I had a couple of days last week where it felt as if my brain was rebelling against learning Thai. I expected there to be times like this, so I too wasn’t alarmed. I just gave my mind a bit of a rest by focusing more on revising rather than trying to cram more stuff in there. This approach worked and whatever was clogging up the system is now gone.
In this video and podcast, I talk about why it is unrealistic to expect life to be fair when it is so obvious that it isn’t. If we believe the universe owes us something, it can lead to disappointment and depression. Press play to watch the video, and you’ll find the podcast of this edition below:
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I get periods where it seems as if I’ve finally figured out how this thing called life works. These episodes of feeling in control can last weeks, sometimes even months, but eventually the universe comes along and changes the rules.
It doesn’t matter how intense my feeling of serenity have been, or how long my equanimity has lasted, it only takes a few things going wrong for me to turn into a complete basket case.
Week 8 of My Six Month Attempt to Speak Fluent Thai
This is a great time to be learning Thai because there are now so many great resources out there. The only problem is I’m tempted to use all of it, but this wouldn’t be practical, and it could even get in the way of my progress. It’s also not necessary. I think the key to success is to pick just a few quality language learning resources and stick with them until they are no longer needed.
Thai pop music is okay, and occasionally I’ll be in the mood for Luk Thung (Thai country) or Phleng phuea chiwit (Thai folk). I do like all of that stuff, but I’ve never felt the same way about any Thai band, as I do about western groups like the Pixies, Nirvana, or Radiohead – or at least I didn’t until recently.