MY ENGLISH TEACHERS (Text and Supplementary Notes)

Video Broadcast : #182
January 8, 2021


  • Private Boundary Road School
    Daw Ku Paw, Daw Kywe, Daw Yi Yi, Daw Khin Khin Aye
  • St. Paul’s High School
    Ms. A Benjamin, Mrs. V Boudville, Ms. Amelia Kyi (Miss Hong Kong), Brother Xavier, Brother Austin
  • I.Sc. (A)
    Daw Tinsa Maw-Naing, Daw Khin Khin Kyi
  • 2nd BE
    Mr. Des Rodgers (Primary), Sao Kan Gyi, U Khin, U Win Mra

Saya Des


  • Our main English Teacher in our 2nd BE Class in 1964 – 65.
  • Chief Editor of the RIT English Association Newsletter.
  • Core organizer of debates (in English) between 1st BE and 2nd BE students.
    e.g. “Money is the Root of All Evils”
            “Are we happier than our forefathers?”
  • Played on the RIT Saya soccer team.
  • Accomplished musician : guitarist and vocalist, a regular on the BBS Variety Show.
    Would often play with Saya U Win Mra (Burma’s Elvis Presley in his younger days).
  • Won Singles and Doubles tournaments in Scrabble.
    Held at Guardian, YMCA and RIT.
  • Did post-graduate studies in the UK.
  • Moved to Canada.
  • Taught “English as a Specialty Language” and other English courses.
  • Set up a consultancy firm
  • Published a book on English words that have been “selected” from contemporary news media and magazines. I helped catch some typos (which would go into an amendment).
  • Conducted on-line courses to students (mostly outside Canada).
  • Published two books.
  • The first book selected words from the contemporary publications (news media and magazines), provided definitions and usage.
    Synonyms and antonyms are given.
  • Sent his book by air mail.
    Sadly, I received only the envelope.
    So he sent a second time using registered/insured option.
    The mailing costs are prohibitive.
    Cost more than the sales price of the book.
  • E-mailed back typos in the book to Saya.
    They will be corrected in a future edition.

Saya’s greetings :

Compliments of the season to you and your family, with every good wish for a bright, prosperous and healthy New Year. Thanks for all you’ve rendered to your RIT school mates and colleagues, not to forget the personal favours you’ve managed to send my way over the years.

Des Rodgers

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  • Articles on RIT English
    by Saya Des
  • RIT English Sayas and Sayamas
    by Saya U Khin
  • Scrabble
  • RIT Saya Soccer Team
    by Saya U Soe Paing

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