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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 Lovers Giveaway: PickUp Thai

Top 100 Language Lovers of 2017

WLT’s 2017 Thai Language Lovers Giveaway…

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

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

PickupThai Podcast & Anki…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please vote Thai…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PickupThai Podcast’s Black Friday Sale

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PickupThai Podcast Black Friday Promo…

It’s that time again – time to save mega-bucks at PickupThai Podcast!

PickupThai Podcast: Fun-based Thai podcasts that teach you how to speak exactly like a native speaker.

Learn 100% REAL Thai from fun stories and funny phrases. Throw away your boring textbooks. Learn Thai with us and sound like a foreigner no more!

Now is the best time to start! Enjoy our Black Friday promotion while it lasts and save BIG! Buy any podcast from one of our three courses (beginner, intermediate and advanced) today and get another podcast from the same course for FREE!!!

Hurry! The promotion ends November 30th, 2016.

For more info: PickupThai Podcast
Client kudos: Reviews
Free samples: All levels available
List of podcasts: Podcast Store

For the “Black Friday” promotion, click here: Value Package

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2016 WINNERS: PickupThai Podcast’s Creamy Coconut

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

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

Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2016Welcome to the FIRST week of WLT’s seven weeks of Thai Language Giveaways. The Language Giveaways are a part of the Language Lovers Competition.

Chosen by Yuki and Miki, here are the winners:

From Yuki and Miki (PickupThai Podcast):Thank you everyone for participating in the Thai language giveaway contest. We are very happy that you are interested in our products.

It was very difficult for us to choose only 6 of you to give the prizes to but we’re happy to announce that the three lucky people who will receive 10 Creamy Coconut lessons are khun Diane N., khun Michael and khun Micky. And the two people we’ve selected to receive 15 lessons are khun Anna Measures and khun Roger. Finally, the grand prize which is the subscription to the full Creamy Coconut course (30 lessons) goes to “khun Jeff Netto.”

Congratulations to all six of you. We really hope that you’ll have fun learning Thai with PickupThai Podcast and appreciate our lessons as our fans do.

For those who didn’t win any prize, you are welcome to come visit our website for regularly updated free & fun lessons www.pickup-thai.com ( ^ n ^ )/*

Thank you again, everyone, for participating! We wish you all success in learning Thai.”

Yuki Tachaya & Miki Chidchaya from PickupThai

Winners, please email PickupThai Podcast at podcast@pickup-thai.com. And please note that if you do not reach out by next Wednesday, your prize will be given to the winner/s in waiting.

I would like to thank Yuki and Miki for sponsoring this contest. I just love your stuff to bits! My thanks also goes to those who left comments. And pssst, even if you’ve already won you can keep on winning. Good luck all!

To get a complete list of the prizes and schedule, read the first post in the series, Vote THAI and WIN! | SEVEN Weeks of FREE Thai Giveaways.

Let’s help SET!…

The SET Foundation needs our help. Did you know that…

In addition to its primary aims of awarding scholarships and grants, SET has sponsored many educational activities, including social development projects by scholarship students in remote villages and schools, drugs awareness camps for students, sponsorship of an orphanage, sponsorship of a monastic school for novice monks, sponsorship of native-speakers to teach English, and many other projects.

If you can, please donate to The SET Foundation by filling out the Paypal button at the top right of their site. Ta :)

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WLT’s 2016 Thai Language Giveaway: PickupThai Podcast

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

WLT’s 2016 Thai Language Giveaway…

Welcome to the week ONE of WLT’s seven weeks of Thai language giveaways. If you haven’t already, be sure to read Vote THAI and WIN! | SEVEN Weeks of FREE Thai Giveaways to find out about the prizes.

PickupThai Podcast: Creamy Coconut…

Yuki and Miki from PickupThai Podcast are giving away SIX subscriptions to their new Creamy Coconut course for beginners.

There will be SIX winners in total: One winner – all 30 lessons. Two winners – 15 lessons. Three winners – 10 lessons.

Pickup Thai Podcast

Overview: Creamy Coconut…

This new course was created for absolute beginners to the Thai language.

