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WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Giveaway: Arthit and Duke Language School

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WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway…

Top Language Lovers 2017Welcome to the FOURTH and FIFTH prizes in WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers giveaway! Please read Vote THAI | 2017: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition to find out what to expect.

If you haven’t voted yet (one vote per section) clicking the red Top Language Lovers logo to the right will take you there :)

Arthit and Duke Language School…

To celebrate WLT’s ninth year Duke Language School gifted one chapter from each of their Journey books (1-3) created by Arthit Juyaso, and Arthit kindly sent a chapter from his popular Read Thai In 10 Days ebook.

Audio downloads have been included. And as we all know how import audio is for learning Thai, they are welcome indeed.

Arthit/Bingo Lingo: Read Thai In 10 Days…

The free chapter is aptly named ‘A Matter of Life and Death: Live and dead syllables and why they matter’.

Arthit: You’ll learn about final consonant sounds, also the concept of live and dead syllables and how they affect tones.

In language courses especially, voices can be a deal breaker. To his credit Arthit has a pleasant sounding accent and his recordings are crisp and clear. From first hearing him talk I knew I could listen for hours on end.

In this sample Arthit first runs you through a group of low class consonants, then compares how Thais pronounce English loanwords to how English speakers pronounce the same words. Next up there’s a handwriting sheet to practice the consonants you’ve been studying (a lot can be said for physically writing out the Thai alphabet).

In the next section he visits long vowel endings, followed by their handwriting sheet. Then you practice what you learned by reading short words (have no fear, you are given audio help).

There’s even a bit of insight into live and dead syllables to assist in understanding. And to make sure you’ve understood the lesson, the chapter includes yet more practice.

But he’s not done yet – a recap itemises what’s been covered in the lesson (tips and tricks included). So Arthit has you coming and going. Perfect.

Read Thai in Ten Days: Download PDF (1.7 MB)
Read Thai in Ten Days: Download audio (2.8 MB)

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

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Duke Language School…

Duke Language School sent a whopping 42+ MBs for you to sample. Impressive.

Journey Foundation 1: Chapter 7: Eating at a Restaurant
Journey Foundation 2: Chapter 8: Abilities & Limitations
Journey Foundation 3: Chapter 2: A guide to understanding Thai Social Status

Arthit Juyaso: 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).

The Journey Foundation materials, carefully crafted by Arthit Juyaso with the full support of Duke Language School, are absolute jewels. Throughout the courses, Arthit peppers useful grammar and cultural tips (without, some you might not learn right away unless a caring Thai takes you under their wing).

On the pdf you are given English, Thai, transliteration, and Japanese. The courses start out with Core Vocabulary, followed by Key Sentences, Dialogue Vocabulary, two sets of Dialogue, Language Points and Explanations (love this part) and Word Builders.

The Noteworthy sections are placed wherever they are most useful. I find the tips valuable in an “ah ha!” way. For instance, how many times have you been frustrated by waitstaff handing you a menu, expecting you to order right away? There’s a fix for this (download the files to find out just what).

For the audio files, the vocabulary is first spoken slow, followed by a more normal speed. The phrases are spoken at a comfortable speed for intermediate students (if it’s too fast you can always drag it into Audacity to slow it down). Included is a sweet mix of male and female voices.

Journey Sample: Download PDF (19.5 MB)
Journey Sample: Download audio (23.4 MB)

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

Website: Duke Language School
Facebook: Duke Language BKK
Twitter: @DukeLanguageBKK
Tod’s Review: Duke Thai Language School

Please vote Thai…

Top Language Lovers 2017Clicking on the TLL (Top 100 Language Lovers) logo to the right takes you to the blogging section of the competition. Thank you thank you thank you in advance!

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Top 100 Language Lovers Competition: Giving Thanks

Top 100 Language Lovers of 2017

It’s unreal how quick this competition is flying by. The voting started on May 17th and now WHOOOOSH there’s only FIVE days left to vote!

With that in mind, I wanted to take this time to say “thank you” to those who have shown support by voting. And I also wanted to give special thanks to friends who went further by promoting the competition. It means a lot to me.

And of course thanking bab.la and Lexiophiles is a no brainer! Also, without guest writers, WLT wouldn’t be half the site it is, so even more thanks goes to Sean Harley, Hugh Leong, Yuki Tachaya, Tod Daniels, Andrej, Rikker Dockum, Luke Cassady-Dorion and even more Guest Writers. I sure hope I haven’t forgotten anyone…

Top Language Lovers 2017Psssst: Voting ends on June 06 – the results will be announced on June 09. If you haven’t voted yet, just click the logo to the right. Thanks in advance!

