Dr. Roy Cane

The city of angels is a sprawling marvel of Thai culture and history, modern capital city, center of the government and the Thai monarchy. The Thai are remarkably friendly people, possibly the most open to foreigners of all Asians. This is the land of the BIG SMILE.  Access to this smorgasbord of experiences, you will remember for a lifetime,  is greatly enhanced if you can speak with the Thai in their own language. In Thai, pood phaasaa thai dai

For romance language speakers phaasaaThai offers a new linguistic challenge as it is a tone based language and tonal inflections are a major component of Thai grammar. Learning phaasaa Thai requires the student to develop their ear as well as learn a vocabulary, grammar and accent. This is best achieved in an immersion method of instruction, immersion in the sound and sights of the language and in the Thai culture. As many foreigners come to Thailand as adults, past educational experiences impact learning skills, speed and comfort. One can learn to speak only but you cut yourself off from the wealth of a new alphabet, from understanding your surroundings. Thus it is best to learn both speaking, reading and writing phaasaa Thai to maximize your experience in Thailand.

There are many language schools in Thailand and Bangkok, most are based on traditional class room concepts of language instruction that hold around the world. The rate of learning is defined by the slowest student in the group and most of the spoken Thai you will hear will be non Thai speakers, your fellow students.  A better approach is individualized instruction, one on one with a native Thai speaking trained language teacher. Add an authentic, restful Thai style building reflecting many aspects of Thai culture in art, religious icons, furniture and home fittings. I had the enormous good fortune to be referred to just such a school a couple of years ago, BAAN AKSORN. Located in the center of Bangkok’s trendy Sukhumvit Rd, close to the Skytrain and other public transportation it is a haven of peace and quiet, a place to meet gentle dedicated Thai teachers, a home away from home, a place to learn a new language and culture.

Your instruction is tailored to your specific needs and abilities, learning skills. My lessons with Khun Nussara have been the highlight of the week, my intellectual challenge, and the opportunity to make new friends. I have learned phaasaa Thai, R,R n speaking through a vale of humor, encouragement. Frankly one of, if not the most enjoyable intellectual activity since I entered the wasteland of retirement!   As an Emeritus Professor from academic medical practice, the basic materials were too simplistic to hold my attention. Khun Nussara in a stroke of pure genius, gave me the challenge I needed, my homework assignment from my second week of instruction was to write short stories of my own choice of topic in Thai phonetic. Thus, I was challenged and my innate drive kicked in to propel me to the top of this new hill. I spent a career climbing hills, this felt so right.

Welcome to the Baan Aksorn Community BlogSpace!

While traditional blogs elevate a single writer’s voice, the Baan Aksorn BlogSpace is meant to be a community area for all interested in learning the Thai language. We especially want to invite STUDENTS to write about their experiences, their frustrations, their victories and milestones in order to help other students to achieve their Thai language goals. Baan Aksorn instructors and staff as well as guest scholars and other Thai language aficionados will also be featured.

To be a guest blogger:

Simply read through the guidelines (downloadable in PDF on this page) and submit your contribution to your instructor or other Baan Aksorn Staff Member or email it to info@baanaksorn.com. All Guest Bloggers who are published will receive a 400 THB Gift Certificate, which can be used for the purchase of additional lessons, materials such as Thai language books, Thai language flash cards or Thai workbooks or can be fully transferred to a friend or colleague. Gift certificates are good for 6 months.

Want to share your thoughts but don’t know what to write about? We would love your contribution on any of the following recurring topics:

  • SAY SAWADII KHA! (SAY HELLO!) Help us see what it’s like to be new to the big mango and write about your first impressions, first misunderstandings and first adventures
  • GETTING THE MOST OF THAI LESSONS: Write about what has worked for you
  • HOW TO KEEP PROGRESSING EVEN WHEN YOU THINK YOU’RE HAVING A KUNDALINI AWAKENING: How to get through those rough periods when Thai is ringing in your brain and you still don’t know what it’s saying
  • EXPLORING A LANGUAGE LEARNING TECHNIQUE: from how to learn 10 words per day to how new research on language learning can be applied to the Thai language. Or even how you did with Skype lessons while on a business trip!
  • 555 SPOT: Share your sense of humor:
    • Mnemonics for remembering vocabulary
    • The new joke going around
    • A funny thing happened on the way up to the karaoke machine
  • POP THAI: spot an interesting new pop culture trend? Bemoan the increased cost of fake dental braces or your pictures of Thai police with Hello Kitty arm bands. Investigate the trend and report back to us!
  • SAY SAWADII KHA! (SAY GOODBYE!) Sadly most students are only in Thailand temporarily and they must leave to follow careers or new adventures. Before leaving, give us your exiting thoughts – it will help us all to live more appreciatively in this super-charged city. And please also share your favorite secret hideaways, most craved for eateries and whether your apartment is now up for rent.

All blog submissions may also be posted on other social media to encourage discussion.