First Semester of Beginners Thai Course completed
Al Reynolds, Goran Femrin, Professor Golf, Bill Wilson, Hans Van Geffen, Peter Edwards and Jean-Michel Grand stand ready to start another three hour class
Nine Expat Club members completed thirty hours of instruction at The Rahajabat University, Udon Thani on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
The course was the Thai Language Course for beginners taught for three hours each Saturday morning over the last ten weeks. Now, according to theory, all the expat members of the graduating class are knowledgeable enough to order dinner, check the weather, get directions home, or to barter their next purchase.
The language was a mystery for most before the class started and remains just a little less a mystery even now after all those Saturday mornings spent being drilled by the most capable Aajaan Orapin, Aajaan Golf and Aajaan Nok.
The class started like all Thai kids start, by learning the names of each of the forty four characters of the alphabet and finished ten weeks later with everyone counting to a billion and speaking in an assorted array of sounds and accents that could be mistaken from time to time as an effort to discuss something intelligently in the Thai language.
The students were not all beginners. A few Expats in the class were proficient in Thai before classes started but endured the relentless hammering through some of the basics as reinforcement to what they already knew and to fill in those spots where their memory had started to play tricks.
According to an informal survey conducted in the student canteen around hot cups of coffee and sugared down cakes it was learned that the Beginning Thai Students learned enough to create an enthusiasm for studying more Thai and the students who already speak well were made aware of some of the mistakes they had allowed to seep into their usage over the years.
Bill Wilson, Al Reynolds, Jean-Michel Grand, Professor Golf, Hans Van Geffen, Peter Edwards and Goran Femrin handle stress with cups of coffee and sugar cakes during the break….
If medical doctors worldwide are correct, all the students put off the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by at least two years because of the drilling their brains took for three hours every Saturday morning during the last ten weeks. Great class!
Those who attended the class are: Hans van Geffen, Peter Edwards, Jean – Michel Grand, Bill Wilson jr, Al Reynolds, Joop van Spaandonk, Goran Femrin, Lennart Johansson, and Herman Broeckx.
The second semesters starts April 20. If you are interested in attending the second semester please contact the school of Languages; Rahajabat University at 042-211108 or contact Al Reynolds at [email protected]