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    Have you picked up any Thai mannerisms, traits?

    I've spent far,far more of my adult life in Thailand than in the UK but have certainly not gone native. However I've certainly picked up a few mannerisms that are very Thai in nature:

    When someone holds open a door for me or a driver slows to allow me to cross the road I stoop my head and scurry"politely" by.


    When greeting a person or saying goodbye I often give a big flouncy wave and brightly say "bye bye, bye bye" in the manner of a preschooler.


    Have you picked up any typically "Thai" behavioral affects? If so please share with the forum.
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    Uh... Welcome back?

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    jesus.

    where have you been?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog
    Have you picked up any typically "Thai" behavioral affects? If so please share with the forum.
    I tend to leave the room before farting.

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    I have replied in Thai, quite by accident, in France and Germany leading people to swap to English and asking if I can converse in said language. Makes me smile every time and never done on purpose.

    I have to admit to doing the same as the OP, although not sure if was due to Thailand or Malaysia. I stoop my head as a sign of thanking someone instead of looking down on them as if I owned the world. Goes down a treat in Bavaria...

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    Welcome back, MD.
    Been a long while, hasn't it?



    Are these mannerisms that you speak of, rubbing off.......are they looked upon as an inferior nature?

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    Probably picked up more Thai ways than I know, but biggest one, I don't give a shit how big your house is, how much your car cost.

    Really don't care what anyone thinks about me, live in the moment, as long as there's food to eat, a few beers to drink, I'm fine.

    Back in Australia at the moment and can't wait to get back to buttfuk nowhere, life is just so much simpler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog
    When someone holds open a door for me or a driver slows to allow me to cross the road I stoop my head and scurry"politely" by.
    So do I, four years after leaving the country.

    Just come back from a trip to France where I cheerfully retorted in Thai to many a query.

    The place, like it or not, stays with you, becomes you, infiltrates your fucking soul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    Probably picked up more Thai ways than I know, but biggest one, I don't give a shit how big your house is, how much your car cost.

    Really don't care what anyone thinks about me, live in the moment, as long as there's food to eat, a few beers to drink, I'm fine.

    Back in Australia at the moment and can't wait to get back to buttfuk nowhere, life is just so much simpler.
    You've gone over to the other side, Jim - kinda.

    Congrats.

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    'simpler' than an aussie. not many people can claim that.

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    I lay about all day, my house is a tip, and can't speak English properly, how's that for Thainess?!

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    I once thought about this.

    Then I thought...who cares?

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    Damn Foreigners.
    Goin' bush.

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    I've learnt to agree to things when first asked but then find a suitable reason to excuse myself from it later - thus avoiding an uncomfortable situation for the other (Thai) person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog
    Have you picked up any Thai mannerisms, traits?
    I fooking hope not. I still hold a door open if someone is behind me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    I've learnt to agree to things when first asked but then find a suitable reason to excuse myself from it later - thus avoiding an uncomfortable situation for the other (Thai) person.
    Extended Thainess 101...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    Probably picked up more Thai ways than I know, but biggest one, I don't give a shit how big your house is, how much your car cost.
    Good grief. We must live in a different Thailand.

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    He just doesn't make any sense about anything, from what I can see.

    Vive la difference I guess.

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    I say "no plobrem" an inordinate number of times throughout the day.

    People are starting to talk...

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    The biggest thing that Thailand has taught me is patience....

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    Does picking one's nose, indifferently, in public qualify as an adopted mannerism...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Does picking one's nose, indifferently, in public qualify as an adopted mannerism...?
    Yes as are scratching one's arse and disentangling one's balls from one's underpants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    Probably picked up more Thai ways than I know, but biggest one, I don't give a shit how big your house is, how much your car cost.
    Good grief. We must live in a different Thailand.
    No doubt we do, so go on and tell me how your big house, up market car makes for a more contented life.

    I live a simple life, no doors or windows locked, my kids play on the concrete road, playing with other kids.

    As said we are in Australia, so the kids can get there English up, not that broke [yet] kids want to go home, I want to go home, Thailand.

    You only have to search google/ you tube to see how I live, for me it's not to bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister
    No doubt we do, so go on and tell me how your big house, up market car makes for a more contented life.

    I live a simple life, no doors or windows locked, my kids play on the concrete road, playing with other kids.

    As said we are in Australia, so the kids can get there English up, not that broke [yet] kids want to go home, I want to go home, Thailand.

    You only have to search google/ you tube to see how I live, for me it's not to bad.
    Do you use aircon?

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    The special Thai trait that I do without even realising that it's happening is when I take My index finger and push it up a nostril and dig for diamonds, whilst standing in a public que .

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