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WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway: Duke Language School and Bingo-Lingo

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway…

Welcome to week SIX of WLT’s seven weeks of Thai language giveaways by top movers and shakers in the learning Thai industry.

To find out about the $4,500+ in prizes being given away do read the intro post, Please Vote THAI and WIN! 2015: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition.

The previous FIVE giveaway posts by sponsor are: 1) Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand, and 2) DCO Books and Orchid Press, and 3) PickupThai Podcast, 4) Learn Thai Podcast, and 5) Learn Thai Style. Once again, congrats to the lucky winners!

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

Duke Language School and Bingo-Lingo…

This week Duke Language School and Bingo-Lingo (Arthit Juyaso) have joined together to sponsor prizes. There are FOUR of Duke’s Survival One Group Lessons, which includes the textbook. Also included is free access to the beta version of Duke’s online course, created by Royce Heng. And FOUR copies of Bingo’s detailed book (audio included), Read Thai in 10 Days.

Duke Language School: Survival One Group Lessons….

WLTs Thai Language GiveawayIf your aim is to speak Thai right away, Duke’s Survival lessons, created by Duke’s Principal Arthit Juyaso (Bingo-Lingo), are rich in basic words and phrases that everyone living in Thailand should know.

When going through Survival One I was impressed to discover there are only 300 words to learn. With only a bare minimum of vocabulary, the lessons are jam-packed with useful phrases, sentence patterns and structures. Mentioning it to Arthit, he replied:

One of the main points of the course is to recycle previously seen vocabulary as much as possible (it’s my love for spaced repetition).

Arthit not only knows his stuff, but equally important, he knows how to explain it to westerners. You are just going to love the helpful advice and cultural tidbits dribbled all throughout the course. And yes, it’s real Thai.

Stu Jay Raj (jcademy.com): I searched for months to find Thai language schools in Bangkok that I would feel comfortable affiliating with and being able to recommend to my students of the Thai language regardless of where their level was at. They must be linguistically accurate, dynamic and have a teaching system that really engages their students.

All roads led to Duke. Their team has all the right ingredients of tech savvy, linguistically qualified experienced teachers that really know their stuff.

Their new Journey series fits in very well with CTF and the new upcoming online version that they’re putting together is looking fantastic!

Duke’s Survival lessons (1-3) are for basic beginners. Survival One is included in this giveaway. The Journey series (Conversational 1-3 and Fluency 1-3) focuses on speaking, Explore (1-4) introduces reading and writing, and Connect (1-4) takes it further. All courses require the same amount of time to complete. 

Survival lessons are taught onsite at Duke Language School in Bangkok. Each course is 12 days long, lasting for two hours per lesson. It’s important to note because you will obviously need to be in Bangkok to collect this part of your prize!

Duke’s Survival One Chapter Breakdown:

WLTs Thai Language GiveawayChapter One: Getting started
About the Thai language.
Thai sounds: consonants, vowels, and tones.
Numbers from zero to 100.
Essential words and classroom phrases.

Chapter Two: Meeting and greeting
How to introduce yourself, greet people and say goodbye.
How to talk about your home country and hometown.
How Thai pronouns work.

Chapter Three: Taking a taxi
How to get a taxi and use the service.
Yes-no questions.
How to give simple directions.

Chapter Four: Buying street food
How to ask what something is called.
Buying food from the street.
About different kinds of street food.

Chapter Five: Navigating buildings
How to ask where things are.
How to talk about locations.
The words for places inside a building.

Layout of the lessons: Essential Words (20 words and mini-phrases), Dialogue (cartoons acting out the scenes, then dialogue on its own with transliteration and English, finishing with questions to make sure you understand what is happening), Key Structures and Expressions (important sentence patterns are taught in this section), Noteworthy (one of my favourite sections because goodies are imparted here), and Vocab Builder (more vocabulary to increase your usage of the patterns explained in Key Structures and Expressions).

Tod Daniels: The new course and textbooks by Duke Language School are some of the most revolutionary, best written and engaging conversational Thai textbooks I’ve seen after viewing the material of almost 20 private Thai language schools.

This stuff will turn the “teach conversational Thai to foreigners” marketplace on its ear. This is how Thai should have been taught to us ages ago. The material is presented in a very easy to understand and logically progressive manner. It contains contemporary, high frequency vocabulary that a student will be able to use from day one in conversations with Thais.

If you factor in the companion on-line program currently in development you’ve got the makings of a product that stands head and shoulders above everything else out in the marketplace now. I can’t say enough positive things about the books and the course.

For more about Duke, read Tod Daniels’ Review: Duke Thai Language School.

At present, Royce Heng’s Survival One online course (included in the giveaway) is in sneak preview mode. Once it’s been finalised winners will get two months free access. But, before it’s all spiffed up, winners can preview the incomplete materials as much as they want.

Note: If you don’t win one of the courses not all is lost. You can still get a free lesson by sending them an email here: Duke: Learn Thai.

Duke Language School
10/63, Trendy Building, 3rd floor
Sukhumvit Soi 13, Wattana
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: +66 8-2444-1595

Facebook: Duke Language BKK
Twitter: @DukeLanguageBKK

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Bingo-Lingo: Read Thai in 10 Days….

Here’s the bad news. If you are not located in Bangkok, then Duke’s Survival One Group Lessons will be out of your reach for now. The good news is that Arthit, the author behind Duke’s teaching materials, has also written the terrific Read Thai in 10 Days.

