I started Thai school last week!! And to say it’s hard is an understatement. (Haha)
My first day was really rough. It didn’t help that I was already sick and when I’m sick I feel like I’m in such a fog. I don’t want to see people and I just want to be wrapped up in a big blanket and sleep. Anybody else like that?
The teacher spoke completely in Thai the entire time and finally she asked me a question. I’m looking at her like a deer in headlights and I said while shaking my head no, “I’m sorry I don’t understand.” She realized it was my first class and apologized.
Second class of the day, I had fifteen students waiting for me to loudly pronounce the list on the board messing up every word. I had to force myself not to cry for it was quite embarrassing. The teachers and students encouraged me to go back to orientation to learn the 32 vowels with 5 tones.
So for example “ii” makes an “ee” sound, “uu” makes an “oh” sound, “p” makes a “pb” sound, “k” makes a “g” sound, “c” makes a “j” sound, and an “ee” makes an “ugh” sound and the list goes on. So even though we start off learning Thai in “English”, I first have to learn the Thai/English version first.
So please be in prayer for me as I’m trying to first tackle the tones with sounds. I am having a hard time memorizing them but I know the Lord can help me. It can’t be learned overnight, but it would nice. 😉
I’m really excited for this new challenge!! But I will need more patience with myself.
K̄hxbkhuṇ Khà (Thank You)