Friday, January 2, 2015

Learning Thai

Happy New Year! Today's post is about my reasons for learning Thai but first a little background. 

I am bilingual and I consider myself to be conversational in Thai because of my early upbringing in Thailand. However, I am kind of ashamed to admit this but I did not know how to read Thai until last month even though my parents are both Thai and I was born in Thailand. I am a red blooded Thai American and I think part of understanding who you are is understanding where you came from. 

For the past few weeks I've been learning how to read Thai. At first, I learned the Thai alphabet (well, actually Thai letters since there are no ABCs in Thai) and had fun memorizing the letters. I'm at a point now where I can recognize all the letters in the Thai "alphabet" and read basic sentences. I'm loving the progress I've made and look forward to being able to read Thai novels later on this year. It's going to take hours upon hours of endless study but I believe it's going to all be worth it.

I have a Thai/English translation website, www.thaitranslation.net, that honestly has not made a sale yet. I started the site with the intention of getting it off the ground at first. It's still up because I know very smart bilingual people who can translate from Thai to English and English to Thai. Learning how to read Thai is important to me because in the near future, I hope to take over as one of the translators. For now I'm just the salesman and middleman that facilitates those transactions. So if you're reading this and you're in need of a quality, inexpensive translation please contact me. 

Another reason I am learning Thai is the fact that I want to be involved with the Thai financial markets. It's been a dream of mine spanning several years now. I started a blog back in 2008 called 'Thai Stock Investor', thaistocks.wordpress.com,  and it's still active, though it hasn't been updated in forever. The goal of that blog is to show to potential companies, clients, and employers that I have an keen awareness and strong interest in the Thai stock market. 

So as you can see I have strong motives to learn how to read Thai. I like Thai. It's a beautiful, tonal language despite my other reasons to learn it. I should've learned it a long, long time ago. I'm glad I started learning Thai again. 





Saturday, December 27, 2014

Free Click to Donate

There are two click to donate sites that I'm quite fond of - www.care2.com and www.thehungersite.com. You can donate for free with a click of a button. It's so easy and you can visit daily. 

On 'The Hunger Site' you can click to help end Hunger and End poverty. It's a apart of the www.greatergood.com, which is a free to click charity network of sites. With a daily click of a button, you can help fund mammograms, rescue animals, feed homeless veterans, support autism awareness, fund alzheimer's disease research, fund diabetes research, give books to children, and stop global warming and protect endangered animals. 

Why not take 2 seconds right now to visit and bookmark www.greatergood.com?

Care2 is one of my favorite sites ever. It is a very large social networking site and click to donate site combined with over 27 million members. You can make friends with like minded people that want to do some good in the world. 

There are some many worthy causes that you can support on Care2 such as Animal Welfare, Women's Rights, Civil Rights, Environment and Wildlife, and so much more! There is also a Healthy Living section that publishes eco friendly health and wellness articles with tips, recipes etc. The best part is you can earn points to redeem to support your cause by being active on the site. My favorite gift is a day of safe drinking water for a child which costs 200 points on Care2. I can easily achieve that when I comment ten times on the articles on site or when I sign four petitions. 

I've been a proud member since December 11, 2009 so going on 5 years now. My Care2 page is on my.care2.com/marcpongpamorn. You can do all kinds of good on Care2. If you sign up please do not hesitate to send me a friend request! 


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to those celebrating and Happy Holidays to everyone else! I love this time of year. Christmas is a time for family, friends, and presents! The holiday season is about giving and receiving and spreading joy throughout the world. My one wish this year is for all to live in peace with one another, for just one day. Gandhi once said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Thai Mark Cuban

How to Win at the Sport of Business
Someday, I want to be known as the Thai Mark Cuban. If you follow the NBA, chances are you probably know Mark Cuban as the Billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks. He's definitely a public figure on mainstream media appearing on primetime shows like Shark Tank and Dancing with the Stars.

In so many ways I lookup to him and I read his quotes and wisdoms daily. He inspires me to work hard every single day as if someone is working 24 hours a day to take it all away from me. In sales, I truly believe that every no gets me closer to a yes and that if there are no sales then there is no company. With regards to becoming successful, I don't believe I need money or connections to get me there. I believe in my willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone. 

He has a blog, called blogmaverick.com, which I read from often in order to learn and he has an ebook, "How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It", which I own. It's only $2.99, but it's priceless to me. Thanks Mark Cuban for sharing your advice. P.S You can read my Amazon.com review of the book by visiting my Amazon profile here