How to Pronounce Myanamar's Capital - Naypyidaw



Naypyidaw, sometimes spelled Naypyitaw, is the capital city of Myanmar which is known as Burma to most foreigners. It is pronounced without any stress on any of the three syllables. The first one "Nay" is quite simple. It is "nail" without the "l". The second one is tricky but if you know how to pronounce "puma" you are on the right track. "Pyi" actually sounds like "Pee" but instead of the full "P" sound, you pronounce it as "pj-ee" as in "Puma". The last one "Daw" sounds like "Doll" without the "L".

Here's a good pronunciation from Oxford Dictionary. (Link)

Naypyidaw is approximately 320 km (200 mi) north of Yangon (Rangoon), the previous capital. The military initiated the move in 2006 and the capital's official name was announced on 27 March 2006, Myanmar's Armed Forces Day. The 24th and 25th ASEAN Summit as well as the Ninth East Asia Summit were held in Naypyidaw. It was also one of the host cities for the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.

Here's how Naypyidaw looks from the sky. It looks great, doesn't it? There's just no people ;-)


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