Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Teaching English is Both Fun and a Challenge!



















At the second site, Bob's Thai co-teacher is Toy. Toy teaches at a school that is in a much poorer area than the other site. Bob and Toy have fun, but are exhausted at the end of the day. Getting Thai students to try to speak English is very difficult because the sounds in the English language are quite different from Thai. They do not hear the difference between "L" and "R" (see you tomollow). When we ask them to say "favorite", they say "friend". And consonant blends are nearly impossible: "Sister" is "sitter", "fish is "fit","world" is "wern", "much" is "mutt", "spend" is "sa-pend", "drive" is "die", "large" is "lard", "stomach ache" is "sata-mat aitch", etc. So it's no wonder that they are extremely shy about speaking English. In these pictures, we are saying, "Give the ball to her." Then we ask them, "Who has the ball?" --- to which the correct answer might be, "She has the ball". We get hilarious results, but the whole idea is to get them to speak, which in this case was quite successful.

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3 Comments:

At 3:08 PM, Blogger MJ said...

They're still smiling...so it must have been a good lesson!

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger ALTA said...

How do you help them make the sounds they can not distinguish betwee? seems very challenging! And frustration for them perhaps...how is you Thai coming along?

 
At 12:06 AM, Blogger matt said...

Wow, sounds like you have your work cut out for you there....I would imagine it takes alot of patience too

 

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