Tips for Thai Learners of English
Tips for Thai Learners of English.
1. Speak, Speak and Speak
He would probably say that he practiced and continued practicing for several hours a day and for many years. It is the same with speaking English. Speak as much English as you possibly can and don’t worry about making mistakes. You will find that you make fewer and fewer mistakes as time goes by.
2. Listen to as much English as possible.
Students who attend my classes will receive links to many of these websites but I am sure you can search Google and find some for yourselves.
3. Your grammar will improve automatically.
By listening to native English speakers regularly you will be able to hear some of your own mistakes.
A good example of this is getting the position of adjectives and nouns correct. In Thai language the noun comes before the adjective whereas in English the adjective comes first. So the Thai expression “ผู้หญิงสวย” is NOT “girl beautiful” in English but “beautiful girl“. If you listen to English often you will hear many expressions again and again and will soon stop making mistakes.
4. Think in English
Try not to translate. This is especially important in writing but I’ll post more about that on another page. Learn as many common English expressions as possible and use them.
An example: Many Thai people say something like “I am older than you, two years” which is taken from a direct translation of Thai “ผมแก่กว่าคุณ 2 ปี” In English, comparisons have a definite form. “I am two years older than you“.