November: Who’s Talking About Learning Thai

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Who’s talking about learning Thai…

Welcome to the third edition in this series, where I share bloggers, twitter peeps, and podcasters all talking about the Thai language. The previous two posts can be found here: Archive for Talking About Learning Thai.

Apologies…yeah… again… this post should have gone around the first of the month but when I found myself sleepless in Seattle, I cratered. I’m now in Bangkok, but on Seattle time. Shrug. Same same. No different. Better luck next time? Heh.

WLT’s generous contributors…

November was a fabulous month for guest authors. First up was Nils Bastedo with How to Gain Insight into the Thai Language from How Thais Learn English. As you might have noticed, Thais speaking English will sometimes add a Thai twist to our language. In his post, Nils explains how to use this knowledge to help with Thai pronunciation.

There are a growing number of Thais learning Thai. Lani Cox (our first author in the series), grew up with pretty close to nadda Thai so has taken on the challenge. While Kaewmala, fluent in Thai, decided to learn the intriguing details of her native language. In her two posts, Thais Learning Thai: Kaewmala from Thai Talk: Part 1 and Part 2, we are impressed yet again by Kaewmala’s curiosity about the Thai language and culture.

When Lani sent in her Part 2 of A Thai Learning Thai, I was struck by the very useful advice: “I try to learn words that I don’t think I’ll ever use because this time around I know that just because I won’t ever use that word doesn’t mean someone else won’t.” Many times I skip over vocabulary out of disinterest, but Lani is so very right.


WLT’s prolific author, Hugh Leong, contributed the excellent post Is That a กัน Gan in Your Pocket?. Posts such as these increase our Thai vocabulary threefold. Thank you Hugh!

How Do YOU Say Worchestershire? isn’t exactly a guest post, but there were guest appearances from: Khun Gung, Khun Phairoh, Khun Narisa, Alex Szecsenyi, Amy Praphantanathorn, Christopher, Claudio Sennhauser, David Airey, Jill Schulman, Paul Garrigan, and Tom Stephan. Thanks all, I couldn’t have done it without your contributions.

Note: If you would like to contribute posts and/or if you have a talent for Thai, please contact me.

November: Who’s talking about learning Thai…

Andrej: Bakunin Learns Thai (no longer online)

Andrej, featured in the second post in this series, shares the resources working for him in List of educational kids videos. Andrej walks us through the method in Go Genius รู้รอบตัว – contents. The resource 100 interesting things book series by Se-ed is new to me so after the holidays I’ll see about tracking them down.

As you know, Andrej is studying – or rather, ‘not’ studying – Thai via the ALG/TV method. And after reading a couple of November posts about learning a foreign language, he just wanted to make the point that for him, Learning Thai is a pleasure. Still on a roll, Andrej finishes November with the informative, Working with a language partner.

Anothai Dara: Anothaidara

Anothai Dara is my favourite musical energiser bunny. And as it’s not possible to share everything posted, I’ve grabbed a few songs from the November blogroll: Pay Obeisance to the Earth, Is the Reception Bad (Or Is There a Problem With Your Heart)?, and Sleepless (it’s a sad song – but I couldn’t resist the title).

Thank you Anothai Dara, for taking the time to sub so many Thai songs.

Chris: chris_thai_student

Chris has two posts for November. The comic Opposites, where he shares the hilarious video by David Allen (not for young ears). And the more serious Homophones, where Chris discusses Chinese and Thai. It’s something I really haven’t thought about. Apparently, as Thai is tonal, with a tonal twist we are automatically thrown into new vocabulary, avoiding the homophone problem. Mostly.

David Long: AUA Thai blog

Last month I totally missed David Long’s post, The Natural Order of Language Acquisition where he discusses the order of learning a language: Understanding, speaking, reading, writing. Apologies David, you have now been included in my monthly check.

Hamish: TweetYourselfThai | twitter: @AjarnPasa

TweetYourselfThai covers recent happenings in Thailand. As this is November, we were treated to Loy Krathong. In Poo Dee Angrit – The English Gentleman Hamish brings in sound. I believe it’s a fabulous idea so if you do too, please stop by and say so.

Btw: not only is TweatYourselfThai on twitter, but Hamish has recently gone Facebook too.

