Wednesday, November 08, 2006

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6 comments:

Peter said...

Quote from Scott Imig:
My Thai language practice consists almost entirely of listening to the news. I hear a little Thai at home, and, once or twice a day, I'll say a simple sentence, but neither of these can really be considered practice.


Same problem I face: How and where to get more language practice.

In Thai schools here in Bangkok -- except for the AUA method which Scott is following -- the emphasis is on speaking Thai. But the real problem is listening and understanding what Thais are saying. The conventional schools here don't offer much listening practice.

The problem is how to get directed practice in listening to Thai as it is spoken everyday in shops and restaurants and taxis. I live in Bangkok, so you would think it would be easy. But trying to learn Thai "on the street" is like trying to get one glass of water at Niagara Falls. It's overwhelming.

Listening to the news is useful, but that's formal speach, rather than normal day-to-day conversation.

The best source I've found is radio call-in talk shows. When I started listening, it was just a jumble of noise to my ears. No comprehension at all. Now, after two years of language study, I can easily pick out some common words and phrases.

In addition, the talk shows have a mix of men's and women's voices. It's easy to hear the difference in the way men speak Thai, compared to the women.

Talk shows have been a good source for listening practice. If I wanted to improve that method, I would record a segment and listen to it over and over, as Scott does with the news. Could do that with Audacity software and an mp3 file.

Thanks, Scott, for planting and fertilizing the topic of language practice on your blog.

Scott Imig said...

Radio call-in shows are a great idea, Peter. Many Thai radio stations are streamed over the internet. I might hunt around for one that has call-in shows.

Thanks for your ideas and for stopping by! Best of luck with your Thai study.

kikiat said...

You may listen to Thai radio on:

http://mog.software.free.fr/Thai/Radio.html <-- Thai Radio


Or watch Thai TV on:

http://mog.software.free.fr/Thai/TV.html <-- Thai TV

Really good for practicing your listening skills.

Thai Radio said...

You may listen to Thai radio on:

http://mog.software.free.fr/Thai/Radio.html <-- Thai Radio


Or watch Thai TV on:

http://mog.software.free.fr/Thai/TV.html <-- Thai TV

Really good for practicing your listening skills.

Ying Imig said...

Thanks! Kikiat for Mog software's website. Really good! Ying

Scott Imig said...

Hi, Kikiat,

Those links are great! Thank you.