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02-02-03, 09:40 AM #1beachsloth Guest
I was wondering how you say "I am a writer" in thai. I have gotten as far as "PHOM...." Well, I was wondering this as well: I am going to Thailand for a month. How easily will the language come to me if I try to use it all the time while I am there. Will I be able to hold conversations by the time I leave? I realise that this is a difficult thing to approximate, but if it helps any, I do know quite a few phrases at this point as well as being able to count...
02-02-03, 10:09 AM #2Forum Member
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"I am a writer". whatabout "phom pen nakkhian". How quickly you will start to have conversations in Thai depends on your basic skills and activity. When I came to Thailand (-89), I took a 10 week course where I studied 4 hours/day, 5 days/week. After that I was able to hold small conversations about various topics. The good thing is that the Thais are eager to talk with westerners and so you will have plenty of possibilities to practise, if you want.
02-02-03, 10:36 AM #3beachsloth Guest
Thanks, but now I am confused about something else (I know...I'm hopeless...) On this website, it lists saying "I want to go to...." as "CHUN JA BAI" but, in my book it tells me to say "PHOM YAAK PAI" Which is correct? Why are there two ways of saying the same thing?
02-02-03, 11:19 AM #4Joe Guest
ja = shall
yaak = would like to
If you are male you should always use phom
02-02-03, 11:01 PM #5Originally Posted by [b
Since you will be there for only a month, it is not something you need to worry about. Be warned though: many people whose intention was just a temporary stay in Thailand fell in love with her and stayed permanently!
03-02-03, 12:24 AM #6Forum Regular
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