Studying in the Car

Studying in the Car

Posted on 09. Feb, 2009 by in language, Thai Culture, Thailand

“Kau toad ka.  Kun kow jai pa sa ang grit mai ka?”

We actually know what this means now! (Excuse me.  Do you speak English?)

Jason found a Pimsleur cd set at the library and we’ve been listening to it in the car.  The way it teaches the language is entirely aural.  You hear a phrase, and repeat parts of it as instructed.  There is lots of repitition to make sure you get it.  It’s broken up into 30 minute lessons.  We’ve listened to lesson 1 three times now so that we can feel confident with it.  It doesn’t teach us how to read or write at all, but the basic phrases and grammatical structure will be very useful as we get started in Thailand.

“Dichun pen cone a-may-ri-can ka.”

(I am an American)

At the end of most phrases, there is a word that has no equivalent in English.  It is a word added simply for politeness.  It’s different for a woman than for a man.  A man says “krap” at the end of his sentence to be polite, while a woman says “ka.”  Also the words for “me” or “I” are different (“pom” for a man and “dichun” for a woman).  Unlike Spanish, the words don’t change for who you’re speaking to, rather it changes depending on who is speaking.

One lesson down, many more to go.

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2 Responses to “Studying in the Car”

  1. Kevin Twombly

    09. Feb, 2009

    Jason – we met at the bloggers meetup in Atlanta during Catalyst. I’m excited to hear that you and April are still working on getting to Thailand. Praying for you guys and looking forward to hearing good reports once you get there!

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  2. Brad Ruggles

    18. Feb, 2009

    I think it’s so funny that the guy ends his sentences with “krap” :-)

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