Learning Thai with Mindfulness and Kindness

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Learning Thai

How could I ever hope to speak Thai fluently when my reaction to somebody talking to me in this language was to feel like a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming car?

It is now exactly one year since my Thai fluency challenge, so maybe this is a good time for an update (thanks to Harri Terminus for encouraging me to do this post). I’ve also been meaning to write something about how a change in mindset has had a profound impact on my progress, so what follows provides me with an opportunity to delve into this as well.

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ประสบการณ์ของผมที่วัดถ้ำกระบอก

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Wat Thamrabok 2006

สวัสดีครับ ผมชื่อพอล
วันนี้ผมอยากพูดเกี่ยวกับประสบการณ์ของผมที่วัดถ้ำกระบอก
แปดปีที่แล้วผมไปที่โน้นเพราะต้องการเลิกดื่มแอลกอฮอล์
ผมรู้สึกขอบคุณ มากกับการบำบัดของวัดถ้ำกระบอกมันทำให้ผมรู้สึกดีขึ้น
ผมอยากอธิบายว่าทำไมจำเป็นต้องไปที่โน่น

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Learning Thai Does Not Need to Be So Much of a Challenge

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Paul Garrigan Muay Thai

Week 23 of My Six Month Challenge to Become Fluent in Thai

I am now almost at the end of my six month challenge to become fluent in Thai, so it is a good time to evaluate the experience. I’m definitely pleased with my progress, and I don’t regret my decision to put so much effort into learning Thai, but I can also see that I made this more of a challenge than it needed to be.
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Review of My Learning Thai Resources

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My Thai books

Week 21 of My Six Month Attempt to Learn Thai

My schedule for learning Thai went off the rails during the last 10 days. Last week, my niece come to stay with us, then I picked up a bad cold that put me out of action for 72 hours, and I also started a new job. To be honest, it was actually nice to take a break from studying, and it has put me in a better frame of mind for the last few weeks of this challenge.

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5 Factors that Improve My Ability to Learn Thai

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Week 19 of My Six Months Attempt to Become Fluent in Thai

I’ve been thinking about the times when I’ve felt most productive and effective at learning Thai during these last few months, and I’ve come up with these five factors:

Curiosity

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