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Hello all... Can anyone in this forum recommend a professional Thai language tutor in one of the three provinces of the deep south (Yala, Pattani, or Narathiwat)? I've studied standard Thai for about 1.5 years at my university in the US, but am hoping to improve my speaking/listening through private tutoring and language immersion in the southern dialect this June-August, before I begin my research in Yala later in 2021. Any help or suggestions is greatly appreciated. 

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6 hours ago, jsw47 said:

Hello all... Can anyone in this forum recommend a professional Thai language tutor in one of the three provinces of the deep south (Yala, Pattani, or Narathiwat)? I've studied standard Thai for about 1.5 years at my university in the US, but am hoping to improve my speaking/listening through private tutoring and language immersion in the southern dialect this June-August, before I begin my research in Yala later in 2021. Any help or suggestions is greatly appreciated. 

Do you want to learn Southern Thai  (and there are many local variations) or Patani Malay? I think you could conduct research down there just as easily in Central Thai, which is really a lingua franca in the region now.

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30 minutes ago, phuketsub said:

Do you want to learn Southern Thai  (and there are many local variations) or Patani Malay? I think you could conduct research down there just as easily in Central Thai, which is really a lingua franca in the region now.

Thanks for your reply, phuketsub! I would like to become competent in the the deep south's variation of Thai (ตากใบ or เจ๊ะเห). I am fluent in Malay (which is quite different from, but related to Jawi/Patani Malay, I know), but for the type of research I do, Thai would give me greater reach. The instruction I'll be getting might still be mostly in standard Thai, which is fine, but the chance to get early exposure to southern speech by being based in one of the three border provinces would be really helpful. 

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Interesting. I still have a lot of contacts down there though my old line of work. Do you mind if I ask what the nature of your research is? If you don't want to say in this forum you could send by PM. I will try to help you.

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