Jon Russell: Jonny Foreigner

New daddy Jon offers some excellent advice in his post Preparation before learning to read Thai. My top pick? Ignore phonetic western spellings. Absolutely.

Kaewmala: Thai Woman Talks – Language, Politics & Love

The lovely Kaewmala treats us not only with two guest interviews on WLT, Part 1 and Part 2, but on her site she enlightens us about Thai Dog Idioms – Part 1: Pissed for My Canine Friends. And truthfully, I didn’t realise the lack in Thailand either (please read her post to see what I mean).

Lani Cox: tell thai heart

As mentioned above, guest author Lani sent in her wonderful post, A Thai Learning Thai: Lani: Part 2. And on her blog, she also penned Learning Thai is making me a better English teacher. If you too are doubting your Thai studies, or are teaching English at the same time as learning Thai, it’s a good read. Actually, it’s a good read no matter what.

Megan: Bangkok Reality Smackdown

While not exactly about learning Thai, I couldn’t resist sharing Megan’s clever post, Challenge: Explaining a Thai Music Video. Well done Megan 🙂 And with much hilarity, Megan delves into Challenge: Asking WHY. Btw, why in Thai is ทำไม /tam-mai/ (often followed by ไม่ เข้าใจ /mâi kâo jai/ – I don’t understand).

Paul Garrigan:

Paul makes his first appearance in this series with the comic: And the Award for Slowest Ever Thai Language Learner Goes To… More please. Oh yes. More!

Palmisano: Thai Blog

Worth a look are three posts on ending particles: krap and ka, na and ah, and wa, woi, fa, and foi. Breaking the Thai Tones, Legally gets a mention as well.

Rikker Dockum: Thai 101

Rikker puts out a call for help with his Project Gutenberg Thailand (liberating public domain Thai literature), following it up with instructions in Some nitty gritty (and a sample Thai ebook).

And in Rikker’s October post, Bureaucracy insanity: What makes a good Thai teacher? the comments heated up a treat.

Sarawan: The Parent Vine Thailand (no longer online)

Please give a warm welcome to Sarawan (a Thai learning Thai). Sarawan brings us a brand spanking new site, The Parent Vine. The soft launch introduced the section, ‘Learning Thai with your child’. And while the post is marked October, the site wasn’t really open to the rest of the world until November sometime (hence, the mention here).

Snap: Learning Thai In Chiang Mai

In Probably my dumbest question…ever!, Snap asks a great question: “If singing is tonal and Thai is tonal, how can Thai be sung to a tune…exactly?” Rikker stops by to enlighten us all, so you be sure to stop by too! Following her musical debut, Snap jumps right into Dissecting The Elephant Song.

It’s interesting to watch Snap finding the many quirks of the Thai language. In So, is it soon, soon or soon? she comes across the R/L switch in Thai conversation.

Snap finishes off November with her First day of school. Yeah and congrats! I’m looking forward to many more posts from a new student learning Thai.

Talen: Thailand, Land of Smiles (no longer online)

Talen is doing fabulously with his Thai studies. Early November he came out with ‘The Consonants’. Impressive, and I can’t wait to see what he writes about next.

Terry Fredrickson and Jon Fernquest: Bangkok Post, Learning From News

While their section at the Bangkok Post is for Thais learning English, students of Thai reap the benefits as well.

My picks for November are: tolerance/intolerance, Living in America: conclusion, and Flood watch.

Podcasts about learning Thai…

Rikker: Bangkok Podcast

In the 7th of their Thai Language Series, Rikker covers Thai holidays. If you want to fast-forward to where Rikker makes his entrance, skip to 13.40 in iTunes.

YouTube channels about learning Thai…

This is a new section but as I’m out of time (Nov/Dec are crazy crazy) I’ve limited myself to introducing just one YouTube channel, the lovely Adjima (Mod).

Adjima Thaitrong: Learn Thai with Mod, fun & easy!

A new addition to Thai lessons on YouTube is Adjima Thaitrong, known as Mod. In November Adjima added four posts to her channel: Taxi conversation and verb to be.

Isn’t she lovely? If you want to take Thai lessons from Mod either in person or via Skype, her contact details have been added to WLT’s two sections for Thai teachers: Thai Teachers and Learn Thai via Skype: Locating Teachers and Schools.

