On this episode of the Bangkok Podcast we talk languages with Frank Smith. He speaks Thai, Khmer, and Lao, and teaches Khmer at UC Berkeley in California. Add to that a quick conversation on the pros and cons of raising a kid in Thailand, and we’ve got the makings of another great episode of the Bangkok Podcast.
To learn to speak Thai or not learn to speak Thai. That is the question. No, literally. It’s the question we’re asking each other on behalf of all people who come to live in Thailand. Not surprising, we have a difference of opinion.
So yeah, we’re the #1 travel podcast in Thailand. That’s kinda cool. But it’s not what we’re talking about today… (but thanks for subscribing!)
In our continuing Thai language series, we are pleased to welcome film and television actor, translator, and all-around nice guy Peter Tuinstra. Peter’s path to learning Thai was a bit different than most students as he studied under the watchful eye of the U.S. Air Force at the elite Defense Language Institute; 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 1 year.
Bangkok Podcast talks to Mod, who is a Thai language instructor. She who gives us some interesting insights into what problems we all have, how we sound to Thai ears, and how our native accents affect our speaking ability.
On this episode of Bangkok Podcast we talk to Brett Whiteside from the website Learn Thai From A White Guy. Brett is one of the few foreigners in Thailand who teach Thai and he talks to us about his road from wide-eyed tourist to competent speaker, translator, consultant and tutor is unique in that the only person he had help him was himself.
In our continuing Thai language series we are joined by Daniel Fraser – co-founder of Smiling Albino, film actor, television host, and of course, speaker of Thai. Dan gives us a very funny and insightful into how he learned Thai and how speaking Thai has helped him grow his business.
We’re joined once again by our Thai language Jedi Rikker Dockum as he talks about the particulars of the Thai language, how the human brain processes it, and some of the roadblocks that we encounter (or make) as we attempt to learn it. He also tells us how he keeps his Thai skills sharp, how age plays a role in learning language, and the value of making mistakes.
In our continuing Thai language series, we talk to ‘Thai Language Jedi’ Rikker Dockum about Thai phrases that have no direct translation into English. What exactly does ‘Mai Pen Rai’ mean, and why is more than just a phrase? How do you tell someone ‘Greng Jai’ without leading to a Marx Brothers-style contest on who wants to disturb the other person the least?
Adam Bradshaw joins us to talk about his Thai Youtube channel and how his Thai audience thought his voice was dubbed by a Thai speaker, the methods he used for learning Thai, and how he interviewed the Prime Minister of Thailand in Thai.
We are joined by Hamish Chalmers, who is a teacher at an international school, he has some unique insights into how students learn languages, what methodologies work best, and how teachers can shape their lessons to suit each students’ particular needs.