Update : February 29, 2020
- There is a NLC (National Language Center) at the University of Maryland (College Park), USA.
- It used to provide free (or limited) access to Federal employees and eligible educators to study languages (e.g. French, Chinese, Arabic).
- For a number of years, it chose from among the languages used by minorities to add introductory level courses to its library.
- One year NLC chose to develop listening and reading comprehension for basic Burmese. NLC sent request to Burmese associations to help with the project.
- I was accepted to be the Language Advisor for the Burmese project.
- The listening comprehension consists of broadcasts (e.g. “Win Pe Lwai Eik”).
- The reading comprehension consists of short articles (e.g. Ayotha Pyinnya Wun U Po Kyar).
- Specific fonts and browsers were needed to read the script for the Listening and Reading Comprehension.
- An English translation is provided. My task was to ensure the quality (e.g. correctness of the translation)
- Exercises were provided
- As a contributor to the project, I had access to LangNet
- NLC no longer offers free access. Individuals and groups can subscribe to NLC’s courses for nominal fees.