Japanese-style visualized books make studying fun in Myanmar

YANGON–First-grade children here are finding studying more fun with Japanese-style highly visualized textbooks replacing their word-packed, picture-scarce old ones. The new textbooks have been adopted from the start of Myanmar’s new school year in June and are the first upgrade in about 20 years, thanks to a project spearheaded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency […]

Oway digitizes Myanmar’s taxi market

The Global New Light of Myanmar Daily spoke with U Nay Aung, founder and chief executive officer of Oway Ride, one of a number of mobile application-based transportation service company in Myanmar whose competitors include international taxi firms like Uber and Grab. Q: May I know how you got the idea to start Oway Ride […]

IFC launches its sustainability guidelines in Myanmar language

The International Finance Corporation, a privatesector arm of the World Bank Group, last week released a Burmeselanguage verฌsion of its Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability. The publication is a set of eight internationally recognised norms that guide companies and governฌments on identifying and managing environmental and social risks to achieve sustainability. Bernard Sheahan, […]

Lack of safety measures threatens shopping malls

Despite Myanmar’s softer-than-expected growth, there are still fairly visible developments compared to the years before 2010. A rise in the number of shopping malls is a striking testimony to the recent economic changes of Yangon. This trend has intensified since 2012, when plush shopping malls started reaching beyond downtown into other areas of the city. […]

Google email arrives in local language

Gmail users will now have the option to run it in Myanmar language, Google announced today. The move to extend Myanmar language support to Gmail, Google’s email service, brings the firm closer to its goal of making language a non-issue on the internet, and is one of a number of initiatives it has aimed at […]

Google Translate adds Myanmar to list of languages

Google Translate has just added 10 more languages including Myanmar to allow internet users to translate text on websites into their own language. In a press release on December 11, Google Translate said they were adding 10 languages to Translate, bringing the total number of supported languages to 90. “Myanmar language has been in the […]

In Myanmar , a Debate Over Mother-Tongue Teaching

As a student in Mandalay, Thida Win would wake up early every morning, before sunrise, to cram in two hours of Chinese language and history study before classes started at her public school. She and her parents were born in Burma, but her grandfather migrated to the country from China in the 1950s, and she […]