I am looking for someone to help me with suggestions to confidently / safely get into the intermediate Thai level and push into the expert level (which I am one year away from).
I studied Thai for 9 months, and on and off as a hobby for some years, and recently moved back to Thailand where I have been doing self-study casually for the last few months. I know the alphabet and can read fairly well and write out anything in Thai. I know lots of vocab and a number of verbs, but I feel my language skill lacks depth here. I can barely understand most written literature - e.g. a basic book for teenagers. Even these ones for young children I struggle with. But then there are times when I feel quite fluent and have definitely surpassed the beginner and elementary levels.
I think I just need to become really confident with another 100 (less common) verbs, and another 100 nouns - including some which are 'royal' or 'official' or 'business-related', etc. I know most of the common sentence structures a probably am nearing a vocab of 500.
I struggle with reading the news, etc. because often there are names of people that I find difficult to 'pick out' (because there are no capital letters - and spaces are only used between not-so-directly-related phrases, and not between words). Thai also uses lots of abbreviations/acronyms for months and all sorts which I find difficult to make out.
My goal is to be able to watch a film or something on TV and have a 80-90 % understanding. And to be able to make simple comments about it as well.