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မြန်မာပြည်ငြိမ်းချမ်းပါစေ

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ကမ္ဘာမြေ စိမ်းလန်းပါစေ
ပန်းပွင့်တွေဆုတောင်းနေ

ကမ္ဘာမြေ ငြိမ်းချမ်းပါစေ
ကျေးငှက်တို့တေးဆိုနေ

ကမ္ဘာမြေစိမ်းလန်းပါစေ
နှလုံးသားတွေဆုတောင်းနေ

ကမ္ဘာမြေငြိမ်းချမ်းပါစေ
အားလုံးကတောင်းဆိုနေ

အိုး..အိုး..အိုး..မိတ်ဆွေ
ဟေး..လာ မိတ်ဆွေတို့ရေ
ကလေးငယ်များပျော်ပါစေ
ဟေး..လာ မိတ်ဆွေတို့ရေ
မိခင်များပျော်ပါစေ
ဒို့ချစ်တဲ့ကမ္ဘာကြီးကျန်းမာပါစေ။

ကွက်လပ်ဖြည့်ရန်

ပြည်ထောင်စု _________ နိုင်ငံတော်
United States of _______

Mon's proposal:
"ဖက်ဒရယ်ဒီမိုကရေစီ ပြည်ထောင်စုရဲ့အမည်ကို ဖက်ဒရယ်ဒီမိုကရေစီ ပြည်ထောင်စု မြန်မာနိုင်ငံ ဟု ခေါ်ဆိုရာတွင် မြန်မာနိုင်ငံဟူ၍ဖြစ်စေ ဗမာနိုင်ငံဟူ၍ဖြစ်စေ အင်္ဂလိပ်ဘာသာစကားဖြင့် Burma  သို့မဟုတ် Myanmar ဟူ၍ဖြစ်စေ သုံးနှုန်းခေါ်တွင်ခြင်းသည် ပြည်ထောင်စုနိုင်ငံအတွင်း နေထိုင် လာခဲ့ကြသည့် တိုင်းရင်းသားလူမျိုးများနဲ့ လူမျိုးတမျိုးဖြစ်သည့် ဗမာအမျိုးသားများကိုသာ ရည်ညွှန်းနေ ပါသည်၊ ဗမာ နဲ့ မြန်မာ ဆိုတဲ့ဟာကတော့ အတူတူပဲဆိုတာ အားလုံးလည်းသိကြပါတယ်၊ မြန်မာဆိုတာ ဟိုးအရင်က သုံးနှုန်းတဲ့ဝေါဟာရဖြစ်ပြီးတော့ ဗမာဆိုတာ ဒီနောက်ပိုင်းမှာသုံးနှုန်းတဲ့ ဝေါဟာရဖြစ်ပါ တယ်။ သို့ဖြစ်ပါ၍ စစ်မှန်သောဖက်ဒရယ်ဒီမိုကရေစီ ပြည်ထောင်စု တည်ဆောက်ရာတွင် နိုင်ငံအတွင်းရှိ တိုင်းရင်းသားလူမျိုးများ အားလုံး၏ တန်းတူညီမျှမှုကို ဖော်ဆောင်နိုင်ရန် ထိုတိုင်းရင်းသားလူမျိုးများ အားလုံးကို ကိုယ်စားပြုနိုင်မည့် အမည်နာမအသစ်တစ်ခုကို ဆွေးနွေးသတ်မှတ်သင့်ပါတယ်"
Quoted from: http://www.rfa.org/burmese/news/nainghanthar-myanmar-name-change-09022016045101.html

Federalism in Burma

The following news shows that the Burmese army is still allergic to the word "Federal".
ဖက်ဒရယ်စကားလုံး တပ်မတော်သားတွေ ကန့်ကွက်
.... ကန့်ကွက်သူတွေထဲမှာ တပ်မတော်သား ကိုယ်စားလှယ်တွေအပြင် တခြားပါတီက အမတ်တွေလည်း ပါဝင်ခဲ့တယ်လို့ ဘီဘီစီကို ပြောပါတယ်။

Burmese on the Google keyboard

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Google's official keyboard on Android has Burmese now!

An Old Interview with Inge Sargent, the last Mahadevi of Hsipaw

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This is an old interview with Inge Sargent (စဝ်သုစန္ဒီ), the last Mahadevi of Hsipaw (သီပေါ မဟာဒေဝီ). The movie about her life has been banned in Burma at the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film festival.

Lisu keyboard in Google Input Tools

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If you use Chrome browser, Google Input Tools is a great resource if you need to type in a language not natively supported by your operating system.

Google Input Tools has recently been updated. They added Lisu (lis). Let me walk you through how you can add Chrome extension of Google Input Tools, and add Lisu keyboard (and Burmese if you like).

First, go to Google Chrome Web Store. Search for "Google Input Tools."



You will find it in the Extension section. Click on it. Near the top right corner, you will find "Add to Chrome" button. Add by clicking on it.


To add keyboards, click on the keyboard icon near the right corner of the browser's address bar as seen below. Choose the "Extension options."


You can now look for Lisu and add.


That's it. You can now type in Lisu or Burmese by choosing the right keyboard.

For Linux computer, I have written a post before.

For Windows 8 and above, the keyboard is built-in. You just need to activate it.

