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Speak Thai in 10 Days


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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  095
DATE:  November 03, 2002
TIP:  Speak Thai in 10 Days
LOCATION:  Bangkok Thailand

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SPEAK THAI IN 10 DAYS
How to be conversational in Thai?

NEEDED
1. Dictionary.
Must be Thai to English and English to Thai
Both.
Cannot be the English to Thai only type.

2. 10 THAI PEOPLE.
They need to speak a little English.
You must avoid the Thai people that like
to make jokes all the time at your expense.
It needs to be people that want to help.
I think about 1 in 10 of the people that speak
a little English in Thailand are qualified.
These 10 people will be your teachers.
You can wonder around back and forth
between teachers. Your Thai will be more
diverse, and you will learn the words of the
trade of the person you are talking.
For example: If you wanted to learn words
about fishing. Go and talk with fisherman.
If you want to learn about cooking, this is
real easy. Talk to the cook in the restaurant.

IS THE PERSON THE CORRECT TEACHER?
This is easy to find out. If you ask them how
to pronounce a word in Thai and you do not
instantly learn. You got the smart AT#$ type of
Thai person. Avoid them.

NOTE:
One girlfriend or boyfriend could replace
all the 10 people.
a.k.a. Sleeping Dictionary.

3. GO TO ISOLATED VILLAGE
This is really easy. Just pick out a place
on the map. Make sure it is a real hassle
to get there. If they are selling tickets on
every corner than that is not the correct place.
You need the place no one want to
go to, or visit.

One simple way to do this.
Get on a bus or train.
When you go by a friendly looking village
or small city. Get off the bus or train.
You are there.

GETTING STARTED
1. Walk around the village.
Try to find small restaurants where
the locals hang out. Not bars.
Drinking and talking do not mix.
Although a lot of people think they talk
a language real good when drunk..

Stop and get a Coke or coffee.
Go to the same restaurant 3 times
a day until they know you.

2. SPEAK ENGLISH TO EVERYONE.
This is how you will find your 10 people.
The ones that answer back in English
are maybe one of your 10 people or teachers.

3. CARRY YOUR DICTIONARY 24/7
24 Hours a day, 7 days a week.
You must have your dictionary on you all the
time. A fanny bag is good to carry a book.
When an opportunity to learn to pronounce
a word. You need to be ready.

THE BASICS TOOLS

1 VERBAL DICTIONARY
Learn the phrase
“Nee Arai pah sah Thai”
This is a rough way to say.

What is this in Thai?

Now practice.
Point at an object.
Say,
“Nee Arai, pah sah Thai.”
IF you are doing it correctly.
They should say the word in Thai.
Repeat it to them.
A GREAT teacher will keep saying it.
until you say it correctly.
Most will not. They will just stop.
Find the people that will keep repeating
it so you can learn. These are your teachers.

2. DICTIONARY
When you have problems.
Take out the dictionary.
Look it up in English. Point at the word
and say.
“Poot pah sah Thai”
Say it in Thai.

3 MUSCLE MEMORY
Like a good golf swing, or a
good football kick. You need to repeat
the motions until your muscles remember
the actions. So your brain is the muscle.
Repeat the word about 10 time
really quick, and make sure the person
hears it so they correct you.

Do not expect the Thai people to be patient
with you. I think the country of Thailand
has major problems with patience.
They may actually scream at you if you
ask too many time. Avoid these people.

THE BASIC LANGUAGE

1. VERBS DO NOT CHANGE
When you learn a lot of languages the
verb is going to change.
I eat.
I ate.
I have eaten.

In Thai
It is more or less always
I eat.
OR
Pohm Geen.
There is NO verb conjugation.
It seems to be always the same.
This make life very easy.

2. YOU AND I
You is Koon
I is Pohm for a man,
and ( ? ) for a girl.
The words like they, them, and all of
you are really not needed. Much over
rated. The word “We” is a little needed, but in reality.
If a group or “We” takes off to do something
all you the people understand it is “We”

3. 10 STARTER VERBS
Eat: Gene
Sleep: Lahp
Talk: Poot
Go: Bie
Want:
Walk: Dohne
Buy: Sue
Look: Doo
Have: Mee
Live: Ban Pak

4 YES AND NO
Yes is DEE MA
No is MY DEE

Literally it means or translated.
DEE MA is very good.
MY DEE is not good.
The word for yes is “Chy” but
they almost never use it.
Getting a commitment in this
country is a lesson in
“Double Negatives.”
or what are
“Acts of God”

5. FORGET THE PREPOSITIONS.
In English we use the words like
“In”
“Around”
“With”
The Thai language is hard.
We would say.
“I will go with you.”
They say,
“I go”
In the Thai language.
Pohm Bie
The and it, and all that is used differently
and is real not conversational Thai, and
more on to the level of proper Thai.

6 GUYS AND GIRLS
There are some gender related issue.
The one to learn is.
For the word “I” a man would use.
“Pohm”
For a girl the word is
? Good question. I am stumped.
Not really important for me.

7. CONSTRUCT A SENTENCE

FOR MEN
I (Verb)
Pohm Geen: I eat.
Pohm Lahp : I sleep

FOR WOMEN
?

8. MEMORIZE WORDS
To learn Spanish you would need to memorize
about 2000 words or variants of word, and
the grammar will kill you.
To be conversational
In the Thai language it is about 500.

Memorization is a strange thing.
I use the rote method.
I write, say, listen to the word 20 times.
I write the word on paper 20 times
while saying the word outloud.
I get all my senses involved.
Association is the best though.

For those of you that really want to learn.
Here is a list of 50 ways to learn
a language.


9. HANG AROUND
Now what you do is go
hang around in restaurants and drink
coffee, or coke, and learn your Thai.

10: WRITE IT DOWN
Any new word is part of your vocabulary.
You must carry a pad and paper
and write down all the new words.
Write it the way you can remember.
Do whatever you need to do.

So in the end.
What you do is.
Hang around in restaurants.
Drinking coffee or a Coke.
Looking at your dictionary and writing
down words.

There are always people that wish to
learn English. So they can learn English
from you and you can learn Thai.

Trust me though. You will learn Thai
faster than they learn will learn English.

In final. If you ignore all the other things
I say. Remember my
“Verbal Dictionary.”
You will always have a dictionary with
you in any country you enter if you
first and always learn the words.

“What is this called in your language?”
Thai: Nee Arai?
Spanish: Como se dice?
English: What do you call this?

NOTE:
There are lots of men that go to
Thailand to find a wife. If this is you,
do NOT learn the Thai language.
Find a woman that wants to learn your language.

But...... a few words of Thai language will help
you open some doors, and find a
nicer type or quality of woman.

10 DAYS.,
50 WORDS PER DAY
You are conversational.

I am on the 50 day program.. hehehe

Sorry about all the mistakes.
But that will make you learn Thai also.
Figuring out the good and bad of the words.
Pronunciation is a point of view.
I can write it lots of ways.
You have to write it how it sounds best for YOU.

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