Learn to Read Thai in Ten DaysRead Thai in 10 Days
Author: Arthit Juyaso (Bingo-Lingo)
Price: $17.99 (orig $49.99)
Paperback + audio files: 170 pages

As I’ve already reviewed Read Thai in 10 Days in Learn to Read the Thai Alphabet in 2 Weeks, 10 Days, 60 Minutes, here’s a wee snippet from Arthit:

The selling points of this course are simplification, understanding, and organisation.

Simplification: Many Thai script teaching courses don’t handle rules well. For example, the tone rules. Instead of using bloated tables or cumbersome-looking tone flow charts, RTITD organises tone rules into one principle (plus the default tone for each tone mark) and three exceptions. The course also has a different take on Thai vowels. RTITD simplifies the ‘traditional’ number of vowels from 32 vowels (plus 10 vowel changes) to 22 vowels (4 of which have two forms), and treats vowel shortening and vowel-less words as separate.

Understanding: People may forget what they remember, but they will never forget what they understand! RTITD doesn’t rely on sheer effort to purely memorise individual character’s sounds when at initial and final position, it tells you WHY they are the way they are. The course also explains the nature of the Thai phonological system, that there are no unreleased finals, and which initial sound will become which final sounds, and much more.

Organisation: By prioritising what’s essential, the entire course is carefully structured in such a way that makes sense. Lesson by lesson, what learners have previously studied is repeated and combined with the new materials being introduced.

For reading skill reinforcement, the approach draws from the principles of spaced repetition. Words chosen for the reading practice exercises are not random, but appropriately distributed throughout the course. Using this method, students quickly gain confidence in their ability to read Thai.

Website: Read Thai in 10 Days
Facebook: Read Thai Language
YouTube: Read Thai in 10 Days
Twitter: @readthai

Rules for WLTs Thai Language Giveaway…

The rules are dead simple (at this point I could recite them in my sleep):

  • To be included in the draw, leave comments below.
  • Comment(s) need to add to the conversation (it really does matter).
  • Each relevant comment gets counted, so please do leave as many as you like!
  • You do have to live in Thailand to enter the contest for Duke’s course (let us know).
  • You don’t have to live in Thailand to enter the contest for the book; the cost of shipping to anywhere in the world is covered (again, let us know).
  • If you don’t collect your prize within a week of the announcement, it will be given away to the next person in line.

The draw will run from this moment until the 8th of July, 6am Thai time. At that time I’ll announce the winners in the comments below as well as create a dedicated post. Good luck!

Again, my thanks goes to Duke Language School and Arthit for gifting these wonderful materials!

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

Here are the posts so far in WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway.

And remember, after this there’s still ONE more week of prizes to be given out to celebrate WLT turning seven. Good luck everyone!

WINNERS: Learn Thai Style

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WINNERS to WLT’s SIXTH week of the Thai Language Giveaway…

Here we are giving away prizes for the SIXTH week of the WLT’s seven weeks of Thai Language Giveaways!

Chosen by Jiab and Tom from Thai Style, here are the winners: Aleishea, Mary, Matthew Greenfield, and Robyn.

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From Jiab and Tom: Congratulations to the lucky winners! We look forward to being a part of your Thai language adventure and hope our course materials enhance your learning experience and help you to achieve your learning goals. We are touched by all your wonderful comments.Thank you so much for taking the time to enter and we hope Catherine will invite us back next year! :)

If the winners would please send a message via my contact form with the following information, we’ll get your prizes sorted.

Full Name
Email
Phone
Address
Course Option
Teacher Option / Self Study

Please note that if you do not contact me by next Wednesday, your prize will be given to the winner/s in waiting (already chosen).

Thank you Jiab and Tom for joining in the fabulous seven weeks of giveaways. I just know the winners are going to love studying with your materials.

My thanks also goes to everyone who left comments. I’m glad I didn’t have to choose winners because there were many wonderful comments. And remember, even if you’ve already won, you are still eligible to keep on winning! Good luck everyone.

To get a complete list of the prizes and schedule, read the first post in the series, Please Vote THAI and WIN! 2015: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition.

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

Here are the posts so far in WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway.

And remember, after this there’s still TWO more weeks of prizes to be given out to celebrate WLT turning seven. Good luck everyone!

WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway: Learn Thai Style

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway…

Welcome to week FIVE of WLT’s seven weeks of Thai language giveaways by top movers and shakers in the learning Thai industry.

To find out about the $4,500+ in prizes being given away do read the intro post, Please Vote THAI and WIN! 2015: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition.

The previous FOUR giveaway posts by sponsor are: 1) Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand, and 2) DCO Books and Orchid Press, and 3) PickupThai Podcast, and 4) Learn Thai Podcast. Once again, congrats to the lucky winners! That list is getting long…

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Learn Thai Style…

WLTs Thai Language GiveawayWhat’s on offer at Learn Thai Style is mind-boggling, so to do it justice I’ll save a complete review for later. Briefly, it goes like this:

  1. Decide which course you want to take.
  2. Pay a one-off lifetime fee for the course.
  3. If necessary, choose your Thai teacher either by location or Skype.
  4. Start working through the lessons with either your trained Thai teacher or via self-study.

