21 September 2014, TV = 847.7 hours
My last post featured some short videos which review the Thai alphabet1 at a fairly brisk clip. But there exist other videos which take a more leisurely, discursive approach to the material. These talky videos take the mnemonic devices associated with each of the letters – person, animal, plant or object – as topics for exploration.
Here’s a fairly short video which, after giving the letters a quick musical going-over, loops back to briefly talk about each one:
But it’s the handtoy series of videos which really takes its time going over the 44 พยัญชนะไทย and their associated emblems, sometimes going off on all kinds of tangents.
Here’s the first in the six part series:
It’s kind of hard to compare the level of language used in these videos to that of classes at AUA. On the one hand, the subject matter is for the most part the concrete, the tangible: people, animals, objects, plants, all of which are shown visually; in that respect, it’s like a beginner’s level class (AT1 or AT2). But the language used is, going by my memory, faster and more complex than any beginner’s class at AUA. Still, this is pretty easy Thai (for me) – I probably get most (though definitely not all!) of the words, and always understand what’s being talked about.
It does go to show how sophisticated the language abilities of the average three to five year old are… 🙂 I guess I still have catching-up to do!
Anyway, here are links to all the handtoy episodes:
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1. Or, more specifically, the พยัญชนะไทย; see the last post for details.