Thursday, 22 August 2013

News Headlines from Sanook

I'm going to try something different today. I've taken a screen shot of the Thai news website, Sanook. It's a great place to practice your Thai as you're sure to find something that interests you. As well as current events, they've also got stories about sports, health, fashion, celebrities and much more. The headlines are short for those who want quick Thai practice and you can always go and click the links to get the full story if you want something deeper.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Thai Oil Drilling Petition

Today's post isn't so much a lesson as a call for help. I received the following email in Thai yesterday about PTT's plans to conduct further drilling close to the island of Samui in the future. I thought I'd translate it for you so you could join in on the petition and hopefully give this group the chance to preserve the Gulf of Thailand in the future. Read on and click the links I've provided if possible. Thanks.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Some Thai Language Temple Signs

If you're living in Thailand, chances are that you'll visit a temple or two throughout the year. While there, you'll notice plenty of Thai language signs for you to practise with. To help you out, I'll go through three that I saw at Don Muang Temple. First, we'll look at the red sign above. Since it's written in the standard Thai font already, I'll just skip straight to the new vocabulary.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Unusual Job Poster in Bangkok

As we've seen before, some Thais still prefer more traditional methods of recruitment. While walking around my neighbourhood the other day, I saw this unusual job poster and thought I'd share it with you. We'll go over the translation too, hopefully allowing you to pick up some new words in the process.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Koala March Shake Lesson

A recent trend in the Thai community is to take a box of Koala March biscuits (as pictured above) and shake them until they've all been mixed together. Typically, these little biscuits are koala-shaped but after the vigorous shaking, they take on a slightly different form. Let's watch a video in Thai of someone who's done this to two flavours of Koala March. Listen closely and see how much you can pick up on the first few viewings.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Union Mall Restaurant Notice

One of my favourite restaurants in Union Mall, รวยแซ่บ (Ruuay Saaep), recently stuck these signs to all of their tables. Since it's a short notice, I thought it'd make for another good lesson for this blog. Hopefully, this will teach you some extra words and sentence structures along the way. As well as this, I really recommend that you check this restaurant out. If you're at Pahonyothin MRT station, visit Union Mall and prepare to pamper your tastebuds.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Cute Condo Sign

I noticed this sign stuck up on the bulletin boards in my condo's lifts. Although, it's only a short sentence, I still felt it was cute and creative enough to share with my readers.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Thai Language Reading Test

As you know, sometimes the Thai language's missing vowels can make reading quite difficult. This fact isn't forgotten on the Thais themselves, some of whom have created some incredibly confusing reading tests for native speakers. The above is just one example of this and, as you can see, it consists of very few written vowels.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

MRTA Notice, Part 2

In our last lesson, we looked at a notice placed by the MRTA in the motorcycle parking lot at Ladprao Station. Because of its size though, I decided to leave it until now to examine the two smaller signs that were posted alongside the larger notice. For your education and information, I've written the second half of the lesson below!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

MRTA Notice, Part 1


For today's lesson, I'm going to look at a sign I spotted in the motorcycle parking area at Ladprao MRT station. Since this is a relatively large block of text, I'll first translate each sentence including the transliterated words for your information.