Maarten Tummers: As far as I am concerned, Learn Thai Style is one of the more comprehensive sites for learning Thai. Their main focus is one-on-one tutoring, but they have lessons via Skype as well. And their website is gigantic – they have so much stuff going on! I can only imagine the work Jiab and Tom put into the site and study materials. I’d render the winner of your contest a lucky fellow (or gal).

I really love how this works. You pay your Thai teacher direct, at local prices. For instance, Learn Thai Style teachers in Thailand get 300 baht per hour (about what Thai teachers in Chiang mai charge for one-on-one). While in the US it’s $18 and in the UK it’s £12. Payment for travel to and from the class is whatever the two of you decide. Skype is charged local prices (wherever the teacher is) but there are no travel charges (obviously).

What I really found fantastic is that first the Thai teachers are trained for free (no charge) on the proper usage of Learn Thai Styles’ well-developed materials. Then they use these same materials (audio, video, pdfs) to teach their students.

Yet with all of that, the teachers do not have to pay fees for the materials or the students they receive through Learn Thai Style. Instead, the one-off fee you pay LTS covers the course materials, website, marketing, etc, and the teachers keep what they make.

What this means is that the teachers can then avoid having the additional overhead of their own websites, teaching materials, and marketing costs. Face it, not everyone is cut out to run their own business; it takes time, money, and lots of trial and error to get it right.

Another plus to this method is that with all teachers being trained with the same materials, if you move around you can still continue to study. It’s perfect for world travelers who bounce around, and if your teacher moves away (it happens) you won’t lose momentum locating a new teacher.

And here’s a detail that really pushes the envelope in the learning Thai industry. If you have a willing Thai partner or Thai friend who’s interested in taking the time to teach you but doesn’t know how to go about it, they too can train with Learn Thai Style (at no cost to themselves).

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Speak Thai & Read and Write Thai…

On WLT’s FIFTH giveaway, FOUR winners get to choose either the Speak Thai Course or the Read and Write Course. Both are valued at 3,900 baht each.

Important to note: The prize for the Speak Thai Course does not include Thai tutors (lesson fees are paid direct to the teacher of your choice) while the Read and Write Course can be self-study (no Thai teachers needed but recommended).

The winners will receive:

  1. Lifetime access to the course.
  2. Over 40 hours of audio and video materials.
  3. Self-study materials to download (over 300 worksheets and audio files).
  4. Online quizzes to put your skills to the test.
  5. Access to over 700 teachers trained to use the materials.

Read and Write Thai: Learn the Thai alphabet, reading and writing system, grammar, sentences and general conversation.

Speak Thai: Learn about the background of the Thai language, simple grammar, and dialog and vocabulary used in everyday Thai.

These are real courses, just like in a proper language classroom. They are not a data-dump. Using text, audio, and video, the subject matter for each lesson is explained, and then they want you to DO things. That’s right. To quiz you on what you studied, they give you plenty of question/answer sections and practicals. Putting all of your language learning senses to work, both courses incorporate listening, reading, writing and speaking (but up to you if you want to write during the speaking course).

There are seven stages to the Read and Write Thai Course and three for the Speak Thai Course. To keep students from being overwhelmed by the serious amount of study materials available, you can only access a new stage after you’ve finish the one you are working on. To help improve each course, before moving on to following stages you are asked to share your experiences.

The stages include introductions, working chapters, and revisions to end. The pdfs are not protected so you can easily extract Thai to create flashcards using Anki, BYKI, or other flashcard programs you happen to fancy. I’m all for it because I’m always wanting to fiddle.

When you complete the Speak Thai Course you’ll have a good handle on basic Thai conversations. When you complete the Read and Write Thai Course the world of written Thai will be at your fingertips! I’d list all of the subjects in each one but there’s just to much to share for a post of this type, so do stay tuned for more in-depth reviews.

And here’s a bit about the sponsors…

WLTs Thai Language GiveawayTom and Jiab met through a friend in Bangkok on Tom’s first trip in 2004. It was love at first sight! At that time Jiab was working as an assistant manager seven days a week, while putting herself through university. She ended up with not only a bachelor’s degree but taught herself English along the way.

It wasn’t until 2007 that Tom eventually moved to Thailand. They married in 2008 and moved to the UK where Jiab taught Thai and started developing the groundwork for the courses you see now on Learn Thai Style.

In a joint light bulb moment they realised the opportunity to develop a complete solution for teaching Thai; from using Jiab’s materials as a base, to providing trained Thai teachers for both one-on-one and Skype.

Tom and Jiab’s skills clearly compliment each other in the running of Learn Thai Style. Jiab is an accomplished Thai teacher, translator and interpreter with high standards. While Tom handles the website (I just love their design), deals with the fiddly bits of the business, and manages staff and clients. And they both spend hours brainstorming new projects to make Learn Thai Style the best it can be.

Rules for WLTs Thai Language Giveaway…

If you’ve forgotten, the rules are simple:

  • To be included in the draw, leave comments below.
  • Comment(s) need to add to the conversation (it really does matter).
  • Each relevant comment gets counted, so please do leave as many as you like!
  • If you don’t collect your prize within a week of the announcement, it will be given away to the next person in line.

There is no limit to how many prizes you can win.

The draw will run from this moment until the 1st of July, 6am Thai time. At that time I’ll announce the winners in the comments below as well as create a dedicated post.