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WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway: Learn Thai with พร

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WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway…

Top Language Lovers 2017Welcome to the SECOND giveaway in WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers celebration!

Wannaporn (Porn) Muangkham, who has the wonderful Facebook page Learn Thai with พร, is also in the TLL – Top Language Lovers competition (Facebook section). To show your appreciation please click the red TLL logo, then scroll until you find Learn Thai with พร (entries bounce all over the place).

NOTE: One vote per section – duplicates will be discounted.

Learn Thai with พร…

To celebrate WLT’s giveaway, Wannaporn’s fabulous series 65 Useful Thai Phrases You Won’t Find in a Travel Phrasebook has been collated into spreadsheets to use in Anki, Flashcards Deluxe, Quizlet, or whatever your poison. For ease of use, a pdf comprised of the entire series has also been created. Thanks Wannaporn!

The pdf has Thai script and transliteration. With the spreadsheets there’s a choice between Thai script and transliteration, Excel and Numbers (Mac).

Pdf Download: 65+ Useful Thai Phrases (1.4mg)
Audio Download: 65+ Useful Thai Phrases (10.8mg)

As you’ll see below there are two downloads of spreadsheets with titles that have nothing to do with transliteration and Thai script. The first one (Files) has the names of the physical audio files in the audio downloads folder. The other (Urls), includes names to the urls on WLT (in that way, you don’t have to mess around uploading audio files to Flashcards Deluxe). It might be confusing now but when you poke around, all will hopefully become clear.

Excel/Numbers Spreadsheets: 65+ Useful Thai Phrases – Files (1.5 MB)
Excel/Numbers Spreadsheets: 65+ Useful Thai Phrases – Urls (1.5 MB)

Anki, Flashcards Deluxe, and Quizlet…

There are more flashcard apps available but here are my top three – or close enough.

Anki (website): Ankiweb.com
Anki ($24.99): iOS app
Anki (free): Android app

Flashcards Deluxe (website): OrangeApple.com
Flashcards Deluxe ($3.99): iOS app
Flashcards Deluxe Lite (free): iOS app
Flashcards Deluxe ($3.99): Android
Flashcards Deluxe Lite (free): Android

Quizlet (website): quizlet.com
Quizlet (in app purchase): iOS app
Quizlet (in app purchase): Android app

If you have a problem with the decks please leave a comment below or send an email via WLT’s contact form. And while I am totally clueless about Anki and Quizlet, I might be able to assist with Flashcards Deluxe (let me know).

Stay tuned for more free goodies from Benjawan of Paiboon Publishing, L-Lingo, Duke Language School, Bingo-Lingo (Arthit), and Quick & Dirty Thai (with help from Narisa Naropakorn, Thai Skype Teacher).

Please vote Thai…

Top Language Lovers 2017Clicking on the TLL (Top 100 Language Lovers) logo to the right takes you to the blogging section of the competition. And from me, “ta in advance!”

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WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway: PickUp Thai

Top 100 Language Lovers of 2017

WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway…

Top Language Lovers 2017Welcome to the FIRST prize in WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers giveaway! Please read Vote THAI | 2017: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition to find out what to expect.

And if you haven’t voted yet [wink][wink] clicking the red TLL logo to the right will take you there.

PickupThai Podcast & Anki…

To celebrate WLT’s 2017 giveaway, this year Yuki and Miki from PickupThai Podcast created Anki files (complete with audio) to go with their free courses. And I can tell you, it was soooo tempting to release all files early but I’m glad they waited! Even if I had to wait too :)

Creamy Coconut 1: Thai script
Creamy Coconut 1: Transliteration
Creamy Coconut 2: Thai Script
Creamy Coconut 2: Transliteration
Creamy Coconut 3: Thai Script
Creamy Coconut 3: Transliteration
Sweet Green 1: Thai Script
Sweet Green 1: Transliteration
Sweet Green 11: Thai Script
Sweet Green 11: Transliteration
Spicy Red 1: Thai Script
Spicy Red 1: Transliteration
Spicy Red 11: Thai Script
Spicy Red 11: Transliteration

For the free courses (shown below) you are given a choice of Anki files using Thai script or transliteration. The flashcards run you through the vocabulary introduced in each lesson.

