Category Archives: lakorn

ทองเนื้อเก้า (thong neua kao) OST

15 August 2015. TV = 1188.4 hours. AUA: reading/writing classes = 60 hours, advanced class = 1203 hours, total class time = 2201 hours; currently at reading/writing level 2.

OST from the 2013 ทองเนื้อเก้า (thong neua kao), which I’m currently rewatching:

The lakorn itself is far from typical, and well worth watching.


Recent Fare

3 May 2015, TV = 1163.5 hours

AUA: advanced class = 1150 hours, total class time = 2088 hours

Despite the last couple posts (here and here), I really haven’t been into watching lakorn that much this year. In late January I’d started watching ลายมนุษย์ (lai manut), which I would consider to be a well-made but glacially-paced family/corporate drama about incredibly nice, meek people and the corporate/social-ladder climbing sociopaths who they let stomp all over them continued…

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). continued…

มณีสวาท (Manee Sawat) The Third Time Around

22 April 2015, TV = 1141.3 hours

AUA: advanced class = 1145 hours, total class time = 2083 hours

Yesterday I finished my third go-around with มณีสวาท (manee sawat). The first lakorn I’d ever watched, I rewatched it back in November. Fittingly, it is a tale of cyclicity and recurrence.


ร่ายริษยา Rai Risaya

7 February 2015, TV = 1075.7 hours

AUA: advanced class = 1069 hours, total class time = 2007 hours

Scene from early on in ร่ายริษยา (rai risaya), as the story — along with the protagonists’ romance —  is just getting started; a scene I had wanted to come back to because it’s got a lot of vocab that flies right over my head:

ร่ายริษยา (rai risaya) is a fun little Thai TV channel 3 lakorn from 2007 which starts off as an island resort romance, morphs into the story of a young couple who are the subject of multiple machinations designed to tear them apart, and then becomes a tale of attempted murder and revenge. continued…

A Thai Keyboard And A Half A Song

16 January 2015, TV 1048.1 = hours

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

I’ve really liked its theme song ever since I saw 1999’s เจ้าสาวปริศนา (jaosao prisana) last year, but the only copy of it I’ve been able to find is this low-fi fragment played over the show’s opening credits:


Acquiring New Words

10 January 2015, TV 1042.6 = hours

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

In my experience with learning a language on its own terms, from the inside — in other words, not going through other languages (i.e., not getting translations or explanations in English1), and a lot of the time not even asking what words mean, but just letting their sounds and meanings crystallize in my consciousness of their own accord — I think the acquisition process happens largely on its own timetable. The points at which I’ll start noticing a word, at which the sounds of the word become clear enough to discern, or when the meaning or use of the word comes into focus, don’t seem to be things I can predict or control, though I believe that continually getting more input is what keeps the process going forward. continued…