Again, my thanks goes to Jiab and Tom for gifting this fabulous course! I’m looking forward to doing the coming review justice (I just love stuff and this course is swimming in it :)

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

Here are the posts so far in WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway.

And remember, after this there’s still TWO more weeks of prizes to be given out to celebrate WLT turning seven. Good luck everyone!

WINNERS: Learn Thai Podcast

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

WINNERS to WLT’s FIFTH week of the Thai Language Giveaway…

Here we are giving away prizes for the FIFTH week of the WLT’s seven weeks of Thai Language Giveaways!

As Joy and Jay had a difficult time choosing between so many well-thought-out comments, eight favourites were put through the handy Random Name Picker.

Here are the winners: Aleishea, Bernard Le Du, Steve, Dafydd.

From Jo and Jay: We hope our course helps you to learn Thai more quickly and easily. Enjoy the course and thank you Cat for running the best learn Thai blog out there!

WLTs Thai Language GiveawayIf the winners would please send a message via my contact form, we’ll get your prizes sorted. Please note that if you do not contact me by next Wednesday, your prize will be given to the winner/s in waiting (already chosen).

I would like to thank Jo and Jay for sponsoring this giveaway with their wonderful product (Learn Thai Podcast should be in every Thai student’s arsenal). An additional thanks goes to Jay who come to the rescue right before the contest! What bad timing it was. WLT’s feedburner quit working and after weeks of tearing out my hair, Jay found the glitch that was muffing up the works. So a double thanks from me goes to LTP!

And as always, my thanks go to everyone who left comments. Please remember that even if you’ve already won, you are still eligible to keep on winning! Good luck everyone.

To get a complete list of the prizes and schedule, read the first post in the series, Please Vote THAI and WIN! 2015: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition.

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway: Learn Thai Podcast

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway…

Welcome to week FOUR of WLT’s seven weeks of Thai language giveaways by top movers and shakers in the learning Thai industry.

To find out about the $4,500+ in prizes being given away do read the intro post, Please Vote THAI and WIN! 2015: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition.

The previous three giveaway posts by sponsor are: 1) Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand, and 2) DCO Books and Orchid Press, and 3) PickupThai Podcast. Congrats to the lucky winners!

Learn Thai Podcast: 800 lessons and counting!…

WLTs Thai Language GiveawayFor the week four giveaway, Jo and Jay are gifting FOUR full subscriptions to Learn Thai Podcast. That’s almost US$800 in fabulous prizes right there.

LTP’s site now holds a massive 800+ video, audio and text lessons where you can learn how to speak, read, and write Thai. There’s also a vocabulary trainer, a forum, and the ability to track lessons learned.

I already wrote extensively about what LTP offers in my post, Review: Learn Thai Podcast Relaunches!, so here’s just a taster of my review.

Checklist for LTP:

  • Visuals: Online lessons, downloadable YouTube videos in many formats.
  • Sound: Individual sound bites in online lessons, YouTube videos and mp3 files to download.
  • Thai script: Script included with all lessons, complete Alphabet course, transliteration.
  • Thai only: Lessons without English translations.
  • Conversations: Movies and sound files of actual Thais talking.
  • Testing: Reviews after each lesson, vocabulary trainer for individual words.
  • Extras: Printable notes to download.

Since then they’ve added 100+ lessons (reading, writing and advanced). And to better serve you, revamped their site from top to bottom. Another addition is their handy Top 300 Thai Words course. The first couple of lessons are free, so give it a go?

Awhile back I ran into one of the best LTP reviews ever, on Mezzie Learns. The review is in two parts: Learn Thai Podcast Features and Why I Chose Learn Thai Podcast over ThaiPod101.

I won’t spoil it for you but I do want to share this one quote:

Mezzie Learns: Learn Thai Podcast … has conversations and monologues that are husband-approved in their authenticity. In fact, Learn Thai Podcast is the only learning resource I have that hasn’t made my husband double over in laughter. When I showed him some of the intermediate and advanced dialogues and grammar lessons, he was pretty impressed.

“Husband-approved in their authenticity” – don’t you just love that? If you’ve been around the learning Thai block awhile you are sure to have run across phrases that no one uses (except in class). With LTP you get real Thai everytime.

Jo and Jay have big plans for the future but mums the word for now. All I can say is that I just know you’re going to love it to bits! But their course, as it stands, is already heaving with Thai learning goodness (some free even), so please don’t wait to try it out.

And here’s a bit about the sponsors…

WLTs Thai Language GiveawayI ran into Jo and Jay years back when they first dipped their toes into creating learning Thai products. It was thrilling really, because their fun mp3’s appeared for a short bit, tantalizing us all, and then came back in full force, bypassing all expectations.

And now thinking about it, in a way theirs is a modern day love story. Computer geek (Jay) moves to Thailand for work. Geek meets gorgeous and talented local gal (Jo) who has a love of languages. Using her command of the Thai language, she teaches him Thai in such a way that his geek instincts go into high gear. After briefly testing the waters, his geekiness and her Thai skills were fused to give us Learn Thai Podcast, which has now surpassed 800+ lessons. Now is that sweet, or what?

For more of the story, read Jo and Jay’s post from 2010: Overview: Learn Thai Podcast

Rules for WLTs Thai Language Giveaway…

The rules are dead simple:

  • To be included in the draw, leave comments below.
  • Comment(s) need to add to the conversation (it really does matter).
  • Each relevant comment gets counted, so please do leave as many as you like!
  • If you don’t collect your prize within a week of the announcement, it will be given away to the next person in line.

