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Pop culture style
Are you a fan of The Peach Band? If so, you will find today’s story easy to read because you will already know much of the information in it. And if you don’t know much about these rising stars, you will soon be up to date with the latest in popular Thai culture.
People in the Outlook department know there are many young readers of the Bangkok Post, so there are often stories about Thai music and the youth culture scene. One of the writers who regularly covers the music scene is Onsiri Pravattiyagul.
When she writes about music, she uses a very conversational style – phrases you can adopt and use yourself. So there is one activity below to help you become familiar with those phrases.
However, for second language readers, there can sometimes be a problem with Onsiri’s writing – some of her sentences are very long and complex. After you have worked through those in the activity below, you will be better prepared to read similar stories in future.
Tough stuff first
Let’s look at one example of a long, tough sentence. The ‘it’ in the sentence refers to the success of the group’s first album. There is a long, complex clause explaining where the two musicians met in the middle of the basic sentence. The basic sentence (the main idea of the sentence) has been bolded for you. For now, don’t worry about unknown words, focus on the whole sentence.
But it hardly comes as a surprise when The Peach Band, who met when the Silpakorn University junior Wiriyapa took a class in “Lyrical Producing” where Rakpol was a teacher's assistant at Gen-X Academy, has been making a name for themselves among the “indie” kids for about a year now.
Here’s another example talking about the group’s decision to record an album. In this sentence there are two complex clauses with extra information before the basic sentence. Again, the basic sentence has been bolded for you.
After launching a series of hit songs and a couple of live gigs, including a co-headlining spot with another semi-famous DIY band, Monotone, at last year's Fat Festival, The Peach Band knew it was time for them to seriously start considering making a proper studio album.
Now, when you find these sentences in the story, you’ll already be familiar with their meaning. There are two other complex sentences – one of them in conversation from one of the stars. As you read, find those two examples and underline the basic sentence.
Spice up your conversation
The phrases in the first list below are taken from the story. Try to see how many of them you can match with their explanations in the second list. Some of them will be easy, for the others, you’ll find them in the story and the way they are used will help you.
Try to use two or more of these expressions in your next conversation about a favourite song, album, or group.
OUR STORY FROM THE BANGKOK POST