700-Year Northern City of Chiang Mai

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How to learn a language efficiently!

Posted May 20, 2014 by banpasa
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If you’re a first-time language learner, you know that emotional ups and downs come with the territory. When you understand a concept or begin to comprehend the language, you may experience feelings of exhilaration. However, these are often followed by moments of frustration and discouragement, during which you might feel as if you will never master the concepts and attain the ability to understand and communicate effectively. Below are some time-tested, research-verified approaches that will help mitigate potential frustration and will increase your ability to succeed in language learning.

1. Set realistic expectations

It is natural to feel uncomfortable in a language class. You’re used to being in classes where the mode of communication — the language of instruction — is a given.

In a language course, however, it is the mode of communication itself that is the focus of instruction. For this reason, a language course is different than most other courses you will ever take. Not understanding and making mistakes — things that are negative learning indicators in other courses — are a very natural part of the language learning process. Accept the fact that you will not understand everything. In fact, at the very beginning, you will not understand much at all.

Remember that during the initial period of adaptation your ear and your mind are adjusting to the sounds and the rhythm of the language. Though you will not understand all of what is being said, you will be amazed at your increasing ability to make sense of the language. Remember that the only way to learn the language is through practice, practice, and more practice; in the course of practicing you will make many errors … and you will learn from them.

2. Break study time into smaller chunks

Research shows that language students learn more effectively and retain more when they study frequently and for shorter periods of time than if they study infrequently for extended periods of time. Try to study each day, and whenever possible, several times a day. This means, for instance, doing a few homework exercises each day rather than doing all homework assignments the night before they are due.

In addition, there are many otherwise mentally “idle” moments during the day when you can work in some studying. For example, you can review vocabulary while eating breakfast, recite the alphabet while showering, count your steps as you walk between classes, name as many object as you can in the target language on your to way school, take your vocabulary flash cards with you on a road trip.

There are many moments during the day when you can squeeze in a few minutes of practice time. Through the repetition of material, it will be come increasingly familiar, until it eventually becomes an automatic part of your language repertoire.

3. Learn vocabulary effectively

Vocabulary is the most essential element of communication. The more words you know, the more you can say and understand.

The absolute best way to learn vocabulary is through the use of flash cards that you make yourself. Purchase a set of 3 x 5 index cards and cut them in half. (This makes them small enough to carry everywhere.) Write a vocabulary word on the front and its English definition on the back. As you learn more information about each word (e.g. plural forms of nouns, principle parts of verbs), you can add these to the cards.

There are many ways you can use flash cards as a learning tool. To help you learn and remember noun genders, for example, you can color code the nouns by gender, either by using colored cards or colored ink. When studying, organize words in meaningful groups (e.g., by noun gender, in thematic categories, regular verbs vs. irregular verbs). Shuffle the cards or groups, so that you use the stack(s) in a different order each time. Use the cards in both directions: first look at the foreign language words and try to recall the English definition. Then shuffle and look at the English definitions and attempt to remember the foreign language words. Flash cards offer many possibilities. Take advantage!

All the best,
Kru Simon

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สวัสดีครับ นักเรียนและผู้สนใจทุกท่าน

วันนี้ ผมต้องการเขียนบางอย่างเป็นภาษาไทยสำหรับบล๊อคบ้าง บล๊อคนี้ได้สร้างขึ้นตั้งแต่ปี 2011 ซึ่งมีข้อความที่โพสท์เฉพาะการแนะนำวิธีการเรียน แหล่งที่จะฝึกภาษาไทยเท่านั้น ผมรู้สึกมีความผูกพันกันการสอนมาก ผมได้สอนภาษาไทยมาเป็นเวลา 21 ปีแล้ว ก็ไม่เคยรู้สึกเบื่อเลย ยิ่งสอนก็ยิ่งมีความตื่นเต้นด้วยความกระตือรือร้น การสอนเป็นวิทยาการที่ท้าทายในการแก้ไขปัญหาต่างๆที่เกิดขึ้น พร้อมๆกันกับพัฒนาแนวการสอนให้เป็นที่เข้าใจได้ง่ายยิ่งๆขึ้นสำหรับผู้เรียนชาวต่างชาติ 

 

จากการที่ได้รับประสบการณ์ในการสอนมา ผมใคร่อยากจะชี้แนะสำหรับผู้เรียนใหม่ ให้จำคำศัพท์ให้มากๆ ขณะเดียวกันก็ฝึกใช้ประโยคง่ายๆและสั้นๆสำหรับการสนทนา เมื่อนักเรียนรู้คำศัพท์มากเท่าใด ก็ยิ่งเป็นผลดีสำหรับนักเรียนมากขึ้นเท่านั้น การเรียนระดับชั้นพื้นฐาน จำเป็นต้องฝึกคำศัพท์หรือวลีที่ใช้สำหรับชีวิตประจำวันเท่านั้น โดยมีวิธีในการฝึกดังนี้ คือ สร้างบทสนทนาตามสถานะการณ์ที่เราต้องการและสนใจก่อนเป็นอันดับแรก ฝึกถาม และ ฝึกตอบ ด้วยตัวเองให้ได้วันละ 1 บทสนทนา ภายใน 1 เดือน ผู้เรียนจะพัฒนามาก ซึ่งก็เพียงพอที่จะก้าวไปสู่การอ่านในระดับชั้นกลางต่อไป

