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How I Learned to Speak Thai During My First Month

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So, there I was: sitting in the same old café, listening to my cheerful old friend talking about all the fun she had while teaching English in Thailand, when suddenly I felt very old. I’m still what they call young, but at that moment I swear I was ancient. Something was missing from my life. And then I realized I had been listening about it for the last hour, in between sips of coffee.

I needed to go live abroad for a while! I needed to learn a new language, become friends with a new culture. The country I chose was Thailand. I had visited it before as a tourist, and fell in love with it, but this time I was going to get a teaching job there and finally learn Thai.

And that’s exactly what I did. I got a teaching job there. Now I was faced with the second part of my wish: learning the language. I had tried learning Thai, spent a lot on courses, but made no major progress. My pronunciation was terrible and my vocabulary limited. That got me worried. What if I wasn’t gifted enough to learn Thai? What if I get really disappointed? Perhaps it was just too difficult?

I’m sure many people feel like that when they’re about to embark on an adventure quite different than any before. The adventure in question here wasn’t just living in Thailand, but learning Thai too!

However, as I soon realized, there are ways of successfully learning a language no matter where you live! It is, of course, extremely valuable to communicate with native speakers on a daily basis if you wish to learn it quickly, but there are a few more things you can do. This is what I did in order to learn Thai fast:

1) I moved to Thailand…

Okay, yes, I know – easier said than done. You might not be in a position to move to Thailand, but I had already signed my contract, so for me it wasn’t an issue.

As it turned out, this proved to be the crucial step for my knowledge of Thai. It gave me the chance to figure out what I had been doing wrong and to focus on what needed to be fixed.

First thing I did, however, was this: I swore to myself that I was not going to be timid in my attempts to communicate with the locals. No way. I was going to immerse myself in the language and in the culture. I was going to surround myself with Thai and not resort to speaking English every time it got a little difficult to communicate. And it worked!

It was frustrating at times, but I powered through it. I used my free time for trips, I explored, experienced the everyday life of the locals. Thai people are very nice and interested in foreigners. The benefits of being surrounded by native speakers are numerous and extremely helpful for learning!

2) I learned the Thai alphabet before I arrived in the country…

Don’t panic – at first glance this seems extremely difficult if you’re used to the English alphabet and 26 letters. The Thai alphabet has a completely different script and consists of 44 consonants and 15 vowel symbols that comprise 32 vowels. A little overwhelming, I know.

Here’s what you can do, though, to make the learning easier: put two posters on your wall, next to your bed if you can – one with consonants and one with vowels. At this stage, everything will probably seem very strange to you, but that’s ok. Set aside a certain amount of time every single day to look at these symbols and make the sound with your mouth that they’re associated with.

Also, I found Easy Thai Alphabet very helpful and I highly recommend these learning methods. And, as a big fan of flashcards, I loved Thai FlashCards.

3) I started with the basics on my own…

In this day and age, technology allows us access to great amounts of material for learning. You can google the basics of any language and practice with various audio and video guides. That’s what I did.

First, I practiced the tones of Thai. This is a tonal language and a word in Thai can mean different things when a different tone is applied. Take ‘mai’ for example. ‘Mai’ can mean ‘no’, ‘new’ or ‘microphone’ depending on the tone applied.

When you read a Thai word, you will often see one of the four tone markers which are named ‘mai eak’, ‘mai toh’, ‘mai tree’ and ‘mai juttawa’. There is no tone marker in a syllable with a normal (mid) tone.

A good way of practicing the tones is through videos on YouTube. There are some very good ones, featuring native speakers. This lesson from Learn Thai With Mod was one of my favourites. Find the ones that suit you most and repeat the exercises as many times as you need!

Next, I learnt the most frequent groups of words. I focused on topics such as:

  • Greetings
  • Numbers
  • Places
  • Foods
  • Jobs

I made flashcards and practiced. You can do this too. Set mini-goals for yourself. Don’t try to take giant steps.

What kind of flashcards do you prefer? For me, a combination of physical cards and the Thai Flashcards app did the job.

Traditional, physical cards offer beginners the best focus possible. That rectangular space confines the word(s) and makes you really pay attention. You can add photos, drawings or colored letters to your flashcards. This will help you remember the words even better as more sensory nerves will be employed.

