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Take a break and improve your Thai

In traditional language programs it’s common to forget.  In fact if you wait long enough, you may forget everything you studied.  Many years ago, one of our students had ‘studied’ (I never like using the word study in relation to our program because it doesn’t represent what we do...

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A map of the #redshirts zones http://bit

A map of the #redshirts zones http://bit.ly/buTlVu

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Advice for learning Spanish…

Thank you Kevin, for your question: “What advice could you give me regarding my incorrect approach to learning Spanish by talking from the very first day, and not receiving correct input. I also translated word for word and still have a lot of problems having to think about almost...

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KhaoMunGai and using Thai (sometimes language just gets in the way)

The other day I walked into a KhaoMunGai Shop. (KhaoMunGai is one of the best chicken dishes imaginable!) I was quite hungry, so I walked in and ordered (in Thai) 1 plate of KhaoMunGai Special. Now my Thai is at least understandable, and after over 20 years in “The...

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Language Study – It just doesn’t make any sense! (Part 2)

All over the world, young children move to foreign countries and through play and exposure, become native in that new language.  At the same time, their parents spend time and money in language schools and with the exception of the first few months, never rise to the ability of...

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Sprints and Marathons

I’m getting older. Some say I’m already old. Today is my 50th birthday. I don’t feel old. But to think about going back to say, 30 and live the past 20 years again is not something I’d like to do either. So perhaps that means I am old. I...

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Weight gain and language acquisition

Language acquisition is a natural growth process.  Sometimes, people worry about their progress or apparent lack of progress.  “Am I progressing like I need to be?” is a common question.  Often, especially in intermediate levels, students say, “I felt like I was progressing but now I’ve hit a plateau. ...

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How much do you want to borrow?

Why should I wait to try speaking? Why not learn to read and write from the start? Surely if I was to learn a few vocabulary words it would help me advance more quickly. These are all commonly expressed ideas – and with anything so complex as learning a...

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The Thailand you have always known.

We’ve all just lived through a very difficult and for many, unbelievable climax to a very prolonged demonstration by the redshirts. Many have died. Buildings have been burnt down and billions of Baht worth of property destroyed. I expect that many of you are feeling uneasy about what this...

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The AUA Thai Language Program is now being operated online by ALG. Go to ALG Thai Online for more information.