The draw will run from this moment until the 24th of June, 6am Thai time. As soon as Jo and Jay pick their favs, I’ll announce the winners in the comments below, as well as create a dedicated post.

And before I forget, my thanks goes to Jo and Jay for being a part of WLT’s seven year celebration!

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

Here are the posts so far in WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway.

And remember, after this there’s still THREE more weeks of prizes to be given out to celebrate WLT turning seven. Good luck everyone!

WINNERS: PickupThai Podcast’s Sweet Green and Spicy Red

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WINNERS to WLT’s THIRD week of the Thai Language Giveaway…

Here we are, giving away prizes for the THIRD week of the WLT’s seven weeks of Thai Language Giveaways. The weeks are zooming by unbelievably fast, so if you aim to win at some point, do jump in asap!

Chosen by Yuki and Miki, here are the winners: Bernard, Jeremy, Gordon and Liam.

From Yuki and Miki (PickupThai Podcast): We put our hearts and souls into producing the podcasts with the belief that they will be something that makes a difference to the way Thai is taught to non-native speakers. And together with Catherine, we’re very happy to be delivering these products to the four lucky winners that we have selected today.

Congratulations, khun Bernard, khun Jeremy, khun Gordon and khun Liam. We really hope you’ll enjoy and love our products like our customers do. Special thanks to our loyal PickupThai Podcast fan, khun Keith McDaniel. We truly appreciate your support.

If the winners would please email PickupThai Podcast at miki.chidchaya@pickup-thai.com with their choice of 15 lessons selected from PickupThai Podcast’s Store (presently released podcasts only).

Please note that if you do not reach out by next Wednesday, your prize will be given to the winner/s in waiting (already chosen).

I would like to thank Yuki and Miki for sponsoring these wonderful prizes. I know personally that they both work insane hours to create new and fresh materials (some free) for students of the Thai language, all the while keeping busy teaching schedules as well (a definition of movers and shakers if there ever was one). You two rock!

My thanks also goes to those who left comments. And remember, even if you’ve already won, you are still eligible to keep on winning. Good luck everyone!

To get a complete list of the prizes and schedule, read the first post in the series, Please Vote THAI and WIN! 2015: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition.

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

The Language Lovers Contest…

Public voting in the Language Lovers Contest is over. There were 14,287 votes in the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs section and 12,516 votes in the Top 100 Language Facebook Pages section. Well done!

After deleting duplicate votes, the hardworking team at Lexiophiles and bab.la will rank entries. Public votes count for 50% and the Lexiophiles ranking criteria carries the final 50%. The winners will be announced on June 17th.

EDIT: The winners have been announced. WLT placed 25th in the Top 100 Language Lovers and 7th in the Top 25 Language Learning Blogs. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote!

And remember, there’s still FOUR more weeks of prizes to be given out to celebrate WLT turning seven years. Good luck everyone!

WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway: PickupThai Podcast

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WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway…

Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2015Here we are at week THREE of WLT’s seven weeks of Thai language giveaways by top movers and shakers in the learning Thai industry!

If you are just hearing about the giveaway do read Please Vote THAI and WIN! 2015: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition to find out about the $4,500+ in prizes being given away.

The two previous giveaways were: 1) Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand’s Talking Thai-Eng-Thai Dictionary, Talking Thai-English-Thai Phrasebook, Thai For Beginners iOS apps and 2) Smyth’s Thai: An Essential Grammar, Higbies’ Thai Reference Grammar and Essential Thai, and Segaller’s Thai Without Tears. Congrats to the winners!

PickupThai Podcast: Sweet Green and Spicy Red…

PickupThai PodcastThis week Yuki and Miki from PickupThai Podcast are giving away 15 podcasts each of either Sweet Green (beginner to lower-intermediate) or Spicy Red (upper-intermediate to advanced). The four winners get to pick which one, so do please mention your level in the comments.

The 15 podcasts can be any 15 lessons from all of the presently released podcasts. The lessons normally cost $5.89 per podcast, but you can select 15 for free if you win!

Pickup Thai Podcast

Sweet Green and Spicy Red…

Being a huge fan, in the recent Review: PickupThai Podcast by Yuki and Miki, I covered both courses extensively. So instead of writing another review, here are the highlights in bullet format:

  • The materials focus on teaching words and phrases in context.
  • To keep it fun, humour is sprinkled around the courses.
  • The audio lessons are roughly 30-40 minutes long.
  • Both male and female voices interact in the conversations.
  • Each course includes an audio file, two artistically designed pdfs, and a plain text file for all of that extra stuff everyone likes to do.

To cover practical situations you’ll find in real life, PickupThai Podcast teaches real Thai from as many angles as possible. Here’s a few of the differences between Sweet Green (beginner to lower-intermediate) and Spicy Red (upper-intermediate to advanced):

  • The lessons in Spicy Red are conversation heavy, making them significantly more challenging than Sweet Green.
  • With Sweet Green, as each lesson progresses they get slightly more difficult. But with Spicy Red, lessons are about the same level of difficulty.
  • In Spicy Red, except for the vocabulary section that has English translations, the crutch of English in the audio files is noticeably absent.
  • Sweet Green focuses on daily life situations such as getting a taxi, buying food, eating out, making a phone call, going to the movies, and more. While the advanced Spicy Red course concentrates on the more complicated life situations you’ll find yourself in.
  • Also, while they both come in two parts, they take a different direction after the opening conversations. In Sweet Green there’s a question and answer section using the patterns taught in the first lessons. And in Spicy Red, to check understanding, questions are asked about the story.

