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  1. My sister works at PSU and it is a really great resource. They frequently have community events -- not always advertised beyond the campus, but certainly open for the campus. It would be worth "liking" them on Facebook to get some of those announcements. I have been to a few concerts that they have put on and they are filled from people all around the South. The library is open to the public, but wifi and copying are at a nominal fee for non-PSU students. They have a neat museum for natural history. They have a great food market where the emphasis is on clean, healthy eating. I also like eating in the PSU hospital cafeteria -- cheap and good! (There is a stall there that I have declared 'Best Khao Man Gai' in the country.) There is a massage center on PSU's campus -- actually it is part of their natural medicine faculty. You can get amazing traditional massages. The pool at PSU is new and nice, but I'm not sure if it is open to the public (I have a feeling it is....for a fee, of course) I am a big fan of Hat Yai. There is a lot to do and eat there! I wish I had more answers for you about Songkhla. The night market in Songkhla is loaded with good southern thai food, including 'ancient' snacks/sweets. The night market sometimes has a shadow puppet theatre. There is a small department store area, Lee Subsin, with some other small shops. The beach is nice and peaceful, a lot of people sit out there at sunset and eat snacks -- there are also a lot of groups that sit together (Muslims, School students, etc.) for community meetings. There are a lot of sea-view restaurants that have big menus and a relaxing atmosphere. There are some beautiful temples including Khao Tang Kuan Pagoda with views of both the lake and the ocean. In writing this, I reflect that I am definitely in 'tourist' mode when I am in Songkhla and am not sure what I would do day-to-day if I lived there. Sorry I couldn't help more.
  2. Thai English Translator App

    What I like about แปลเสียงไทย is that it is voiced. I have had a lot of fun practicing my accent/tones. I'd still love to find a voiced translator app for the iphone to show my friend.
  3. Thank you. I am aware of how to use ajarn.com -- as a reminder, finding a job was not my original question.
  4. There is nothing on ajarn for me, it tends to be very Bangkok centered. I have done direct outreach to both schools and agencies where I want to teach. I have heard back from one school and one agency. I'm very appreciative of those who responded -- per request -- with pros and cons of both experiences. I like to do my research before making decisions.
  5. A Pollyanna? Hmm. That was a quick judgement. I'm wanting to be as realistic as possible, that is why I sought advice here. Of course things have changed in 20 years, again, that's why I'm asking. Gee, thanks for the advice on the visa process. Why, this Pollyanna just wouldn't know where to look for such hard to find information. My question wasn't about visas. My question was a comparison of agency vs. direct hire. ...and I'm not sure why. I might just be a little more intelligent and capable of critical thinking than you take me for. I'm not teaching in Bangkok. ....and, interestingly enough, I'm capable of doing salary research. Again, that wasn't my question. Now why would you assume no degree? Goodness, you woke up on the wrong side of the bed today.
  6. Thanks! I taught in Bangkok 20 years ago. I arrived without a job and it all worked out fine, so I'm not so worried about finding a job. This go 'round I will not be in BKK and have done a mix of direct contact to schools and to an agency. I'm just curious about the use of agencies as I have never used one in the past. I like the offer I've received from the agency (and it is only for one semester, so I can use that time to meet with schools directly, if need.).... still weighing my options.
  7. Thai English Translator App

    Does anyone have a good translator app from the app store (apple)? I showed my bf the แปลเสียงไทย app and now he wants one for his iphone....but we couldn't find it in the app store.
  8. Thai English Translator App

    Wow! This app is amazing! Thanks for the recommendation.
  9. I'd like some advice. What do you think are the pros and cons of finding a teaching job through an agency? I am assuming cons to be the agency fees (or skim off the top), but there is also a pro in their experience with visas/work permits, etc. I am not in Thailand yet (though arriving soon) and have contacted schools directly to little success. This is completely understandable since I am still here, however, an agency has offered a job. I'm weighing my options right now.
  10. How do you say "Ghost" .

    Unless your accented English emphasizes Rs like mine does. Then, you'll want to try a different phonetic attempt, or ...and I know this sounds frightening.... learn the actual Thai letters. It's a phonetic language, much more phonetic than English.
  11. การพูด

    ไม่ค่อยชอบออกกำลังกาย.... แต่เดื่อนนี้กำลังเล่น .... พูดได้ยังไง... planking challenge. ต้อง plank ทุกวัน และเวลานานขึ้นทุกวัน เจ็บกล้ามเนื้อท้องมาาากกก Plank แปลเป็นภาษาไทยว่า อะไร Sent from my SM-G920P using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  12. การพูด

    ปอกเปลือกน่าจะดีกว่าใช่มั้ย Sent from my SM-G920P using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  13. การพูด

    ถูกต้องค่ะ ตอนนี้มีนักเรียนแลกเปลี่ยนหลายคนที่มาจากสหรัฐ แต่ตอนนั้นมีแค่ 25 คนเท่านั้น ไม่ได้เรียนภาษาไทยก่อนมา ตอนนั้นไม่ค่อยมีหนังสือและไพลินเป็นวัยรุ่นที่ไม่ตั้งใจเรียน 555... แต่เราอยู่ที่กทม. หนึ่งสัปดาห์ก่อนไปอยู่ต่างจังหวัด บริษัทแลกเปลี่ยน (AFS) ใช้เวลาสอนภาษาไทยและวัฒนธรรมไทย เราเรียนภาษา และใช้ห้องน้ำได้ยังไย (555..) และเปิดเงาะได้ยังไง เรียนหลายอย่าง
  14. I'm looking for media recommendations

    555.... unfortunately, that doesn't exist. Thanks for letting me know DLIT has มัธยม classes, too. I'll have to find them.
  15. I'm looking for media recommendations

    Thanks for the recommendation of เจาะข่าวตื้น I am definitely adding that to my rotation. It reminds me of a Spanish language show we get here in the US called "Alarma TV". I also really like sit-coms and have watched a lot of บางรักซอย 9 and ผู้กองเจ้าเสน่ห์ but both of those are a bit out-dated now. ....and I won't mention my favorite lakorns because of your aforementioned distaste. ...but I think they're a great way to learn a language -- simple plots and simple words overacted with drama -- what could be clearer. 555...