It has been exactly two months since my last post here. Unfortunately I just haven't found the time or the motivation to write, even though my life hasn't been completely boring. I actually did a lot of traveling, driving all the way from Phuket to Chiang Mai via Bangkok and a side trip to Kanchanaburi and then back to Phuket over the course of a couple of weeks. I really should post some pictures from that trip as it was a great overview of what can be found in Thailand.
In my last post two months ago, I mentioned that I started taking a daily Thai language class. I am still going every day, and it has been incredibly helpful. I feel like I have learned so much, but as with most things, the more you learn, the more you realize you don't know!
Last week my teacher suggested that I write a short story every night, and then the next day we will base the lesson on my story. We have done it twice now, and it has worked out great. Basically we spend the next class talking about all of the grammar errors that I made, or more eloquent ways to say what I am trying to say, or she will just ask me lots of questions about the story until we get to vocabulary I don't understand and then she will teach it to me.
I think that what I will do now is to write the story at night, get it corrected and improved in class the next morning, and then type it out in Thai here (with an English translation). Writing it here should help me learn to type Thai as well as keep a record of my studies.
So without further ado, here is my first story, an exciting (and true) tale of being attacked by ants last week:
สองวันที่แล้วผมอาบนำ้และเวลาเสร็จผมใช้ผ้าเช็ดตัวจนแห้งก็เลยรู้สึกคันทั่วทั้งตัวผม ผมมีตุ่มเต็มไปหมดที่แขน คอ ขา ลำตัว เพราะว่าได้มดกัด วันนี้ผมยังเจ็บทั้งตัว
And in English:
Two days ago, I took a shower and when I was finished I used the towel until I was dry. Then, I felt itchy all over my body. I looked, and there were hundreds of bumps on my arms, neck, legs, and torso because I was bit by the ants. Today, I still hurt all over.
Looking at this short story shows me how far I have come, and how far I have to go. In order to write these short little sentences, I had to do a first draft using an online dictionary to look up some spellings, get it proofread by my teacher, write it again on paper, type it (which took 15 minutes alone), and then have it checked by Piyawat for errors (which there were still a few).
But I have to be happy for small steps on a journey that doesn't have a destination...