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What would you like to practice?

View Poll Results: What do you want to practice? (check all that apply)

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  • I would like to know my name in Thai

    0 0%
  • I would like to learn the alphabet

    1 7.69%
  • I need to practice simple, practical phrases

    5 38.46%
  • I need help with learning tones

    2 15.38%
  • I would like to practice listening/speaking

    7 53.85%
  • I would like to practice reading/writing

    7 53.85%
  • I need help with grammar/sentence structure

    10 76.92%
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    What would you like to practice?

    Just curious for anyone coming to the Thai for Beginners section... What areas of Thai language do you need to practice?

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    Re: What would you like to practice?

    Only one choice??

    Simple practicle phrases, I mean simple.

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    Re: What would you like to practice?

    I would like to learn more about sentence structure and the Thai language that people speak every day rather than the 'perfect' language taught in text books. As for 'practical phrases', may I suggest a section about the many ways of saying the same thing? e.g. Greetings สวัสดี วัสดี ไปไหน เป็นยังไงบ้าง etc. etc.
    ความพยายามอยู่ที่ไหน ความสำเร็จอยู่ที่นั่น

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    Re: What would you like to practice?

    It looks like grammar and sentence structure are leading in the polls. (I voted for that myself ) Anyone have thoughts on threads we could start to practice sentence structure?

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    Re: What would you like to practice?

    One good exercise, I think, would be to practise rearranging, splitting and combining the clauses (parts) of complex sentences, since I believe in Thai the rules start to differ from English quite a bit.

    For example, in English we can say:

    The dog, which was fat, ate his dinner, despite feeling quite full.
    Despite feeling quite full, the dog, which was fat, at his dinner.
    The fat dog, despite feeling quite full, at his dinner.
    The fat dog ate his dinner, despite feeling quite full.

    At an abstract level, I find that constructing individual clauses is usually fairly easy, and combining 2 is not too hard. But it gets really tricky in Thai. I think one of the main reasons is because virtually everything needs a classifier, and when a reference to something is continued through multiple clauses it often needs re-referencing (sorry if that doesn't make sense...I'm not a linguist, and I don't know grammar terminology very well).

    I suspect that seeing the exact same concept re-phrased many ways would help a lot in my (and many others') understanding.

    Benesato.

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    Re: What would you like to practice?

    Not sure if you will find this useful, but the following is the first of about 300 sentences written in Thai which you have to arrange into the correct order:

    http://www.learningthai.com/sentences/0001.htm

    Thanks to Pailin for starting this thread.

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    Re: What would you like to practice?

    I love those scrambled sentences! The only thing is they don't tell you what answer they're looking for.

    เพื่อน ชอบ เพลง ฟัง ฉัน ของ -- is an example of a set that I just tried from that page.

    I came up with this version: ฉันชอบฟังเพลงของเพื่อน

    Maybe my friend is Beam D2B???

    Sorry to take that Let's keep this thread for ideas and then implement some new threads.

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    Re: What would you like to practice?

    Yes, we realized that mistake afterwards. So, when we created the study aids for www.thaiforbeginners.com we made sure that there was an answer sheet!

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