6 November 2013; AT5 = 1059 hours; total class time = 1997 hours; TV = 398.7 hours
I got back to Thailand from my U.S. trip about 10 days ago. Before I left for the States, I had gotten the occasional comment about how my Thai would decline if I were away for awhile; having returned, I would now say that that’s not been the case – at least with regard to understanding spoken Thai.continued…
12 September 2013; AT5 = 1051 hours; total time = 1989 hours; TV = 352.2 hours
I’m on my first visit home since going to Thailand two and a quarter years ago. I arrived here in the far southeastern corner of the U.S. about 10 days ago, and there really isn’t any Thai herecontinued…
7 January 2013; AT5 = 764 hours; total time = 1702 hours; TV = 294 min
Today I’ll return to school having had a three week break while AUA was closed for Christmas and new year’s, during which I took a week-long trip through central Thailand. In my travels I got into several fairly long, involved conversations in Thai. As usual, my listening and speaking abilities varied quite a bit. Continue reading →
21 October 2012; AT5 = 577 hours; total time = 1510 hours
I resumed classes the other day after my longest break yet from school: three weeks of only 15 hours a week (instead of my usual 30 or more) followed by four weeks off. I did this because I wanted a change of pace, a break from the routine of school, and to give my brain a rest from Thai.
5 May 2012; AT5 = 168 hours; total time = 1091 hours
AT5 has proven tougher than I initially thought. When I wrote the march 2012 entry, I had only just started AT5; as I noted, it didn’t seem like that big of a leap from AT3. But as I put in more hours I felt like it was actually getting harder to understand what was going on in class. Continue reading →
I typically go to class for six hours a day, five or six days a week. About every two months or so I take a break from AUA for a couple weeks.
I started classes at AUA upon my arrival in Thailand in June 2011, beginning with AT 1. It’s now March 2012 and I have logged about 950 hours in all at AUA, and have recently moved up to AT 5 (at which level I’ve done 28 hours so far).
My memory of my first days of AT 1 is of often not understanding, or only dimly understanding, what was going on in class. Continue reading →