the supervision of Professor U Tin Shwe. This is the first Myanmar language course and interactive CD-ROM written for the English-speaking foreign community.

The University of Foreign Languages in Yangon has announced the publication of An Introductory Course in Myanmar Language by U Aung Win Naing, under the supervision of Professor U Tin Shwe. This is the first Myanmar language course and interactive CD-ROM written for the English-speaking foreign community.

Aung Win Naing is a lecturer on Myanmar language. He studied in Yangon University and received an M.A. in Myanmar language and literature in 1991. Naing’s many years of experience in the classroom together with his work in educational research and linguistics have been combined to produce an introductory course for beginning students. Wisdom Power Co. Ltd is the publisher of the new volume, which will soon be followed by additional versions in Japanese and Chinese translations.

The text is unique in that it contains a cross-platform (PC and Macintosh compatible) interactive CD-ROM that accompanies each lesson and allows the student to see the word, the object, and hear the word or phrase spoken properly and in context. The carefully constructed lessons move from the sound of Myanmar language through vowels, consonants, and pronunciation of Myanmar syllabic structure. The course contains seventeen chapters devoted to basic language imperatives and grammar, each carefully designed to move the student through increasingly comprehensive concepts. The 256-page text concludes with an extensive vocabulary section.

This text has been designed with three primary audiences in mind: first, the student who is trying to master the language; second, foreign business and diplomatic leaders who want to do business in Myanmar; and third, Myanmar citizens living outside of the country that want to see Myanmar culture preserved and wish to instruct their children and grandchildren in their native language.

Dr. Herbert A. Goodrich, San Francisco Bay Area professor, said “This new addition to the study of Myanmar language offers not only an outstanding learning plan, but an innovative method of instruction that allows independent study of the language without the presence of a classroom teacher. Professor Shwe and Mr. Naing are to be commended for this groundbreaking course.”

The text and CD are not available separately. The combined package can be ordered only through Wisdom Power's speakMyanmar Internet site.

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