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WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway: PickupThai Podcast

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway…

Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2015Here we are at week THREE 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.

The two previous giveaways were: 1) Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand’s Talking Thai-Eng-Thai Dictionary, Talking Thai-English-Thai Phrasebook, Thai For Beginners iOS apps and 2) Smyth’s Thai: An Essential Grammar, Higbies’ Thai Reference Grammar and Essential Thai, and Segaller’s Thai Without Tears. Congrats to the winners!

PickupThai Podcast: Sweet Green and Spicy Red…

PickupThai PodcastThis week Yuki and Miki from PickupThai Podcast are giving away 15 podcasts each of either Sweet Green (beginner to lower-intermediate) or Spicy Red (upper-intermediate to advanced). The four winners get to pick which one, so do please mention your level in the comments.

The 15 podcasts can be any 15 lessons from all of the presently released podcasts. The lessons normally cost $5.89 per podcast, but you can select 15 for free if you win!

Pickup Thai Podcast

Sweet Green and Spicy Red…

Being a huge fan, in the recent Review: PickupThai Podcast by Yuki and Miki, I covered both courses extensively. So instead of writing another review, here are the highlights in bullet format:

  • 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 30-40 minutes 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 for all of that extra stuff everyone likes to do.

To cover practical situations you’ll find in real life, PickupThai Podcast teaches real Thai from as many angles as possible. Here’s a few of the differences between Sweet Green (beginner to lower-intermediate) and Spicy Red (upper-intermediate to advanced):

  • The lessons in Spicy Red are conversation heavy, making them significantly more challenging than Sweet Green.
  • With Sweet Green, as each lesson progresses they get slightly more difficult. But with Spicy Red, lessons are about the same level of difficulty.
  • In Spicy Red, except for the vocabulary section that has English translations, the crutch of English in the audio files is noticeably absent.
  • Sweet Green focuses on daily life situations such as getting a taxi, buying food, eating out, making a phone call, going to the movies, and more. While the advanced Spicy Red course concentrates on the more complicated life situations you’ll find yourself in.
  • Also, while they both come in two parts, they take a different direction after the opening conversations. In Sweet Green there’s a question and answer section using the patterns taught in the first lessons. And in Spicy Red, to check understanding, questions are asked about the story.

To see for yourself, download these FREE lessons: Sweet Green 1: Man & Mandy, Sweet Green 11: I’m Busy, Spicy Red 1: Massage & Fish Spa, and Spicy Red 11: The Soulmate.

Trust me, you won’t regret it. Yuki and Miki have put together a wonderful resource for those of us learning Thai, and they aren’t done yet! Lessons are added all of the time.

Coming soon at PickupThai Podcast…

In the works is a new course that will be appropriate for absolute beginners to the Thai language. The goal is to have lessons that students with zero Thai knowledge can enjoy without getting overwhelmed.

Also on the way is an exciting new site design! I’m not using ‘exciting’ lightly as Yuki gave me a peek and it’s fabulous. There are free lessons such as ‘Stuff Textbooks Don’t Teach’, ‘Real-life Thai Conversations’, ‘Basic Vocab That You Should Know’, and ‘Practice Your Thai Listening’. One section I really love (on the original site as well) is Self-Study Guiding Services. In that section there’s ‘Ask Me Anytime” where you send in queries about expressions or words you’ve heard (a bargain at $1-$3 per question). Then there’s ‘Speak Like a Thai’ where they will analyse a 1-minute recording of you reading or talking in Thai, letting you know where you need to improve. In ‘Write Like a Thai’, you can send in your letters, emails, whatever, for them to correct and explain what’s wrong and/or unnatural sounding. The new site is chock-full of goodies, so to do it justice, it really needs a proper review. Stay tuned…

Here’s a bit about the sponsors…

WLTs Thai Language GiveawayYuki and Miki are a savvy team of Thai teachers with years of experience teaching Thai as a foreign language to non-Thais via Skype and one-on-one. Both are motivated to make a difference in the world of teaching Thai, and they have the products to prove it. Yuki and Miki are devoted to creating innovative materials that are fun; when using PickupThai Podcast, people sometimes forget that they are studying. The focus of the lessons is on teaching natural-sounding and practical colloquial Thai (not faranged Thai – the ban of my life).

To see what Yuki and Miki are up to, and read interesting stuff and trivial knowledge about the Thai language, follow their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Website: Yuki Tachaya
twitter: @PickupThai

Rules for WLTs Thai Language Giveaway…

The rules are extremely 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.
  • When you leave a comment, let us know if you are a beginner to lower-intermediate or upper-intermediate to advanced student of Thai.

I will not be responsible for choosing the winners (Yuki and Miki will do the honors) 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 have one of these courses please let us know in the comments so that we can adjust the prizes.

