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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: Jcademy’s Ultimate Thai Combo Package

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

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

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

Chosen by jcademy.com, here are the winners: Luke Taylor, Biff Tastic, Chris, Mary, and Ann Norman.

Stu Jay Raj: We hope that you find the courses and materials, as interesting and fun as we had creating it. Keep a eye on Catherine’s site and Jcademy for regular updates.

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

I would like to thank Stu Jay Raj and his team for joining in this wonderful giveaway. And my thanks also goes to everyone who left comments!

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…

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WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway: Jcademy’s Ultimate Thai Combo package

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway…

Welcome to week SEVEN 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.

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

Jcademy: Cracking Thai Fundamentals, Thai Bites, and Glossika Thai Fluency 1…

For Jcademy’s giveaway there’s FIVE Ultimate Thai Combo packages. The combo includes the Full Cracking Thai Fundamentals program, Thai Bites, and Glossika Thai Fluency 1.

If you already have the combo you can opt for their new subscription package instead (yet to be announced).

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

Jcademy: Cracking Thai Fundamentals…

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway I was lucky in that I attended Stu’s Cracking Thai Fundamentals in person. But as there’s only so much of Stu to go around, he created an online course to reach a larger audience.

The Cracking Thai Fundamentals online course comes with: Preparing to Crack the Thai Fundamentals, Thinking in Meanings, Cracking Indic Based Scripts, Cracking the Thai Vowels, and Cracking the Thai Consonants.

The materials in Cracking Thai Fundamentals are compiled from Stu’s lifetime experience with learning languages. A powerhouse of a course, it covers many aspects of learning Thai.

Tip: As you work through the course be prepared to open your mind to new and different concepts.

What to expect with Cracking Thai Fundamentals:

  • Learn to hear tones, consonants and vowels as Thais hear them.
  • Become aware of sound, and muscle memory paradigms from your mother tongue that may hinder Thais’ ability to understand you when you speak Thai.
  • Develop a learning regime both at home and ‘in the field’ to help maximise learning.
  • Start to see and hear things around you in a much more ‘Thai’ fashion.

NOTE: Preparing to Crack the Thai Fundamentals is free to the public.

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

Jcademy: Thai Bites…

WLTs Thai Language GiveawayThai Bites are just that – short, bite-sized lessons on the Thai language and Thai culture. Chock-full of all things learning Thai, they are also perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time to study but still want to get Thai into your learning schedule.

Subjects covered in Thai Bites:

  • Speaking and Sounds.
  • Writing.
  • Grammar.
  • Culture.
  • Colloquial Thai and Slang.

To try them on for size, here’s a few free Bites: สวัสดี 卍 The True Meaning of Sawatdee, Word Duplication to make you sound ไท้ยไทย Thai Thai, ขาวจั๊วะ Colour Rhymes in Thai and Develop an Adult Thai Handwriting Style Part 1.

Also free on Youtube are Stu’s Thai Bites Live Webinars.

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

Jcademy: Thai Fluency 1 – Glossika GSR and GMS…

WLTs Thai Language GiveawayGlossika Thai is interactive. With the original Glossika materials you study phrases by listening to the audio files while reading along with the pdf files, or just by listening (up to you). On Jcademy’s online interactive course there’s more of a hands-on approach.

Thai Fluency 1: Sentence-based method that gradually builds sentences helping the learner acquire language naturally. Colloquial informal language that you can use with friends and family.

Gain listening comprehension and speaking skills in 30 days. For serious students or for busy people with only 20 minutes per day, it is possible to finish the course in 1 month.

Recommended for mid-high beginners with a working vocabulary of 100-200 words.

The Thai Fluency 1 includes GMS and GSR. GMS (Glossika Mass Sentences) has all of the sentences in the course. And GSR (Glossika Spaced Repetition) uses those same sentences with the proven spaced repetition method of getting the phrases into your head.

NOTE: To assure accuracy the Glossika Thai materials have been totally rewritten by the team at Jcademy. At the time of this post it’s not quite ready for primetime but it will be soon.

About Stuart Jay Raj…

WLTs Thai Language GiveawayStu Jay Raj has a lot going on: Accredited Dale Carnegie consultant and trainer; regional advisor, trainer and lecturer in cross cultural communication; IT developer; simultaneous interpreter, translator and editor; television and audio composer; TV presenter; polyglot, TV host, part of the official Miss Universe interpreting team, jazz pianist, and Dad.

And now there’s the wonderful Jcademy.com.

