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    teaching a thai english

    i am attempting to teach my Thai g/f english, silly of me i know,can anyone advise of the best way to describe the words get and getting to a thai with a limited knowledge of english? We use these words in so many different ways i am having trouble getting her to understand 555

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    Can she read English would be the key.

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    Tell her to go the fridge and GET you a beer

    Then on her way from the fridge, explain to her she is now GETTING the beer

    Repeat the process a few times for her benefit

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    555555 very good sabi, but try and explain getting together or getting on a bus or get stuffed!!!!!

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    in thai there are many ways and words for conveying that meaning, it all depends on the sentence you want to make.

    best to get a comprehensive english thai dictionary and start from there, or go to some of the many web based thai / english language resorces and forums.

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    Concentrate on one meaning at a time. To get has dozens - possibly hundreds - of different uses and if you try to teach your girlfriend all of them, you're both just going to end up confused.

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    Buy her an electronic Thai- English dictionary from Carrefour

    google translate works wonders for me

    http://translate.google.com/#
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    Also movies (DVD) with Thai language but English subtitles or vice versa.

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    My missus swears by this dictionary.
    Translation is part of her job description and whilst working on minutes of a meeting she always has this open on the next tab.
    Linky...............พจนานุกรม Longdo (Longdo Dictionary)

    When trying to convey something, try using google translate to get the basics and go on from there.
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    thanks guys, she has now discovered google translate and i cant get her off my frigging laptop 555555555

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    I would also look for alternatives to "get/getting" wherever possible.

    Rather than "getting confused" use "becoming confused"

    "Getting" a beer becomes "fetching" a beer.

    Then she can learn that we also substitute "get" for just anything.

    Get the idea?

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    Another thing I found usefull is to teach her some sounds ,, get her to repeat untill she can say it >> Church >> Lake >> Last >> and you can understand it ,, and tell her to stop being bloody lazy and FINISH the words instead of doing the Thai chopping the ends off thingy .

    I know its gonna sound like this for a long time

    Chur >> Laae >> and Laat but in time you should make some progress

    Good luck with it mate , I,ve been teaching my missus over 3 years now and she still use,s LL,s where the RR,s should be and vice verca , however in their defence my Ngai,s , Ngam,s , Bpai,s + Bpen,s are no better ,, linguistically we are worlds apart ,,,,,,but nevertheless VERY happy
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    "Getting" a beer becomes "fetching" a beer.

    which is exactly how it would translate into thai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan
    and she still use,s LL,s where the RR,s should be and vice verca
    That is from the incorrect use of Thai. the rah sound has been corrupted to a lah sound. The best joke I have seen occurred in a rowdy class of boys I had years ago. To calm them down we were doing an English EPl favorite team exercise. The loudest and actually thickest fans supported River Pooh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbo View Post
    i am attempting to teach my Thai g/f english, silly of me i know,can anyone advise of the best way to describe the words get and getting to a thai with a limited knowledge of english? We use these words in so many different ways i am having trouble getting her to understand 555

    just explain the -ing is like the thai "gamlang"


    pai i go

    gamlang pai i am going

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    How to make foreigners understand English - Part 1

    SPEAK SLOWLY AND LOUDLY.

    Repeat as necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan
    she still use,s LL,s where the RR,s should be and vice verca
    There's a word for that.
    Tell her she is an expert in Lallation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Concentrate on one meaning at a time. To get has dozens - possibly hundreds - of different uses and if you try to teach your girlfriend all of them, you're both just going to end up confused.
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    Yes, getting used to what you get is often difficult to get. But I guess if you were born with English as your first language you have as a child you get used to that part. Anyhow, what you get is just what you get. It may take a while for you to get the meaning, but eventually you will get it.

    And you wonder why Thais are often confused trying to learn English?

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    Not many teachers around here.
    Use pictures, do not do more than 5 words per day.
    Sticky notes on furniture and household items.
    and of course.....clear pronunciation.

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    ^ vocab without context joepattaya? & you're the teacher???

    English is verb rich, Thai is not. More verbs...

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    So you don't speak Thai.

    She doesn't speak English.

    Hmmmm. This is a relationship?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    ^ vocab without context joepattaya? & you're the teacher???

    English is verb rich, Thai is not. More verbs...
    Did I say I was.
    Instead of posting a comment on my post, help the OP in solving his problem, but that's probably too much........

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    Quote Originally Posted by joepattaya View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    ^ vocab without context joepattaya? & you're the teacher???

    English is verb rich, Thai is not. More verbs...
    Did I say I was.
    Instead of posting a comment on my post, help the OP in solving his problem, but that's probably too much........
    I've highlighted the relevant text in bold for you...

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    Get is quite an easy word really.
    My missus knows what it means but she sometimes asked if i can go to "got" something for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao View Post
    So you don't speak Thai.

    She doesn't speak English.

    Hmmmm. This is a relationship?
    My thoughts too......

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