Author: Stuart Jay Raj

Like a ‘Bule’ in a China Shop – What Indonesian’s REALLY Think About the West

Time for a Fresh Look on Indonesia I have been running Cross Cultural workshops and working as a cross-cultural / cross-linguistic buffer in Asia for over 12 years now. Growing up in a mixed up cultural background and spending time constantly working between different cultural groups, I feel that over the years, the contrast between […]

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Claudio Sennhauser on Cracking Thai Fundamentals from Womenlearnthai.com

Once again, thank you Cat for conducting these ‘post workshop’ interviews with the workshop’s participants. Stu Jay Raj. Claudio on Stu’s Cracking Thai Fundamentals… The first day of the Cracking Thai Fundamentals workshop started out with the obligatory introductions. I realized during the introduction that even foreigners who have been living in Thailand already for […]

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Peter Lo – Cracking Thai Fundamentals Review from Womenlearnthai.com

I had to make an emergency trip back to Bangkok a couple of weeks ago, and as many of you know, I used to opportunity to run one of my Cracking Thai Fundamentals workshops. I have recently re-written the entire workshop and this was the first time that I had delivered it in it’s new […]

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12 Easy Steps to Reading Thai

I mentioned in my recent post “Thai Tones, Consonants and Vowels in One Simple Post”  that I would provide an explanation of how to best use my Thai Consonant Chart that uses the glyphs from my larger Indic Consonant Compass. I have just finished rewriting the new Handbook for my Cracking Thai Fundamentals programme that […]

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Getting Past the Squiggles – Hanacaraka

Click to View “Stuart Jay Raj – Help Preserve Javanese, Balinese and other Bahasa Daerah Indonesia – Hanacaraka It’s Faster for Some to Learn to Read than Others Over the years living in Thailand, I had many people coming from Non-English speaking backgrounds approach me about how they might best approach learning Thai. Many of […]

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Scott Eddy Interview – Cracking Thai Fundamentals

This is a cross post from Catherine Wentworth’s fantastic blog Womenlearnthai.com Talking about Stu Jay Raj’s Cracking Thai Fundamentals… Stu is back in Bangkok with Cracking Thai Fundamentals. You already know my experiences with Stu’s workshop, so to give you another opinion I asked a former student of Stu’s, Scott Eddy, for an interview. I […]

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Polyglot Tradecraft 101 – Language and Seduction. A Casestudy in Thailand.

I’m very reluctant to reveal too much about this subject.  It’s very personal, very effective and if used in the wrong way, can do a lot of damage.  When I sit down and think about my long term affair with language over the years though, this is an inextricable part of who I am and […]

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Producing the Initial ‘Ng’ /ŋ/ in Asian Languages

Next to getting the tones right, the initial ‘Ng’ sound that is found in so many Asian languages proves to be one of the major pronunciation issues for non-Asian learners of ‘initial ng’ languages.The languages that have an initial NG sound include: Thai Lao Cantonese and other Chinese Languages / Dialects (especially southern dialects) Bahasa […]

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