AUA: advanced class = 1118 hours, total class time = 2056 hours
I went to the Bangkok Book Fair early this afternoon thinking I’d just check it out and maybe pick up a couple books; I left several hours later with a dozen new volumes in Thai (all children’s books). Oh well.
Just one small sliver of the 2015 Bangkok Book Fair
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…