Contact

Please be informed that my new office is located on 2nd floor of Fitness Thailand building, Rm.#208.

Feel free to call any time : 083-480-5254

My Best Contact for your time reservation: banpasathai@gmail.com

Sommorn “Simon” Kumfoopen

The private classes are paid upfront in 20 hour blocks costing 300 Baht per hour.This works out at 6,000 Baht.

Extra charge of 100 Baht applied for each travel for outside lessons.

How to learn a language efficiently!


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

อ่านภาษาไทย


Read and Write Thai in Short Time

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…)

Interview With Kru Simon


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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.

Thai for Beginners in Chiang Mai

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

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

The private classes are paid upfront in 20 hour blocks costing 300 Baht per hour.This works out at 6,000 Baht.

Extra charge of 100 Baht applied for each travel for outside lessons.

Are you looking for an intensive Thai course in Chiang Mai?


Learn Thai with the best teacher

Frustrated with trying to learn a tonal language?

Tired of being ripped off when you try to negotiate?

Upset that you just can’t seem to pick up Thai,

No matter how long you’ve been here?

TIME TO MAKE A CHANGE.

Cheers!

Sommorn “Simon” Kumfoopen

Phone # 083-4805254

My best contact: banpasathai@gmail.com

The private classes are paid upfront in 20 hour blocks costing 300 Baht per hour.This works out at 6,000 Baht.

Extra charge of 100 Baht applied for each travel for outside lessons.

Top 5 Thai Courses in Chiang Mai


Chiang Mai Thai Courses

There are literally dozens of Thai courses and schools available in Chiang Mai to choose from. Finding the right one can be tough, but a few are consistently recommended by friends of mine here in Chiang Mai that have spent some time on the Thai language learning scene.

Below you’ll find my pics for the top 5 Thai courses in Chiang Mai. My students have studied at all 5 of these places, and with several other smaller schools and private tutors that didn’t make the cut. These seem to be not only my picks but the picks of my students as well.

So, without further ado… ( In no particular order)

My Picks for the Top 5 Thai Courses in Chiang Mai:

#5- A.U.A Language Center
Address:
73 Ratchadamnern Road
Prasing, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
ph: +66 053 278407

Thai Courses Offered:
Thai 1, Thai 2, Thai 3, Small Talk, Basic Reading and Writing, Advanced Reading and Writing

Course Fees: 4200 Baht per course

Placement Tests / Interview: Yes (150 Baht)

Class Times:
10:00am – 12:00pm (or) 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Monday – Friday

Private Lessons: Yes (350 Baht / hr)

The good:These guys are a time tested option for ex-pats who live in Chiang Mai and want to study Thai. A lot of people have studied here and have good things to say about them. I found the classes to be good, but a bit slow.

The bad and the Ugly : They don’t offer student visas, even for long term students and the teachers also ignore the text and “teach from the hip”.

#4- YMCA Language Center
Address:
73 Ratchadamnern Road
Prasing, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
ph: +66 053 278407

Thai Courses Offered:
Thai 1, Thai 2, Thai 3, Small Talk, Basic Reading and Writing, Advanced Reading and Writing

Course Fees: 4200 Baht per course

Placement Tests / Interview: Yes (150 Baht)

Class Times:
10:00am – 12:00pm (or) 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Monday – Friday

Private Lessons: Yes (450 Baht / hr)

The good These guys are a time tested option for ex-pats who live in Chiang Mai and want to study Thai. A lot of people have studied here and have good things to say about them. I found the classes to be good, but a bit slow.

The bad and the Ugly They don’t offer student visas, even for long term students and the teachers also ignore the text and “teach from the hip”.

#3- Chiang Mai University
Address:
239 Huay Kaew Road
Muang District, Chiang Mai
Thailand, 50200

Thai Courses Offered:

One Year Thai Language and Culture Course, Speak Thai in 15 Days Introduction Course, Thai 1, Thai 2, Thai 3

Course Fees: 5,000 per unit, or 30,000 for the One Year Program

Placement Tests / Interview: Yes

Class Times:
Vary by class / instructor availability

Private Lessons: No

The good : Chiang Mai Unversity is regarded as Northern Thailand’s number one school, and with good reason. The language institute has a good reputation for their 45 hour Thai 1 course, when it is available.

