Category Archives: French

How Real Does It Feel?

13 January 2015, TV 1045.7 = hours

AUA: advanced class = 1068 hours, total class time = 2006 hours

Years ago, as a college student, I took several semesters worth of French and then ended up spending close to a year in the country, getting to the point where I could understand, speak, and read the language to a decent level continued…



September 16 2013; AT5 = 1051 hours; total time = 1989 hours; TV = 355.3 hours

At some point after I started learning Thai I noticed that my ability to say things in French was taking a hit. Granted, my French is really rusty – it’s been over 20 years since I’ve used the language for anything more than light / brief conversation, and very infrequently at that. continued…

How I Finally Started Speaking Thai: No Magic Numbers, No Big Deal

14 September 2013; AT5 = 1051 hours; total time = 1989 hours; TV = 353.2 hours

Being able to speak seems to be a big deal for a lot of people. At AUA they basically tell you not to speak in Thai unless the words come to you naturally and automatically – which should happen roughly when you begin AT5 (the most advanced class). If you had started the program as a rank beginner in AT1, it would take about 800 hours to reach this point. continued…