The learning process is very much like a journey, a never-ending one but always a wild adventure filled with surprises at every turn.
The basic dictionary meaning of a journeyman is someone who is skilled and competent in a particular field, but not yet a master. To me, the word always brings up the image of a lone biker out on the road, on a wild adventure.
Inspired to start writing about the Thai language by A Woman Learning Thai (shout out to Catherine W) and currently moderating on Learn Thai With พร, I feel like I’m a journeyman of sorts when it comes to learning Thai.
Learning about Thai culture is like getting a key to uncovering the secrets to the country’s language.
You will need to learn about Thai culture and in fact a little bit about everything Thai, if you want to successfully learn the language. I suppose this true about every language in the world. Learning about the culture, the people, and every other fascinating facet of a country is like getting a key to uncovering the secrets to the country’s language.
The learning process is very much like a journey, a never-ending one but always a wild adventure filled with surprises at every turn. An exhilarating ride full of thrills and spills, to discover new and exciting places, people and all sorts of really cool things.
And if I may carry on with the journey metaphor, along my Thai journey I have scribbled, jotted, and written down a lot of stuff about everything Thai in my trusty notebooks, that I carry together with other books (and odds and ends) in my old travel bag.
I want to start sharing some of the stuff I have in my notebooks with you and invite you to ride along with me as I continue on my journey.
The open road beckons, so let’s go.
Image of พระราหู by Catherine Wentworth (©2015 catherinewentworth.com)
In Thailand, many people worship พระราหู as a deity associated with the heavenly bodies, especially by those who believe that พระราหู can bring them luck and fame overnight and strengthen their power even converting enemies into friends. For those who believe in พระราหู, the solar and lunar eclipses are believed to be what you see when พระราหู literally swallows the sun and the moon respectively.