Stuart Jay Raj – National TV Ch3 ‘Why are kids failing at learning language?’ EN Subs

This was shot for the กรุณา Karuna Talk to Me show (Episode 33) on Thai’s Channel 3 SD and went to air on the 12th of June, 2014. English subtitles have been included in this clip. If you cannot see them, click the ‘CC’ button in your player and click ‘English’. For more information and a full transcript of this show, visit Stuart Jay Raj was asked to discuss whether the ability to learn languages is a ‘gift’ that some people have and others don’t, or whether it’s something that everyone has the capacity to do. Questions covered include – Given that we are entering into the AEC – ASEAN Economic Community, What languages should we be learning? Why is it that Thai kids are always ranked last or near last when it comes to learning languages and motivation towards learning? What can we do to improve how we learn language? Stuart demonstrates knowledge in Chinese, Indonesian, Malay, Jawi, Thai, Lao, Danish, Hindi, Sanskrit and other languages and shows how this foundation can help leverage the learning of other languages. For a full transcript and more language resources that cover the information that Stuart was speaking about visit

Stuart Jay Raj is a polyglot who specializes in the languages and dialects spoken in South East Asia and China. His talents have allowed him to earn a professional living as a simultaneous interpreter in Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Indonesian, among others, providing language and cultural training for multinational companies in the region and hosting his own TV programme on Thailand's Channel 5. He holds a degree in Cognitive and Applied Linguistics from Griffith University and has become an expert in the field of language acquisition with a strong track record of success. Stuart's background knowledge of Sanskrit, Khmer, Lao and various Chinese dialects and minority languages enables him to present a fascinating and unique perspective on the Thai language which makes everything fall logically into place.