The inspiration for this poem was compliments of The Babel Tower Notice Board. Maggs Vibo's special letter (See attached visual poem) is the consonant that is closest to a letter G in the English Alphabet. The easiest way to remember this letter is to think of a chicken (Pronounced Gai or Guy) *Think of favorite Thai Soup Dish Tom Kha Gai. The letter resembles a chicken, and this is how all the exercises help with memorization. Just like with the recipe for the coconut soup dish, practice yields a better result. You can chop up pork and toss it into the pot, or you can knead egg whites into the meat (one way is easier, but it won't taste as yummy). You can find substitutes to the meat altogether and use creative ways to bring out the lime flavor of the kaffir leaves (by tearing a section of each leaf). You can just dump in some brown sugar, or you can find palm sugar and use a grater (bringing out the sweetness). These are just some of the tricks. Depending on the type of learner you are, makes all the difference to the outcome. The best results require an astute attention to details.
At the Wat Buddha Bucha, in Decatur, GA the monks and volunteers teach Thai lessons to anyone willing to learn (photo: Maggs & Panida Vibo). Nowadays, there are brilliant online lessons.
Folk art is the method we've used to transport our knowledge in the oral tradition. Songs and tales (word play and association) helped us speak, create an alphabet, and spread our stories year after year. *Humming the alphabet song.
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