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Stu. One important subject that often comes up is his beloved grandfather:

He taught me all different memory techniques and we would use them to remember wordlists in English and other languages, memorize lists of numbers, calculate what day of the week any given date was, convert decimal to binary to hex, send messages to each other in Morse-code, build electric circuits from schematics, listen to shortwave radio broadcasts, taught me to touch-type at the age of around four and many other things that stimulated and bridged the senses.

He would play with words with me and we would make new meanings up by making ‘nonsense words’ with roots and affixes that only we knew what they meant.

I believe that all of these things had an impact on my ability to learn languages.

Stu Jay Raj Interviews on WLT:
Stuart (Stu) Jay Raj: Interview Part One
Stuart (Stu) Jay Raj: Interview Part Two
Successful Thai Language Learner: Stuart (Stu) Jay Raj.

Web (business): Jcademy.com
Web (personal): stujay.com
YouTube: Stujaystujay
Facebook: Jcademy.com by Stu Jay Raj
Twitter: @JcademyOnline and @stu_jay

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).
  • If you don’t collect your prize within a week of the announcement, it will be given away to the next person in line.

I will not be responsible for choosing the winners so even if you’ve known me for ages you too can win.

The draw will run from this moment until the 14th of July, 6pm Thai time. At that time I’ll announce the winners in the comments below as well as create a dedicated post.

My thanks goes to Stu Jay Raj and the team at Jcademy for sponsoring such wonderful prizes, and those leaving comments below. Good luck everyone!

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

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

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Please Vote THAI and WIN! 2015: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition

Top 100 Language Lovers of 2015

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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A Quest to Fluency: Thai and Italian. Italian?

A Quest to Fluency: Thai and Italian. Italian?

Paul’s Quest to Fluency…

A little over a month ago Paul Garrigan launched his quest to become fluent in the Thai language. Impressed with the obvious dedication shown, Stu Jay Raj (jcademy.com) took Paul under his wing: 6 Months to Thai Fluency – Paul Garrigan Week One – Thai Bites.

From day one I was excited about Paul’s quest. But to join, I first had to discover my own motivation to raise the stakes in learning Thai. No doubt, motivation in language learning is key.

You see, Paul and I are both introverts. It’s a personal attribute that gets in the way of becoming fluent in any language. A no brainer, to communicate by speaking, you really do need to be interested (motivated) in talking with people.

My Quest to Speak Fluent Thai in Six Months: I’ve lived in the country for thirteen years, so it is embarrassing to admit I’m still not fluent. There have been periods when I’ve put in the hours to learn the language. I can read Thai, and I’ve got a reasonably large vocabulary, but I just don’t like talking. My goal over the next six months is to rectify this situation.

Paul’s week three post gave that “ah hah!” needed to find a motivation that has a decent chance of sticking with me.

5 Improvements in My Approach to Learning Thai: It is my goal that within one year, I’ll be putting out videos in the Thai language as well as the ones in English. This is my dream, and I’m passionate about making it happen. There might not be even one Thai person interested in what I have to say, but I know it will give me so much pleasure to do this.

After reading Paul’s main reason for becoming fluent in Thai, I realised that my own motivating factor should also be something tangible, not mysterious, or just because “it’s the thing to do”.

Now here’s the thing. When searching for my motivation to join Paul’s quest I decided to switch to Italian. Because motivation-wise, it just so happens that everything fell into place for me to learn Italian (for the interim) before getting back to Thai.

  • This week I found out that I’m headed to Venice at the end of the year.
  • Also this week, Glossika launched their Complete Fluency Italian Course.

The clock is ticking. I have under 200 days to get my head around Italian and the pressure is creating a RUSH of motivation. VENICE!! YA! ITALIAN!! YA!

Then, after the New Year, with the Glossika Method fully entrenched (hope, hope), I’ll get back to my regular studies with the Thai materials at Glossika and jcademy.com. How’s that for a plan?

The guts of the language quest…

Paul will study with Glossika’s Complete Fluency Thai course (pssst: the pre-launch price is US$49). And at the same time, I’ll be tackling Glossika’s Italian course (already launched). The two courses are designed the same so we’ll have plenty to discuss.

As mentioned, Paul will be working hand-in-hand with Stu and jcademy.com. As a polyglot, Stu Jay Raj is an inspiration for learning any language so I’ll be quoting him often. Plus, his site includes posts on getting your accent just right – none of that superimposing your native language over your target language. IPA warning: I’ve succumbed.

The Glossika Method…

I’ve written about Stuart Jay Raj many times but Mike’s Glossika is new to this site. Other than to say that the method is centred around GMS (Glossika Mass Sentences) and GSR (Glossika Spaced Repetition), there isn’t room in this post to get into much detail. I will later though.