The bad and the Ugly : The 30 hour course is basically a paid educational visa program. You pay 30,000 baht, you study 4 hours a week, and you get a 1 year visa from the Thai government. The Thai 1 class is good, but often doesn’t open because of lack of students. They won’t open a class if they don’t have at least 6-8 students. The Thai 2 course rarely (if ever) has enough students, and Thai 3 has not ever opened (yet) that I am aware of. Hopefully once word spreads of their Thai programs, this will change as the Thai 1 class has gotten good reviews.

#2- Banpasa Thai Language Institute
Address:

Room #208, 2nd Floor of ICON-SQUARE Computer Chiangmai (Fitness Thailand Building)
130 Manee Nopparat Road,

Muang Chiangmai,

Chiangmai 50000

Thailand.
Map of the location: HERE
Phone # 083-4805254

My Best Contact for your time reservation: banpasathai@gmail.com

Thai Courses Offered:
Intensive Beginner – Advanced, Private Tuition

Course Fees: 300 baht / hr

The private classes are paid upfront in 20 hour blocks costing 300 Baht per hour.This works out at 6,000 Baht.

Extra charge of 100 Baht applied for each travel for outside lessons.

Placement Tests / Interview: Yes

Class Times:
Available from 8:30am – 9:00 PM

Private Lessons: Yes

The good : Of course, I have plenty of good things to say about our program, and I can confidently place us in the top 5 on this list. Granted I’m a bit biased, but we do offer private lessons from yours truly, in your home for as little as 300 baht per hour. At that price we are competitive with the other big universities and you will get more personal attention.

The bad and the Ugly :There is something to be said for studying in a class with other people. You make friends, you meet people with similar interests and you can measure your progress against your classmates. So unless you can find a study partner, it will just be you and me. Also, if you don’t have a place for us to meet, you will have to come to our school in San Kampaeng, which is about a 25 minute drive from downtown depending on traffic.

#1- Payap University
Address:
Super highway, Chiang Mai – Lamphun Rd
Chiang Mai
Thailand, 50200

Thai Courses Offered:
Intensive Thai 1-8

Course Fees:7500 Baht per course

Placement Tests / Interview: Yes

Class Times:
9:00 – 12:00 or 1:00 – 4:00

Private Lessons: No

The good : Probably one of the best, and most intensive Classroom options in Chaing Mai. The instructors are top notch, and a few are authors of popular Thai study books here in Thailand. Some teachers do “teach from the hip”, but the classes are small and these teachers know what they are doing.

The bad and the Ugly : By far the most expensive option in Chiang Mai. If you want a student visa, be ready to cough up an extra 4500 baht and 2 months tuition up front (you will need to do this every 3 months). Like CMU, there are also problems with the availability of classes after Thai 2 or 3. Thai 4 and above rarely opens as there are rarely enough students to fill classes. Because they have a large International College however, you can expect each level to open at least once a year. Try to contact someone in admissions to find out the bests time to start a “cycle” so that you can go through the classes with the students in the Thai language major.

The Best information about Thai language Courses!

Well, there you have it, my top 5 picks for Thai Schools in Chiang Mai. These are the big 5, and I’m happy to slot myself in there on that list. If you’d like to talk to some of my current or former students (many who have tried a lot of the schools in the area), give me a call, and I will gladly put you in touch with them!

Let me know if there is anything else you would like to know about Thai Courses in Chaing Mai!!

All the best,

-Kru Simon

Phone # 083-4805254

My Best Contact for your time reservation: banpasathai@gmail.com
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Update
Dear interested students,

Thank for visiting this blog.

My teaching format for the beginning level is concerning about conversational communication for 20 hours and then moving forward to learning Thai script that will take another block of time, The lessons focus on daily usage. However, all lessons are based on students requirement.

The private classes are paid upfront in 20 hour blocks costing 300 Baht per hour.This works out at 6,000 Baht for a block which is competitive with other private tutors.

Do you mind coming to my teaching place? I would like to invite you to my office, direction link provided below,

The classroom is in “ICON Square” right next to the north side of Chiang Mai’s famous moat. This is centrally located and every songtaew and tuk-tuk driver knows the name ICON so transport there and back is very convenient. Coming from everywhere in the city where your stay is might take about 10-20 minutes.

Within reason class times can be arranged around your schedule, So let’s share an idea of your exact dates and preferred times the easier it will be for me to fit you in around my other students.

Google search: icon square Chiangmai
Link of location map: Here
Hope to see you very soon.
You may call me any time for reservation: 083-4805254
All the best,
Kru Simon