South East Wales

Thai alphabet YouTube boy Dylan Hall's millions of hits

Media captionThree-year-old Dylan Hall became an internet sensation in Thailand after his parents posted a video of him on YouTube reciting the Thai alphabet.

A video of a three-year-old boy from south Wales reciting the Thai alphabet has clocked up more than two million views in a matter of days on YouTube.

Dylan Hall, who was born in Thailand and now lives in Caerleon, is a particular hit in Thailand and has more than 88,000 "likes" on Facebook.

The clip was posted online by his parents, largely for the benefit of far-flung grandparents and friends.

But the YouTube video has gone viral within 10 days of being posted.

Image caption Web star Dylan Hall and his parents Passamon and Peter

Dylan's father Peter worked for more than eight years in Thailand, where he met his wife Passamon, before they moved to Wales.

Mrs Hall, 35, has been been teaching Dylan Thai so he could speak to his grandmother on visits to Thailand.

His parents say they are surprised and delighted by the reaction in his mother's homeland to the video, which is among dozens of Dylan they have put up.

"We've been told that when people arrive home from work they've been watching the video to relieve their stress. It helps them to relax," said Mrs Hall.

Media captionDylan recites the alphabet while his father explains his online success

"Thai people have been saying: 'You don't forget where you come from' and 'it's good you're teaching your son Thai even though he doesn't live in Thailand'. They're proud.

"It's quite a difficult language to learn, but it's easier than learning Welsh," she joked.

Mrs Hall said a stage show and a modelling agency in Thailand had been keen to recruit Dylan after his YouTube success, but they had refused the approaches because their son was too young.

The video has even prompted a Thai comedian, Bie The Ska, to release an affectionate parody.

Mr Hall, a lecturer at Coleg Gwent in Newport, said a friend initially told them it was quite popular with a few hundred views.

He said: "Then we looked and it was a few thousand and we went to sleep and the next morning we had a text message from his godfather saying it was 100,000, and then we checked and it was considerably higher than that."

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