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Sentence Expansion Mar 12, 2016

Thai Plum Village International Practice Centre

Sentence Expansion

GPS waypoint: 14°33'25.4"N 101°31'45.0"E
Location: 174,176 Ban Sra Nam Sai, Moo 7, Tambon Pongtalong, Pak Chong District, NakornRatchasima, Thailand

Short Sentences
Vietnamese students often talk English in short sentences with missing prepositions or mispronounced words. It's not because they don't know English - they already learned English in school, albeit fragmented English. They have English inside their heads, but have difficulty conveying their ideas into words because they are not sure which words to choose and how to connect the words together into a coherent flowing sentence. I came up with a method that attempts to address all that.

Sentence Expansion

Simple Sentence to Start
First, I start with a simple sentence - like how they would say it. Then I ask leading questions about the sentence and ask them how they can squeeze the answer into the sentence. I ask another leading question. As they answer the questions, the sentence keeps getting longer with a flowing narrative to it. Before long, they would have constructed a long flowing sentence on a step-by-step basis down to the sentence's anatomy.

  1. INITIAL SENTENCE: The dog was barking.
    when did that happen? yesterday
  2. Yesterday, the dog was barking.
    when yesterday? in the afternoon
  3. Yesterday afternoon, the dog was barking.
    what time in the afternoon? 5pm
  4. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the dog was barking.
    what was the size of the dog? big
  5. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big dog was barking.
    what was the color of the dog? brown
  6. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog was barking.
    who owns the dog? the neighbor
  7. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog of the neighbor was barking.
    what kind of neighbor? old? young couple? elderly
  8. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog of the elderly neighbor was barking.
    how was it barking? loudly
  9. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog of the elderly neighbor was loudly barking.
    barking at whom? at the beggar
  10. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog of the elderly neighbor was loudly barking at the beggar.
    how did the beggar look? unshaven
  11. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog of the elderly neighbor was loudly barking at the unshaven beggar.
    what was the beggar wearing? ragged clothes
  12. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog of the elderly neighbor was loudly barking at the unshaven beggar with with ragged clothes.
    where was the beggar? in front of the house
  13. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog of the elderly neighbor was loudly barking at the unshaven beggar with ragged clothes who was in front of the house.
    was the beggar doing anything? he was just standing
  14. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog of the elderly neighbor was loudly barking at the unshaven beggar with ragged clothes who was in standing front of the house.
    was it the new house? it was the old house
  15. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog of the elderly neighbor was loudly barking at the unshaven beggar with ragged clothes who was in standing front of the old house.
    what was the old house made of? steel? glass? concrete? it was a wooden house
  16. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog of the elderly neighbor was loudly barking at the unshaven beggar with ragged clothes who was in standing front of the old wooden house.
    where was the house located? across the street
  17. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog of the elderly neighbor was loudly barking at the unshaven beggar with ragged clothes who was standing in front of the wooden old house across the street.
    how long was he standing up? 2 hours
  18. Yesterday afternoon at 5pm, the big brown dog of the elderly neighbor was loudly barking at the unshaven beggar with ragged clothes who was standing for 2 hours in front of the wooden old house across the street.

Pushing It
Admittedly, the final sentence is a bit of an exaggeration, but the exercise is to push the boundaries of how to construct a long sentence that still make sense. Of course, you can stop anytime the sentence begins to sound awkward.

Preposition
The answer to one of the leading questions was "for 2 hours". I would omit the word "for" and give them choices..."in 2 hours", "at 2 hours", "from 2 hours", etc.

Pronunciation
For every answer they give, I would ask them to say the word and then write it up on the white board, broken up by syllables. Every syllable is analyzed according to vowel used - short or long? Special sounding consonants are also highlighted ("c" pronounced "k" or "s"?).

Ending Thoughts
By building up the sentence from simple to complex in a 'step-by-step' manner given chronological and descriptive information, they get to form a long sentence and more importantly, they see the method used in making it happen - by giving description to the dog, describing the barking, the object of the barking, time it happened, etc. The long sentence is no longer overwhelming or 'too difficult' when done this way. Along this process, use of prepositions and pronunciations are also addresses. From a conversational perspective, this approach addresses the essential challenges.