The digitized flashcards offer everything that your senses need: audio pronunciation, relevant images, dynamic games…

Whatever you choose, practice with your flashcards as often as you can! Repeating makes you burn the words into your long-term memory.

Finally, I moved on to basic conversations. These too can be found within some excellent channels on YouTube.

6) I used technology to the max…

We live in a world where technology can help us in many ways. There are language exchange programs that let you communicate with native speakers and numerous apps you can download easily.

I, for example, always carry the Talking Thai <> English Dictionary with me. On my phone, that is. It’s simple to use and comes in very handy. Apps like these are easy to find on Google Play or iTunes. Just choose the right dictionary or phrasebook for yourself and practice away!

If you can’t be in contact with native speakers every day, you can always use the advantages of learning via Skype lessons or through language exchange sites. I’ve heard only good things about Learn Thai with Mod.

Italki is a great example of language exchange program benefits. Teach your native language to a Thai native and learn at the same time. It’s the perfect exchange!

5) I watched Thai movies…

I know, sounds too simple, right? You shouldn’t underestimate this type of audio-visual learning! If you just relax, your brain will pick up things and you’ll be surprised!

There are a number of frequent words and phrases that get repeated throughout any movie, so these will quickly become familiar to you.

Repeat these words after the actors. Stop the movie if necessary. Listen carefully to the pronunciation. Your brain will connect the words to the context. And your vocabulary will expand with every movie.

No matter what genre you prefer, you can find a lot of Thai movies online. Try Filmdoo, for example.

Oh, a tip: Don’t watch the movies with English subtitles. Use the Thai ones instead. This way, your brain will connect the spoken words with the written ones in the subtitles and help you learn more.

6) I did not let myself give up!…

So, there I was: surrounded by the beautiful Thai people, eating fantastic Thai food, enjoying this different, fascinating culture, when suddenly I felt very tired. Learning Thai demanded a lot of effort. However, I considered myself quite lucky to have felt this sort of tiredness. It was a sign that I was doing something very important to me, something fulfilling, and that I was doing it right!

Learning Thai quickly is a challenge indeed, but a very rewarding one!

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Paiboon Language Academy: Press Release

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Paiboon Language Academy…

Exciting news! Benjawan Poomsan (Paiboon Publishing) has launched into a new venture, the Paiboon Language Academy. Without further ado, the press release is below:

First Online Interpretation and Translation School for Thai Speakers

Great news for those who want to learn to become interpreters and translators.

The first online interpretation and translation school for Thai speakers is open for registration.

Paiboon Language Academy (PLA) was founded by Benjawan Poomsan, a well-known author of dozens of Thai language books and apps to teach foreigners to speak Thai. Her products are widely used by English speakers because of their quality and affordability. She has been a professional interpreter and translator in the US for over 20 years.
สถาบันภาษาไพบูลย์ (Paiboon Language Academy หรือ PLA) ก่อตั้งขึ้นโดยเบญจวรรณ ภูมิแสน นักเขียนชื่อดังที่แต่งตำราและแอพสำหรับเรียนภาษาไทยจำนวนมากให้ชาวต่างชาติได้เรียนภาษาไทย ผลงานของเธอได้รับการนำไปใช้อย่างแพร่หลายในหมู่ชาวต่างชาติอันเนื่องจากคุณภาพและราคาที่ย่อมเยา เธอได้เป็นล่ามและนักแปลมืออาชีพในสหรัฐมากว่า 20 ปี

There is much need for Thai interpreters in the US and in the countries where many Thai people live. Even in Thailand, interpreters are in great demand in business meetings, conferences and the court system, where communication problems exist.
มีความต้องการล่ามไทยอย่างมากในสหรัฐและในประเทศที่มีคนไทยอาศัยอยู่จำนวนมาก แม้แต่ในเมืองไทย ล่ามก็เป็นที่ต้องการไม่ว่าจะในการประชุมธุรกิจ การประชุมสัมมนา และในศาลในเวลาที่มีปัญหาในด้านการสื่อสาร

