How I Got Here

My name is Travis, and I want to speak Thai.  Actually I already do.  I was a missionary for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Thailand from Dec of 2000 to Dec of 2002.  There I learned to speak Thai and I learned to love the people and its culture.  Since then Thailand has always had a special place in my heart.

Then I came home and started my life, got married to a beautiful wife from New Zealand and together we have had 4 children.  This is a picture of me with one of my daughters when she was a baby.  I tried to use my Thai and for a while my family even attended church in Thai, but I didn’t maintain my Thai like I should.

Recently I decided I wanted to learn Spanish.  Despite my family and I moving to New Zealand where Spanish is not a common language, I wanted to learn it like nothing else.  I started a blog about learning Spanish to help me as I learned Spanish on my own.

I didn’t want to leave Thai behind, though.  It is my “first love,” if you will, and I wanted to revive my Thai and maintain it at a high level, so I started this blog that you see now.  After various post, I was discovered by Catherine Wentworth over at  I was interviewed in her successful Thai language learner series.  Which has led to me being able to guest post every so often about one of my favorite methods of learning languages, Speak Your Language.

With the encouragement of Catherine, I started to make a podcast, very slowly, in my free time helping people learn Thai using Speak Your Language.  I have since moved back to the U.S.  and I eventually combined my Spanish blog into this blog and change the title to I want to speak Thai (and other languages too!).

That’s my journey so far!  Hope you stick around and join me for the rest!


9 responses to “How I Got Here

  1. Awesome! I want to speak thai too! Im going there this summer (as a missionary too) !

  2. Hey Travis, I really enjoy your blog and your posts about learning new languages. I was wondering if you would maybe be up for writing a guest post on my blog with maybe some language learning tips or your experience learning other languages? Let me know if you are interested!

  3. Have you considered using YouTube in addition to your podcasts? I think videos have a longer impact when it comes to retention.

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