Education: New Road to Mandalay

One quarter of the known Burmese population of the U.S. was at Yale last week. His name is Shwe Waing (rhymes with May Wine) and he was making noises with his brown face at U.S. soldier students. The noises were Burmese words. After twelve weeks of them at 15 hours weekly, the soldiers could make them too.

Maung (Mr.) Shwe Waing is a fine example of what may well prove to be a revolution in language teaching. What Yale is doing with Burmese, Malayan, Japanese, Chinese and—most popular of all—Russian, is being done...

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