Many Thai people all over the US have requested that Benjawan teach them to become interpreters because they had no idea what to do, or where to begin. In the past 10 years, she has trained her friends, single moms and stay-at-home housewives to become interpreters and translators. Many of these women now make a good income and no longer have to work in Thai restaurants or traditional Thai massage shops.
คนไทยหลายคนทั่วสหรัฐอเมริกาได้ขอให้เบญจวรณสอนวิธีการเป็นล่ามให้เนื่องจากไม่รู้ว่าจะทำอย่างไรหรือจะเริ่มตรงไหน ในช่วงสิบปีที่ผ่านมา เธอได้ฝึกเพื่อนๆ แม่บ้าน ผู้หญิงที่เลี้ยงลูกตามลำพังให้เป็นล่าม ปัจจุบันหลายคนได้มีรายได้และได้เลิกทำงานที่ร้านอาหารไทยและร้านนวดไทย

Benjawan has teamed up with her qualified interpreter friends to teach interpretation and translation courses online and also a general English online course.
เบญจวรรณได้ร่วมทีมกับเพื่อนๆ ที่เป็นล่ามที่ทรงคุณวุฒิเพื่อสอนคอร์สวิชาการล่ามและการแปลและคอร์สภาษาอังกฤษทั่วไป

Our goal in the general English course is to help Thai people anywhere in the world become better at speaking and using English so they can communicate and work effectively with the global community especially our ASEAN neighbors.
เป้าหมายของเราในคอร์สภาษาอังกฤษทั่วไปคือเพื่อช่วยให้คนไทยไม่ว่าจะอยู่ที่ใดของโลกสามารถพูดภาษาอังกฤษได้ดีขึ้นและใช้ภาษาอังกฤษในการสื่อสารและทำงานกับชุมชนโลก โดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่งกับประเทศเพื่อนบ้านในเขตอาเซียนได้อย่างมีประสิทธิภาพ

Now with online technology, PLA can bring this knowledge to the Thai people in Thailand and other countries to become professional interpreters and translators and to improve their English skills at an affordable price.
เนื่องจากปัจจุบันนี้เรามีเทคโนโลยีออนไลน์ PLA สามารถนำความรู้ให้กับคนไทยที่ประเทศไทยและในประเทศอื่นๆ ที่จะเป็นล่ามและนักแปลมืออาชีพ และพัฒนาทักษะภาษาอังกฤษได้ในราคาที่ส่วนใหญ่สามารถเรียนได้

Students will be happy with the quality of the content and the quantity that we are offering.

Please visit our website for more information.

Website: paiboonlanguageacademy.com
Facebook: Paiboon Language Academy

Paiboon Language Academy, a subscription based online learning website, offers two main courses: The Interpretation Course (US$25 per month / US$250 per year) and the General English Course ($10 per month / $100 per year). Both courses have online videos, monthly exercises or quizzes.

Even if you are not interested in studying to be a Thai interpreter or translator (yet), you’ll reap the benefits because lucky for us, Benjawan has a generous nature. Stay tuned for taster videos in Thai and English.

If you are not familiar with Benjawan’s work, here’s an interview just out this week by Thai Women Living Abroad: Benjawan, Interpreter and Famous Language Guru. And here’s my interview with Benjawan Poomsan Becker.

Posts on WLT written by Benjawan:
Teaser: The Interpreter’s Journal: How it Started
Teaser: The Interpreter’s Journal: Mistakes and Misinterpretations
Teaser: The Interpreter’s Journal: Studying Foreign Languages

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Top 100 Language Lovers of 2017: The Votes are IN!

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WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway…

Wow, was that ever a tough competition. I swear, it gets harder each year – but so worthwhile (fun too). In the Top 25 Language Blogs of 2017, WLT came 15th. I’m soooo chuffed! Did you see the competition in the blog section? Wowza. The fabulous Universe Of Memory deservedly came first – it’s a fantastic blog (I’m a fan).

In the Top 100 Language Lovers 2017 section, where they trim 400 entries down to 100, WLT made it to 30th place. Not too shabby! I’m one happy camper this year.

And even more good news, Wannaporn Muangkham’s Learn Thai with พร came seventh in the Top 25 Language Facebook Pages 2017 section and 46th in the Top 100 Language Lovers 2017 section. Congrats Wannaporn! It’s totally well deserved. I just love your stuff :)

Via the TLL competition, in past years I discovered The iceberg project, Learn Italian with Lucrezia, Universe Of Memory and too many more to mention here. My new find this year is the German blog Sprachheld, that promises to help save time learning languages. I’m game.

WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers series…

Help Nominate the Top 100 Language Lovers of 2017!
Each year Bab.la and Lexiophiles put out a request for new nominees (previous entries are automatically added).

Please Vote THAI | 2017: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition
And now … the voting begins!

Happy Birthday Bab.la! – Celebrating TEN Years and TEN Days!
Bab.la turned ten this year and I’m proud to admit to being a fan for nine of those years (since the first year of the competition). Congrats Bab.la – here’s the ten more!

And now to the prizes in WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway – for everyone. That’s right. If you haven’t downloaded yours, please do.

WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway: PickUp Thai
Yuki and Miki created Anki files (complete with audio) to go with PickUp Thai‘s free courses.

WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway: Learn Thai with พร
Wannaporn Muangkham’s 65 Useful Thai Phrases You Won’t Find in a Travel Phrasebook series was put into spreadsheets to use in Anki, Flashcards Deluxe, Quizlet, etc. Audio included.

WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway: Benjawan and Paiboon Publishing
Benjawan Poomsan Becker‘s vocabulary list from Thai for Beginners, Thai for Intermediate Learners and Thai for Advanced Learners was recorded, then put into spreadsheets to use with your flashcard app/software of choice.

WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Giveaway: Arthit and Duke Language School
Duke Language School sponsored one chapter from each of their Journey books (1-3), and Arthit sent a chapter from his popular Read Thai In 10 Days ebook. Audio included with both.

WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Giveaway: L-Lingo
Achim sent in L-Lingo‘s top 1000 Thai words from their brand new 5000+ words VoCab trainer. As an additional treat, audio included. Phrases come with each word.

Top 100 Language Lovers Competition: Giving Thanks
You’ve all been great. Thanks again! I owe – I owe.

So that’s a wrap! Thank you everyone – the 2017 TLL Competition was a hoot.

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WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Giveaway: L-Lingo

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WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway…

Top Language Lovers 2017Welcome to the SIXTH and final prize in WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers giveaway! If you haven’t yet, please read Vote THAI | 2017: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition to catch up.

Note… On June 06, 23:59 CET (5:59am Wednesday Thai time) the competition will be over. Clicking the red Top Language Lovers logo to the right will take you there … EDIT: voting is over – stay tuned! :)

L-lingo Thai…

To celebrate WLT’s ninth year L-lingo sent the top 1000 Thai words from their brand new 5000+ words VoCab trainer. Audio included. In addition (something we all crave when learning Thai vocabulary) they’ve included phrases for each word.

If you’ve never tried L-lingo, be sure to check out the free version of their Quiz-Based Thai lessons.

L-Lingo immerses you in the sights and sounds of the Thai language, rather than just the written word. Our multi-channel teaching method gives you real and rapid results much quicker than traditional flash-card or textbook approaches. Before you know it, you’ll be speaking words and longer sentences with real confidence.

The coming year will be an exciting one for L-lingo. I won’t spill all the beans but here’s a taster!

With the latest addition of our 5000 strong vocab bank bundled with our 105 structured lessons, we are offering enough content for people to become successful speakers of Thai, so our main focus in the near future will be to help people actually follow-through with their learning. We are changing the mission of L-Lingo from “selling language learning apps” to “make your language learning a success”.

Please stay tuned for the announcement where Achim explains the mindset behind L-Lingo’s future plans. I promise I won’t make you wait long.

And on that note, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the downloads.

Audio and spreadsheet downloads:
L-lingo Top 1000 Vocab Spreadsheets: Download spreadsheets zip (1.2 MB)
L-lingo Top 1000 Vocab Audio: Download audio zip (8 MB)

Website: L-Lingo.com
Facebook: L-Lingo

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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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Useful Thai Phrases You Won’t Find in a Travel Phrasebook: Parts One-Four

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To celebrate WLT’s Language Lovers Giveaway (2017), Wannaporn’s fabulous series 65 Useful Thai Phrases You Won’t Find in a Travel Phrasebook was 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).

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WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway: PickUp Thai

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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!

Happy Birthday Bab.la

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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