สวัสดีค่ะ (sawasdi ka) – I just said “Hello” in Thai. 🙂
Hello everyone! I am going to summer school in college right now and I have been so tired ever since spring quarter started at university. I used to have three classes, but one of them was very difficult and decided to drop. Right now, I am only taking Astronomy and Photography. I am finally taking classes I love to learn about. Both of my professors are amazing! My astronomy professor seems very strict, but if you get to know her, you will realize that she is very nice and very easy to talk to. We had this talk this week on Tuesday about Pluto and the play I was in. She heard me talk about it to one of my classmates. They were like 20 minutes worth of my time. On the other side (or same side), my photography professor… I have never met a professor to be very fun. We can all be very fun and show our strengths and work on the difficult stuff at the same time. Even if I am having fun like many of my classmates, I AM learning, as I am sure the rest of my classmates are as well. Everyone is like super nice, I can’t handle both classes. I feel kinda sad to know that in a few weeks we will be done. 😦
Update on what I’ve been doing: Ever since spring quarter started (on April), I have been very busy practicing for an event called “Thai Culture Night”. it’s a play written by one of my friends from Thai Club and she was a fourth year. She was the script-writer and the director. I am very thankful to her for working very hard for this play to work at its best because there were a couple problems like people not going on time for practice, others had tests (which they were free to not go or to stay for a while, she was very flexible with that kind of stuff), and among other stuff. But everything else seemed to work. As for me, I never wanted to be absent, I felt the need to study after practice, which I know it’s bad and it’s bad to procrastinate. I haven’t been a very good student, but my grades were still very good. Also, I am Co-Event Coordinator in Thai Club Board and Script Writer (with another friend) for 2015-2016! Yayyy! I am so happy! 🙂 I am hoping to do my very best for next year’s Thai Club and for another good Thai Culture Night!
So this is why I was very busy for Thai Culture Night: I was the antagonist in the past history (so i had to wear Thai traditional clothes), I learned a Thai traditional dance, learned how to play a Thai instrument called ขิม (Kim), and I was always there to help people out for substituting and things like that. We had the most difficult scene, I still remember it was scene 17. I had to re-appear in the present time of the play to try to mess things up with a hermit which was the main character that I was in love with 200 years ago, and mess things up with the main girl whom I was supposed to hate for stealing the guy from me. So I was going to tell them the truth about the hermit but I wanted to torture them first, and then the main girl, Soi was her name, asked Gumlai (me) to tell her about the secret that the main guy was the hermit. So I told her that I was so tired of hearing her voice (I had to raise my voice in an angry way) and as I was pulling away, she grabbed my arm and I tried to get away from her and she wouldn’t let go until I could and “slapped” her. The whole audience was in shock and into it. While she was on the floor, I told her, “SOI! IT’S OVER NOW!!!” and then at the end I was going to tell her the truth but another character, which was my great great great nephew, caught the witch doctor who helped me through all this and I died again.
I will share a couple pictures.
This was me dancing Thai Traditional dance.
The rest of the cast (the guy was my brother, P’Mek).
Gumlai and Soi playing the Thai instrument.
Gumlai fighting with Soi, the main character in the past.
Gumlai went to the Witch Doctor to “get rid off” Soi.
Gumlai was angry because she didn’t understand why everyone was sad about Soi’s death. “She’s gone. They should get over it. Why do they make such a big deal?” No one knew that Gumlai had done this by the way.
After 200 years, Gumlai got to know her great great great nephew, named Aran.
After Gumlai slapped Soi, Gumlai’s line was “SOI! IT’S OVER NOW!!!”
After Aran, grabbed the Witch Doctor’s talisman, Gumlai “re-died”.
This is the first play I have ever been in my life. I have always been so shy and all, but this time, because of all the nice people I met there, I decided that it was about time for me to get out there and be more extroverted and more out there because it’s very important for the future when I have to work. Otherwise, how can I talk to people when I have to translate for them? I want to be a friendly-looking person where people feel comfortable by my side when I help them out.
By the way, if you guys want to check out the play, I will share a link. UCI TCN 2015: The Foregoing Flower
Ok, so now I will talk about the Thai materials I have bought for my knowledge adventure.
So this book is the best! I mean it! It gets you to practice how to pronounce the different tones. In Thai, there are five different tones: middle, low, high, rising, falling. Also, there are short vowels and long vowels. And there are a lot of rules, it gets very complicated, but this books teaches you all the rules. You just need to be patient. It would be best to also buy the CD, which I did, and I can hear the tones and the voice because we as learners of languages, can make mistakes even if there is a book right in front of us. You can write a couple times all the consonants and vowels, there are vocabulary words, and sentences as examples to know how to use the words. There are following ones, but I am not there yet, like Intermediate and Advanced. I am still a beginner. I have no teacher to teach me this, unless I consult friends from the club I am in.
This book shows you different phrases for different occasions. It’s more for traveling purposes and flirting and stuff. I mean, if I was in Thailand and saw this handsome Thai guy, I would approach to him and speak Thai. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll understand me. Anyways, this is for foreigners who want to survive by themselves in Thailand. It is also good when you are learning outside the country, but I would recommend learning as much before going to a country. It’ll make you and the rest better. You will also surprise a couple people here and there. It’s not like I’ve traveled, but I imagine someone speaking some fluent Spanish words to me and my first reaction would be surprise and happiness. Who doesn’t want to hear someone from another country try to speak another language? I do!
This book is from the same author as the first book I presented. I really like this book. However, for me it’s a big confusing and they speak too fast for my level. I can understand some words here and there. I guess this is for people who already know some less basic to intermediate level and want to learn some important phrases (?) I really like it, don’t get me wrong, and I love that there are Thai people pronouncing the sentences, or else, I would be thinking, “I think that’s how you say it”. Some phrases are funny by the way.
This book sounds a lot like the second book I presented. They are more for traveling purposes. It also has different sections that you can use for different purposes, like others I did not mention before; for example, hotel, airport, and restaurants. Like I said before, it’s traveling related. I like it too. There are verbs which I need and love to learn because that’s how I can express myself n Thai and in any other language.
And BONUS: Photos of Pluto, since New Horizons flew by there. It is the most exciting thing in this generation. Hoping for more new stuff. Can’t wait to see more about the Kuiper Belt when New Horizons gets there. I want to cry every time I see anything about new discoveries about this Universe.
And a funny one:
There are a whole lot more Pluto’s pictures, and you can check them out either on the NASA Facebook, New Horizons Facebook, or NASA’s official webpage. My friend has been sending me links about Pluto from Reddit, which I can say you can go in there too and have some intellectual talk with the rest of the people commenting about it. You might see me commenting about it on Facebook, though. 🙂
I feel sometimes I can’t keep promises, but I will try to get back here as soon as possible.
Credits for Thai Culture Night photos: Joey Vongpanya
Credits for Pluto: NASA and & Facebook
Credits for Thai books: Paiboon Publishing, Lonely Planet, Paiboon Publishing (2), Simon & Schuster