แนวการเรียนระดับชั้นกลาง 

นักเรียนต้องจัดหาครูผู้สอนสำหรับตนเอง เพราะจะพบกับปัญหามากมายที่จะเข้าใจความหมายของคำใหม่ๆและคำเหมือน ผมไม่แนะนำให้ใช้หนังสือตำราเรียนใดๆ แต่ระดับชั้นนี้จำเป็นต้องใช้เนี้อหาของข่าวประจำวันเป็นสื่อในการเรียน เพราะตามเนื้อหาของข่าวยังคงอ้างอิงถึงชีวิตประจำวัน ถึงสิ่งเหตุการณ์ต่างๆที่เกิดขึ้นรายวัน ทั้งนี้ ผู้เรียนจะไม่รู้สึกเบื่อการเรียน และยังนำเนื้อหาของข่าวไปเล่าสู่ให้ผู้อื่นฟังได้อีกด้วย นั่นก็ยิ่งจะทำให้จดจำคำศัพท์ได้มากมาย เมื่อผู้เรียนศึกษาเป็นเวลาประมาณ 2 ปีโดยมีการควบคุมโดยครู นักเรียนจะสามารถให้คำปรึกษา สนทนา และถ่ายทอดความรู้ของตัวนักเรียนเองได้  (โปรดติดตามต่อไป…)

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Format of My Thai Lessons

Posted December 31, 2012 by banpasa
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BEGINNING LEVEL I

  1. Self-introduction and basic information question words
    • Basic Thai grammar, basic question words.
  2. Small talk and basic yes – no question words
    • Basic yes – no question words.
    • Asking about daily life, preferences, hobbies, interests.
  3. Polite requests
    • How to make various kinds of polite requests.
    • Practice organizing different polite requests to respond them correctly.
  4. Numbers and the counting system
    • Numbers and counting system in Thai
    • How to ask for the time and how to tell the time in Thai.
  5. Time words and clock
    • About the Thai clock and general time words.
    • How to ask for the time and how to tell the time in Thai.
  6. Foundation of Thai reading and writing
    • Introduction to Thai consonants and vowels.
    • Understanding the combination of consonants and vowels.

BEGINNING LEVEL II

  1. Talking about the family
    • Question words denoting if the actions have been done already.
    • The term for members of the family.
  2. Asking for directions
    • How to ask for and give direction.
    • Many useful phrases, expressions concerning directions.
  3. Telephone
    • The basic structure of a telephone conversation.
    • How to ask for a specific person, conversation phrases
    • How to leave and take messages and other telephone mannerisms.
  4. Restaurant
    • How to order food in a restaurant.
    • How to count various kind of food.
  5. Daily routines
    • This lesson emphasizes on verbs used in different areas of everyday life, for example, the verbs used when doing housework, the verbs used in an office, some specific phrases to mention how to go to somewhere, etc.
  6. Systematic Thai
    • Study the rules of reading connected to the tone of Thai words.
    • Use the Thai reading system to correct and improve pronunciation.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL I

  1. Shopping
    • This lesson, with several new and useful words, will help you interact more comfortably while shopping and bargaining. The cultural background of Thai bargaining is also included.
  2. Clothing
    • You will learn the names of clothing items. Thai customs regarding the appropriation dress code will also be taught.
    • In addition, some modifiers used for describing dress are included.
  3. Housing (renting houses / apartment)
    • Short and concise expressions to use in renting or talking about details of an apartment or house will be emphasized.
  4. Health and drug store
    • In this lesson we will deal with health problems. You will be learning the terms used in describing illness and how to buy medicine and talk to a doctor.
  5. Recreation
    • In this lesson you will learn how to talk about things to do for enjoyment, such as, going to the cinema, playing sports and travelling around Thailand. The dialogues also include different ways to express ideas, opinions and criticism.
  6. Giving opinion
    • Necessary patterns related to giving opinions will be provided.
    • Students will start to practice listening and talking about opinions.
  7. Basic reading comprehension
    • Start to practice reading Thai newspaper and magazines.
    • Many words and expressions used in this field are practically provided.

INTERMEDIAT LEVEL II

  1. Slang and idioms
    • The lesson will make it much easier for you to understand daily Thai conversation in which so many slang and idioms are frequently used.
  2. Business Thai
    • The lesson provides different business topics according to the student’s interest, for example, finance, banking, employment, etc.
  3. Thai for tourists
    • The lesson covers all important topics for a foreign tourist.
  4. Thai cooking
    • This lesson gives introductions on cooking and how to cook individual Thai dishes. It includes various terms for materials and methods of Thai cooking.
  5. Thai cooking
    • This lesson gives introductions on cooking and how to cook individual Thai dishes. It includes various terms for materials and methods of Thai cooking.
  6. Thai for golf
    • This optional course is available to any student who prefers to communicate in Thai with caddies and other Thai players in different situations on the golf course.
  7. Thai reading
    • You will read different types of documents, such as columns in newspapers, articles from magazines, advertisements and different kinds of letters.
  8. Thai writing
    • You will learn and practice writing essays, different kinds of letters, and records of events.

