More Difficult?

24 April 2015, TV = 1145.7 hours

AUA: advanced class = 1147 hours, total class time = 2085 hours

The thing that strikes me about สามีตีตรา (samee tee tra) — I’m watching last year’s version, though what I had really wanted was to rewatch the 2001 version, but that, unfortunately, has been taken down — is how much “harder” it is than มณีสวาท (manee sawat).

The overall gist of the series is easy enough to follow — and I haven’t noticed any major changes over the 2001 version — but at the level of the details, of exactly what’s being said, a fair amount drops out.

There just seem to be a lot of words that I don’t get.

7 thoughts on “More Difficult?

    1. adamf2011 Post author

      Is this a question about AUA Chamchuri’s Thai language program? If so:

      There are no credit hours so far as I know — AUA is not a university — but there is an estimate of how many hours a typical western student will need to spend at a given level of Thai before their comprehension has risen to the point where they can “move up” to the next level class in the program; for example, the first (beginner’s) level — what they used to call AT1 — should take 200 hours to complete.

      The actual number of hours that a student will need to be at a given level may be different than the estimate. The following should decrease the number of hours that need to be spent in the class: coming from (or perhaps being quite familiar with) a culture similar to Thai culture; getting comprehensible input outside the classroom (i.e., from family, friends, colleagues, etc.); speaking a language related to standard Thai (ex: Lao).

      For more details, you can check out this post.

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  2. adamf2011 Post author

    “The program at AUA is broken down into four different classes. AT 1 (the introductory class) is expected to take about 200 hours to complete, as is AT 2. AT 3-4 (usually just called AT 3) is expected to take about 400 hours to complete, while the most advanced class, AT 5, is expected to take about 1200 hours to complete.” — from this post.

    The teachers make the assessment.

    “Do some people fail to learn the language?” — I don’t know. My feeling is that anyone who goes to AUA, puts in the time, pays attention, and follows their groundrules (i.e., don’t study! etc.), is going to end up being able to understand the spoken Thai used in the classroom. I feel that there is a gap between the Thai that you get even in the most advanced class, and what you’ll encounter outside the classroom. But getting to the point where you can understand what’s going on in class — especially in the more advanced classes — gives you a foot in the door to the wider world of outside-the-classroom Thai.


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