Category Archives: provinces

A Radio Day

22 July 2014, TV = 832.3 hours

Radio station in the city of Khon Kaen, one of the major cities in Isaan.

Radio station in the city of Khon Kaen, one of the major cities in Isaan (from a previous trip of mine, not the one described in this post).

I just didn’t feel like reading. Instead, I stared out the windows as the bus made its way along the winding mountainous roads of western Loei. Even after we had descended to lower ground in Petchabun, mountain chains off in the distance to the east and west paralleled our route continued…

Isaan Idyll

7 July 2014, TV = 829.0 hours

A while back when my internet connection was down, I finally got around to watching ครูบ้านนอก (kru bannok), which I had had lying around on VCD for a number of months. continued…

Southern Accent

4 May 2014, TV = 761.4 hours

Possible example of Thai being spoken with a southern accent in this video clip taken from episode 7 of แผนร้ายพ่ายรัก pan rai pai ruk, a lakorn set largely in the province of Phatthalung:


Up North

26 July 2013; AT5 = 1040 hours; total time = 1978 hours; TV = 269.6 hours

I recently came back from a week and a half away, mostly in the province of Phrae in northern Thailand, but also with some time in Phitsanulok (central Thailand) and a quick visa run to Vientiane in Laos. Compared to the trip I made back in December it feels like my ability to make my way in Thai has grown. Continue reading


2 July 2013; AT5 = 1036 hours; total time = 1974 hours; TV = 260.1 hours

Some Thai situations are just really difficult to understand, to the point where I get little if anything. Continue reading

Ratchaburi Continued: “Standard” Thai vs. Passa Chow Ban + What Do Words Refer to, Anyway? (6 June 2013)

6 June 2013; AT5 = 1032 hours; total time = 1970 hours; TV = 160.7 hours

In English I sometimes say that I’m studying Thai, but it would actually be more accurate to add qualifiers and say that I’m studying “standard Thai”, or “official Thai”, or “the national dialect of the Thai language”, or something to that effect. Continue reading

Travel, TV and Movies (7 Jan 2013)

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

Break from School + Escape from Bangkok (21 Oct 2012)

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.

I didn’t really get away from using Thai, though Continue reading