To see for yourself, download these FREE lessons: Sweet Green 1: Man & Mandy, Sweet Green 11: I’m Busy, Spicy Red 1: Massage & Fish Spa, and Spicy Red 11: The Soulmate.

Trust me, you won’t regret it. Yuki and Miki have put together a wonderful resource for those of us learning Thai, and they aren’t done yet! Lessons are added all of the time.

Coming soon at PickupThai Podcast…

In the works is a new course that will be appropriate for absolute beginners to the Thai language. The goal is to have lessons that students with zero Thai knowledge can enjoy without getting overwhelmed.

Also on the way is an exciting new site design! I’m not using ‘exciting’ lightly as Yuki gave me a peek and it’s fabulous. There are free lessons such as ‘Stuff Textbooks Don’t Teach’, ‘Real-life Thai Conversations’, ‘Basic Vocab That You Should Know’, and ‘Practice Your Thai Listening’. One section I really love (on the original site as well) is Self-Study Guiding Services. In that section there’s ‘Ask Me Anytime” where you send in queries about expressions or words you’ve heard (a bargain at $1-$3 per question). Then there’s ‘Speak Like a Thai’ where they will analyse a 1-minute recording of you reading or talking in Thai, letting you know where you need to improve. In ‘Write Like a Thai’, you can send in your letters, emails, whatever, for them to correct and explain what’s wrong and/or unnatural sounding. The new site is chock-full of goodies, so to do it justice, it really needs a proper review. Stay tuned…

Here’s a bit about the sponsors…

WLTs Thai Language GiveawayYuki and Miki are a savvy team of Thai teachers with years of experience teaching Thai as a foreign language to non-Thais via Skype and one-on-one. Both are motivated to make a difference in the world of teaching Thai, and they have the products to prove it. Yuki and Miki are devoted to creating innovative materials that are fun; when using PickupThai Podcast, people sometimes forget that they are studying. The focus of the lessons is on teaching natural-sounding and practical colloquial Thai (not faranged Thai – the ban of my life).

To see what Yuki and Miki are up to, and read interesting stuff and trivial knowledge about the Thai language, follow their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Website: PickupThai Podcast
Youtube: Yuki Tachaya
twitter: @PickupThai

Rules for WLTs Thai Language Giveaway…

The rules are extremely simple:

  • To be included in the draw, leave comments below.
  • Comment(s) need to add to the conversation (it really does matter).
  • Each relevant comment gets counted, so please do leave as many as you like!
  • If you don’t collect your prize within a week of the announcement, it will be given away to the next person in line.
  • When you leave a comment, let us know if you are a beginner to lower-intermediate or upper-intermediate to advanced student of Thai.

I will not be responsible for choosing the winners (Yuki and Miki will do the honors) so even if you’ve known me for yaks ages you too can win. Also, there is no limit to how many prizes you can win. So go ahead. If you see something you fancy, please do enter again and again and again.

Important: If you have one of these courses please let us know in the comments so that we can adjust the prizes.

The draw will run from this moment until the 17th of June, 6am Thai time. After Yuki and Miki select the winners, I’ll make an announcement in the comments below as well as create a dedicated post.

Again, my thanks goes to Yuki and Miki for being a part of WLT’s seven year celebration!

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

The Language Lovers Contest…

Public voting in the Language Lovers Contest is now over. The Top 100 Language Learning Blogs section closed out at 14,287 votes and the Top 100 Language Facebook Pages section closed at 12,516 votes. Wow!

After deleting duplicate votes, from June 15th to June 17th the hardworking team at Lexiophiles and bab.la will rank entries. Public votes (that’s you) count for 50% and the Lexiophiles ranking criteria carries the final 50%. The winners will be announced on June 17th. My fingers are crossed!

EDIT: The winners have been announced. WLT placed 25th in the Top 100 Language Lovers and 7th in the Top 25 Language Learning Blogs.

To everyone who voted for WLT, thank you. It really does mean a lot to me. Seriously. But even though the Language Lovers Competition is winding down, to celebrate WLT turning seven years old there’s still FOUR more weeks of prizes to be given out. Good luck everyone!

WINNERS: Thai Without Tears, Thai an Essential Grammar, Thai Reference Grammar and Essential Thai

WINNERS: Thai Language Giveaway

WINNERS to WLT’s SECOND week of the Thai Language Giveaway…

Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2015The SECOND week of the WLT’s seven weeks of Thai Language Giveaways went by just as fast as the first!

Chosen by James Higbie, here are the winners of this week’s giveaway: Thai Reference Grammar: Patrick Kollish and Karen Suvakham. Essential Thai: Karla and Stuart. Thai an Essential Grammar: Ann Norman. Thai Without Tears: Michael.

David Smyth: I hope you’ll find this book useful; and keep on checking out Cat’s fantastic website!

James Higbie: Thanks to everyone for the positive response to my books.

If the winners would please send their snail mail address via my contact form, DCO Books will post the books to you. Please note that if you do not contact me by next Wednesday, your prize will be given to the winner/s in waiting (already chosen).

