Prayuth’s First Day

September 19th, 2014

ประยุทธ์-ประวิตร-อุดมเดช-วิษณุ-สุวพันธุ์ เข้าปฏิบัติงานวันแรก ด้านนายกฯ ยิ้ม เดินเข้าทำเนียบ
วันที่ 15 ก.ย. ผู้สื่อข่าวรายงานว่า พล.อ.ประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา นายกรัฐมนตรี และหัวหน้าคณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ คสช. เดินทางเข้าปฏิบัติภารกิจที่ทำเนียบรัฐบาลอย่างเป็นทางการ ท่ามกลางการต้อนรับจากข้าราชการในทำเนียบรัฐบาล
ขณะที่ในช่วงบ่ายมีรายงานว่า นายกรัฐมนตรีมีภารกิจเป็นประธานพิธีปิดการศึกษาหลักสูตรหลักประจำโรงเรียนเสนาธิการทหารบก ชุดที่ 92 ที่ห้องมัฆวานรังสรรค์ สโมสรทหารบก ถนนวิภาวดี โดยก่อนหน้านี้ พล.อ.ประยุทธ์ ได้เดินทางเข้าปฏิบัติภารกิจที่กองบัญชาการกองทัพบก บก.ทบ. ก่อนเดินทางเข้าทำเนียบรัฐบาล
นอกจากนี้ ผู้สื่อข่าวรายงานเพิ่มเติมว่า รัฐมนตรีคนอื่นๆ เช่น พล.อ.ประวิตร วงษ์สุวรรณ รองนายกรัฐมนตรีและรัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงกลาโหม พล.อ.อุดมเดช สีตบุตร รองผู้บัญชาการทหารบก และรัฐมนตรีช่วยว่าการกระทรวงกลาโหม นายวิษณุ เครืองาม รองนายกรัฐมนตรี และนายสุวพันธุ์ ตันยุวรรธนะ รัฐมนตรีประจำสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี ทยอยเข้าทำเนียบตั้งแต่ช่วงเช้าที่ผ่านมา

 

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10 Signs that this Guy Really Loves You

July 22nd, 2014

I saw this sappy piece going around on Facebook and a few of my students got a kick out of it so I figured I’d share it with you here along with audio and vocab.

10 สัญญาณดี ที่บอกว่า “ผู้ชายคนนี้รักคุณจริง”

Download Full Text Audio: 10Signs_FULL
Reader Friendly Google Doc Version: GDOC_10Signs

1.เขาไม่อายที่จะทำอะไรแผลง เพื่อให้คุณได้หัวเราะ

2.เขาแนะนำคุณให้รู้จักกับครอบครัวของเขา

3.เขาแชร์ทุกๆเรื่องในชีวิตให้คุณได้รู้

4.เขาเป็นห่วงคุณทุกๆเรื่อง

5.เขาไม่ลืมวันสำคัญของคุณ

6.เขายืนเคียงข้างคุณในวันที่คุณไม่มีผู้ใดเข้าใจ

7.เขายอมทานสิ่งที่คุณชอบแต่เขาไม่ชอบ

8.ทุกครั้งที่เขาพูดถึงอนาคต มักมีคุณรวมอยู่ด้วย

9.เขาจะทำทุกทางเพื่อให้ครอบครัวของคุณปลื้มในตัวเขา

10.ถึงคุณจะหน้าตาธรรมดา แต่เขาจะพูดว่า “นางฟ้าของผม”

หากผู้ชายข้างๆคุณมีมากกว่า 5 ข้อ ถือว่าคุณโชคดี ^^

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Bitcoin Explained in Thai

April 20th, 2014

I was just explaining bitcoin to somebody and I realized that I hadn’t really read to much about it in Thai.  Here’s a breakdown of the wiki for bitcoin.  It helps if you know some of the various words for money in Thai.  There’s also a few words in here that may come up when you visit the bank.

 

Bitcoin Wiki (Text)

Here’s the audio for the passage.

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How to Practice Tones

December 12th, 2013

I’ve been making lots of new videos lately.  If you haven’t subscribed to my youtube channel or liked my facebook page then consider doing so.  It’ll take me a while to post everything I’ve filmed in the past few weeks, but much of it is already up there.  I won’t ever post anything spam-y so when I put something up, I assume it will be useful to you, or particularly funny (in a Thai way).

Here’s an explanation of how I have my beginner students practice tones:

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How to Improve Your Thai Speaking Ability

