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FREE DOWNLOADS: Updated Quick & Dirty Thai Vocabulary and Phrases

Updated Quick & Dirty Thai Vocabulary and Phrases

Quick & Dirty Thai…

Nine years ago (July 2008 to be exact), WLT’s first book review covered The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast by actor Myke Hawke.

After chatting with Myke and getting permission to use the material in his book, it turned into a series: Quick & Dirty Thai Language Learning with Myke Hawke, Interviewing Myke Hawke: Quick & Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast, and then finally, the FREE: Quick & Dirty Thai Vocabulary Download.

As the materials in the Quick & Dirty resource are English-Thai, it was always my aim to add Thai specific vocabulary and phrases. But I didn’t realise it’d take nine years to make it so – apologies for that.

Quick & Dirty Thai tips and bits and pieces…

The phrase (Quick & Dirty) is frequently used in describing any document or tutorial that gives a brief overview about how to do something, without going into too much detail about why or how it works.

These words and phrases are not meant as a ‘be all and end all’, they are merely a Quick & Dirty intro. One of the best pieces of advice I know for acquiring real Thai comes from a dear Thai friend:

“Just keep watching how Thais do it and after a while, you’ll start getting the hang of it“.

Different cultures / beliefs / mindsets = different languages and usage of words. The English and Thai languages do not have a shared linguistic heritage, so while the words and phrases in this file are not grammatically wrong, some might sound a bit off to Thais (especially when used out of context).

Given the different nuances in the cultures, a phrase will work in one situation but won’t be sound ‘quite right’ in another. Just one reason is because English is often direct while Thais make an effort to be less abrupt (beating around the bush to get the same results).

Suggestion: If the word or phrase doesn’t quite fit in context, get feedback on when, where and how to use them from Thai teachers, Thai friends, or when running around Thailand (if you are lucky enough to be here).

But you do not have to be in Thailand to converse with Thais – Skype is an amazing resource. Thai Skype teachers such as Narisa will have you conversing in real Thai in no time. And if your budget won’t stretch that far a language exchange partner might work for you.

Grammar: When in doubt, download David Smyth’s FREE Essential Thai Grammar (legal download). Otherwise, purchase one of the Thai grammar books mentioned here: Review: A Guide to Thai Grammar Books.

Transliteration: The transliteration comes ‘as is’ from thai2english.com. I have not changed anything so please do not use it as a 100% crutch.

Quick & Dirty Thai Vocabulary…

Vocabulary Key: Throughout the vocabulary lists you’ll come across words in brackets such as [polite] and [casual] and [written] even. This is to alert common usage but isn’t always set in stone (rules are always being broken and sometimes I’m just plain wrong).

Spoken: Unless noted, vocabulary is presented in spoken language.
Written: Used in written language (but sometimes on TV).
Polite: Spoken to someone of respect.
Formal: On TV, making a speech.
Casual: Close relationships.

A wee tip: When using Thai vocabulary you can’t just slot words in any ‘ole way. For instance, the English ‘yes’ is often translated as ใช่ /châi/ but in real life it that’s not always the case. Instead, repeating a keyword or the injection of polite particles (ครับ and ค่ะ) is sometimes required.

Particles: These are used at the end of sentences and in response to questions. I have not included a complete list but there’s enough to get you started. Just know that it can take practice to get your head around using particles. When/where/how you use polite particles is determined by who you are (your status), who you are talking to (their status), your intentions and often the length of the conversation.

Many Thais (teachers and friends) will advise students of Thai to stick to polite over casual. I lean towards polite (just not overly). It doesn’t suit certain personalities so you’ll have to sort that particular quagmire out when you come to it.

A tip for those who prefer polite Thai (especially when first meeting someone): Unless you are talking to someone of a much higher status (your boss, your boss’s boss, etc) you don’t need to put ค่ะ/ครับ/จ้า at the end of every phrase. Start off by attaching one to the opening phrase. Then, after that, sprinkle them around when there’s a change of subject or when you are thanking someone.

But how to talk to close friends will sometimes change the whole ballgame.

Pronouns: Pronouns in Thai are rich and varied. To simplify, in the phrase file I’ve used ฉัน, ผม, and คุณ as placeholders for pronouns. To get more insight on the subject please see Arthit Juyaso’s excellent posts:

Thai Time: Using Pronouns Like a Pro (Part 1: How to Say ‘I’ in Thai)
Thai Time: Using Pronouns Like a Pro (Part 2: What Should I Call ‘You’)

Quick & Dirty Thai Downloads…

Spreadsheets: There are two spreadsheets: 1) the Quick & Dirty Thai Vocabulary spreadsheet that has Thai script and transliteration (inside the sheet you’ll find script only and transliteration only), and 2) the Quick & Dirty Thai Phrases spreadsheet (ditto the insides). In the phrase spreadsheet I’ve included both female and male sentences so feel free to pick and choose your poison.