ADVANCED LEVEL I

  1. Different group of vocabulary
    • Student will intensively study all important and necessary vocabulary used in Grade 6 level.
  2. Grammars and patterns
    • This part will provide a student essential grammars and patterns used to compose essays and advanced conversation.
  3. Advanced conversation
    • The course provides various topics and patterns for discussion and opinion expression.
    • The lesson will explain important and interesting aspects of Thai culture and various traditions.
  4. Thai reading
    • You will read more advanced documents, such as columns in newspapers, articles from magazines, advertisements and different kinds of letters.
  5. Thai writing
    • You will learn and practice writing more advanced essays, different kinds of letters, records of events, dictation and speech, including translation practice on different kinds of documents, both from Thai into English and from English into Thai.

ADVANCED LEVEL II

  1. Advanced conversation
    • Students will practice having conversations on different topics for deeper discussion and opinion expression.
  2. Special words and phrases
    • The lesson will provide special words and phrases used in specific ways such as exclamations, complicated conjunctions and prepositions, royal words, and complicated slang and idioms.
  3. Thai history and culture
    • Learning language and culture are parallel. As you learn Thai culture, the logic of Thai language will become more apparent.
    • The lesson will explain important Thai history and interesting Thai tradition.
  4. Examples of Thai literature
    • Students will have a chance to experience some parts of well-known Thai literature, which generated many Thai proverbs and idioms. Thai lesson will give students insight of Thai culture, society and values especially in the past.
  5. Thai reading
    • You will read complicated papers such as agreements, contracts, laws, etc.
  6. Thai writing
    • You will learn and practice writing complicated documents such as drafting an agreements, contracts, or any documents related to business.

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Interview With Kru Simon

Posted July 20, 2012 by banpasa
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Interview With Kru Simon (Sommorn Kumfoopen)

How many years have you been teaching?

Kru: Since 1981 as an English teacher and since 1987, I started to teach Thai.

Why did you chose teaching as a profession?

Kru: Educating people is the greatest way making my mind peaceful and I have been so proud of my successful learners. I chose teaching from more than 10 jobs I did in the past and I ran my own businesses before, most of them about negotiation and they consumed a lot more energy and nerve.

What are your work experiences and education?

Kru: Bachelor’s Degree in the field of mass communication from Ramkhamhaeng University, Bkk. graduated in 1985.

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What would you say is your style of teaching?

Kru: Friendly, negotiable and flexible with my primary style of clearness in pronunciation.

What teaching methods do you use?

Kru: Depending upon the need of students. Mainly, natural methods are preferable. I use flash cards, textbooks, and natural communication with my students to aid in his/her learning Thai. I like to mix things up and make it as fun as possible for my students.

Where do lessons take place?

Kru: At the student’s home, one to one as private lessons or a few students can be formed up a class.

What are your costs?

Kru: The cost for Thai lessons are in varieties of the distance and the number of the hours picked up each day with the same number throughout each course, a private student who studies one hour a day on Mon – Fri is 300 Bht ($9 US) /hr. A private student who studies one hour a day for for 2 – 3 days a week is 350 Bht ($10.50 US)/hr. 50 ($1.50 US) Baht off will be offered to the student who takes 2 hours a day for each hour.

Payments are done weekly. This charge needs to be paid on Monday for the whole week in advance. No compensation for the absence of the student. The extra charge according to the distance to students’ places will be applied.

A package of 20, 30 and 50 hours of Thai lessons will less the teaching charge respectively.

Baoy’s Thoughts on Kru Simon

I bought 25 hours of private lessons with Kru Simon. 4 sessions a week with each sessions being 2 hours long. I definitely recommend Kru Simon if you are looking to learn Thai. For private lessons, you can’t beat his prices. It’s even better than the prices for many group sessions offered elsewhere. Kru Simon is also very flexible with dates and time, and very understanding if you need to reschedule. What’s nice of him is that he doesn’t charge for traveling to your location (unless you are really out of his way). His teaching program will be adapted to your personal needs and preferences.

He’s constantly looking for new ways to keep the lessons interesting and exciting. Flash cards, direct conversation in Thai, story writing, and story translating are just some of the methods he uses.

After completing 25 hours of lessons (and just as much time spent doing homework), I am already able to converse with local Thais in Thai!

I recently purchased an additional 30 hours for SKYPE lessons for when I get back to Toronto!

Contact Kru Simon

Phone:  083-480-5254

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Email: smkumfoopen@gmail.com
Skype: simonk.chiangmai

How to learn Thai successfully

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