20 March 2015, TV = 1111.2 hours
AUA: advanced class = 1107 hours, total class time = 2045 hours
A semi-wasted morning and early afternoon as I realize that my prospective language partner isn’t going to work out. When we’d met by chance a few weeks ago he’d expressed both a desire to work on his English and a willingness to help me with my Thai. Now that we’ve finally gotten together for what I thought would be a language learning session, he repeatedly tries to get me to agree to a trip to the provinces to check out a business project of his, and doesn’t show much interest in language matters other than asking me for English translations of various random Thai words that pop up in our conversation.
I politely beg off a number of times, giving him actual reasons why this job wouldn’t work for me; finally, I pretty much tell him straight out that I’m not interested. Back in his office after a tour of the campus where he works and numerous introductions to colleagues (both unrelated to his provincial venture), the subject of reading Thai comes up and I explain how I’m currently trying to learn to read and that one of my methods uses listening to Thai audio recordings. To this end I play for him a snippet of a home-made recording of a friend of mine reading from a book. He doesn’t volunteer to help out and I decide that it’s not worth asking, so I finish my iced coffee and head out the building and back to the streets of Bangkok.
Not a total waste as most of the conversation was in Thai, but not at all what I was looking for. Well, I also got to see a part of Bangkok that I’d never before been to.
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The day is hot and back in my apartment I turn on the AC and listen to some of Aesop’s fables in Thai, and watch some clips on youtube — a talk show, a science documentary, a tutoring video aimed at high school students.
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Anyway, here’s a song I like that I discovered a few weeks ago: ตัวปลอม by ไฮดรา