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Learning Thai expressions through music

Discussion in 'Thai Language' started by crew, 20 Feb 2013.

  1. crew

    crew Thread Starter Faber College Member

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    Does anyone spend time learning Thai through music?

    While it isn't a great source of realistic conversations and the karaoke transliterations are complete crap, I find youtube vids to be a great distraction from the more serious Thai lessons. Slow songs make memorization easy and song lyrics can be a great source of inspiration for learning Thai expressions.

    Once you get into reading Thai script, I think reading Thai song lyrics can really help with fluency. You learn all the final sounds and how to separate words as you would in Roman-based script.

    I"ve always loved Sek Loso and still do even after the drug rehab dramas. In my opinion, one great song for learning some expressions and vocab is, Ter Kit Dai Ying-ngai:
    [video=youtube;driES6G5NKA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=driES6G5NKA[/video]

    Some vids even have the Thai, karaoke and English script, like this one from B.O.Y.:
    [video=youtube;uMDUd20pLvE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMDUd20pLvE[/video]

    Then, if you really want to bond with some Thai friends, learn this classic:
    [video=youtube;BeoRsHeNjX4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeoRsHeNjX4[/video]

    Anyone have any other good vids for learning Thai?
     
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    ramses Well-Known Member

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    first thai phrase I ever learned was kidtuengbaan... from a karaoke at a Thai restaurant in Orlando Fl - long before I ever thought of coming to Thailand. I knew how to say homesick in Thai before I ever learned to say hello, I also learned the word for lover the same way.

    [video=youtube;GNYAi-wvlNs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNYAi-wvlNs[/video]
    I'm sure these is a better version... but the song is slow, and the words easy to remember
     
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  4. slamb

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    I only know the cheesy ones you hear everywhere, especially in the restaurants / bars where I live, so won't inflict them on you. :smile2:
     
  5. crew

    crew Thread Starter Faber College Member

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    and the winner for the most ironic thai-language ditty goes too...
    [video=youtube;d2JOCnJ6v2s]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d2JOCnJ6v2s#![/video]
     
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    ramses Well-Known Member

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    ironic because she speaks (sings) Thai quite well? I like it, and now am now listening to the covers she does with her Thai partner. This video could easily be a winner on the Things that generally go over our heads! thread...
     
  7. tiredtony

    tiredtony Well-Known Member

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    You sure you've been learning on youtube crew...? Not hanging out in fairy light lit establishments..? :hilarious:

    Seriously though, a good way to learn. Careful of the isaan dialect though...
     
  8. crew

    crew Thread Starter Faber College Member

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    i liked it too, mainly because she did the thai script with english transliteration (karaoke) to go along with the song. i think that's a great way for people to learn how to read thai (and to truly understand how a word should be pronounced).

    i use it mainly for improving listening skills.
    sorry dude, over my head. what are fairy light lit establishments?

    and the southern dialect. learn "central" and you should be understood by the vast majority of thai folks out there.
     
  9. slamb

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    She puts me to shame, even though I've been immersed for 2 years & have worked hard on all the 4 skills. I'm a slow learner, even by my own standards but my listening skills are so poor I think I'll never progress any further.
     
  10. crew

    crew Thread Starter Faber College Member

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    don't get too discouraged. all my buddies who speak thai well have the same attitude--two of whom can be considered "fluent". even the interpreter, who just last weekend told me that he has a long way to go before he walks into a meeting fully confident of his skills, gets discouraged.
     

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