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Where to learn Thai?

Discussion in 'Thai Language' started by Makaveli, 8 Dec 2010.

  1. bird

    bird Member

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    What about: Rice, his, white, and news?

    What about: Wood, new, fire, no, and silk?

    Torture I tell you!!! . . .
     
  2. bird

    bird Member

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    Agreed.
     
  3. tiredtony

    tiredtony Well-Known Member

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    Just learn how to say new and no correctly 1st.. they're more important.. I've only ever learned what i needed to say.. wood and fire are quite easy to differenciate (ouch sp??) from the others too.

    But i'm lost on silk. Don't think i've ever had to say it in 10 years here though :smile:
     
  4. crew

    crew Faber College Member

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    yes.

    i've never heard it that. always been /gin/ to me. /g/ being /g/ as is /get/.

    yet you place that same at the end of a word and then it becomes a /k/.
     
  5. tiredtony

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    I mean i hear lots of people (ferrang) say kin kow..

    Here's a great example of what you were saying กิ๊ก Gor guy sala e gor guy.. gik
     
  6. bird

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    :confused:

    It's like Kung (shrimp) spelled with a . . .
     
  7. tiredtony

    tiredtony Well-Known Member

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    Anyway, Im dead posh me.. I say 'tarn kow' as in rrrrrrrrapatarn..
     
  8. bird

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    I usually say gin. And then there's saweuy . . .
     
  9. tiredtony

    tiredtony Well-Known Member

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    the other day i learned:

    Wella tord kai dow mai tong si naman kang-bon kai.

    When you fry my egg don't put oil on top of the egg..

    That's all, I'm off to bed. Friday 2moro!!
     
  10. Rastus

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    Tones are important and so is pronunciation. "Of course!" I hear you say. Being able to read Thai will help you know which sounds to make. Using transliteration is a very poor substitute for reading Thai text. Although transliteration is useful right at the beginning of learning a language with a different script, I recommend not waiting too long before learning to read Thai.

    Thai tones are not difficult. There are only five to remember. The difficult part is making sure you consistently use the correct tone with each syllable. It's easy to slip into an "English" (or French or German etc) way of speaking when using Thai words. Thai doesn't work like that. I found it useful to draw and visualise the tones. It made it easier to remember them later. Once you have got to grips with the five tones and can make short and long versions of them (that's only 10 sounds), differentiating between "Rice, his, white, and news" won't be a problem.

    If you really want to learn the language, I would recommend getting lessons for a few months so you learn some basic language and the correct tones, then make sure you are introduced to some basic grammar and writing. After that you will be able to teach yourself with the help of an inquisitive mind, a few books and a Thai friend or two.
     
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    Thank you, Stamp. :smile:
     
  13. po3try

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    This place - Learn Thai Online is meant to be good. I read about in the BKK Post ages ago. The letters are turned into pictures that help you remember it or something.

    I haven't tried it yet though as I'm a lazy git.
     
  14. bird

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    Could you upload those drawings? . .
     
  15. crew

    crew Faber College Member

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    when i write my flash cards for learning thai vocab, i write the words on colored paper. each color represents a tone. when i picture the word, i picture the color it's written on and remember the tone.

    light blue = low
    light green = falling
    white = middle
    orange = rising
    yellow = high
     

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