Interview with Number 1
Thai Language Publisher
for non-Thais and Translator
| Benjawan Poomsan Becker
We have the opportunity to interview the author of our course texts and supporting material, Benjawan Poomsan Becker. This is a great opportunity to ask Benjawan questions about aspects of learning Thai or about her own experiences. We will select several questions from our students, newsletter and Facebook followers and use these as a basis of an interview later this month.
Benjawan is a bit of a star in Thai language learning circles. She has created the most wide-ranging and most popular set of materials for English speaking foreigners to learn Thai. Born in Bangkok but raised in Yasothon, a province in Northeastern Thailand, Benjawan has always has had a deep interest in languages and culture. A social ambassador for Thailand and Laos Benjawan has lectured to many students and businesses mainly in the United States, including Stanford University. Further, Benjawan has been a professional court interpreter in California since 1996. With over 20 authored language texts to her name Benjawans’ extensive experience and expertise were recognized when she received the Asian Publishing Award for Best Author in 2011.
Her company, Paiboon Publishing is moving with the times. The company is moving away from hard copy texts to electronic publishing, both for computers but more recently for smartphones, e-readers and pads. The Thai dictionary and Thai for Beginners are available both as computer software and as downloads for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. These are valuable portable tools for those learning Thai. In January 2013, Benjawan will launch a Mandarin Chinese phrasebook for smartphones with an innovative approach to understanding the tones. Also in February, Paiboon will further launch a comprehensive talking Thai phrasebook with 10,000 words and phrases in more than 200 categories for travellers and Thai learners. For more information please check.
If you have a question for Benjawan please email us at [email protected] and mark your email in the title ‘Question for Benjawan’. We look forward to receiving your questions.