I would like to thank James Higbie for signing his books and choosing the winners. Jim was bouncing around Europe and the US when this all started so we both had a fun time playing tag via Facebook! I’d also like to thank David Smyth for sending over his kind quote. David is now retired but still keeps his eyes on all things Thai. And of course, a thanks goes to Orchid Press for donating a set of Higbies’ Essential Thai and Thai Reference Grammar. And last, but not least, I’d like to thank Danny from DCO Books, who over the years has sourced wonderful books on Thailand and the Thai language for me. Not only did he sponsor two books for the giveaway, but during the contest it was Danny who arranged for discounts and shipping.

My thanks also goes to everyone who left comments. Winners or no, please keep trying because there’s a lot more coming!

To get a complete list of the prizes and schedule, read the first post in the series, Please Vote THAI and WIN! 2015: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition.

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2015BTW: So far there’s been 10,204 votes in the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs section and 8226 votes in the Top 100 Language Facebook Pages section. That’s a lot of voting!

So you’ve voted in the Language Lovers Competition, right? Thanks! It means an awful lot to me. Seriously.

WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway: Smyth’s Thai: An Essential Grammar, Higbies’ Thai Reference Grammar and Essential Thai

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway…

Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2015Welcome to week two of WLT’s seven weeks of Thai language giveaways by top movers and shakers in the learning Thai industry.

If you are just hearing about the giveaway do read Please Vote THAI and WIN! 2015: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition to find out about the $4,500+ in prizes being given away.

Thai Reference Grammar, Essential Thai, Thai: An Essential Grammar, and Thai Without Tears…

This week Orchid Press, DCO Books, and WLT (that’s me) have banded together to sponsor some of my favourite books for learning Thai: James Higbies’ Essential Thai and Thai Reference Grammar (two each), David Smyth’s Essential Grammar, and the classic Segaller’s Thai Without Tears.

And to make it even more fun, James Higbie signed all four copies of Essential Thai and Thai Reference Grammar. Lucky winners. I’d love signed copies too!

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

During the last Essential Thai giveaway James Higbie and I lounged around at the Churchill Bar at British Club in Bangkok, sipping beers while Jim selected winners out of an empty beer mug. But for this giveaway, as Jim is in Bangkok and I’m in Chiang mai, he’ll do the honours without me. There might still be beer though (we’ll see).

And here’s a bit about the sponsors…

Orchid Press has been around since 1981. The majority of the books are related to the Asian region, covering general interest, scholarly, fiction, and poetry. They previously sold books out of a bookstore on Silom but now do internet sales and sales to other bookstores.

DCO Books came online in 1995. Their specialty is English language books published in Thailand. DCO is my go-to bookstore for books on the Thai language, culture and history (out of print or not). Whenever I find a book I just have to have, I’d contact Danny, who sources it for me (he knows where boxes are stashed). To help save you a bundle on shipping, Danny’s new venture is DCO Thai eBooks.

Higbie: Essential Thai…

Jim’s Essential Thai has a bit of lore attached to it. Years out of print, fans would cherish copies of copies until they fell to bits. Finally, in 2010, Orchid Press brought it back to life.

Essential ThaiEssential Thai
Author: James Higbie
Price: US$29.95 / 895 baht
Paperback + CD: 234 pages
Size: 190 x 250 mm
Published: 2011, Orchid Press

If you don’t win this time round, you can order Essential Thai online from Orchid Press or DCO Books.

Orchid Press: Essential Thai is a complete learning package for those who want to acquire basic working skills in the Thai language, quickly and efficiently. Freshly updated and back by popular demand, Essential Thai includes a CD ROM with MP-3 audio files to introduce the student to Thai pronunciation and beginning phrases.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Essential Thai. Jim’s writing is clear and concise, and with the layout being straightforward, the concepts are easy to understand and absorb. It’s so good, I even penned a post on Using the Assimil Method with Essential Thai. Essential Thai is also a prime candidate for using Luca Lampariello’s method outlined in An Easy Way to Learn Foreign Languages Part One and Part Two.

Higbie: Thai Reference Grammar…

Again, it’s Jim’s clear way of explaining concepts that draws me back to Thai Reference Grammar. It’s my go-to resource for those niggling grammar questions, or just for the pleasure of a good read.

Thai Reference GrammarThai Reference Grammar
Author: James Higbie
Price: US$29.95 / 895 baht
Paperback: 234 pages
Size: 190 x 250 mm
Published: 2003

As before, if you don’t win this time round, you can order Thai Reference Grammar online from Orchid Press or DCO Books.

DCO Books: There are many phrasebooks and course books for beginning-level Thai but until now there has been no book that explains higher-level Thai sentence structure and functional vocabulary.

Many students of the Thai language find that basic-level Thai is easy to pick up, but that the language becomes more difficult at higher levels. (For example, there are four ways to say ‘because’ and eleven ways to say ‘only’).

Thai Reference Grammar fills the need for a work that explains high-level Thai sentence structure and vocabulary. The book presents clear explanations of advanced Thai structure, illustrated with examples of typical Thai speech.

On a sidenote: Jim gifted me with the extra materials intended for the follow up of Thai Reference Grammar, so do stay tuned as I feed them through WLT bit by bit.

On a personal note: Jim’s latest project (not about Thai) is Sierra Leone: Inside the War. If it’s written anything like his other books it’ll be a fabulous read.

