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WLT’s 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

Was that a wonderful seven weeks, or what? Overall, US$4500 in prizes were given away by: Stu Jay Raj (Jcademy), Duke (Duke Language School), Bingo-Lingo (Read Thai in 10 Days), Jo and Jay (Learn Thai Podcast), Tom and Kruu Jiab (Learn Thai Style), Benjawan Poomsan Becker (Paiboon Publishing), Chris Pirazzi (Word in the Hand), Yuki and Miki (PickupThai Podcast), James Higbie and David Smyth via Danny at DCO Thai and Orchid Press.

Wow. And thank you! You’ve all made this the best giveaway ever.

The sponsors in WLT’s 2015 Thai Language Giveaway were chosen because they are at the top of their field. They create materials with Thai that you will actually use, and also have a longtime commitment to the learning Thai industry.

Curious about what’s coming next, I bugged each for a final time (final, for now) to let us know what we can expect in the future.

Jcademy: We are in some exciting times at Jcademy. I have spent the past 20 years in the education and training industry. Most of that was running face to face training programmes with clients in training facilities – either their own facility, ours, or we would rent a training room at a hotel. While I love soaking up the energy of the participants while I am running my programmes face to face, doing that day in and day out can be exhausting.

Ten years ago, I didn’t believe that the technologies available could address the customised issues that I faced with each of my clients and frankly speaking, the course authoring and Learning Management System (LMS) technology that was available was limited and in many cases quite clunky. Now, technology and bandwidth has caught up I have found that with the technology that is readily available now, I can create truly interactive learning modules that can be deployed on any device that really help learners to learn and develop new skills through repetition and testing.

At Jcademy we have built a platform that supports these technologies. We are presently working with companies and people that have knowledge that might have traditionally been held in only their heads, in books or training manuals and we are helping them to convert them to rich, interactive training solutions that can be monetised, localised and opened up to new markets that they wouldn’t have had access to in the past.

Using our platform, people with truly wonderful content can now spend their time doing what they do best, and those who have great business and marketing skills can use the tools that we have to run and grow their training and education based businesses, reducing the need to create any more new content that they have to.

Duke Language School and Bingo-Lingo (Arthit Juyaso): At Duke Language School, our aim is to give expats and foreign residents an alternative to the other teaching materials and methods, some of which have never undergone change for nearly 50 years. Right now we are working diligently to create entirely new Thai courses to suit the modern Thailand: “Journey Survival 1-2-3”, “Journey Conversational 1-2-3”, and “Journey Fluency 1-2-3”, are the backbone of our Thai programmes that focus on communication which focus on natural Thai that Thai people actually speak, practical language that is more relevant to everyone’s life in Thailand, and engaging classrooms taught by professional teachers who know how to make the class fun (I have personally trained them). These courses can be taken in conjunction to “Explore 1-5”, Thai reading and writing course, so the students can learn how to speak, read and write all at the same time to maximise their learning experience. Each course lasts 24 hours, 2 hours a day, so it’s long enough for our students to learn a lot of useful stuff but not too long to make them bored. Our upper-intermediate and advanced course are also undergoing a lot of changes and eventually we will have all the courses suitable for everyone learning Thai. On top of that, we are also working days and nights to develop fully interactive online courses which can be accessed by students as stand-alone platforms or as supplementary to their physical classes.

As for my own book, Read Thai in 10 Days by Bingo-Lingo, it has enjoyed positive feedback so far. Considering it my first ever published book, I’m very chuffed :-) So in the future, after I’m done with creating the Journey courses I have plans to write more books about Thai language, and improve RTITD to be better than ever. In the meantime, I will also write articles on Women Learn Thai, and perhaps drop in the Farang Can Learn Thai FB group to help out learners, as I always have. So many ideas so little time! Thank you everyone for your support, in return I will give back to the community as much as I can.

Learn Thai Podcast: We are currently working new Thai culture content and also some ways to get even the most unmotivated people to learn some basic Thai.

Learn Thai Style: The future at Thai Style Language is looking very busy! We have a LOT going on and some huge plans for future development. Some of our plans include new teacher locations with Australia. Kruu Jiab is very busy concentrating on the second edition of the Speak Thai Course (level 1) as well as a Thai script only edition. The Speak Thai Course level 2 has been planned out and development has started. Our Upper Intermediate Course is constantly being added to. New blog posts are being created weekly and new teachers added daily! 

And remember, if you are a registered learner or teacher you will always get access to new updates for no extra cost! Happy learning and we look forward to being a part of your Thai language experience.

Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand: We are nearing completion of a massive 2.0 upgrade to the Talking Thai-Eng-Thai dictionary app that has been more than two years in the making. This upcoming free 2.0 upgrade will include thousands of new Thai words suggested by users, thousands of complete, ready-to-use customizable phrases divided into 200+ practical categories like “Hotel,” “Ordering Food,” “Renting a Place,” and “Price Haggling,” a Favorites feature that lets you save and organize words and phrases you are learning, full-text search that lets you find words in the middle of phrases, and a complete rewrite of the internals of the app that will allow us to issue more frequent cross-platform upgrades in the future. 

The Thai for Beginners app v2.0 will include these new features: increase size of text, turn off English text, Play All will play all phrases in a lesson, and added English voice to allow Thai speakers to practice their English pronunciation. Android update available now, iOS update in September 2015.

PickupThai Podcast: We hope you guys have been enjoying our two podcast series, Sweet Green and Spicy Red. For total beginners, we have great news for you. We’ll start a new course that’s going to be a perfect fit for you in a few months. Plus, our newly designed website will be launched soon. It will be packed with lots of free and fun lessons as usual but will be much easier to navigate. We are very excited to show it to you. Like our Facebook page (PickUpThai), follow us on Twitter (@PickupThai) and keep visiting our website if you don’t want to miss any updates.Thank you all for your support. We truly appreciate it.

