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    Thai speaking Farangs - how very odd!

    The reaction I get off Thais when I speak their language never ceases to amaze me - it's always one of utter surprise and causes them to giggle or have nervous fits (even though my pronunciation is 100% perfect).


    So many locals (even students of mine when I was teaching) seem to be bowled over that a foreigner can speak Thai.

    Especially out in the provinces - sometimes I would just say a number in Thai and the locals are just astounded - like "Why you speak Thai'

    - " Because I've been here for several months and was working in Bangkok"

    -'But why you can speak Thai?"


    and on and on.......

    pretty fucking odd really - I mean it kind of makes sense that one would learn the local lingo if you spend time in a foreign country.


    What is it with these people..?
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    Oh dear CE, it is the way you pronounce it that makes them giggle

    it just comes out with rude words instead of what you meant

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    CE, not one Thai has ever asked me that question. They tell me I speak Thai polite and well, but thats bullshit as sure in a taxi, a restaurant, a classroom, or travelling I am pretty good. But if a Thai was to ask me to give my perspective on the recent election you'd get some drivel like "Pom my chop TRT!!!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    Oh dear CE, it is the way you pronounce it that makes them giggle it just comes out with rude words instead of what you meant __________________

    I have now edited my OP for your benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era
    even though my pronunciation is 100% perfect
    Oh, come on, don't be so modest, CE.

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    I get it sometimes (especially in the tourist areas) where they just refuse to understand their own language.

    ok, my pronunciation isn't perfect but it is understandable (usually) - it's the mental block thing I'm refering to.

    Now I can understand a Thai speaking completely bastardised Angrit so why not the other way round?

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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era
    ok, my pronunciation isn't perfect
    Well make your bladdy mind up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa
    Oh, come on, don't be so modest, CE.

    Modesty is one of my strong points.

    I don't normally bother with the tonal shit cause that doesn't really make any difference I'm told.

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    In my 10 years of living in Thailand I have only ever met 1 person (foreigner) whom I would consider "fluent" in Thai. And he lives in a temple.

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    I only know one as well, and I think he is back in England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era
    I don't normally bother with the tonal shit cause that doesn't really make any difference I'm told.
    You were told wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era
    I don't normally bother with the tonal shit cause that doesn't really make any difference I'm told.
    No wonder they giggle, the tonal makes all the difference.

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    Ok, the tonal thing was a joke - they giggle and seem astounded because a foreigner is speaking some words in their language.

    What is the big deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era
    Ok, the tonal thing was a joke - they giggle and seem astounded because a foreigner is speaking some words in their language.

    What is the big deal?
    The big deal?
    First you say your pronunciation is 100%, then you say it isn't.
    Then you say tones don't matter, then you say they do.

    A tad inconsistent, don't you think?

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    I am suprised how little Thai most farangs speak.

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    My apologies in advance for hijacking this thread.
    I'm sick and tired of reading a thread, trying to reply only to find it's been moved to the bloody Members forum, which I can't access.
    After this, I only need another 3 posts to get 100.

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    are you going all mad sir?

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    Sorry, I mean THIS one and I'm in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    are you going all mad sir?
    Yes, it's very frustrating when you can't answer a thread you've been reading because of one of DD's whims.

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    Congratulations...


    feel free to contribute to my flashing thread, it has been lacking lip of late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    I only know one as well, and I think he is back in England.
    No. I'm still in Bangkok mate.

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    Right!
    I'm In.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William
    In my 10 years of living in Thailand I have only ever met 1 person (foreigner) whom I would consider "fluent" in Thai. And he lives in a temple.
    William, you are the second foreigner in Thailand I've ever met that can speak Thai pretty good and polite (as needed).

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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era

    I don't normally bother with the tonal shit cause that doesn't really make any difference I'm told.
    Your name's not Gary then I take it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr
    The big deal? First you say your pronunciation is 100%, then you say it isn't. Then you say tones don't matter, then you say they do.

    Not at all - it is 101% consistent.

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