It all started with M when she saw me teaching my student (in Louisiana) via skype the other morning. That would have been my first class since I got back to Thailand. Of course, I’ve taught him many classes prior to this one. I’ve been teaching him since last year while we were living here and while we were back in the US. Wow, I’ve been teaching him for a while now.
Anyway, back to the Thai lessons. So for some newly discovered reason, M decided she needs to teach me Thai (And she recruited her BFF as well.)
The truth is, I have to start again somewhere, right? Besides, other than “Hello” “How are you?” “How much” “Hot” “Cold” “Really?” Really, Really!” and Numbers, I’m truly clueless. Yes. Khaaaa. Clueless. I needed the lessons.
I had my first lesson today. M, my 8 yo and her bff, Elizabeth, 11 yo, are my teachers. Yes. They are my teachers.
Here’s how it went today. Just look at those enthusiastic smiles on those cheerful faces.
They are quite organized as you can see. I was ordered to bring snacks! I’m pretty sure they weren’t for me. Those sneaky girls.
Why do I love this kind of creativity in children?
It allowed constructive time where I was included in their play time. I was reluctant at first, and I didn’t think they were serious. But I’m glad I took the time to participate. They get to practice their own Thai skills by teaching me Thai. I also noticed the interactions between M and E, where E was behaving like a big sister to M. This is good in that M needs that kind of role modeling from an older girl. They also learned that teaching ME requires a lot of patience. 🙂
So today, I learned the following worlds::
See = Color
See Champoo = Pink
See Meung = Purple
See Keioo = Green
See Dang = Red
See Daaam = Black
See Faa = Blue
See Luang = Yellow
Neung Loi = 100 ( I already knew that one!)
Neung Paaan = 1000
Neung Saan =10,000
Neung Lan = the biggest number according to M, or 100, 000
I doubt we’ll be using anything more than 10,000, but it’s good to know.
Talat = Market ( I totally knew that one!)
Kan = together
Pak = Veggies
Sii = To buy
Chop = To like
Mai Chop = don’t like
Teen Mo = Watermelon
Nom = Milk
Nam = Water
Cha = Tea
Ron = Hot
Sa-Praay = Sprite
Kaaa- fee = Coffee
Law = Alcoholic drink
I think they are planning lesson #2 for me, maybe tomorrow.
I’m optimistic. I think we had a good start. Khaaaaaaaaaa!