Before I sign off I do want to quickly inject that I’ve been interested in mass sentences ever since Brett mentioned using sentences to learn languages effortlessly.

Mining sentences (finding sentences, getting the sentences approved by someone knowledgeable/trustworthy in the language, and then recording the sentences) is not effortless. But now there’s Glossika – and Glossika mined the sentences for us. So now there’s no excuse.

Until next time…

Please do read what Paul’s been up to during the first four weeks of his quest:

Care to tag along? We’d love for you to join the quest!

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Please Vote THAI: Top 100 Language Lovers of 2014

Top 100 Language Lovers of 2014

Voting commences for the Top 100 Language Lovers…

Often when there’s a Top 100 Language Lovers competition, Thailand has a political or natural disaster, or both. Just on time, and after recovering from an earthquake a few weeks ago, we are now under Martial Law. Well. Unless you are reading the Wall Street Journal (then we are enjoying a coup).

EDIT: It’s official. The Thai army has announced a coup. But don’t let that stop you from voting, ok?

Politics and natural disasters aside, there’s a major change in the Top 100 Language Lovers Competition this year. Previously, we could only vote for one candidate per category (tough, when there are so many good ones in the competition). But we can now vote for everyone we fancy. Once.

Lexiophiles.com: You can vote for AS MANY candidates as you want, but just ONCE per candidate. This goes for all categories. If you vote several times for one candidate, these votes will be deleted when we check for fraudulent votes at the end of the competition.

TIP: When, after you vote, you refresh your browser, you will no longer have a visual record of who you voted for. So it’s a good idea choose everyone in one go. Unless, of course, you have an excellent memory.

If you want to go straight to the voting…

Top 100 Language: Professional Blogs
Top 100 Language: Facebook Pages
Top 100 Language: Twitter Accounts
Top 100 Language: YouTube Channels
Top 100 Language: Learning Blogs

Psst: For WLT, scroll the way down to the W’s in the Language Learning Blog section ;)

Vote THAI?…

I don’t have the room to list everyone in the competition, and as this is a Thai language site, below you’ll find a brief description of the Thai candidates who made it through the paring down process. And what a process it was.

If I have the numbers right, over 1000 candidates per category are entered each year. Out of those, only 100 per category are chosen. So yes, it’s an honour to be included.

The joint team from Bab.la and Lexiophiles are sure to be recovering for weeks to come due to their marathon ruuuush to get us this list. My thanks to you all!

Top 100 Language Learning Blogs…

Learn Thai with Porn is a new site written by Wannaporn Muangkham and managed by Kris Willems. What makes this site unique is that the posts come from Wannaporn’s active Facebook group (also named Learn Thai With Porn), where she gives lessons and advice on learning Thai. It’s sort of like having a Thai language class on tap, only friendlier, and available 24-7.

BTW: Porn (พร) is short for Wannaporn (วรรณพร) and means ‘blessing’ in Thai.

Facebook: Learn Thai With Porn

Women Learn Thai is run by moi (as you already know) but I couldn’t do without the top contributors, Hugh Leong and Todd Daniels. Hugh writes the bulk of the learning Thai posts in his popular series, Thai Language Thai Culture. And Tod mostly writes a series about the best Thai language schools in Bangkok.

Facebook: Women Learn Thai
Twitter: @ThaiLanguageRes and @WomenLearnThai

–>> Please vote THAI here: Top 100 Language Learning Blogs

Top 100 Language Professional Blogs…

There are no Thai entries in this section. Pity.

–>> Please vote for others here: Top 100 Language Professional Blogs

Top 100 Language Facebook Pages…

Thai Language Hut is an established school in Bangkok that has partnered with Paiboon Publishing (by Benjawan Becker). Benjawan creates the largest collection of learning Thai products on the market. Bare none. You can take Thai lessons Paiboon-style at Thai Language Hut’s physical school, via Skype, or learn for free on their generous YouTube channel.

Site: Thai Language Hut
Twitter: @ThaiLanguageHut
YouTube: Thai Language Hut School

Todd’s Review: Thai Language School Review: Thai Language Hut

–>> Please vote THAI here: Top 100 Language Facebook Pages

Top 100 Language Twitter Accounts…

Andrew Biggs spreads his Thai and English talents across radio and TV shows, newspaper columns and magazines, YouTube, twitter and Facebook. If you are an intermediate student of the Thai language his twitter feed is for you. And me (I often retweet his tweets).

