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After Age 60: Is it possible to learn to Read and Speak Thai? And, Is it Worth the Effort?

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4 hours ago, hgma said:

the more you learn the more distance will appear between you and GF, phone calls are answered in a different space etc etc

And is the language the problem or your choice of girlfriend?

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2 hours ago, tracker said:

discovered anki couple months ago. use is every other day. It really is boosting my thai. I know a lot of words, but the connection words to make the thai sentences I do not know. Anki has been a great help in this regard. 

Connector words are very important, but there isn't a huge number of them.  So, learning them pays a big dividend in expression for not that much effort.  A few years ago I started tagging them in Anki with the tag "connector."  I currently have 123.  I periodically review them filtering on tag:connector.  It's very helpful particularly in specifying the logical relationship between clauses.  My current favorite connector is actually an adverb, not a conjunction: ต่างหาก which means separately, See also: independently, on one's own, on the contrary, far from it."  

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8 hours ago, JohnBarleycorn said:

If you want to learn the language, a GF will just slow down your progress and deplete your resources of time and money, and generally make you tired due to wasted bodily fluids, etc

That's where I went wrong , by going too Pattaya first........complete waste of my bodily fluids --took me 5 years to be able to say Sawadee.........:coffee1:

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Posted (edited)
8 hours ago, bkk6060 said:

No.

Waste of time especially if you travel around the country.  The dialects are different Thais lets say in the north, cannot understand everthing a Bangkok Thai says.

Typically a lazy persons answer. 

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3 minutes ago, Kadilo said:

Typically a lazy persons answer. 

I must be lazy then.............😴...................🤭

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14 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

And is the language the problem or your choice of girlfriend?

I'll take what I can bed the same night.

Pointless looking any further than that.

Edited by BritManToo
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Posted (edited)

Too old to bother. Learn other languages when young when your brain is a sponge.

 

no its not even worth it. Get a girl who has the education to speak the international language of english.

 

What happens if you have to leave because of another change in visa, do you then want to learn vietnamese, tagalog etc.

 

If the girl cannot converse enough with you in english then dont bother.

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Learn Thai bye all means but never let them know how much you understand then you can have some fun just sit in the bar say nothing and listen to the gossip 

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