Creamy Coconut (beginner):
Creamy Coconut 1: John & Yoko’s First Encounter
Creamy Coconut 2: The Price to Pay
Creamy Coconut 3: A Language in Common

Sweet Green (intermediate):
Sweet Green 1: Man & Mandy
Sweet Green 11: I’m Busy

Spicy Red (advanced):
Spicy Red 1: Massage & Fish Spa
Spicy Red 11: The Soulmate

Sucking files into Anki’s desktop software is easy (just double-click and follow the instructions). But as getting the files into your smartphone (Android or iOS) is more complicated, here’s their online help: Importing Anki Files.

If you are unfamiliar with PickupThai’s courses, read my Review: PickupThai Podcast by Yuki and Miki. And while you are here, why not find out about Yuki’s latest project, Tamago: PickUpThai’s E-Picture Book for Learning Thai.

An interesting tidbit not mentioned in my review: When preparing the course files for a swot session (more on that later), I collated the vocabulary and came up with a count.

CreamyCoconut: 1669
SweetGreen: 1063
SpicyRed: 1966
TOTAL: 3687

Impressive (and represents quite a decent chunk of vocab to study).

Yuki and Miki, PickupThai Podcast
Website: PickUpThai Podcast | Youtube: PickupThai | twitter: @PickupThai

Please vote Thai…

Top Language Lovers 2017And here we are again. If you missed it … clicking on the TLL (Top 100 Language Lovers) logo takes you to the competition. Ta in advance!

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Happy Birthday Bab.la! – Celebrating TEN Years and TEN Days!

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Happy Birthday Bab.la!…

What better way to spend a lazy Sunday than by passing on birthday congrats? Ten years and ten days ago, Bab.la launched into the world! And, in the process, bringing us the Top 100 Language Lovers Competition (amongst other important things).

About Bab.la: The language portal bab.la is a free online platform for language lovers and an online community of global citizens. We have 44 dictionaries for 28 languages, blog articles about life abroad, language games and quizzes, verb conjugation for 12 languages, phrase books for university, business or travel, an internship platform and many other language-related products.

In April 2015 bab.la joined the Oxford Dictionaries family when Oxford University Press became our parent company. Oxford and bab.la share a vision and mission to deliver quality language-related content to a global community.

In 2017, bab.la launched its online magazine Living Abroad for young multilingual expats coming to grips with life in a foreign country.

Bab.la also gave us the Bloggers Abroad competition, the Language World Cup competition, and … as already mentioned … [drumroll] … the Top 100 Language Lovers Competition.

Ten years. Talk about staying power! Each year Bab.la scours the internet for the best of the best, and then painstakingly has to decide which ones make the final cut. Ouch. That can’t be easy.

Bottom line, the competition serves as an inspiring platform for language lovers (via blogs, twitter, Youtube, and Facebook) to strut their stuff. And inspiring, it is.

I’ve always imagined that the criteria for entry into the competition is along the lines of “what have you done for the language world lately”. That’s how I look at it anyway. And with that in mind, each year I use the Top 100 LL Competition to spiff up WLT.

For 2017 it’s freebies for everyone (for details, check out Please Vote THAI | 2017: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition). I’ve also decided to share my new toy, Flashcards Deluxe!

WLT has a LOT of free audio files for download (recorded with a native speaker) but that still leaves people having to put in work before they can play. Fiddling files is an often mentioned bane of learning languages, so to make prep time less painful, I’m creating spreadsheet files to suck into Flashcards Deluxe (and Anki, if that’s your poison).

To see what I mean, go to HouseTalk: Learn Basic Thai Cleaning Instructions* (more will appear during the giveaway and after). And there you have it. Fiddle free files for 2017.

So bottoms up to Bab.la’s TEN years and TEN days! Thank you so much for inspiring me yet again!

Website (English): bab.la
Google+: +babla
Facebook: babla.languages
Instagram: babla.languages
Dictionary (En-Th): English-Thai
Twitter: @babla (great fun to be had here)

Please vote Thai…

Top Language Lovers 2017If you haven’t voted please click on the Top 100 Language Learning logo to your right. Thanks in advance!

Pssst… thanks also goes to clipartfox.com for their ten candle cake :)

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Please Vote THAI | 2017: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition

Top 100 Language Lovers of 2017

Pleeeeease vote Thai…

Top Language Lovers 2017The Top 100 Language Lovers Competition is here once again! If you want to get straight to voting, just click the logo to the right.

The Top 100 Language Lovers Competition, hosted by the amazing team from bab.la and Lexiophiles, is where WLT pits Thai against other languages such as English, Chinese, French, German, etc. Scary.