Site: Andrew Biggs
Facebook: Andrew Biggs

Interview: Successful Thai Language Learner: Andrew Biggs

–>> Please vote THAI here: Top 100 Language Twitter Accounts

Top 100 Language YouTube Channels…

Adam Bradshaw is another powerhouse performer on Thai TV, Youtube, Facebook and twitter. He mostly teaches English to Thais but his shows are invaluable to intermediate and up students of the Thai language. A new project Adam is involved with is VOICE TV Talking Thailand. It’s off the air at the moment (Thai politics, once again) but until they are allowed back you can catch previous episodes on YouTube.

Pick up Thai is run by Thai teacher Yuki Tachaya. What makes her materials stand out is that they are chockfull of real Thai. Thai you will actually use when conversing in Thailand. And if you are a student of the Thai language, you’ll know exactly what that means!

Yuki normally resides in the US but is presently in Bangkok for a few months. If you are in the area and are looking for an excellent Thai teacher, grab her right quick. If not, you can sign up for Skype lessons instead (my preference, even if a teacher is in the same city).

Site: Pick up Thai
Facebook: PickUpThai
Twitter: @pickupthai

On WLT: PickUpThai: Colloquial Thai Terms and Expressions
On WLT: PickUpThai: Colloquial Thai Compound Words

I could chat forever aboutStuart Jay Raj, polyglot extraordinaire. Stu has given much to the learning Thai community. Just his enthusiasm for languages alone is responsible for many of us sticking to our studies, whether we are learning Thai or Swahili.

At the moment Stu has two main courses at his online school, Jcademy: Thai Bites and Cracking Thai Fundamentals. I couldn’t imagine learning Thai without access to both courses, and Stu says there’s many more on the way. Are we lucky, or what?

Site: Jcademy
Twitter: @JcademyOnline
Facebook: Jcademy

Stuart (Stu) Jay Raj: Interview Part One
Stuart (Stu) Jay Raj: Interview Part Two
Successful Thai Language Learner: Stuart (Stu) Jay Raj

I’ve already discussed the generous Thai Language Hut School, so I’ll just briefly point out that they have over 300 videos on their YouTube channel, and all free to the public. Impressive.

–>> Please vote THAI here: Top 100 Language YouTube Channels

Well, that’s a rap. Please do take the time to vote for whatever candidates in the Top 100 Language Lovers you fancy, whether Thai language or not. But just the once. Ta!

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Cracking Thai Fundamentals: Thai Challenge 2014

Cracking Thai Fundamentals

Cracking Thai Fundamentals: Thai Challenge 2014…

I’ve reviewed scads of learning Thai projects since starting WLT and Polyglot Stu Jay Raj’s Cracking Thai Fundamentals Thai Challenge is one of the most exciting ever.

To give you a bit of background: Stu’s original Cracking Thai Fundamentals started in Bangkok in 2000. Wanting to learn about the Thai language, I attended a CTF course shortly after arriving in Thailand. Like other students I met in class, I loved it so much that I signed up for second round.

If you are interested in what people are saying about CTF, below are several Cracking Thai Fundamentals interviews:

Stu Jay Raj is Back in Bangkok with Cracking Thai Fundamentals
Cracking Thai Fundamentals: Interview with Claudio Sennhauser
Cracking Thai Fundamentals: Interview with Scott Eddy
Cracking Thai Fundamentals: Interview with Peter Lo

In order to reach more students, six months ago Stu started working his butt off to create an online learning experience: Jcademy. That’s right. You no longer have to physically attend one of Stu’s courses to reap the benefits.

To add to the thrill, this week he launched the Jcademy Cracking Thai Fundamentals Challenge.

I’ll say it again. Stu’s CTF Challenge is one the most promising projects I’ve come across. And to help make it even more powerful, please do join in!

For the next few months you can follow Polyglot Stuart Jay Raj as he guides two expats through the CTF course. To do that, Stu created four ways to experience the challenge:

  1. Watch the sessions live via Jcademy’s CTF Challenge section.
  2. Afterwards ask questions of Stu, Andrew, and Richard on Google Hangouts.
  3. Watch the session videos on Jcademy and Stu’s YouTube channel stujaystujay.
  4. Join the CTF Challenge (how can you resist?)

Note: The first CTF Challenge Google Hangout starts at 4pm, Wednesday, January 22.

Be sure to keep up with Jcademy news via:

Web: Jcademy
Facebook: Jcademy
YouTube: stujaystujay
Twitter: @JcademyOnline

And a reminder. This is not a paid ad – I don’t do those – the opinions in this post are unencumbered by personal gain.

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