Smyth: Thai: An Essential Grammar…

Thai Reference Grammar and An Essential Grammar are the most popular grammar books for students of Thai. And if you are a fan of Mary Haas’s style (remember her Green Brick) and Benjawan’s Thai for Beginners, then you are already intune with David’s Essential Grammar. With the well-thought-out layout, it’s a quick jump through the contents to find just what you need.

From David Smyth: I hope you’ll find this book useful; and keep on checking out Cat’s fantastic website!

Thai: An Essential GrammarThai: An Essential Grammar
Author: David Smyth
Price: US$29.95 / 895 baht
Paperback: 234 pages
Size: 155 x 255 mm
Published: UK 2010 (1st) Edition

I have both editions but I’m forever grabbing this one (my second edition is still pristine). And I was in luck when taking this photo of the front cover because the coffee spills and chocolate prints wiped right off the beautiful matt finish!

Thai: An Essential Grammar can be ordered online from DCO Books.

DCO Books: Thai: An essential Grammar is a concise and user-friendly guide to the basic structures of the language. Grammatical forms are demonstrated through examples, given in both Thai script and romanised transliteration, with clear, jargon-free explanations. Its designed for use both by students taking a taught course in Thai and for independent learners, and includes guidance on pronunciation, speech conventions and the Thai writing system as well as grammar.

With numerous examples bringing grammar to life, this unique reference work will prove invaluable to all students looking to master the grammar of Thai.

Segaller: Thai Without Tears…

Segaller Thai Without TearsSegaller Thai Without Tears
Author: Denis Segaller
Price: $9.95
Paperback: 368 pages
Published: 1999

Segaller’s phrasebook, Thai Without Tears (a guide to simple Thai speaking), is an absolute classic and a joy to read. When Danny (DCO Books) mentioned adding it to the giveaway my response was “I LOVE that book!” Actually, I love pretty much everything by Dennis Segaller (RIP). He had a blast living in Thailand and it shines through everything he wrote.

DCO Books: An enjoyable introduction to basic Thai grammar and phrases, including those all-important tones! This handy little book should enable native English speakers to learn conversational Thai in a reasonably short time, and in an interesting and enjoyable way. Its phonetic system is simple and clear – a great help in learning those all-important Thai tones.

The examples have been chosen to be as useful as possible in everyday situations, and the two teaching sections are followed by collections of phrases concerned with telephoning, food, shopping, etc. Other sections deal with colours, times and dates, social norms, getting around, festivals and public holidays presented in a highly readable way and with some cultural background here and there. 1,300 word English-Thai and Thai-English glossaries and some emergency phrases (most of which we hope you’ll never need) round off the book.

Rules for WLTs Thai Language Giveaway…

The rules are dead simple:

  • To be included in the draw, leave comments below.
  • Comment(s) need to add to the conversation (it really does matter).
  • Each relevant comment gets counted, so please do leave as many as you like!
  • If you don’t collect your prize within a week of the announcement, it will be given away to the next person in line.
  • You don’t have to live in Thailand to enter the contest; the cost of shipping to anywhere in the world is covered.

I will not be responsible for choosing the winners so even if you’ve known me for yaks ages you too can win. Also, there is no limit to how many prizes you can win. So go ahead. If you see something you fancy, please do enter again and again and again.

Important: If you own any of these books do let us know in the comments and we’ll adjust the prizes.

The draw will run from this moment until the 10th of June, 6am Thai time. At that time I’ll announce the winners in the comments below as well as create a dedicated post.

Again, my thanks goes to Orchid Press and Danny from DCO Books for sponsoring these wonderful books. And of course, James Higbie for taking the time to sign copies and choose winners. Good luck everyone!

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2015Pssst … if you haven’t voted in the Language Lovers Competition, please do. It’s the one time out of the year I get to strut my stuff. Cheers!

WINNERS: Talking Thai-Eng-Thai Dictionary, Thai-Eng-Thai Phrasebook, and Thai for Beginners

WINNERS: Thai Language Giveaway

WINNERS to WLT’s SECOND week of the Thai Language Giveaway…

Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2015The first week of the WLT’s seven weeks of Thai Language Giveaways sure went by fast!

Chosen by Benjawan Becker, here are the winners of this week’s giveaway: Angela Savage, Tom Kolek, Richard, and Chris. Congrats!

If the winners would please send a message via my contact form I’ll get the codes to you right away. Please note that any codes not retrieved by next Wednesday will be given to the winner/s in waiting (already chosen).

A word from Chris and Benjawan…

We at Paiboon Publishing and Word-in-the-Hand are thrilled to hear from everybody. Congratulations to the winners. We are certain these apps will be helpful. Good luck with your Thai studies.

I would like to thank Chris Pirazzi (Word in the Hand) and Benjawan Becker (Paiboon Publishing) for gifting this rounds of prizes. And I’d especially like to thank them both for working so hard all these years to give us some of the top iOS apps on the market. Seriously, I couldn’t imagine what learning Thai would be like without them.

My thanks also goes to everyone who took the time to leave comments. And if you didn’t win anything this week please keep trying because there’s a lot more coming! To get a complete list of the prizes and schedule, read the first post in the series, Please Vote THAI and WIN! 2015: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition.

Good luck everyone, I hope you all go home with wonderful prizes!

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2015If you haven’t voted in the Language Lovers Competition yet, please do take the time. Thanks!

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