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Woeful Transliteration #2: A Tale Of Two Poos

5 August 2014, TV = 840.5 hours


[Note: I’ve  added strikethrough corrections and comments in square brackets to address a mistake I’d made, see footnote 2 below for the full explanation].

Well, I don’t think this is civet coffee (which anyway I’ve no desire to try).

From my perspective as an English-speaker, however,  there’s even worse: continued…

Breakfast At Woody’s

12 May 2014, TV = 775.4 hours

Guest Pat (third from the right, and seated next to Woody) discusses her book.


ตื่นมาคุย deun ma kwee is a morning talk show with topics like celebrity news and interviews, human interest stories, diet and exercise, and lots and lots of “marketable stuff” continued…

How I Finally Started Speaking Thai: No Magic Numbers, No Big Deal

14 September 2013; AT5 = 1051 hours; total time = 1989 hours; TV = 353.2 hours

Being able to speak seems to be a big deal for a lot of people. At AUA they basically tell you not to speak in Thai unless the words come to you naturally and automatically – which should happen roughly when you begin AT5 (the most advanced class). If you had started the program as a rank beginner in AT1, it would take about 800 hours to reach this point. 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