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Sawasdee Pee Mai = Happy New Year 2021 สวัสดีปีใหม่ 2564
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone to say the least. It has been a pleasure to continue teaching my Thai language students in the New York City area. This year will be the 16th year of me teaching private Thai lessons.
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- Your purpose in learning Thai: work, family, or personal development.
- Time frame: travel plan in three months? crash course? a long term goal to reconnect with distant Thai relatives?
- Your previous experience in learning a foreign language.
These questions should help you think about your decision to start a Thai lesson. Thai is not an easy language to learn, but the goal to master the Thai language is attainable. I just want to make sure that you are committed to it.
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Thai Graffiti artist: Alex Face
Chinatown, New York City
I have been using the AUA Thai reading book to teach my students for over a decade because I like the way they break things down in the book. As a teacher of Thai to foreigners, the scaffolding in the book just makes sense to me. Now, the good news is AUA just posted videos of the reading exercises on their website here: AUA Thai reading videos. I came across this website as I was researching video resources for the book for my current Thai students.
It’s a good day indeed.
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If you have not watched this new Disney short film, this is a must-see. Of course, the Chip ‘n’ Dale song is such an earworm for Thais. This short film is already becoming popular in Thailand as it presents the country in a good light. I asked my Thai students to watch it without turning on CC this week. Perhaps you should try also.
Thai sentences from the short movie:
- ขอบคุณ/khob-khun/Thank you
- ข้าวผัด/khao-pad/fried rice
- ขอโทษ/Kaw-thod/I’m sorry.
- นี่ที่ของชั้น/tii-nii khong chan/This is my spot.
- มีปัญหาเหรอ/ mee pan-haa reu/ Do you have any problem? (Note: this is a Thai phrase that is used when someone wants to start a fight.)
- สวัสดี/ sa-wat-dee/ Hello
- ไม่เป็นไร /mai-pen-rai/ That’s alright. Never mind.