  • The materials focus on teaching words and phrases in context.
  • To keep it fun, humour is sprinkled around the courses.
  • The audio lessons are roughly half hour long.
  • Both male and female voices interact in the conversations.
  • Each course includes an audio file, two artistically designed pdfs, and a plain text file (note: the text files are not exact copies of the pdf files).

The lesson pdf’s have three sets of vocabulary, followed by the conversation, ending with additional vocabulary. The audio follows the pdfs to a degree. The audio starts out by covering one set of vocabulary at a time. Then, Pimsleur-like, you are asked to listen and repeat. And to help you remember, you are prompted for answers. After the three sets are over, up comes the conversation. To make sure you are not overwhelmed the phrases are broken up into easy chunks. As with the pdf’s the additional vocabulary comes next.

Using various methods (prompts, roleplaying, quizzes), all through the lessons you are tested on what you’ve learned – it’s an extremely powerful way to study a language.

Below are sample subjects from the first five lessons:

Creamy Coconut One:
How to greet someone.
How to introduce yourself.
How to say you like something.
How to say “Thank you” and “Sorry.”
How to tell someone you’re leaving.

Creamy Coconut Two:
How to say numbers.
How to ask someone’s age.
How to say how old you are.
How to say what you don’t like.
How to ask someone’s phone number.
How to ask someone out for dinner.

Creamy Coconut Three:
How to say when you did something.
How to invite someone to do something.
How to ask and talk about someone’s nationality.
How to say what you know or don’t know how to do.
How to ask and say what languages someone speaks.
How to say where you were born and where you moved to.

Creamy Coconut Four:
How to give a suggestion.
How to ask for suggestions.
How to say what you’re afraid of.
How to say what you have just done.
How to say what you don’t want to do.
How to say names of meats and beverages.
How to ask if someone has ever done something.

Creamy Coconut Five:
How to list things.
How to say what you are happy for.
How to estimate someone’s reaction.
How to say something is up to someone.
How to ask the price per unit of something.
How to ask questions expecting multiple answers.
How to say the names of colors and days of the week.

To see for yourself, the first three lessons can be downloaded for free:

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

PickupThai PodcastYuki Tachaya & Miki Chidchaya / PickupThai: After many years of teaching Thai as a second language, we realized there’s something missing in the market – materials that teach REAL spoken Thai.

We constantly witnessed Thai learners pick up wrong phrases and expressions from textbooks that no Thai person really uses. The learners also lacked the knowledge of how to speak naturally (like a Thai person).

We also noticed that there are hundreds of words and expressions that Thai people use all the time but for some reason, Thai learners have never heard of, let alone know how to use.

Everything we’ve done so far on PickupThai – our one-on-one Skype lessons, Youtube videos, and the free lessons we constantly provide on our website – have focused on REAL and PRACTICAL Thai. Unlike in textbooks, we teach non-Thais to speak like how we speak.

A lot of learners get lost when they try to apply their knowledge to the real world. They feel devastated. This is because the world of textbooks and the real world of Thai usage are drastically different. We wanted this to change. We wanted there to be new tools to help Thai learners pick up REAL and PRACTICAL Thai. We wanted to create a bridge that connects them to the real world, the actual way we, Thai people, speak.

And so we came up with “PickupThai Podcast” – innovative Thai teaching materials that not only teach you what you can’t find anywhere else but also keep you entertained while learning with the humour and jokes added to every lesson. We’re very proud of the effort we’ve put into this project and we can’t be more thankful for every fan who supports and appreciates what we do.”

Website: Yuki Tachaya
twitter: @PickupThai

Rules for WLTs Thai Language Giveaway…

The rules are 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 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.

Yuki and Miki will choose the winners, so don’t worry if you know me intimately, you can still win.

The draw will run from this moment until 29 May (Sunday), 6pm Thai time. After the winners have been selected I’ll leave a comment below as well as create a dedicated post.

Thank you Yuki and Miki for being a part of WLT’s eight year celebration!

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Vote THAI and WIN! | SEVEN Weeks of FREE Thai Giveaways

Top 100 Language Lovers of 2015

Just like last year’s Language Lovers Competition, this year fabulous sponsors supporting the Thai industry have again donated products. Thanks all!

