Tag Archives: Thai PBS

Ordinary Lives: เด็กชายในเงา dek chai nai ngao

12 August 2014, TV = 843.5 hours

Pan and Wow at home, from เด็กชายในเงา dek chai nai ngao, a 2014 Thai PBS lakorn.

Pan and Wow at home, from เด็กชายในเงา dek chai nai ngao, a 2014 Thai PBS lakorn.

เด็กชายในเงา dek chai nai ngao is one of a few lakorn I’ve seen that I’ve come to think of as “unconventional” or “atypical” in their willingness to break with the formulae and conventions that practically define lakorn as a genre.1 continued…

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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…