--- TheLoneRider

Thai Plum Village International Practice Centre

with direction coming from Bangkok

GPS waypoint: 14°33'25.4"N 101°31'45.0"E
174,176 Ban Sra Nam Sai, Moo 7, Tambon Pongtalong, Pak Chong District, NakornRatchasima, Thailand



Thai Plum Village International Practice Centre

Thai Plum Village International Practice Centre

Location: 174,176 Ban Sra Nam Sai, Moo 7, Tambon Pongtalong, Pak Chong District, NakornRatchasima, Thailand
Tel: +66(0)2-885-5980
Email:visitus@thaiplumvillage.org

Blogs on Thai Plum Village

  1. Goodbye Thai Plum Village Mar 20, 2016
  2. Yoga at Thai Plum Village Mar 19, 2016
  3. Pond Picnic with the Monastics Mar 14, 2016
  4. Sentence Expansion Mar 12, 2016
  5. Alms Round of the Thai Plum Village Monastics Mar 10, 2016
  6. First Day of Teaching English at Thai Plum Village Mar 8, 2016
  7. Cyber Monk Redefined Mar 6, 2016
  8. Thai Plum Village, Day 6: Plum Village and Vipassana Mar 2, 2016
  9. Thai Plum Village, Day 5: Visa Snag Mar 1, 2016
  10. Plum Village, Day 4: Picnic with the Monastics on Lazy Monday Feb 29, 2016
  11. Plum Village, Day 2-3: Getting Settled Feb 27-28, 2016
  12. Plum Village, Day 1: Arrival Feb 26, 2016

How to Get to Plum Village from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport

You are encouraged to arrive at the Center Friday afternoon between 2-4 pm
  1. Suvarnabhumi Airport to BTS Train Line by TRAIN
    there is already a direct train from the airport that goes all the way to Bangkok with a final stop at Phaya Thai. Upon airport arrival, go down to Basement and take the Airport Link train to Phaya Thai Station. Get off and walk (.8km) to the Phaya Thai BTS Station | 35 mins | Baht 45
  2. Phaya Thai Station (N2) - Victory Monument Station (N3) by TRAIN
    board the BTS train heading to Mo Chit. This takes you north but get off at Victory Monument Station (N3) which is just one stop away
  3. Victory Monument Station - Plum Village by VAN
    upon arriving at Victory Monument, take Exit 4 and go down to the basement and walk 100 meters towards the Suzuki Showroom. Across is a pool of vans. Line up at ticket counter No.18, "Jamnong tour" for the trip all the way to Plum Village, Pak Chong. (Baht 500), 3.5 to 4 hours. Take the 11am or 12 noon van to ensure you arrive at the center before 4pm.

How to Get to Pak Chong (Proper) from Bangkok by train

ignore this if you plan to go to Plum Village. Take the direction above instead
  • If you are arriving Bangkok and would like to proceed directly to Pak Chong without spending a night in Bangkok, best to take a plane that will land in Don Mueang Airport in time for the #71 Train (Bangkok to Si Sa Ket) to stop at the MRT Train Station, Bang Sue, which is only a short walk from the airport. Train schedule at Bang Sue Station: Fri 10:27am, arriving Pak Chong 1:30pm. Express aircon car (Baht 289), non aircon (Baht 198). Duration is 3 hours, stopping right in the heart of Pak Chong. From Pak Chong.

    You can also take the train from the main terminal near the center of Bangkok at the MRT Station, Hua Lampong Railway Station. Departure, Friday 10:00am.

