sidsanuk Posted February 3, 2009 Report Share Posted February 3, 2009 OK. In the years I have been with my 'Princess', what Thai I did know seems to have gone downhill fast. Simple reason being we live in Sydney and my other half speaks great English. My incentive to learn, a few years back, was becuase I was seeking a Thai wife! Why not have my wife teach me you shout. Over my dead body. I tried teaching her to drive, and we almost ended up divorced. In the end I paid for about 3,500 hours of professional driving lessons, but it was worth it to keep us sane. Her teaching me Thai would be the same! I have tried formal classes in Sydney. They were crap. The lessons were more of a rambling chit chat than anything else. We learnt nothing. What I am really after, is someone like my 'original' Thai teacher here in Sydney. This requires a short story to make my point. When I first starting travelling to Thailand on business, like most guys I was 1000% into it. I loved the place, the culture, and the girls ... I just had to start learning some Thai to make my time in LOS more fun. But I couldn't find classes or teachers anywhere here in Sydney. Initially I made do with books and tapes. In desperation I asked the manager at my local Thai restaurant if he had any staff who might want to earn some pocket money teaching me Thai. 2 days later I got a call from Khun 'May'. We arranged for her to come to my house for 2 hours every Sunday. She was an absolute star. Not bad looking either. She was studying for a Masters degree in Sydney, so her English was very good. She had never taught anything before but was a natural at it. Each week she arrived with new materials she had photo copied and prepared. Each 'lesson' was structured, and each week she gave me homework and told what lesson we would have next week. Each lesson was in 2 parts. For the first hour I was not allowed to speak English. She would ask me questions and correct my answers/pronunciation. I would have to describe my house, my family, my work etc. The second hour was spent on vocabulary, the alphabet and so on. One lesson might be parts of the body, another office equipment and terms, another types of job etc. I probably only had about 10-15 lessons but my progress was amazing. She was a real task master and would not let me get away with anything and would make me repeat stuff over and over till I got it right. Sadly she returned to LOS years ago, so I really need another Khun 'May'. My incentive now is a bit different. Eventually we'll retire in LOS, so language skills are a high priority. But now I also have an extended Thai family, many of whom speak no English. So I realy need to make more of an effort to communicate with them. Any help anyone can provide in finding me a new 'teacher' in Sydney would be most appreciated. Not really interested in classes. 1 on 1 is far more effective/productive. But it needs to be someone who will undertake it seriously and professionally, not just someones wife wanting to earn some pocket money. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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