*jeng jeng jeng*
First of all, the instruction says to 'cross out' the correct answer. That was peculiar because when I went to Kindie, a cross always indicated wrong answer. Ah well, I supposed it's like "mengundi' - crossing out the candidate you wish to vote.
And then the pictures given were even more peculiar (to me). There were 4 objects. As I was somewhat culturally challenged, I wasn't sure what they were. So I went to my aid, Ada's mom.
*point at picture A*
"Is this a box?"
"Is there an English word for this...this.... this.. square thing which looks like a box but it's not a box?"
No, no English word, and it's not a box.
"Do you keep treasures inside? Can it be opened?"
No, cannot be opened.. we just put it in the temple. Or for Royal functions, people go on a parade and carry it.
Ahh.... It was an exasperated 'ahhh....'
I was really curious so I went online to check on the Thai writing system. To my astonishment, there will be 44 objects for Gooly (and me) to learn. That is the basic ABC for Thai. While the Roman alphabet doesn't mean anything, Thai 'ko-kai' contains nouns and verbs - each making different tonal pronunciation.
The few objects/verbs making sounds in Thai 'alphabet' that I can remember are:
ko-kai ~ chicken
kho khai ~ egg
to-pah-tak ~ spear
yo-yim ~ smile
yo-yak ~ ogre
pho-phan ~ tray
tho thahan ~ soldier
Tell me, are they random or what? And tell me, aren't ko kai and kho khai the same? Apparently they are NOT!!!
This is an ogre, yo yak, one of the consonants to learn. Their statues are commonly found in temples. They are mythical. How do I explain this to Gooly? Imagine explaining err... 18 lorhon or 8 sin gor hoi to a 5 year old?
And I haven't even point out the 'wormy' ways of writing them. Or some people call it 'taugeh'. They look freaking same to me!!
How can such a puny letter contain a three syllabic i.e. "tor pah tak" word? *scratch head*
I learn that upon graduating from these 44 consonants (I don't know why they are called consonants; they sure don't look like consonants to me), they will combine these words with vowels which make new words.
Do I dare to confuse US with the
What the heck.. Let's pengsan together.
There are five vowels which can be combined to produce diphthongs which make another 26 sounds.
What did I just say? I have no idea.
Oh, and they have no full stops. And no spaces between each word.
*rub hands with glee* I am so excited about learning something so foreign.
Yeah right... Do I have to? I don't, right? I mean, I am not the one going to school. Right, Gooly? You can do it on your own, right? You don't need my help, right?