You can also contact Mod via her new website: Learn Thai With Mod.

Please stay tuned for a dedicated post about Mod and her wonderful YouTube channel, set to go live towards the end of the month.

Bloggers who sometimes tweet more than they blog…

Ajarn Pasa: Tweet Yourself Thai | twitter: @AjarnPasa

Ajarn Pasa is one of the few here who gives twitter and blogging equal time.

Kaewmala: Thai Women Talks | twitter: @Thai_Talk @thai_idioms

Kaewmala is a political gal at @Thai_Talk but also shares needed insights on the Thai language at @thai_idioms and @lanna_talk.

Rikker Dockum: Thai 101 | twitter: @thai101

Rikker sometimes blogs, sometimes podcasts, but mostly twitters.

Who’s doing all that Thai twittering…

The (mostly) complete Thai twitter list:


Please let me know if I’ve missed anyone.

Signing off…

Note: The full list of both twitter people and bloggers can be found here: Thai Language Bloggers. Again, let me know if anyone is missing.

Until the December version, enjoy…

18 thoughts on “November: Who’s Talking About Learning Thai”

  1. Welcome back Megan. Ah, the lack of Internet while on holiday is a pain, yes? It’s like we are missing an arm…

    Snap, and I see you were having a difficult time emailing/commenting too. And Thai homework? Over the holidays? You are so diligent (your teacher should be proud). I’m not going to get back to homework until the new year. And then… and then… hmm…

  2. Hi Catherine, thanks for keeping an eye on me and my blog during November. As you know I’ve just returned from my week long Visa run to Laos and am back in the land of Internet. I have heaps of catching up to do, lots of posts to write and catching up on everyone else’s blogs, but have promised myself not to open Google Reader until after I’ve finished my Thai homework!

  3. Ah! I am finally back from Phitsanulok and have internet at home again! It’s like I’m alive!

    Thanks for the mention, Catherine! I always get a thrill to be included with the cool kids. 🙂

  4. Sarawan, you are welcome and I’m glad to hear that the resources here have been a help. I’m still working my way it as well!

    Jon, I’m looking forward to your next installment on how you’ve learned Thai. And also, where you intend on going from there.

  5. Thanks for including me on the list!! Pretty much all the wind in the sails of my latest Thai-learning-venture has come from all of the resources and information on this site…I’m so glad to know that it’s here, and there’s so much info here that I haven’t plumbed yet.

  6. Welcome to WLT Mod, and thank you 🙂

    The ‘Look Who’s Talking’ series goes monthly, so if you post something new, it’ll show up here.

  7. Hi Catherine,

    I am really impressed by your website and the way that you put Thai language resources together, it is brilliant!

    Also, thank you very much for including me in your super teacher lists:-)

    Best wishes,

  8. Thanks again Cat for including me in your awesome lists! All the information you consistently put out is overwhelming! I wish I could keep up. But I’m on a new rampage of learning Thai – I’m determined. (Isn’t that what it means when you buy another book on learning Thai? 😉

  9. Thanks Talen. Time certainly hasn’t been in abundance lately, that’s for sure.

    Martyn, isn’t Adjima (Mod) as cute as a bug? I smile when watching her videos.

    And have you noticed how many gals there are now in the learning Thai blogging gang? We have Snap, Adjima, Kaewmala, Lani, Sarawan, Megan, Jo and myself (any more?)

  10. I just checked out Adjima Thaitrong’s YouTube lessons and she sure is one pretty lady who has that exaggerated mouth movement way of getting you to pronounce the tone right. She really is the female answer to Stuart Jay Raj.

  11. Catherine you’ve dished up another giant serving of Thai resources and your regular language learners must be licking their lips at the prospect of the feast.

    I checked out Snap’s Elephant Song on my earlier visit and I really do like her regular style of writing, she’s one funny lady too.

    I’m now off to check out Adjima Thaitrong’s language blog to find out the right things to say in a taxi. I bet “follow that cab” isn’t in the dialogue.

  12. Cat, another excellent roundup of all things Thai language…I really don’t know where you find the time. Many thanks for including me in such a great list.


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