The draw will run from this moment until the 17th of June, 6am Thai time. After Yuki and Miki select the winners, I’ll make an announcement in the comments below as well as create a dedicated post.

Again, my thanks goes to Yuki and Miki for being a part of WLT’s seven year celebration!

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

The Language Lovers Contest…

Public voting in the Language Lovers Contest is now over. The Top 100 Language Learning Blogs section closed out at 14,287 votes and the Top 100 Language Facebook Pages section closed at 12,516 votes. Wow!

After deleting duplicate votes, from June 15th to June 17th the hardworking team at Lexiophiles and bab.la will rank entries. Public votes (that’s you) count for 50% and the Lexiophiles ranking criteria carries the final 50%. The winners will be announced on June 17th. My fingers are crossed!

EDIT: The winners have been announced. WLT placed 25th in the Top 100 Language Lovers and 7th in the Top 25 Language Learning Blogs.

To everyone who voted for WLT, thank you. It really does mean a lot to me. Seriously. But even though the Language Lovers Competition is winding down, to celebrate WLT turning seven years old there’s still FOUR more weeks of prizes to be given out. Good luck everyone!

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24 Comments

  1. I have tried the free lesson and like the way Yuki and Miki teaching words and phrases in context. I would love to win the PickupThai Podcast Sweet Green.

    Thanks
    Andreas

  2. Bernard Le Du

    June 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I had the opportinity to review some of the free lessons from Yuki and Miki. As well Sweet Green and Spicy Red ones. Spicy ones are definitly out of my reach today. Even Sweet Green ones are not so easy. In fact quite challenging ! What is like is that these lessons are not like as most other courses. They are common speaking language that I never had to learn before, and even perhaps too informal for an nearly old retired man, and it it is as so a bit disturbing for someone who is used to read more “classical” courses for farangs.
    What I used in the past, which is a bit similar, was the book “Practical Situational Thai”, but this one has no thai script (I still work time to time to “translate it” from transliteration to thai script, but it is a lot of work and I have no so much time), no grammar help neither explanation, and no audio files too.
    From that I know, Yuki and Miki lessons are a complete solution. It will be interesting to go deeper in their teaching work than I had opportunity to do until now. Will see… Anyway, thanks you to offer lessons in the Catherine’s 7 weeks Big Thai Language Giveaway.

  3. I’m moving to Bangkok next week and will soon be exploring many avenues to learning the Thai language. I listen to podcasts all day at work and I figure podcasts would be a great way to supplement my learning of the Thai language. My wife is Thai and I know speaking Thai is going to crucial in trying to develop any modicum of a social life and open the door professionally. I am primarily an audio learning and learning Thai is going to be my primary goal for this half of the year and beyond. Getting this resource would be a great asset. I’m all in!

  4. I have been learning languages for over 20 years and only European languages so far. I have been wanting to branch out into Asian languages for a while now and Thai really appeals to me. I tried the free lesson “Sweet Green” and I enjoyed it. It was very clear and the transcription makes it easy to follow. The 2 speeds were very useful and I liked the slow repetition of the vocabulary too. I am a total beginner :)

  5. I think the problem I have found with many courses/books is that they are built on canned phrases. Are you at a market? Go to this page and pick a phrase. Need to travel by taxi? Go to that page and pick a phrase.

    This method is OK for visitors and those who need a quick bunch of lines to use to get around. However, as a “permanent” resident, I’d like to have a course that starts with basics and builds on them to construct language that is usable in many different situations. That method of learning is a bit harder to find.

  6. 
Andreas, good luck! It’s a wonderful course (I’m loving it).

    Bernard, it doesn’t start off from the basic beginners level (not knowing anything) but Yuki and Miki are working on that course now. Regardless, everyone can get something out of both courses, no matter what level they are. Just my opinion … it’s because the learning style is sort of Pimsleur-like (I like). And I love how we can freely copy vocabulary and phrases to paste into whatever learning tools we use (Anki, BYKI, etc). Many courses restrict copying. 


    Jeremy, I lived in BKK for years and loved the excitement of the city. CM is cooler but not as hopping. Good luck on the competition!

    Maureen, as you know, Asian languages are night and day to European. But Thai is so fun to learn (and the Thai people are so warm and generous with students of Thai) that I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, especially if you take the time to learn how the write their beautiful script. And while you might be a total beginner to Thai, you already have language learning skills so it won’t be as much of a challenge for you.

    

TonyC, “many courses/books are built on canned phrases” I agree 100%. In Yuki and Miki’s course you will learn everyday Thai. Thai you will actually use in real life. Recently, more and more Thai teachers are going that route so it’s an exciting time to learn Thai. 




