Category Archives: local dialect

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…

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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:

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The Last Couple Months: A Look Back

24 April 2014; AT5 = 1063 hours; total class time = 2001 hours; TV = 733.2 hours

The Numbers

During a 47-day period stretching from late February through early April, I logged 228.9 hours of unsubtitled Thai-language TV and movies – an average of 4.9 hours per day. continued…

Illiteracy Issues

7 December 2013; AT5 = 1063 hours; total class time = 2001 hours; TV = 467.5 hours

You’d think that being illiterate in a country’s language would present some major practical problems, like not being able to negotiate government forms, or menus or street signs. But the government forms I’ve encountered have all been bilingual English-Thai, and though it can be slow-going, my minimal reading skills are basically up to deciphering menus. As for street signs, if they’re all in Thai I can make out roughly what they sound like, though with Thai (mis)pronunciation, a miss is usually as good as a mile.

Not being able to read Thai, it’s little problems that crop up. continued…

Eat Thai Speak Thai

5 August 2013; AT5 = 1042 hours; total class time = 1980 hours; TV = 311.3 hours

Sometimes when I first meet someone, after about a minute or so of conversational back and forth (all in Thai) they’ll ask me if I speak Thai. I’m never really sure how to take this. After all, aren’t we already speaking in Thai? Continue reading

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

Incomprehensible

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