Burma Students’ Post BSP Wednesday • May 11,2011
Nupo-Temporary Shelter Umphang District, Tak Province, Thailand.
The Refugee Children’s Culture Festival American Slang 2011 May 4th, 2011 Wednesday is special day for the refugee children in Nupo camp. The Refugee Children’s Culture Festival 2011 was held on the stage near football field, in section 14. At 8:30 a.m. Tara Sam Sam ( Chairman of the Nupo Refugee
“Give me a break.”- “Stop telling me lies.” A: I’ll stop gambling after the New Year. B: Oh, give me a break. = You’re not going to stop. “Whatever.”- I don’t care, it’s not important, or I don’t believe you. A: I’m sorry! B: Whatever. = I don’t accept your apology
Camp Committee) opened the ceremony. Karen, Mon, Chin, Shan, Tavoy, Pa O, Burmese, Arakanese and other diverse ethnic groups in the camp took part in the ceremony. First part of the programme started with the children’s singing followed by story telling and playing games. Then the presents were given by different organizations and the ceremony adjourned at 2:00 p.m. Due to heavy rain, the second part of the ceremony was held in the camp committee office hall at 6:00 p.m. The traditional dances were performed in groups and at 9: 30 p.m. it ended successfully. The Refugee Children’s Cultural festival 2011, was also held in other camps along ThaiBurma Border and it is organized by Refugee Camp Committees with SVA( Shanti Volunteer Association). By Oway BSP Newspaper
A: The trip takes 3 hours. B: It takes 3 hours and 15 minutes. A: Whatever. = It doesn’t matter if it takes 3 hours or 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Lame- (adjective) stupid, boring, or disappointing. “This party is lame. I’m leaving.” “Get it together”- (verb) control and organize one’s life, responsibilities, or mind-- especially after a time of confusion, irresponsibility, or difficult emotion. “You’re going to lose your job if you don’t get it together.” = “You will lose your job if you don’t arrive on time/dress neatly/be respectful/stop drinking/etc.” Nutcase- (noun) - a crazy person --by Erin Burma Students’ Post Newspaper Members Editorial Group & Esc Students Layout Design - ESC Group
From 1962 to 2011, there was no freedom of press in Burma. Over the decades, Burma has suffered from strict censorship. Besides, the junta in Burma is “the worst of the worst” in providing political freedom and human rights to its citizens. Under the president Thein Sein’s new government the Press Security and Registration Division (PSRD) under the Ministry of Information recently restricted censorship of internet access. But the good news is that the Burmese authorities, in recent weeks, allow the publishing of private weekly journals to describe about Daw Aung San Su Kyi and other opposition leaders, but not in daily newspapers. Burma received Nobel Peace Prize from the side of opposition group and the Worst of the Worst from the ruler. However, in the middle, 60 million civilians are sandwiched between SPDC and Nobel Laureate. Nevertheless, we, ESC students, now have better freedom of press than in Burma; and therefore, we can write what we feel and want to describe in our school’s newspaper. The Freedom of press is a part of our life. By writing in Burma Students’ Post, we will definitely improve our writing skill and our idea.
Q: How did you get information to attend GED classes in Minmahaw Education Center? Chit Oo: A friend of mine emailed me about this entrance exam. Q: Are there any limits? Chit Oo: Yes, it has age limit of between 18 to 25 years and the candidates should be post - ten students.
Q: Please explain about entrance exam process for GED? Chit Oo: About 80 students applied for GED en trance exam in Nupo camp on April 13th. First, one hour thirty minutes English writ ing test. And 15 students out of these 80 candidates sat for another two hours writing test or Science, Math, and Social Studies. Then we had an oral test in the afternoon on the same day. I was selected for the final oral test in Maesot during last week of April. Most of the questA Glance at G.E.D Entrance Exam ions are based on current international issue, Chit Oo Thu, who currently got an interview and general knowledge. with Minmahaw Education Center in Maesot for G.E.D. This is a conversation with him about his Q: What do you think why you were selected experiences on G.E.D Entrance Exam. to the last final oral test? Chit Oo: I think, I always keep in touch with English Q: What is G.E.D stands for? by reading newspapers, Time, Newsweek Chit Oo: It stands for the Test of General Educa- and other magazines. For speaking and writ tional Development. ing practice, I have a lot of experiences since 2007 July. Q: How much do you know about G.E.D? Chit Oo: GED certificate is equivalent to a high Q: Any suggestions for new candidates? school diploma. We have to study Science, Chit Oo: Try to be better in English both speaking Math, Social studies and English for GED and writing. Also for Math, Social Studies exam. In 2007, an American couple Ryan and Science, it is necessary to prepare. and Michelle visited Nupo camp and they --Interviewed by Robin initiated ESC students with GED. In the United States, if we get GED certificate, we can study at universities and even in jobs, BSP Newspaper the wages an hour is higher. News ..................................................Page 1 Q: Did you study GED before? American Slang .................................Page 1 Chi Oo: In 2007, in the camp, with the help of Editorial .............................................Page 2 some local volunteer teachers, U Swe Ko, U Moe Hlaing and U Soe Min Tun. I Interview on GED Entrance Exam.....Page 2 studied all GED subjects, but only 3 months. Poem & Article ..................................Page 3 Again, in 2008 July, studied again at ESC SNAPPY JOKE ......................................Page 4 school for 8 months. So, GED is familiar English Lesson....................................Page 4 with me. Page-2
Four faces of a year
Spring carries with her sheets of falling rain Nourishes every plant on the surface of the plain Summer is like a ripe, hotly passionate woman Who brings warmth with her scarlet-tipped hands Autumn seems to be a woman of good nature Whose mild climate makes one feel better Winter moves in with its backbone of ice Couple by the jagged edge of winds that bite
--Composed by Robert Chan
Young People Today When I ask young people about their life today, a group of Burmese students says: A majority of them today are studying English, learning about new technology, and are interested in internet. Also they like playing internet games. Others believe that young people are hardworking. And others assert that they are trying to have an easy life.
