AUA – Day 3

On the 3rd day we learned new adjective words, and ask questions using : máy? like in sà-baay dii máy kh?. It seems our teacher forgot to check our homework, but I think it’s okay, because practicing the 5 tones is something that we will use a long the way.

Our teacher bring some pictures of famous people (actor / actress, singer or politician). Then she starts with question to check whether we know that person or not. After that, she asked whether that person is beautiful or handsome, tall, short, rich, poor, generous or friendly. And if we don’t know we can say : I don’t know or just say what we think.

For example I will use name James Bond, you can change the name with other names and even name of places

Q : Khun rúu càk James Bond máy kh? (Do you know James Bond?)
A1 : ♀/ ♂ rúu càk James Bond kh (I know James Bond)
A2 : ♀/ ♂ mây rúu càk James Bond kh (I don’t know James Bond) Continue reading

AUA – Day 2

Our lesson on the 2nd day started by practice greetings and question and answers using “?à-rai”. After that, we learned about the basic things we should know for the rest of the term.

We learned about:

The teacher explained how to produce each sound. The explanation is similar to the sites that I link above. I’ll write a few notes from my class: Continue reading

AUA – Day 1

My new term learning Thai at AUA started on Thursday, 27th September 2007. We learned basic conversation. Not many new words I learned on the first day.

The teacher starts to explain some Thai words by saying the words and doing some act without explaining the meaning in English. She repeated the acts several times, so that each of us can understand what she did (we are not asked to guess, only to observe). After that, we start learning basic phrases and how to pronounce them correctly.

Thai language is a tonal language. Different tones makes different meaning, that is why we have to pronounce everything correctly. Thai language has it’s own characters (script), but since I only take speaking class, we don’t use the Thai characters. We learned Thai language using transliteration with special tones mark.

On the first day we learned about :

  • Pronoun : I ( for man ♂ “phŏm” ผม , for woman ♀ “dì chán/ chán” ดิฉัน), He/she – “kháo” เขา, they – “pûak kháo” พวก-เขา, us – “pûak rao” พวกเรา
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