When the call goes out, almost a thousand blogs, twitter accounts, Facebook pages and YouTube accounts are submitted to the hardworking competition team who then whittle the count down to a mere 100 in each section.

This year FOUR Thai resources made the cut: Language Learning Blogs (A Women Learning Thai), Language Facebook Pages (Learn Thai with พร, Wondrous Thai), Language Twitter Accounts (0 Thai entries), and Language YouTube Channels (Adam Bradshaw).

Competition rules: You get one vote per section (for a total of four votes).

I hope you can help out as every vote for Thai puts the Thai language that bit closer to the top. Ta in advance!

And now for WLT’s FREE Thai giveaways…

In past Language Lovers Competitions I’ve celebrated with free draws but for WLT’s ninth year, I wanted to do something different. Instead of a select few winners getting free stuff, thanks to the sponsors below, everyone will be a winner.

PickupThai Podcast: Anki flashcard decks to go with select courses. Each lesson comes with two decks (Thai script and transliteration). Audio included in the decks.

Learn Thai with พร: Compilation of Wannaporn Muangkham’s popular series, 65 Thai Useful Thai Phrases You Won’t find in a Phrasebook. Audio downloads included.

Paiboon Publishing: Audio files for Benjawan Becker’s Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced vocabulary lists (mentioned on WLT’s Thai Frequency Lists with English Definitions).

Duke Language School and Arthit: One chapter from each of Duke’s Journey books (1-3) created by Arthit. A chapter from from Arthit’s Read Thai In 10 Days ebook. Audio downloads included with both.

L-Lingo: 1000 top Thai words with sentences from their recent course update (English, Thai script, and transliteration). Audio downloads included.

And there you have it – plenty of free stuff for everyone.

Please vote Thai…

Top Language Lovers 2017If you haven’t voted please click on the TLL (Top 100 Language Lovers) competition logo to your right. Thanks in advance!

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Help Nominate the Top 100 Language Lovers of 2017!


For the TENTH year running, BAB.LA & LEXIOPHILES are hosting their inspiring Top 100 Language Lovers 2017 (#TLL17) Competition and need our help.


Last year’s participants will be automatically nominated. Take a peek at last year’s competition here: TLL 2016.

The blogs and social media channels can be nominated in the four following categories:

Language Blogs: blogs about the language learning process, language enthusiasts and blogs by language professionals.
Language Facebook Pages: Facebook Pages dealing with language topics, such as dictionaries, translation tools, language lover communities, etc.
Language Twitter accounts: Twitterers who create and share content about languages.
Language YouTube channels: YouTubers vlogging about languages.

The nominations are open from May 04–15. Voting starts on May 17 and ends on June 06. The results will be announced on June 09. Exciting stuff!

After placing last year, WLT has automatically been entered. But, if you know of any other blogs, Facebook pages, twitter accounts or Youtube channels, please show your support by nominating via the doc HERE.

HINT HINT … it’d be especially great if they have a Thai language focus ;)

If you have one of the language resources mentioned and are wavering about entering the competition, just let me say that it’s been great experience. This will be my eighth year participating and each year it has inspired me to improve WLT. Whether a new site design, additional guest authors, free downloads, giveaways and draws, all have made this site a better resource for learning Thai.

Good luck to everyone who is joining the competition this year – it’s guaranteed to be loads of fun!

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Introducing Tamago: PickUpThai’s E-Picture Book for Learning Thai

PickUpThai Podcast

It’s here! After putting in loads of time and having a heap of fun while she was at it, Yuki from PickUpThai released Tamago, a colourfully designed picture ebook for learning Thai.

Tamago comes with a LOT of stuff! The book comes in two formats, PDF and Kindle. There are cute books for each version (Thai, transliteration, and English), a plain pdf English with translations, plus three different sound sets (the story, extra sentences and vocabulary).

The Thai PDF version starts out with the story in Thai, then the vocabulary with English translations, followed by the story in English only, and ending with extra phrases to use the sentence patterns. The Kindle version is different in that the story is shown once and when you double click the Thai text the English translation for each paragraph appears in a pop-up text box. A sample is shown below.


Who is it for: This picture book is particularly made for non-Thai adults learning the Thai language (beginner to intermediate), especially those who learn better visually with images. However, the story was written and the illustrations were deliberately created to also appeal to children. Since the book is bilingual, Thai children can learn English from it as easily as non-Thai speaking kids can use it to learn Thai.

