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I've taken the plunge. I'm going to study Thai.

Discussion in 'Thai Language' started by Stamp, 2 Jul 2013.

  1. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    I've been living in Thailand for more than 13 years. I can speak and understand Thai fairly well. I mostly learned it by myself. Books and CDs. Fluency is still a problem though. Fluency in the Thai language is IMHO related to the ability to read and write the Thai language as unlike the English language, the letters dictate the sound. Obviously, being immersed in a total Thai environment might also help for better fluency. I can read Thai a bit but I don't always know the meaning of the Thai words especially in regards to official documents. I feel stuck in the language. I feel I'm not improving. So, I went out to look for a Thai teacher who is willing to teach me Thai.

    I found a Thai teacher at my school who's going to teach me Thai for 3 hours a week. :thumbsup2:

    Let's hope my Thai language skills will improve.

    What about you? Do you speak and understand Thai well? Have you studied Thai language in the past? Do you have any plans to do it in the near future? :thai wai:
     
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  2. Mister T

    Mister T Retired, fat and happy

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    It has been a few years since you last visited here, but I remember you spoke pretty good Thai. I am in the same boat as you, been doing reading and writing - it just goes in one eye and out the other, too old now I guess. :lostit:
     
  3. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    Too long ago, Mister T. I'm pretty sure that we'll visit you again this year if we may. :happy1:
     
  4. Mister T

    Mister T Retired, fat and happy

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    Welcome any time mate, you can stay at the new ranch and go fishing. :cheers2:
     
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    ramses Well-Known Member

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    not very well

    never

    would like to, but the reality is I probably won't
     
  6. NODIIT

    NODIIT Well-Known Member

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    I would say that globally I'm in the same situation.
    I understand it well but I'm far from being fluent. I found it extremely difficult (impossible in fact) to deal with any administrative situation at the uni for example.
    I'm learning alphabet with my daughter but she's faster than me, it's frustrating.
     
  7. crew

    crew Faber College Member

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    i too have to bite the bullet and get a teacher. i've hit a wall and have to learn to be fluent as quickly as possible. my daughter is starting to ramble in thai and i can't understand some of what she's saying. there's no way in hell i'm going to allow thais to talk about me in front of my children as if i'm not there.

    same here.
    same here but from co-workers.
    my reading is pretty good but my writing is almost non-existent. i don't know the rules well enough.
     
  8. chrgrims

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    Learning thai is extremely difficult. I have had a teacher 4 days a week for 1h for 2,5 years. To get a personal teacher was definitely the best decision for me. I am making steady progress. Now i can read and write thai pretty well, but still not as good as i want. Writing is by far the hardest. Conversation is pretty good, but still there are words coming up quite often that i dont know.

    Best advice for people wanting to learn thai is to not think about progress too much, just stay with the process. Eventually the rules and words will stick.

    One of the hardest things to read/write is English words written in thai, e.g. โปรโมชั่น. Do you know what this means? :hilarious:
     
  9. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    Promotion?
     
  10. chrgrims

    chrgrims Member

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    yes! good job! i always have trouble with words like this when i encounter them in texts.
     
  11. Makaveli

    Makaveli aka 2Pac Staff Member

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    I got the same as you :wink2:
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  12. chrgrims

    chrgrims Member

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    cheaters! try this one (and dont look this time):
    ซุปเปอร์มาร์เก็ต
     
  13. Mister T

    Mister T Retired, fat and happy

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    supermarket?
     
  14. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    I didn't but Makaveli did. :hilarious:

    Soo peh mah ket :smile2:
     
  15. Makaveli

    Makaveli aka 2Pac Staff Member

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    HE said not to cheat:hilarious:
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