Audio files: There are three audio downloads: 1) vocabulary by subject, 2) vocabulary by total list, and 3) the phrases. In the spreadsheets you’ll see the audio file name alongside each phrase or word. This is to make it easier for those who want to create flashcards with Flashcards Deluxe or Anki or whatever you choose.

Excel downloads:
REVISED: Quick & Dirty Thai Vocabulary [597kb]
REVISED: Quick & Dirty Thai Phrases [571kb]

Audio downloads:
Audio: Quick & Dirty Thai Vocab (by subject) [11.08mg]
Audio: Quick & Dirty Thai Vocab (total list) [11.09mg]
Audio: Quick & Dirty Thai Phrases [12.8mg]

Quick and Dirty Thai Phrases on Memrise…

David Smith has kindly put most of the Quick and Dirty Thai Phrases on Memrise (thanks David!)

Quick and Dirty Thai Phrases 1
Quick and Dirty Thai Phrases 2
Quick and Dirty Thai Phrases 3
Quick and Dirty Thai Phrases 4
Quick and Dirty Thai Phrases 5

A Quick and Dirty Thai thanks…

Over the years there have been many who’ve contributed to this resource: Narisa Naropakorn (Thai Skype Teacher: who offered suggestions on the different versions of the file), Sean Harley (Speak Read Write Thai: a stickler for Thai-Thai and Thai-English – note: Sean gave advice but lays no claim to the files), Rikker Dockum (Thai 101: who assisted on the first run), Khun Pairoa (my longsuffering Thai friend who records for WLT and responds to all my crazy questions about the Thai language), and now David Smith who has created lessons on Memrise. Thanks all!

REMINDER: These materials are for personal use only (do not upload them on websites, etc, without permission).

Ah. Before I go. A few things were added at the last minute so there’s a possibility of mistakes. If you do spot something please drop me a line via WLT’s contact form.

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

Top 100 Language Lovers of 2017

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.

Downloads:
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.

Downloads:
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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WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway: Benjawan and Paiboon Publishing

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WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway…

Top Language Lovers 2017Welcome to the THIRD 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.

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

Benjawan and Paiboon Publishing: Free audio downloads…

From WLT’s beginning, Benjawan Poomsan Becker (the Queen of the Thai language), has gifted WLT’s readers with free Thai courses and Thai apps.

And when I asked Benjawan if I could please include a ripped vocabulary list created from her Thai for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced courses for my post Thai Frequency Lists with English Definitions, she generously said “sure!”

To celebrate WLT’s ninth year I went back to Benjawan and asked permission to record the three vocabulary lists for download. Again, she came back with “absolutely!”

What I didn’t realise going into this project was how time-consuming and physically tiring it would be to record, edit, name, and rerecord over 2000 audio files. Wowza.

Yet in Benjawan’s Talking Thai-English-Thai dictionary she managed almost 200,000. So kudos and megga thanks to Benjawan – you are amazing – and I have proof!

Downloads: Thai for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced…

The spreadsheets are in Excel and Numbers (Mac) formats. The Beginners sheet gives a choice of Thai script and transliteration. The Intermediate and Advanced spreadsheets are without transliteration.

Thai for Beginners: Download audio and spreadsheets (11.7mg)
Thai for Intermediate: Download audio and spreadsheets (10.8mg)
Thai for Advanced: Download audio and spreadsheets (9.4mg)

I use Flashcards Deluxe but the spreadsheets and audio files can be sucked into most flashcard software/apps. They’ll come in handy when studying with Benjwan’s books, or on their own. Please note that I have not checked the spreadsheets against the books so if you do find snafus just let me know via WLT’s contact form.

If you can’t find the books in your local bookstore, in the US you can order online from Paiboon Publishing. If you are elsewhere, DCO Books delivers.

Disclaimer: This is not a professionally recorded project. Using an iPhone during the rainy season in both Bangkok and Chiang mai, we battled through the unwelcome noise of frogs, rainstorms, cicadas, planes, tuk tuks, coughs and growling stomachs. Yeah – we had fun!

Thai Vocab Builder on Memrise…

UPDATE: Using the files above, John Smith created a four part course on Memrise.

Thai Vocab Builder 1
Thai Vocab Builder 2
Thai Vocab Builder 3
Thai Vocab Builder 4

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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

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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!

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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.

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