Consistency is Key

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  1. For me, to really retain something (like language), I learn by writing – so I have chosen to learn to read, write, and speak Thai at the same time. I saw this post before my recent trip and decided to try it out…

    I couldn’t find a notebook that I liked (don’t smirk – there was a reason) – so instead, I just kept a folded piece of paper in my pocket (ala http://www.pocketmod.com – but I didn’t cut the dotted line). This, plus the pen I always have with me… and I was able to converse and learn with just about anyone I encountered.

    As for the reason for the pocket mod and not a notebook? I needed something to sit flat in my pocket and not get caught on anything on the way in or out. I could not finnd my preferred moleskines – all I could find were those crappy spiral notepads that I have never liked…

    End result: In two weeks, I filled six “booklets” – refilling from the hotel stationary folder in my room when I needed a new one.

    When interacting with the Thai’s, the doors really opened when they understood I was serious about having them write the word I didn’t understand in Thai… after that, there was almost a line of people wanting to teach me a new word (or simply to see if I could really read words in Thai).

    Well worth the experiment. (Of course, now these booklets are very valuable to me – and fragile… time to find a thin notebook for my next trip… but then again, maybe I’m just made for “cheap” paper…)

    • Thanks! That looks pretty cool. I’m gonna print out some test books later and carry it around for a few days. The problem with these little ring-pads that I keep in my back pocket is that the rings inevitably get crushed.

  2. Mark,I liked the idea to get the thais to write the words down so you could copy them. I have been keeping a notebook myself, writing the thai in English sounds, then trying to form the words in my thai.. so to get the correct spelling is a brilliant idea.

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