PickupThai Podcast (24th-29th May): SIX winners will get subscriptions to the new Creamy Coconut course for beginners (One winner – all 30 lessons. Two winners – 15 lessons. Three winners – 10 lessons).

Duke Language School (31st May-5th June): TWO 60 hour Journey One group lessons with course books. This is not a taster, the winners go straight through the course to the end.

Bingo-Lingo (7th-12th June): FOUR copies of Bingo’s detailed book and CD, Read Thai in 10 Days.

Learn Thai Style (14th-19th June): FOUR Speak Thai Course winners (includes a pre-release version of Speak Thai Course with Thai script only – no transliteration) 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).

Learn Thai from a White Guy (21st-26th June): TWO courses of Learn to Read Thai in 2 Weeks and TWO courses of The Need to Know Sentence Pack.

Learn Thai Podcast (5th-10th July): THREE subscriptions to learn to speak, read, write Thai via LTP’s massive Thai course that has over 800 video, audio and text lessons.

Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand (12th-17th July): FOUR EACH of the newly updated Talking Thai-Eng-Thai Dictionary apps (your choice of iOS or Android).

Giveaway Rules:

  1. Leave as many relevant comments as you like (with a stress on ‘relevant’).
  2. Comment on 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).

Each post will go live on Tuesdays at 7.30am Thai time and will close out on Sundays at 6pm Thai time.

Note: Those donating will be responsible for choosing the winners so even if you are my buddy you too can win!

Vote Thai…

Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2016If you haven’t voted yet, please click on the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs button to your right. Thanks in advance!

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PickupThai Podcast’s New Year’s Promotion

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Just on time for the Thai New Year is a snappy promotion for PickupThai Podcast’s two existing courses: Sweet Green and Spicy Red.

  • Three podcasts at $10 each (usual price $17.67)
  • An entire course at $99 (usual price $194.37)
  • Duration: March 15th to April 30, 2016

Why ‘existing’ courses? Because I’m proud to announce their long awaited course for beginners: Creamy Coconut.

So now there will be THREE fun courses at PickupThai Podcast.

  • Creamy Coconut: Complete beginners.
  • Sweet Green: Beginners to lower-intermediate learners.
  • Spicy Red: Upper-intermediate and advanced learners.

The price for the new beginner lessons will be $2.89 each. When you subscribe to the whole course it drops to $2.50 each (2.50 x 30 = $75). There will be 33 lessons in total, but as before (to give you the opportunity to check out the learning style), three will be free.

The first lesson will be released on April 10th. Soon! Mark your calendars because new lessons will be released every 10th, 20th and 30th of each month.

Each lesson will include a short conversation and speaking practice along with accompanying vocabulary.

We keep our lessons fun to listen to by adding humor to the stories (even though they may be short) and of course, keeping it real! No unnatural, impractical, or canned phrases. The speech is just as natural as in the two other courses (no robot talk). Basically, the main concepts are the same, except for this time, everything will be short, slow and easy. Perfect for novice Thai learners!

Btw: As soon as I get my eager hands on PickUpThai’s lessons for beginners you can be sure of a review. Stay tuned.

Yuki and Miki online:
Web: Pick Up Thai | YouTube: PickUpThai | twitter: @PickupThai

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PickupThai Podcast’s Xmas Sale

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After PickupThai Podcasts’s successful Black Friday Sale I asked Yuki if there was going to be a dedicated Xmas sale. And ho ho ho, there is! So if you somehow missed Black Friday and want to top up your collection, or if you just want to take advantage of an excellent sale, or both, here you go.

Until 31 December 2015, three lessons are just US$12.25. I’ll leave you to do the maths for six lessons, nine lessons, yadda yadda.

As before, if you want to experience a few lessons before you buy, just download free samples at Pickup Thai’s Podcast Store. Checking out Pickup Thai’s customers’ reviews is also advised.

Yuki and Miki online:
Web: Pick Up Thai | YouTube: PickUpThai | twitter: @PickupThai

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