November 25th, 2013

A reader recently sent me the following question.  I have posted my response below.
I’ve been living here in Thailand for 2.5 years now, and
have been learning on my own for about 3 years now. Reading
is probably my strongest point, but I would say when it comes to speaking,
specifically grammar maybe, I can get by okay but definitely not there yet.
Any tips for someone who’s been in it for a few years, def. has some grasp on it,
but wanting to really try & step it up to the next level?
At this point you need to start becoming hyper-aware of where the holes are in what you can already do.  We have a tendency to revert to what works and what’s comfortable even though we may have been thinking bigger a moment ago.  I do it too sometimes.  Every time you are in a situation and want to say something, but have no clue how to, write it down and find out.  Find out = ask at least 5 Thai people and maybe 1 or 2 farang who might know.  Then go use it as soon as possible.  This is how I got past the plateau.  All flashcards and tools aside, the only way I could be sure to remember anything was if went and used it and either I remembered it, or I screwed up horribly and felt embarrassed.  Either way, it should often stick.   A lot of stuff will just end up in your head without you being aware of how or when you learned it, but doing this should  give you a nice pile of sentences that you will very likely remember and probably have some good stories to tell.
That’s general advice.  Here’s something more specific you can actually go and do on your own right now.  Skim through my 100 sentence project  and make sure you can say all those sentence patterns perfectly.  If you can’t, or if you don’t know any of them very well then pick out the pattern and go to a site like guru.google.co.th/guru/(*Update: This site was unfortunately shut down) or any other site where people go to ask dumb questions and search for the main part of the pattern.  Then read tons of examples, pick out one or 2 that is relevant to you (or make your own if there aren’t any) and then go out and use it. It’s really easy to manipulate most people into talking about whatever you want.  It’s also ok to just go completely off topic and talk about planets or whatever.  I used to do it all the time.
To summarize, keep reaching, do at least 30 minutes every day (keeping track will help) and you will progress.  You have to think big with languages because you can’t really do anything in just 1 day other than actually go out and interact with people that can really make a difference.  It all becomes a drop in the ocean, and so you need time to fill up the ocean.
Getting good at a language takes a long time and once you get past the initial fun stuff, progress seems to slow to a crawl.  You have to create and maintain a passion for it throughout which in turn helps to keep the discipline to do something about it every single day.  There aren’t any language hacks or secret short cuts.  It takes a long time to cover all the ground necessary to get awesome.

 

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The Proposal

November 8th, 2013

It’s been a while, but I assure you I’ve been hard at work.  I’ve gone through all my old videos again and I’m adding transcripts to all of them.  Here’s the first.  Boo talking about the movie “The Proposal.”

Google has added a new feature to Gdocs.  You can now right click on a selected word in a document and it will search for the definition and/or examples.   Check it out in the transcript below.

The Proposal
The Proposal (Transcript) 

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Thai Tone Rules Chart

October 10th, 2013

Tone Rules Chart

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Learn Thai from a White Guy: Thai Alphabet App Updated!

September 9th, 2013

I’ve added in the vowels.  The numbers are next.  The app presents the consonants in the same order as my web course.

 

Iphone app for learning Thai

iphone app for learning Thai

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Iphone app for learning Thai

 

Note that this app was designed to help you out for when you forget the class or pronunciation of a particular consonant.  It is not intended as a full course, nor will it magically teach you Thai.  Learning a language involves a lot of work and there are no secret hacks to getting good.  It takes a lot of time and a lot of work.  I’ve been doing this stuff with a bunch of languages for a long time and my goal with this blog and any products I release is to save you time, stress and hopefully make the process go a little bit smoother.  

Think the app needs more?  Tell me what and why it’d help and we’ll talk.  

 

 

 

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Penetrating Thai Menus

September 3rd, 2013

I’m sure we’ve all seen busted English now and then, but it’s pretty hard to beat this one with such classics as “Penetrate the roasting chicken,” “Penetrate whole porker heck,” and “Penetrate pig gunwales.” Wow.  I still say you should learn to read Thai, but you can enjoy this menu even without it.

The word ตำ, which you probably know from ส้มตำ (the “tam” in som tam for you non-readers) in the case of papaya salad is more like “to pound.” But it can also mean something sharp stabbing, poking or piercing.
Thai Definition: อาการที่มีสิ่งลักษณะแหลมๆ เช่น หนาม ทิ่มเข้าไป

 

Silly Thai Menu

Terrible Thai Translations

Penetration

The “mix” here is coming from ยำ which is the word used for those spicy salad-y Thai dishes and I’ve always assumed (but don’t actually know for sure) that it came from ขยำ and likely has roots in Khmer.   I’ve encountered the word ขยำ a handful of time, but in 10 years I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard anyone using ยำ as a verb meaning to mix despite what a dictionary may tell you. ขยำ has a feeling that is very similar to the way we say “toss” as in “a tossed salad.”   That action of mixing up stuff in a grabby kind of way. An entry-level mnemonic for ยำ is that they are the yummy Thai salads.  I wouldn’t waste time or energy trying to learn the ขยำ word unless you encounter it again elsewhere and as far as I’m concerned, ยำ does not mean “to mix” in any useful sense.

thai menu

Terrible Thai Translations

Mix
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Why learn Thai?

July 21st, 2013

Why bother learning Thai? After all, you don’t need it if you are living in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or any of the other heavily farang’d out cities. Sure, you’ll probably get ripped off now and then, have trouble doing stuff like opening bank accounts, going to the dentist or getting a haircut, but it’s not that big of a deal. Right?

If you did bother to learn Thai, you just might:

  • Make more friends
  • Really get to know people and have a better grasp of why they do things that are different than what you might do.
  • Have more fun
  • Pay the same prices as locals do
  • Know for sure whether or not they are really talking about you or if it’s just in your head…

Just do it.  Everything will be better.  I promise.  Get started with the Thai alphabet.

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