Plum Village Cost Index

(US$1 = Thailand Baht 35.77 = Php 47.52 as of Feb 28, 2016)
  • Baht 500 van from Victory Monument to Plum Village
  • Baht 289 Express train from Bang Sue MRT Station (Bangkok) to Pak Chong Train Station, aircon (non aircon, Baht 189)
  • Baht 500 taxi from Pak Chong to Plum Village (call this taxi number, Mr. Khun Paisan: 085 772.4519 for the trip to Plum Village)

Things to bring if staying overnight

  1. mosquito repellent
  2. hat/umbrella
  3. flashlight
  4. not a requirement, but it helps if you bring clothing in the dark brown color in order to blend-in
Adventure Hostel Bangkok

Adventure Hostel Bangkok

Location: 1541 Phahonyothin Rd., Payathai, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: 062 527 2581
Hours: open 24 hours
Features: central location by the N7 Saphan Khwai BTS train station, clean aircon rooms, fast and reliable internet, staff who will go the extra distance for you, reasonable rate
Nawa Sheeva Hotel Chiangmai

Nawa Sheeva Hotel Chiangmai

Location: 184/2 Ratchapakhinai Rd, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, 50200 Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: 061.272.8008 / 053.326.583
Features: salt-water swimming pool, expansive space, big luxurious rooms, great hotel cafe using top-of-the-line espresso brewer
Nawa Saraan Hotel Chiangmai

Nawa Saraan Hotel Chiangmai

Location: 37/1 Singharat Lane 2, T.Sriphum, Muang Chiangmai, 50200 Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel:
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Thailand Blogs by TheLoneRider

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  1. Loving Bangkok All Over Again Feb 22-26, 2016
  2. Adventure Hostel Review Feb 22-26, 2016
  3. Hotel Review: Riva Surya Bangkok Oct. 20, 2014
  4. The Shopping Malls of Bangkok Oct 6-20, 2014
  5. Bangkok's Street Food Delight Oct 6-20, 2014
  6. Bangkok Revisited 3 Oct 6-20, 2014
  7. Bangkok Dec 31, 2005


  8. Chiang Khong
  9. Ten Days in Chiang Khong, Thailand Apr 30 - May 9, 2016


  10. Chiang Mai
  11. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  12. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  13. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  14. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Chiangmai (Thailand) April 9-10, 2016


  15. Chiang Rai
  16. Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand May 11-16, 2016
  17. Visiting the White Temple of Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun) May 15, 2016


  18. Chiang Saen
  19. Exploring Chiang Saen, Thailand Apr 28-30, 2016


  20. Mae Sai
  21. 4 Days in Mae Sai, Thailand Apr 25-28, 2016
  22. Border Crossing - Mae Sai (Thailand) to Tachileik (Myanmar) Apr 23, 2016


  23. Pai
  24. Exploring Pai, Thailand May 19-24, 2016
  25. Visiting the Land Split in Pai, Thailand May 23, 2016
  26. Trekking the Ridges of Pai Canyon May 23, 2016
  27. Climbing up the White Buddha (Wat Phra That Mae Yen) May 21, 2016


  28. Pak Chong
  29. Pak Chong (Thailand) En Route to Siem Reap (Cambodia) Mar 20-21, 2016
  30. Goodbye Thai Plum Village Mar 20, 2016
  31. Yoga at Thai Plum Village Mar 19, 2016
  32. Pond Picnic with the Monastics Mar 14, 2016
  33. Sentence Expansion Mar 12, 2016
  34. Alms Round of the Thai Plum Village Monastics Mar 10, 2016
  35. First Day of Teaching English at Thai Plum Village Mar 8, 2016
  36. Cyber Monk Redefined Mar 6, 2016
  37. Thai Plum Village, Day 6: Plum Village and Vipassana Mar 2, 2016
  38. Thai Plum Village, Day 5: Visa Snag Mar 1, 2016
  39. Plum Village, Day 4: Picnic with the Monastics on Lazy Monday Feb 29, 2016
  40. Plum Village, Day 2-3: Getting Settled Feb 27-28, 2016
  41. Plum Village, Day 1: Arrival Feb 26, 2016


  42. Phan District, Chiang Rai Province
  43. Yoga with Amm Prajna Pitchaya and the Sivananda yoga community of Phan May 16-18, 2016
  44. Visiting the Nam Lot and the Pha Khong Caves of Phan District May 18, 2016



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