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The Nation Weblog: Brush Up Your Thai

Brush Up Your Thai

A Thai language learning find…

In May of this year, Khun Krajog started a blog on The Nation Weblog (no longer online). I don’t know much about blogging at The Nation, but apparently members of the public are (were) free to write blogs on their subject of choice (?)

Khun Krajog’s blog, Brush up your Thai (now offline), was a mix of Thai language tips, Buddhism, Thai culture and history. Just my thing.

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The objective is to discuss education issues and provide some useful tips in Thai language. Comments from readers are welcome.

Odd, I know, but I often enjoy blog comments almost as much as the posts themselves. Especially when the authors take the time to explain further, as Khun Krajog does.

EDIT: Most of his posts (learning Thai included) are now gone.

GOODBYE to all my blog readers

I just have received an email from The Nation weblog admin asking me to delete all my entries under an order from the president of The Nation, no other reasons given. So I would like to say goodbye to you all who regularly read my two blogs, Free Speech Forum and Free Expression on various subjects.

Dear Khun Krajog, I am sad that your work was taken offline. I didn’t read your posts on other subjects but I quite enjoyed your opinions on the subject of learning Thai (even if I didn’t agree with everything).

FRT – Farang Rak Thai…

Going through The Nation Weblog, I found another blog with a few posts on learning Thai, only this one is written by a Westerner.

FRT – Farang Rak Thai:

  • If you want to speak Thai, then read Thai!
  • Helping farangs to speak better Thai

UPDATE: And now that’s offline as well. It’s a good thing I copy off posts I enjoy …

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4 Comments

  1. Anybody can sign up and post at The Nation Weblog, an aspect of the community that does leave itself open to spammers and crackpots, but even that can be entertaining sometimes.

  2. The Nation Blog is entertaining. I’ve just spent hours reading the different comments attached to posts all over the place. Don’t get me wrong, the posts are entertaining too. But the comments really add to the experience.

  3. Some very interesting stuff on this blog. Lots of useful things that are not obvious to a beginner like me.

    The comments are, as you say, as informative.

  4. If I get the chance, I plan on going back over his posts today (but being Monday, I may get sucked into the beginning of the week chores).

    And if I feel brave enough, I may just comment. If only to leave a ‘thank you’ for all his work.

    Khun Krajog’s blog is the only one I know where a Thai is generously helping English speakers to understand the Thai language, and I hope he continues for a good long while.

    I especially enjoy the explanations he gives as they go further than learning Thai. They get into Thai culture as well as the mindset of an English educated Thai. His posts on Buddhism are equally interesting.

    I’d also like to get Rikker’s take as there were a few things I believe would elicit a comment from him. Not in the way of sentences, but on the subject we often come across when learning Thai – the brand of Thai that is widely spoken, as apposed to what we are told is the correct way to speak.

    A small for instance: my Thai teacher often tries to get me to roll my r’s similar to the Scots or the Irish, but I don’t hear Thais in a real conversation emphasise r’s as such. Or maybe I’m not listening close enough?

    The rolling of the r’s is apparently ‘proper’ Thai… (I’ll leave the rest for someone else to explain). I know highly educated Thais and they do not run around rolling their r’s. Not even when they’ve had a Singha or two :-)

    Khun Krajog touches on the subject in the comments:

    Using correct spoken Thai for all occasions would happen only with the speaker who is well-educated and comes from good family background.

    People with good habits and manners must be trained, first in the family and then by teachers in school and own observation.

    We can not expected everyone on the street or people we meet in a situation do correctly according to the social standards practiced in a locality.

    People are not all good and well-trained in etiquettes. Etiquette as practiced in Bangkok may different in the North or the Northeast.Many of them don’t know about social etiquettes practiced in the West.

    They just react to an incident by their own etiquette standards or what they think is proper, which may be improper to other people.

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