Ajarn Ken Learns Thai

I teach University graduates in Bangkok on how to become great cabin crew and Flight Attendants with the major airlines around the world. In addition to speaking English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, I decided to enroll into Thai classes and start learning Thai language. This is a blog and video diary of me learning Thai :)
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Lesson 4 - Occupation and where do you work I think the biggest thing about learning Thai is getting the structure correct. If you can get the structure correct then really it's just a matter of putting the vocabulary into the sentence. The vocabulary is the difficult part although I will say that - or a piece of advice - if not to learn too much vocabulary if you are not going to use it. It generally is just a waster of time.... anyway, here is today's lesson of Ajarn Ken learning Thai.

Lesson 4 - Occupation and where do you work I think the biggest thing about learning Thai is getting the structure correct. If you can get the structure correct then really it's just a matter of putting the vocabulary into the sentence. The vocabulary is the difficult part although I will say that - or a piece of advice - if not to learn too much vocabulary if you are not going to use it. It generally is just a waster of time.... anyway, here is today's lesson of Ajarn Ken learning Thai.

Lesson 2 - Greetings and introductions I think trying to get my head around the first lesson and the different tones etc is verrrry difficult - but having said that, in English, is is similar albeit not on the same level. I think that I am going to just continue and TRY to use the different tones but not place too much emphasis on it. This may sound wrong but I think that I want to know new words and increase vocabulary and maybe come back in a while and start using the tones.

Lesson 2 - Greetings and introductions I think trying to get my head around the first lesson and the different tones etc is verrrry difficult - but having said that, in English, is is similar albeit not on the same level. I think that I am going to just continue and TRY to use the different tones but not place too much emphasis on it. This may sound wrong but I think that I want to know new words and increase vocabulary and maybe come back in a while and start using the tones.

Lesson 1 - the beginning of learning Thai So, the first lesson for me as a Scotsman, a Farrang, learning to speak Thai. What and where to start? Well, a couple of things to understand about the Thai language. Firstly, the alphabet and sounds. The Thai alphabet has 44 consonants - unlike the English alphabet which has 21 - and 28 vowel forms made from 15 vowel symbols.

Lesson 1 - the beginning of learning Thai So, the first lesson for me as a Scotsman, a Farrang, learning to speak Thai. What and where to start? Well, a couple of things to understand about the Thai language. Firstly, the alphabet and sounds. The Thai alphabet has 44 consonants - unlike the English alphabet which has 21 - and 28 vowel forms made from 15 vowel symbols.

Ajarn Ken Learns Thai Reading 1 - The Thai Low Consonants - Visit the website - http://bit.ly/AjarnKenThai_reading1  Thai consonants are all pronounced with an "oo" sound. If you know English there are really two alphabets. There is the capital alphabet as I mentioned with the "ee" sound but also the lower alphabet with the "uh" sound.... ah, buh, suh, duh, eh, eff, guh, huh, ih etc. I remember learning that way back when I was at school in primary classes!!!

Ajarn Ken Learns Thai Reading 1 - The Thai Low Consonants - Visit the website - http://bit.ly/AjarnKenThai_reading1 Thai consonants are all pronounced with an "oo" sound. If you know English there are really two alphabets. There is the capital alphabet as I mentioned with the "ee" sound but also the lower alphabet with the "uh" sound.... ah, buh, suh, duh, eh, eff, guh, huh, ih etc. I remember learning that way back when I was at school in primary classes!!!

http://bit.ly/1CzCGeQ - Lesson 7 - Chai mai and static verbs. It's funny but every language has it's own particular qualities but there are certain things that are common among all languages. Asking a confirmation question for example. In English we would add isn't it at the end of a sentence to make it a question or to get confirmation of what we have just said. This is the same in Thai where we would add chai mai - yes no - at the end of a sentence to make it a confirmation question.

http://bit.ly/1CzCGeQ - Lesson 7 - Chai mai and static verbs. It's funny but every language has it's own particular qualities but there are certain things that are common among all languages. Asking a confirmation question for example. In English we would add isn't it at the end of a sentence to make it a question or to get confirmation of what we have just said. This is the same in Thai where we would add chai mai - yes no - at the end of a sentence to make it a confirmation question.

Lesson 6 - Website - http://bit.ly/YN14un Like anything in life, you mostly gain confidence by doing the little things first and getting used to and familiar with that. When I was learning Spanish, I would create small talk Spanish conversations in my mind as I was walking down the street. Things that perhaps I would probably use later  or would find useful late. I think that is the same in Thai and when I am learning Thai.

Lesson 6 - Website - http://bit.ly/YN14un Like anything in life, you mostly gain confidence by doing the little things first and getting used to and familiar with that. When I was learning Spanish, I would create small talk Spanish conversations in my mind as I was walking down the street. Things that perhaps I would probably use later or would find useful late. I think that is the same in Thai and when I am learning Thai.

Lesson - 5 I've been really lucky to have visited many many countries around the world. Every country I have been in, I have tried to learn at last a smattering of the local language. I remember being in Bulgaria and trying to read road signs just to get the words to come out. It's the same in Thai, I don't know all the letter sounds and normally I am wrong when I try and pronounce a word but I have noticed that I am getting a little better.

Lesson - 5 I've been really lucky to have visited many many countries around the world. Every country I have been in, I have tried to learn at last a smattering of the local language. I remember being in Bulgaria and trying to read road signs just to get the words to come out. It's the same in Thai, I don't know all the letter sounds and normally I am wrong when I try and pronounce a word but I have noticed that I am getting a little better.

Lesson 3 - Questions and Is it not Asking questions I guess is one of the most difficult things in a new language BUT - and it's a very BIG BUT - it is the cornerstone of helping you develop your language skills. If you are stuck for something to say, just ask a question!!! I've used this technique quite a lot in my life and most good sales people use this! Anyway, lets do a quick recap of some vocab we have learned so far - well in lesson two!

Lesson 3 - Questions and Is it not Asking questions I guess is one of the most difficult things in a new language BUT - and it's a very BIG BUT - it is the cornerstone of helping you develop your language skills. If you are stuck for something to say, just ask a question!!! I've used this technique quite a lot in my life and most good sales people use this! Anyway, lets do a quick recap of some vocab we have learned so far - well in lesson two!


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