  7. Wonderful stuff !! thx :-)

  8. I am in :) The sweet green lessons look hard enough for me! I like the accompanying PDFs.

  9. It is always great when you bring things I have not come across in my Thai resources wandering to my attention Cat. This looks interesting. From the free examples there are bits on the first course that I would learn from but I think I am more of a Spicy Hot kinda man. ^_^

  10. The free lessons look quite interesting. It seems they can be a great help on learning by listening to thai. I’m still beginner level (sweet green)

  11. Oops! Spicey Red, that should have said.

  12. Karen Suvankham

    June 13, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Just looked at the Spicy Red sample on the YouTube page–love that fact that it’s a very natural conversation paired with the text to help fill in what my ear doesn’t catch! Listening is a challenge for me, so I’d love to learn this way :-)

  13. Happy Saturday everyone! Thank you for leaving comments (every comment goes into the pot). And Gordon, your “Spicy Hot kinda man” gave me the giggles. Ta :)

  14. I took lessons with Yuki for a few months and got more out it minute for minute than any other thing I’ve ever done. Great teacher and I’m sure the podcasts are gold.

  15. Keith McDaniel

    June 13, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I have just about all of their podcasts and am working my way through them. Such a great resource! Interesting stories, lots of wry humor, and a good value besides. I can’t say enough good things about them.

  16. I initially tried the free podcasts, and liked them so much I bought the 1st 20 of Sweet Green and Spicy Red less the free ones. What I like the most is the podcast has a theme and then the Repetition. Further at the end of the podcast she uses different words with some of the phrases used in the podcast. I have learned so much from the Series. Thanks for such a great learning opportunity.

    Khawp Kun Khrap

  17. Liam, thank you for letting us know about your experience with Yuki’s Thai lessons. Her reputation as a Thai teacher just keeps growing!

    Keith, I can’t say enough good things about the lessons as well. I’m not one who can learn just by rote (boring). PickupThai’s Pimsleur-like question/answer sessions are just what’s needed.

    Chuck, as Yuki and Miki are reading these comments they are sure to be chuffed about your comments (and others here as well :)

  18. I have a few of the lessons from Yuki and Miki and they are very creative. When I moved to Chiang Mai, the Thai woman whom I am sharing a house with was so disappointed when I returned from class at school and discovered that I wasn’t really learning any colloquial Thai. Later, I showed her the lessons from Yuki and Miki and we practiced them together. She was so excited that I was learning “real” Thai! I am temporarily in America taking care of my elderly mother. I so miss the everyday conversation of “real” Thai. I would LOVE to win this and continue to study these great lessons until I can return to Thailand. There is so much diversity in them and not something one can pick up from a textbook or formal schooling. Their commitment to teaching is awesome and I know there is a lot of time and thought put into every lesson. I jump back and forth between Green and Spicy – Spicy is a stretch for me but good.

  19. I would like to add that the real value to these podcasts are the everyday use the lessons provide. There not canned phrases but are more typical words and sentences that are used while interacting with the Thai people in restaurants, stores, while travelling, etc. The humor interjected in the lessons always gets me laughing but more importantly, helps me retain what I’ve learned. My weakest attribute while learning a language is my listening skills. The podcasts has improved my listening two-fold. Thanks again for all the hard work and effort you put into producing these lessons. I hope to someday move to Thailand and take private lessons.

  20. Sawatdeekha.

    I went through Sweet Green Pod. The syllabus are tough for first timer. Yaak maak kha! Abit like in a battlefield, what do you call that word in Thai? Sa naam rop. Yes. Sa naam rop. Unlike Thanwa, there is no bloodshed. But battle with Thai pronounciations and readings.

    However, since the pronounciations are being taught in the Ipod audio, I find it very helpful. I am able to replay the audio lesson as many times as I want till my mom asks me to stop! I just need to keep practicing writing with my paakaa. Lastly but not least, you might heard this ten thousand times, but the dialogues have lots of real-life examples, which make the whole learning process sa nuk sut sut!

  21. Mary, there’s a lot of text book Thai being taught here. It’s disappointing, to say the least. Getting a Thai teacher to sit down with you while you go through PickupThai’s lessons is a great idea! Or, you could even take Skype lessons with one of them.

    Chuck, I too love the humour in the lessons. On the first run through a lesson the humour sneaks up on me so I sometimes find myself laughing out loud.

    Lim, “heard this ten thousand times” yes indeed! These lessons are real-life examples. You don’t have to worry about unlearning some quirky, weird concoction of Thai :)

  22. I think it’s too late for the competition but Yuki and Miki really do a good job, I enjoy their Youtube and the first Sweet Green was very useful.

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