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Learning Thai language through Thai song

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I think the most important phrase you need to learn in order to learn Thai from songs is, "Mai cowjai" I think every sappy Thai love song contains that phrase.

Haha, well, "Mai khao-jai" may be one frequently used phrase,

but some even more used words/phrases which next to every pop/rock/indie song contains are "hua-jai" and "Kitteung",

If you are more into the Songs for life/Folksongs stage then be prepared for allot of: "Chiwit nee", "Tah-lee", "Tamachat" etc.

And if you go even further "Thai" and end up in the Morlum/Lukthong trap, then be prepared for all the "mâi"'s to change to "bor" in a very isanese fashion :P

And the most important word in all Thai songs, Regardless of genre, will forver be, "RUK RUK RUK RUK RUK RUK RUK RUK RUKKKKKKKK GAN" :D

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This only works if one can carry a musical note ... unlike me, I am not able to sing to save my life and I cannot carry a musical note, not even in a backpack, to save my life either ... hahaha

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Another great way to learn is by watching movies or lakorn series. The later can be a bit difficult to stand, specially since they're more than often over acting to the point of where you want to vomit...

Anyway, a good site to find some lakorn with English subtitles is: http://www.viki.com

Try it!

(if you're already on an intermediate level, then try to watch the first half part of the series with subtitles, and the second part without. I promise you that you'll understand more than you think, specially after knowing all their names and all their "patterns" and "roles" already).

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Another great way to learn is by watching movies or lakorn series. The later can be a bit difficult to stand, specially since they're more than often over acting to the point of where you want to vomit...

Anyway, a good site to find some lakorn with English subtitles is: http://www.viki.com

Try it!

(if you're already on an intermediate level, then try to watch the first half part of the series with subtitles, and the second part without. I promise you that you'll understand more than you think, specially after knowing all their names and all their "patterns" and "roles" already).

I hadn't seen Viki before. Thanks for the link.

What I used to do is look on ethaicd.com for US movies that had been dubbed in Thai. For instance, I had watched Charlie's Angels enough times where I pretty much knew what was going on in each scene. Then I ordered the Thai dubbed version (when I was living in the US) and watched it. It helps you get the general gist of the conversations and isn't so Thai-centric.

And before anybody starts getting all bent out of shape, by Thai-centric I mean that the lakorns and Thai movies often contain a heavy dose of Thai culture which you may or may not understand. For instance, if you're watching a lakorn and they mention a certain ghost or make some sort of cultural reference that only Thai people would understand, it makes following along a lot more difficult.

The one downside is that they often dub the Thai version with references to Thailand or Thai culture. I think it was Dumb and Dumber and they were talking about driving to Chaing Mai when in the movie they were going to Colorado. I guess that was to give people a sense that it was in the mountains and cooler than Bangkok but it might be a little confusing :-)

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To go back to the original idea of the topic:

I just noticed that the link is dead, here's a link that works for now with the same song:

Here are some of my favourite Thai songs from all the different genres:

Scrubb - Glai:

Scrubb - Glua:

Scrubb - Tok Yang:

Labanoon - Kam Dtong haam:

Kai-Jo Brothers - Slow Down:

Marihuana - Kratom Gancha:

Mote - keun tee dao dtem faa:

Mote - kae bawk wa rak ter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPUrfyRCqeQ

There are a million more, but can't put them all here

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