DCO Books: For those looking for English books published in Thailand, the DCO websites are still a good source. They can also sometimes find those out of print books that others sellers have long stopped stocking. Just use the inquiry form on the website to ask for these hard to find books.

In recent years DCO has offered a publishing service to would be authors. Originally started to help local writers enter the then new ebook market, they now also help with print on demand options, both in Thailand and outside.

Again, my thanks goes to Stu Jay Raj (Jcademy), Duke (Duke Language School), Bingo-Lingo (Read Thai in 10 Days), Jo and Jay (Learn Thai Podcast), Tom and Kruu Jiab (Learn Thai Style), Benjawan Poomsan Becker (Paiboon Publishing), Chris Pirazzi (Word in the Hand), Yuki and Miki (PickupThai Podcast), James Higbie and David Smyth via Danny at DCO Thai and Orchid Press.

You’ve all made this a wonderful seven weeks, and I look forward to how your companies evolve throughout the year!

Posts: WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

Here’s the entire list for the series. And what a series it was. Thanks all. Really. It was an amazing good time.

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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.

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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!

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Please VOTE for the Top 100 Language Lovers…

Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2015It’s that time again, the Top 100 Language Lovers Competition! To vote for Language Learning Blogs, please click on the button to your right (I’m in the A’s this time – oh yah).

There are five categories to vote in: Language Learning Blogs, Language Professionals Blogs, Language Facebook Pages, Language Twitter Accounts, and Language YouTube Channels.

Competition rules: You can only vote for one entry per section. For more about the competition go to: Top 100 Language Lovers 2015 – Let’s Get Started!

Language bloggers have worked hard all year long, so please do show your support by voting for your favourites.

Psst: WLT also made it into the Language Facebook Page section this year.

I look forward to the Language Lovers Competition organised by bab.la and Lexiophiles each year because it inspires me to improve WLT. This year I’ve totally revamped the site (as you can clearly see). And with over 700 posts (aren’t Guest Writers wonderful) I’ve also added a Please Start Here page with an easy access button. I hope it helps.

But hold on – there’s more! As WLT is turning seven (my lucky number) there will be Thai product giveaways each week for seven weeks. So every week there will be new winners. Yay for you!

What I did was approach the top movers and shakers in the Thai industry to see if they’d be interested in donating their fabulous products. And everyone said yes! I’m so grateful because I can now share what I believe are some of the best products available for learning Thai.

My sincere thanks goes to Stu Jay Raj (Jcademy), Duke (Duke Language School), Bingo-Lingo (Read Thai in 10 Days), Jo and Jay (Learn Thai Podcast), Tom and Kruu Jiab (Learn Thai Style), Benjawan Poomsan Becker (Paiboon Publishing), Chris Pirazzi (Word in the Hand), Yuki and Miki (PickupThai Podcast), James Higbie and David Smyth via Danny at DCO Thai and Orchid Press.

In total, they have generously contributed over US$4500 in prizes. Wow.

Seven weeks of FREE giveaways from top movers and shakers…

Before I get to the prizes, I’d like to explain exactly what I believe makes a true mover and shaker in the Thai industry. I thought long and hard about it, so here you go.

Each company mentioned are at the top of their field, creates materials with everyday Thai that you will actually use, and has a longtime commitment to the learning Thai industry. Are there others out there? Sure. But I was limited to seven weeks.

Jcademy (July 9): FIVE of Stu’s Ultimate Thai Combo packages (includes the Full Cracking Thai Fundamentals program, Thai Bites and Glossika Thai Fluency 1). If you already have the combo, you can go with the new subscription package (yet to be announced).

Duke Language School and Bingo-Lingo (Arthit Juyaso) (July 2): FOUR copies of Bingo’s detailed book and CD, Read Thai in 10 Days. And FOUR budding Thai students will receive Duke Language School’s Survival 1 group lessons, which includes the textbook as well as free access to the beta version of Duke’s online course.

Learn Thai Podcast (June 18): FOUR subscriptions to Learn to speak, read, write Thai via LTP’s massive Thai course that has over 800 video, audio and text lessons.

Learn Thai Style (June 25): FOUR Speak Thai Course winners will receive a lifetime access to over 40 hours of audio and video materials, over 300 worksheets (with or without transliteration), online quizzes, self study materials, learn Thai blog access, as well as access to over 700 trained teachers (UK, USA, Singapore, Thailand and Skype).

Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand (May 28): FOUR EACH of the Talking Thai-Eng-Thai Dictionary apps, Talking Thai-Eng-Thai Phrasebook apps, and Thai for Beginners apps.

PickupThai Podcast (June 11): FOUR winners get 15 podcasts each of either Sweet Green or Spicy Red. Winners get to choose their level (beginner to advanced).

DCO Books and Orchid Press (June 4): TWO sets (four books) of James Higbies’ Essential Thai and Thai Reference Grammar, as well as Smyth’s Essential Grammar and Segaller Thai Without Tears.

The rules for the giveaways are simple:

  1. Leave as many relevant comments as you like (with a stress on ‘relevant’).
  2. Comment in as many of the giveaways as you want (there is no limit on how many prizes you can win).
  3. Claim your prize before the week is out (unclaimed prizes will go to the next in line).

Note: Those donating will be responsible for choosing the winners. That’s right. So even if you are one of my closest buddies, don’t stay away! Yes, everyone can win. Good luck all!

Top 100 Language Lovers of 2015

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