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A Note on Transliteration Sticky!

Posted by AjarnPasa on 10/10/2010 at 17:45

Transliteration (the process by which Thaiscript [ก ข ฃ] is converted intoRoman script [a b c] in the hope that the words can be easily and accuratelysaid) is a notoriously tricky beast. There are a number of different systems inwide use, from the official Royal Thai General System of Transcription, throughsystems developed for dictionaries and phrase books, to informal and highlypersonalised systems that people cobble together that suit them. None of them gets it quite righ ...

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Telling the Time in Thailand

Posted by AjarnPasa on 17/7/2010 at 12:13

When I first came to Thailand one of the many new things I had to get my head around was the way they tell the time here. Unlike ‘The West’, where the twenty-four hours of the day are conveniently divided into two equal halves of twelve hours called a.m. and p.m., the twenty-four hours of Thailand’s day are split into five nominal groups covering a variety of numbers of hours. That means five different ways of saying “o’clock” (and of course two extras for midday and midnight). ...

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online vocab games

Posted by theChosenOne on 26/3/2012 at 23:57

Does anyone know of any sites that use games to help build vocabulary? I think it is the easiest way to learn. I have been using vocards but have now finished the free lessons and do not want to pay for the subscription. Does anyone know of a free alternative? Thanks a lot. Kat ...

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Checking In and Checking Out Hotels

Posted by AjarnPasa on 13/8/2010 at 11:04

Perhaps the least likely place you’ll need to worry about your linguistic acrobatics is at the hotel. It’s pretty much guaranteed that the receptionist at the very least will have a great command of English. However, nothing’s for certain and it never hurts to have a few bits and pieces hidden up your sleeve, if only to impress. Indeed, the more intrepid you are the more likely you are to find places where a spattering of Thai is not only impressive, but down-right necessary. I can ...

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Learning Thai with Virtual Thai Keyboard Online

Posted by Nopadol on 16/5/2012 at 21:58

suggest this Thai Keyboard site and I use for a long time when I outside Thailand Easy to Use :) enjoy Thank you Source: http://www.thai-keyboard.com ...

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Words and Phrases for Cycling

Posted by Tilapia on 8/10/2010 at 23:23

Hi Ajarn Pasa, In December I'm going to be heading over there with my bike. This will be the second time. The first time went smoothly. Not once was I in a situation where I had to explain something to someone with the hopes of getting something on my bike fixed. If I had needed to, I'm sure I could have made myself understood, but I would like to be more prepared this time. Could you please give me some phrases and words for commonly used cycling terms? For example, when we say that the a ...

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Learn how to sing the Loy Krathong Song

Posted by AjarnPasa on 11/11/2010 at 08:31

If you happen to be travelling in Thailand during November then you should be lucky enough to take part in one of the country’s principal annual celebrations, Loy Krathong. This year it is on Sunday 21 November. A Krathong, or กระทง grà-tong, is an ornate arrangement of flowers, incense, candles and banana leaves. Each November full moon people flock to the river banks (or indeed any convenient body of water) to float [or loy ลอย] these k ...

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Funny, true, language story

Posted by MADMAC on 19/10/2010 at 17:48

I was getting a massage when this anglo guy came in. In Muk, most of the massage places are just rooms with mattresses on the floor - low tech, low cost options. I'm getting my massage and the guy who comes in is a tourist. Now God bless him, he's trying to learn the language. Kudos for that, as he's a transient and a lot of people don't think it's worth the trouble for a month or so. Anyway, the girl asks him, in broken English: "Do you like girl Thai?" He answers: "Pu Ying... Thai... Aro ...

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Goodbye Ruby Tuesday...Hello Purple Saturday

Posted by AjarnPasa on 26/9/2010 at 21:00

While forgetting what day it is might be the whole point of visitingThailand, and letting time slip and meld into one amorphous gently meandering inconsequencethat serves just to play host to one awesome experience after another is exactlyhow you planned it, it still doesn’t hurt to know the days of the week just incase. The Days Just like in much of the west (some of the English weekdaysand all of them in French), the days of the week are named after seven celestialbodies. They are: Ū ...

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It’s all about the getting there - travel and transport in Thailand

Posted by AjarnPasa on 27/6/2010 at 21:19

You can plan to go to all the fantastic and wonderful places you can dream of (or find in the pages of Travelfish) but without the language to get there you’re going to be a bit stuck – particularly if you want to go beyond tourist centres like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Samui and along lesser trod paths to enjoy the fabulousness of Thailand beyond the obvious. So, to help you along the way, we bring you a concise guide to transportation in the Land of Smiles. As long as you don’t min ...

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Small Talk

Posted by AjarnPasa on 6/9/2010 at 08:44

Small talk, love it or hate it it’s an essential part of meeting, conversing and getting to know people. And whether it’s a couple of weeks of seeing the Land of Smiles from the outside of a back-pack, or you’re digging-in for the long haul, you are absolutely going to get more out of your time in Thailand if you can strike up a round of deep-and-meaningless with the people you meet along the way. You intrepid Travelfish vagabonds will know that small talk varies from place to place, cu ...

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Thai Massage - more than just tongue twisting

Posted by AjarnPasa on 20/6/2010 at 21:53

No trip to Thailand would be complete without a traditional Thai massage. The history books will tell you all about Rama III confirming Wat Po as a centre for medical education. The learning materials are there: carved plaques on the walls, anatomical maps of mystical chi lines and pressure points in the cloisters, and quirky little statues of contorted yogis scattered around the garden. Since its inception it has been the mothership, sending out masseuses and masseurs to populate massage s ...

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Shopping - Thai Style

Posted by AjarnPasa on 11/6/2010 at 07:53

Whether it’s taking advantage of a good exchange rate to stock up on Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Hermès at Bangkok’s chic-er than chic, air-con palaces of consumerism, or hunting for their bargain-basement identical twins in the sweaty faker markets of Pat Pong or Khao San, shopping is an inescapable element to any trip to Thailand’s capital. So, if you’re going to get the best for your baht you’re going to need know what you’re talking about. First thing to remember is that if you ...

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At the Restaurant - Ordering

Posted by AjarnPasa on 2/6/2010 at 23:15

So you’ve managed to direct your taxi to the funky little eatery you read about in Travelfish and now you’re ready to fill the table with culinary awesomeness. So, let’s look at some of the basics of ordering. The first thing to be aware of is that all nouns in Thai are treated as ‘uncountable’ and therefore all nouns need classifiers with which to count them. That sounds really TEFL, so here’s an example to try and clarify. In English a ‘countable’ noun is something like ...

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Taxi Thai Plus

Posted by AjarnPasa on 26/5/2010 at 20:01

Welcome to Learning Thai with Travelfish and TweetYourselfThai. And welcome to our first lesson. This is absolutely essential if you plan spending any time in Thailand, and you want to put to good use all that fabulous insider knowledge you've been soaking up like a sponge from Travelfish in preparation for your visit. If it isn’t on the Sky Train or MRT route then your as likely as not navigating your way round Bangkok in a Taxi or a tuk-tuk. While your driver might know where th ...

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Welcome to Learn Thai on Travelfish

Posted by somtam2000 on 26/5/2010 at 13:54

There's nothing worse than getting an egg every time you order a chicken, so to help you sort out your chooks and eggs (in Thai of course) we're delighted to announce the arrival of AjarnPasa who'll be bringing a short Thai lesson to Travelfish on a regular basis. They'll be focusing on a level slightly above counting from 1 to 10 and a little below discussing the finer details of Thai politics (which, as you've probably noticed, native speakers struggle to do ;-). As an added bonus we'll ...

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