For Android…

Spring Equinox

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Since today is the first day of spring, I am posting this YouTube video explaining what spring equinox is. On the other hand, it's Fall equinox for those of you on the southern hemisphere.

A song from Manipuri film

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Several months ago, I came across this song from Manipur on Facebook, shared by a friend. The girl is singing in Burmese. What I am not sure is whether she is singing in Burmese with her accent or a dialect of Burmese in that area. It might be interesting to further look into.

How Maple syrup is made

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Last weekend (on March 12, 2016), we went to Asherwood Environmental Science Center in Wabash, Indiana. One of our host parents, Neil Sowards, took us.


We had breakfast with pancakes and Maple syrup made right there.


We saw their Maple syrup evaporator. If you are curious, this YouTube video tells you how Maple syrup is made from the sap.






Here is how the sap is collected in the sugar bush.

They also made them into candies. It's similar to ထန်းလျက် [tʰəɲeʔ] (palm sugar) in Burma. Of course, palm sugar candy is made from palm tree syrup. So this is American ထန်းလျက် made from Maple syrup. :)


Here is palm sugar candy made in Burma.

The moment in Burma

Maung Zarni's opinion at the Guardian:

"Still, Htin Kyaw’s assumption of the presidency is a symbolically important moment for the Burmese public, who have repeatedly expressed their desire to rid the country of their military overlords. For the first time in 53 years, 51 million Burmese people have got a genuine civilian president who is not a general or ex-general in civilian clothing, and who can be expected not to promote the military’s interests.

Beyond this symbolic progress, the presidential politics of proxies in the high offices of Myanmar – the military with their ex-intelligence chief and Suu Kyi with her absolutely loyal former classmate – doesn’t augur well for the future of the country. But again, genuine democracy will require a renewed, hard and sustained push by all sections of the country."

U Htin Kyaw

U Htin Kyaw is one of the vice-presidential nominees put forward by the National League for Democracy (NLD) today. He is certain to become a president after the votes by the parliament in the next few days. In the current system, the winner among the three vice-presidential nominees will become the president, and the rest vice-presidents. Since NLD has a huge majority in the parliament, he is certain to become the president. Please note that NLD also nominated Henry Van Thio, an ethnic Chin, to be one of the vice-presidents. But U Htin Kyaw is favored by NLD to become the president. Unelected military representatives will also nominate another vice-president.

He studied economics at Rangoon University, computer science at the University of London, and management at Arthur D. Little School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He worked both in academia and government services for many years before retiring in 1992.

He is of an ethnic Mon descendant, and the son of famous writer M…

Weekend

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This weekend, we rearranged our living room. We got a desk from one of the students at Indiana University, who moved out of country. Now I have a decent desk and workspace in the living room.


Dr. Myint Naing

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A friend on Facebook shared that Kamayut Media was doing documentaries on some of the National League for Democracy representatives, who were just recently elected. I watched one of the videos. It highlighted how one of them struggled for 20 years under the military dictatorship. The video clip is in Burmese. It's titled "ဒေါက်တာမြင့်နိုင် (သို့) ထီလက်မှတ်ရောင်းသူ" (Dr. Myint Naung, the lottery ticket seller).

Studying in Burma

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My Degrees of Separation

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I was curious, and checked out Facebook's blog. My degrees of separation from everybody is 3.12 according to Facebook research :)


Three Different Types of Burmese-American Girls

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ချင်းတောင်တန်းမှတောင်ပေါ်ခေါင်ရည်

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တောင်ပေါ်ခေါင်ရည်ချိုမြမြတစ်ကျိုက်လောက်သောက်ရင်အမောပြေ ♪ ♫ ♬

Burmese in the Facebooksphere

From the Irrawaddy:

Kachin aid worker Patrick Khum Jaa Lee, who was arrested over a Facebook post deemed to defame the Burma Army, was sentenced on Friday to six months in prison minus time served, just hours after a presidential amnesty freed dozens of others viewed as prisoners of conscience.

The sentence was handed down by Justice Kyi Sein at Rangoon’s Hlaing Township Court on Friday afternoon.

Khum Jaa Lee, 43, was arrested in October of last year and charged under Burma’s Telecommunications Law for allegedly sharing a photo of a man dressed in traditional Kachin attire stomping on an image of Burma Army chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.

Winter

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This winter has been warm so far and we haven't got much snow up to now. We finally had a decent amount of snow last night.





Anonymous and Koh Toh murder case

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Hacker group Anonymous released a video message regarding the Koh Tao murder case, in which 2 British backpackers were raped and murdered back in 2014 on Koh Tao island in Thailand.


Full transcripts:

Koh Tao - Thai Police - Their scapegoats, Tourist Trade Exposed by Anonymous

Greetings world, We are Anonymous.

It has come to our attention, that a Thai court in
Thailand has recently sentenced two Burmese migrants
to be executed after they were arrested and convicted
of the rape and murders of British back packers,
Hannah Witheridge, 23 and David Miller, 24 on the Thai
Island of Koh Tao, back in September 15th 2014.

Anonymous, would firstly like to point out that we
offer our condolences to all of the victims families
in the the current case this video is about and the
past cases we will discuss.

It is the desire of Anonymous to seek truth and
justice especially for the innocent victims who have
had their young lives cut short.

Anonymous, has been watching this case, because of
the larg…