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Interview: Benjawan on VOA

Benjawan on VOA

Benjawan on VOA…

For all of you Thai-English English-Thai dictionary fans out there, Benjawan Poomsan Becker from Paiboon Publishing was interviewed on VOA last week.

VOA 2012: คุณเบญจวรรณ ภูมิแสน Beckerร่วมมือกับสำนักพิมพ์ Paiboon Publishing จัดทำพจนานุกรมพูดได้ ภาษาไทย อังกฤษ

Previous interviews:

VOA 2011: คุณเบญจวรรณ ภูมิแสน Becker เล่าถึงความเป็นมาในการเป็นล่ามในอเมริกา

VOA: คุณเบญจวรรณ ภูมิแสน Beckerร่วมมือกับสำนักพิมพ์ Paiboon Publishing จัดทำพจนานุกรมพูดได้ ภาษาไทย อังกฤษ

Note: The audio files (all in Thai) can be downloaded.

WLT: Benjawan Poomsan Becker…

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The Red Shirts: Thai Reading and Listening

Learn Thai with the Red Shirts

Learn Thai with the Red Shirts…

When it comes to learning the Thai language, there is a real need for decent materials. Gaccha, an expat living in Bangkok, aims to inspire others to contribute their Thai skills towards creating the needed materials.

I ‘met’ Gaccha online last year when he translated and compiled a Pulp Fiction video on YouTube. He’s just released an article from Voice of America (first shared on Thaivisa.com).

Btw: For the record, I am not Red or Yellow. I am for the Thai people.

And now… over to Gaccha…

I have taken a Thai language article on Thaksin and the red shirts from Voice of America, and translated every single word(**) and transliterated all of it for maximum user advantage. There is then a Thai audio that is almost identical to the script. And there is an identical article in English. So for a one page article it is now 24 pages long.

PDF format: Red Shirts Thaksin Rally

Red Shirts Thaksin Rally:

Red Repetition:

I suggest the following…

Advanced level:

  • Listen to the audio initially and try to catch every word.
  • Check against the article.


  • Read the article and try to work out meanings of words that you do not recognise.
  • Check these words and then read again.
  • Then listen to the audio for around three sentences until your brain can instantly recognise every word.


  • Try to read each word and check against the transliteration.
  • Listen to the audio and see if you can pick up any words.
  • Try to learn about 5 words and listen again to the audio.

Please note the following key:

  • [G] Grammar– requires individual look up the word in a grammar book.
  • (*) Word is a repeat. You failed to remember from first appearance in the article.
  • // indicates this is another meaning of the word.
  • / indicates this is a variation on a single meaning of word.

I have done this partially to show you all what a great idea this is and partially to persuade language publisher professionals to do the same.

(**) I have not translated what are essentially grammar points. If you don’t know these already you are probably a bit out of your depth already. Check out a beginner grammar book.


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