Daniel Fraser: Thai Language Series 12 – Bangkok Podcast (1.54)

In our continuing Thai language series we are joined by Dan Fraser – co-founder of Smiling Albino, film actor, television host, and of course, speaker of Thai. Dan gives us a very funny and insightful overview of the Thai language – how he learned it, how it’s helped him, and the nuances and cultural queues that it takes its structure from. Dan tells us a few of his interesting stories about how Thai has both confounded and blessed him – from talking about unique architectural history, to muddling through 2 years of Thai with a fellow who (as it turns out) knew English, to talking about the monarchy for his television show using the nuanced and very sensitive dialect reserved for the royal family.

Greg and Tony also go off on a tangent about good western movies, and recap the great time they had at their one-year anniversary party at Q Bar.

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Thanks to one of our listeners for sending in this handy Thai consonant chart that Dan mentioned in the show. Click to enlarge.
Bangkok Podcast Thai Consonant Classes

BK Magazine Bangkok Podcast

kylie minogue bangkok podcast Kylie Minogue Aphrodite Tour
Kylie Minogue stops by Bangkok with her new album Aphrodite and the chart topping single “All the Lovers” as part of her world tour. June 25, 2011 8:00 pm. Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani 02-833-4455 ฿2000 – ฿6000

pantomime bangkok podcast Pantomime
For the 12th year, the silent stage show returns featuring mime groups such as Guri Guri Girls from Japan and Metroccolis from Germany. Jun 30 ~ July 3 7:30pm. Centerpoint Playhouse, 8/F, Rama 1 Rd. ฿700 – ฿1400

macbeth bangkok podcast Macbeth
Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Arts does William Shakespeare’s Macbeth for the 40th anniversary of the Dramatic Arts Department. Extra shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Jun 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 7:30pm. Chulalongkorn University, 254 Phaya Thai Rd., Call 089-149-1340 for more info ฿800

For information on these events and more pick up a copy of BK Magazine


  1. Glen May 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Wow! That was a great episode… I really enjoyed it!

  2. Rachel May 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t found you before now. What a great idea. I’m going to set a goal of listening to every one of your podcasts over the next couple of weeks as there looks like there’s some excellent information here.

    • Greg May 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Rachel, thanks, glad you like it! Let us know if you get sick of our voices, and we’ll do a few shows with a helium tank nearby. 🙂

  3. Ning May 24, 2011 at 5:55 am - Reply

    Sorry I missed the party. Loved the podcast!

  4. Gary May 25, 2011 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Happy late 1 year anniversary!! Thank you. I’ve really enjoyed the show. Its just keeps getting better and better. Keep up the good work guys!!

  5. Sue May 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Love it! And waiting for your helium tank voice:)

  6. kat June 5, 2011 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    I’m in love with you Daniel Fasser

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