Tag Archives: differences between Thai and English

ต เต่า กับ ร เรือ

27 July 2015, TV = 1172.6 hours

AUA: total class time = 2189 hours; taking reading/writing level 2

advanced class = 1202 hours; reading/writing classes = 49 hours

หยุดตรวจ Thai sign by thaiwithoutstudy.wordpress.com continued…

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Stay Foreign Or Go Native?

7 May 2014, TV = 772.5 hours

Toward the end of my recent post on inadvertently obscene mispronunciation, I noted that Thai syllables cannot end in the S sound, and that native Thai speakers find this “terminal S” difficult or impossible to pronounce – unless, of course, they’ve learned English (or, presumably, any foreign language which can end a syllable in S).

And then yesterday I was watching episode 18 of วุ่นนักรักเต็มบ้าน woon nak rak tem ban (AKA Full House) and came across this scene:

Uh-oh…video clip no longer available, see note in the update below.

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So, What Language Are We Speaking?

22 January 2014; AT5 = 1063 hours; total class time = 2001 hours; TV = 483.6 hours

Like a lot of simple transactions, it was almost wordless – and could, in fact, have been conducted entirely without spoken language. continued…

Knowing a Language: How Well Do You Know Your Native Language?

2 August 2013; AT5 = 1042 hours; total time = 1980 hours; TV = 294.7 hours

An aspect of Thai that seems to get a lot of attention – at least from English speakers – is the tones. Continue reading