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Thailand Forums - Blogs - I want 2 speak Thai by Jarvis1000 http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/blog.php?62379-I-want-2-speak-Thai We can answer your questions about Thailand for free 24/7. These forums are family friendly and safe for students. en-USA Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:27:20 GMT vBulletin 60 http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/images/misc/rss.jpg Thailand Forums - Blogs - I want 2 speak Thai by Jarvis1000 http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/blog.php?62379-I-want-2-speak-Thai <![CDATA[Silly Fools….]]> http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?558-Silly-Fools… Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:24:40 GMT Image: http://want2speakthaijarvis1000.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/sillyfools-juicy.jpg?w=350 Who would have ever thought that I would love Thai rock music? I still remember the first Rock song I heard was by a group called Black head! Not long... Who would have ever thought that I would love Thai rock music? I still remember the first Rock song I heard was by a group called Black head! Not long after that I was introduced to Loso, Taxi, Palmy, and many others. Loved them!

I haven’t been in Thailand for 10 years now (Man that’s a long time!), so I am not up to date with all the current fads. However, when I was there, my favorite Band was Silly fools. My favorite album would also have to be Juicy! Their music was entertaining and fun to sing too!

You can learn so much Thai when you learn to sing it. Words in songs don’t help you learn how to order a plate of rice, but they are words or phrases that can and do come up in a regular conversation believe it or not. It’s amazing the usefulness one Thai song can have

An example

Lets take for example a song by Silly Fools called Khii Heung(֧). Right there is a useful phrase. It uses the Thai Grammar point of (khii), which by itself means to defecate or the defecation itself, and adds it to the word ֧ which means to be jealous, like a lover would be jealous of a potential rival. Together make the descriptive word: ֧, which means a tendency to be a jealous partner.

Believe it or not, after hearing this song and looking that word up in the dictionary, the very next day someone was telling me about their friends husband and she refered to him as ֧. It was so excited I didn’t have to say, what does that mean? In fact I almost stopped listening to what she said because I was so proud of myself.

I could go on and find more examples in this one song, but I don’t have to! You can go on YouTube and not just watch the video, but read the lyrics at the same time! This is the other fun part about Thai culture They love Karaoke! Every Thai album comes out with a Karaoke version of it! How great is that!

Anyway, here is the full song and video for you viewing pleasure. See what you can learn from it.

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How did I do? http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?552-How-did-I-do Sun, 22 Jan 2012 20:58:44 GMT In my last post I set several goals as I was getting ready to get through my weekend of Thai. Now I thought I would let people know how I did. It was a very interesting journey, but one that I think helped me a lot to know where I am and how much... In my last post I set several goals as I was getting ready to get through my weekend of Thai. Now I thought I would let people know how I did. It was a very interesting journey, but one that I think helped me a lot to know where I am and how much further till I get to where I want to be.

Input Goals

First of all I had an input goal to read the first book of the Mannii reader. This I did in a about 10 minutes. That is about what I expected. I had hoped to come back and read the 2nd Mannii reader book, but I didn’t get the chance. Either way I did complete the minimum of my goal.

The second part was I wanted to complete several Audio lessons of the Intermediate Thai and Colloquial Thai audio companions to the books of the same names. Just to clarify how I judge my ability to complete an Input activity. If I can understand at least 80 to 90 percent of what is being said, then I feel I have mastered that activity. I don’t judge myself on my ability to speak Thai during input activities. These are two different skills and they must be judged separately. I wrote a whole post about it on another blog

I had a problem with the colloquial Thai audio in how I put it on my Ipod(it had no albums and so all the ‘tracks’ got jumbled together). I decided I would just focus on the Intermediate Thai Audio. Read more ]]>
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Get ready, Get set, Go! http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?542-Get-ready-Get-set-Go! Thu, 19 Jan 2012 22:48:17 GMT This picture is of the Thai Long Boat races. The first time I saw this was in Pitsanulok. It was one of the most interesting things I have ever seen. It is interesting to me because it seems like it would be so easy for it to go of course. But they race these boats all the Thim and go pretty much straight. If you watch each person on that team is paddling with all their mite! They have one goal and they go as hard as they can.

Due to other commitments I don’t study Thai during the week, other than that which is required to help me write my course. Now that the weekend is almost here, I need to set some tough goals for getting things accomplished this weekend. Once I set them I will go as hard as I can!

Input Goals

I will complete at least one Manii reader book. I hope to do two. I also be listening to Intermediate Thai Podcasts and colloquial Thai Audio that comes with the colloquial Thai book. I know I said I would start at the beginning and maybe speaking I can get away with it, but it’s too boring to listen to basic Thai audio.

Output Goals

I want to do One or two lessons on Typing in Thai. I also want to complete at least 4 episodes of Pimsleur Thai. The FSI and Pimsleur will be done at, 4 episodes at a time. This will hopefully challenge me.

There they are. My goals for this weekend. I will report on Monday how my goals went. Wish me luck! ]]>
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Thoughts on creating a course http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?539-Thoughts-on-creating-a-course Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:24:53 GMT Recently I have decided I would resurect my Thai and bring it from fluency to professional level. I also decided I wanted to try and make a Thai Course Since I only study Thai on the weekend, during the week my only exposure would be to my... Recently I have decided I would resurect my Thai and bring it from fluency to professional level. I also decided I wanted to try and make a Thai Course

Since I only study Thai on the weekend, during the week my only exposure would be to my introductory Thai course that I am creating. I thought this would be an interesting way to revive my dormant Thai, by not just studying from the beginning, but creating a method for others to follow me into fluency as well. The hardest part is to not putting too much in my course.

Wouldn’t more be better?

Have you ever been to a buffet? It’s all you can eat and there is a huge variety of food. The choices are endless. You are allowed to choose and no one stands in your way. The interesting thing, for me anyway, is that even though there is a large variety, I typically go to the same things each time. I may grab a couple of other things for variety, but I get the same food every time I go to that same buffet.

Same thing goes for Cable/satellite. You buy all these 300 channel packages and where does most of your time spend? Watching 3 or 4 channels. half of those are the free ones you would have without cable.

Why is that? I really have no idea. There are probably many things going on that keep me and probably others from straying to far away. I think one part of it is that we want a lot of a little instead of a little of a lot. We don’t want to just sample, we want to partake. Of course we could try to get a lot of a lot, but then that creates indigestion. Ok I am done with the food analogy.

What does that have to do with your course?

After you are further along in a language, you now have this all you can eat buffet of knowledge you want to share.(sorry I can’t help it, I think maybe I should eat lunch). The thing is that if I was to put all that in one course, your mind would explode after a few seconds. So yes I have cut a lot of what most people would teach in a basic Thai course. What is left is what I consider the most important part for one starting a new course, that is how to make the sentences You want to say. You will learn how to say chicken and you will learn how to say matches later, but learning how to say one hundred or so words that are used in almost 90 percent of the conversations you will have. And then learn how to manipulate them and move them around so that you can improvise your own sentences is the most important skill to have in Thai or any language for that matter.

So the plan is that now I will use this blog as my outlet for all things that I love about Thai. Thai culture from my point of view will become a regular topic. Of course Thai food has been my favorite since I was there. The more complex and more subtle things about Thai is what I will talk about. And of course I will also talk about my evolution from someone who has Fluency in the language, but is lacking in-depth and breadth, to someone who is very proficient at a professional level. Thats the plan. I hope I make it. ]]>
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