--by Khin Tun
How to Live in Peace
he teaching of the Lord Buddha is the most important thing to achieve peace in the world. Nobody can understand the teaching of the Buddha without studying it. If you want to live in peace, you should study the teaching of the Loard Buddha. For example, everybody experiences the grasping of greed, anger, and delusion, so they are fighting each other and the countries against others to get what they want. Up till now, the dictatorship still exists. Why? They are caught in the grasping nature of greed, and they are never willing to give up what they want. They face war whatever they want to get, and they never think to help another in need. The Lord Buddha said greed is like fire. It always consumes whatever it gets, and it never take rest. As sure as the water extinguishes the fire, the loving kindness can bring peace in the place of greed. So everyone should embrace loving kindness until end of the life. --by Indathakya --from page-4 Answer
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(SS) (SP) Ptolemy, an astronomer living in Alexandria, Egypt, had developed the Earth-centered theory. From the 2nd to the 16th centuries AD, scholars accepted the ideas of Ptolemy. The first person to question these ideas was Nicolaus Copernicus. According to a later horoscope, Copernicus, a Polish astronomer, was born on February 19, 1473, in Toruń, a city in north-central Poland on the Vistula River. After his father’s death, his uncle Lucas Watzenrode took him under his protection. Copernicus started his scientific career at the University of Krakow in Poland in 1492. In 1530, he wrote a book called On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres. The book was published in 1543 just before his death. Most astronomers, including church officials, thought his ideas were too radical. Copernicus’ theory influenced two other great astronomers, Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei.
Today, we think of him as the founder of modern astronomy.
Simple Subjects Ptolemy; scholars; person; Copernicus; uncle; Copernicus; he; book; astronomers; theory; we Simple Predicates had developed (verb phrase); accepted (verb); was (verb); was born (verb phrase); took (verb); started (verb); wrote (verb); was published (verb phrase); thought (verb); influenced (verb); think (verb) -To be continuing next Issue BSP Newspaper May-11-2011 Page-3
A WISE FOX’S TRICK
It was a beautiful sunny day. The two friends of otters were strolling on a beach. The whole morning they didn’t eat anything and they were very hungry. Suddenly, an otter saw a reflection on the white sand and showed the other one. The second otter ran and picked it up. It was amazing. A big fish! As soon as they got the fish, they started quarreling. Both of them wanted to get the fish. A few moments later, they saw a fox coming towards them and they agreed to request him to solve their problem. Finally, the fox gave the best solution for the two quarreling otters. The first otter got the head part of the fish and the other got the tail part. The poor fox took the middle part of the fish for his judgment. At last, the two otters regretted for their mistake but it was too late. This story was very popular in the otters’ community. They promised themselves, they will never commit such a mistake in the future. The otters became more friendly than before and respected each other. One day a group of otters went on a picnic to a beach. After having lunch, some otters took rest, some played in the water, and some otters strolled around. The two young otters were a bit far from picnic place and they walked along the beach chatting each other. Suddenly they saw something on the beach and it was jumping. They ran towards it and it was a dying fish under the sunshine. The fish was big enough for their group. The two otters danced around the fish and sang happily. At that time, an old fox was watching TV in the bush nearby. It was a third time to watch “Prince William and Kate’s wedding ceremony.” He liked it very much. But this time, he was annoyed because of noisy surrounding. He was angry when he saw two young otters were shouting and dancing around a big fish. He thought himself, that fish was enough for him two days. He ran towards them and asked the situation. The two otters didn’t care and kept on dancing. Actually, they didn’t need any judge or judgment. The fox suddenly picked up the fish and asked them “Why did you catch it without my permission?” ” I was the owner of that part of the beach and you would get punishment for stealing fish.” The two otters were frightened and finally they apologized the fox and ran as fast as they could. In the evening, the fox’s dinner was grilled fish with chilli sauce and while having it, he was watching Prince’s wedding ceremony the fourth time. --BY RAINBOW --from Issue-4,page-5
Parsing the Sentence Draw one line under each complete subject (CS) and two lines under each complete predicate (CP). Describe the simple subjects (SS) and simple predicates (SP) of each sentence. 1. Ptolemy, an astronomer living in Alexandria, Egypt, had developed the Earth-centered theory. 2. From the 2nd to the 16th centuries AD, scholars accepted the ideas of Ptolemy. 3. The first person to question these ideas was Nicolaus Copernicus. 4. According to a later horoscope, Copernicus, a Polish astronomer, was born on February 19, 1473, in Toruń, a city in north-central Poland on the Vistula River. 5. After his father’s death, his uncle Lucas Watzenrode took him under his protection. 6. He started his scientific career at the University of Krakow in Poland in 1492. 7. In 1530, he wrote a book called On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres. 8. The book was published in 1543 just before his death. 9. Most astronomers, including church officials, thought his ideas were too radical. 10. Copernicus’ theory influenced two other great astronomers, Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei. 11. Today, we think of him as the founder of modern astronomy. --See Page 3 Page-4