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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Wonderful Afternoon at Khao Khitchakut National Park, Chanthaburi

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We decided to go to Khao Khitchakut (เขาคิชฌกูฏ) about ten minutes before we got into the car. Timmy was off school last Thursday because of Teacher’s Day, and I wanted to get away from the computer. Oa gets annoyed with my habit of springing these trips on her at the last minute, but she didn’t mind this time because she’d heard some positive reviews about the mountain – many Thai people believe climbing up to the temple on Khao Khitchakut brings good luck.

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How to Turn Your Dreams of Moving to Thailand into a Reality

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Millions of People Dream of Living in Thailand

A guy in at a bar on Koh Chang once told me that at least fifty percent of visitors to Thailand dream about being able to return as a full-time resident. This person obviously pulled this statistic out of his arse, but it does kind of ring true. You only have to look at the unhappy faces in Suvarnabhumi Airport departure lounge to see that many tourists feel desperate to stay.

Suan Som Rayong

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How to Avoid Destroying Your Dream Life in Thailand with Alcohol

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Thailand is an Alcoholic’s Disneyland. In a location like Pattaya, there have hundreds of bars to choose from, and you can get drunk for a fraction of the amount of money you would pay in the west. If you have a habit of picking up red-cards when you get drunk, it’s not going to be a problem – there is always another pub ready to welcome you. Best of all, nobody is going to give a shit if you are slurring your words before breakfast.

Mae Ramphung Thailand

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From Walking to Running at Dawn on Mae Ramphung Beach

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I posted on here in May about my evenings walks on Mae Ramphung beach here in Rayong. This continues to be my favorite and most productive time of day – it gets me energized and positive.

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