Difficulty: The story is written at an intermediate level using mostly simple vocabulary and simple, short, sentences. The vocabulary is correspondingly basic, and drawn from everyday life situations. But learners will still find a few more complex sentences and complicated vocabulary words included to challenge them, maintain their interest, and help build their skills.

Thai Script: $9.99
Transliteration: $9.99
Thai Script & Transliteration: $15.99

NOTE: Sample pages for each version (Thai script, Transliteration and English) with audio files can be downloaded from Tamago: E-Picture Book for Learning Thai.

Website: PickupThai
YouTube: PickupThai
Facebook: PickUpThai
twitter: @PickupThai

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New Thai Course at the Andrew Biggs Academy: Sap Khao Ngai Nid Deow

Sap Khao

Although the Andrew Biggs Academy mostly focuses on teaching English, Andrew’s new course can be used by both Thais learning English and those learning Thai: ทราบข่าวง่ายนิดเดียว /sâap kàao ngâai nít dieow/.

“Sap Khao” is a service for Thai learners of English as a second language … but it is also an excellent tool for anybody interested in learning Thai.

Andrew Biggs, who is fluent in both Thai and English, explains the headlines of the day. This is a perfect opportunity for non-Thais to learn new Thai words and phrases.

Every day, Monday to Friday (9am), you receive a 10-minute video in the morning explaining the day’s news. You can watch it as many times as you like, and at any time you like for a period of 90 days. And at 1,599 Baht per year, it works out to the cheapest Thai lesson you are ever going to have!

To acquire the course you first sign up at Sap Khao.
See you there!

Website: Andrew Biggs Academy
Facebook: Andrew Biggs Academy
YouTube: Andrew Biggs TV
twitter: @AndrewBiggs

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Mind Your Language: Two Week Intensive Thai Course in Pakchong (Khao Yai National Park)

Mind Your Language

Mind Your Language’s Two Week Intensive Thai Course promises to be quite the adventure.

Along with learning Thai using their T.M.C. Teaching Method you’ll visit Khao Yai National Park (Pakchong), experience Thailand’s Thai cowboys (Chokchai Farm) and do a bit of wine tasting at Granmonte Vineyard and Winery. And if all pans out, included will be shopping at the Kingdom of the Pottery (Ban Dankwian) and a Thai Premier League game at Korat Stadium.

The T.M.C. Teaching Method is comprised of:
T – Transformation method: Reversing sentence structure.
M – Muscle memory method: Repetition leads to accuracy.
C – Combination method: Creating meaningful paragraphs.

The method sounds fairly straightforward to me but if you are interested in hearing more about it check out reviews from their regular intensive Thai course on Koh Samui (it uses the same teaching method): Reviews.

The intensive Thai beginners course in Pakchong will be held from the 3th to the 14th of July, 2017.

Excluding accommodation, the price for the two week beginners course at both Koh Samui and Pakchong is 14,900 Baht. On Samui you can arrange your own accommodation or leave it up to the school; Pakchong will have a package deal (accommodation and excursions – to be announced later). On Koh Samui I found it’s roughly 9000 baht for 12 days on the island but that’s without the school’s discount (and how much you want to slum it).

If you are interested in attending the intensive course at Koh Samui instead, you have more options as far as dates go. But the main difference between the two intensive courses (Koh Samui and Pakchong) is that on the island, classroom studies are the main focus and the activities are secondary (and up to you). On Koh Samui, after class is over for the day you can choose from: cooking classes, diving, kite surfing, massages & spa, yoga, safari tours, golf, frisbee golf, fishing, paddle-boarding, night markets, waterfalls, beaches, etc.

On top of Thai, on Koh Samui there’s also an Italian intensive course:

Thai, English and Italian are taught following the same teaching styles (T.M.C. teaching methods). Regular courses run throughout the year (2 or 4 times a week).  Intensive courses for both English and Italian will start from April (Easter Time) and a holiday-study package for students coming from abroad will be offered for people who want to study in the summer time (June, July, August).

Mind Your Language has just been affiliated to Societa’ Dante Alighieri Italia, which is the headquarter and main learning centre of Italian as a second language in Italy. From January 2017 we are the only PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) Certification Centre in Thailand and the official centre where students can take the PLIDA exams and get an international diploma that assesses their level of Italian as a Second Language (From A1 to C2) . Facebook: PLIDA Thailand.

If you have any questions please leave comments below or contact the school via their Facebook page or website:

Website: Mind Your Language, Thailand
Facebook: Mind Your Language School

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