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    Farangs that shout thinking it will help Thais understand English better :(

    It seems my Uncle and a few other farangs around think that Thais will get what they are saying in English if the shout at them. Do any of you do this or have you been around other farangs that do so?

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    In my experience, lots of people do this when speaking to foreigners without a perfect grasp of their language.

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    Heh...before one of our 'cousins' mention it, the belief is it's 'Merkins who do the loudest shouting at foreigners.

    Not so. Germans are the loudest.

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    speak Thai!! I get things cheaper!!! I used to live in Spain and many expats couldn't string a sentence together.. even after years in the place... embarrassing cnuts ..

    also noticed the same with the pattaya expats ... its the raised voice and hand signals that make me laugh!!!

    its pure lazy

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    If You Shout, They Will Understand You. Stupid Fuckers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    It seems my Uncle and a few other farangs around think that Thais will get what they are saying in English if the shout at them.
    I do it, not for the reason they will understand, but for the sheer pleasure I get from it
    Why do they have this total inability to guess the word you have slightly mis-pronounced
    Here's an example, ordering a bottle of Tiger beer in a bar, there is only 3 different beers on sale in there, but if I say Tiger and not TI-GER, they will put on that stupid fukkin face and fake smile

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    You have to have the right accent but shouting makes Thai's recoil so it's counterproductive...

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    I do find it funny how they can mangle the language then not understand a word we say if one tone off. I want ice. Sci Nam Kang na kop. Not a clue. But then two hours later a university student walks in my office and says esskusa my teecha, and somehow I can make out that its excuse me teacher. Perhaps its just a general lack of situational awareness.

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    Uncle shouts a lot at his wife for beers, food and and a ton of other things. It does not seem to bother his young bride as she always takes care of him as if he were a toddler. I guess she likes the house he built for her and the money he gives her enough to over look it.

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    It's traditional in Britain that if Johnny Foreigner doesn't understand you shout at them slowly.

    *TEA...WITH...MILK...AND...SUGAR*.

    It gives them time to absorb every word and keeps their gnat-like attention.

    But it has to be slowly.

    Just shouting doesn't work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    I do find it funny how they can mangle the language then not understand a word we say if one tone off. I want ice. Sci Nam Kang na kop. Not a clue. But then two hours later a university student walks in my office and says esskusa my teecha, and somehow I can make out that its excuse me teacher. Perhaps its just a general lack of situational awareness.
    Farang are not supposed to be able to speak Thai. Occasionally, there's a 100% Farang on TV here (not leuk kreung) who speaks grammer-perfect, accent-perfect Thai and the Missus will remark - "check this out."

    The whole thing has to do with Thai's natural xenophobia...

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It's traditional in Britain that if Johnny Foreigner doesn't understand you shout at them slowly.

    *TEA...WITH...MILK...AND...SUGAR*.

    It gives them time to absorb every word and keeps their gnat-like attention.

    But it has to be slowly.

    Just shouting doesn't work.

    Shouldn't it be -

    TEA...WITH...MILK...AND...SUGAR...YOU....BLOODY... .IDIOT

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    Oh yes, and it guarantees a great big lump of gob stirred into your cuppa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    Perhaps its just a general lack of situational awareness.
    Or maybe they really are Thick as Shit ?
    When they don't understand, just smile and say Marlboro Light

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown View Post
    Uncle shouts a lot at his wife for beers, food and and a ton of other things. It does not seem to bother his young bride as she always takes care of him as if he were a toddler. I guess she likes the house he built for her and the money he gives her enough to over look it.
    That your rich Uncle with the cowboy hat?
    That was quick. She's getting your "rich uncle died and left me a fortune' money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    my Uncle
    Is this character real, Chi - we want to meet him; any video clips around???

    Quote Originally Posted by Kwang
    Here's an example, ordering a bottle of Tiger beer in a bar, there is only 3 different beers on sale in there, but if I say Tiger and not TI-GER, they will put on that stupid fukkin face and fake smile
    You can be holding the bottle in one hand and pointing at it with the other, and they still look confused; I shout Tiger non-stop in about 15 different tones at them, smiling all the time of course...

    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Uncle shouts a lot at his wife for beers, food and and a ton of other things.
    Story update, please. In fact, it's such a great story could you start at the beginning (new thread required) and write it all up with pics and video clip inserts.
    How do I post these pictures???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo
    That your rich Uncle with the cowboy hat?
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Story update, please. In fact, it's such a great story could you start at the beginning (new thread required) and write it all up with pics and video clip inserts.
    How's your blind friend getting on Chitown ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    my Uncle
    Is this character real, Chi - we want to meet him; any video clips around???

    Quote Originally Posted by Kwang
    Here's an example, ordering a bottle of Tiger beer in a bar, there is only 3 different beers on sale in there, but if I say Tiger and not TI-GER, they will put on that stupid fukkin face and fake smile
    You can be holding the bottle in one hand and pointing at it with the other, and they still look confused; I shout Tiger non-stop in about 15 different tones at them, smiling all the time of course...

    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Uncle shouts a lot at his wife for beers, food and and a ton of other things.
    Story update, please. In fact, it's such a great story could you start at the beginning (new thread required) and write it all up with pics and video clip inserts.
    He is quite real, however since he does read TD, so I won't be posting any pics. Besides, he is family, so I would not do it anyhow. He is getting along quite well in Thailand - well except for the shouting and thinking every Thai lady is either in love with him or for sale. His wife is expecting a baby and he thinks he is 18 again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo
    That your rich Uncle with the cowboy hat?
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Story update, please. In fact, it's such a great story could you start at the beginning (new thread required) and write it all up with pics and video clip inserts.
    How's your blind friend getting on Chitown ?
    He seems to be adjusting well. He leaves his guide dog at the house and has his girl lead him about. She is pretty sweet and seems to take good care of him. He does not shout, well at least around me.

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    It is when they speak pigin that I get a laugh

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    I hear that a lot too. Sometimes it is an English teacher telling telling his wife things like - I hungry too much, you cook food me mak mak.
    Last edited by chitown; 20-03-2012 at 04:13 PM.

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    If the Thai had submitted to the imperialist jackboot of British rule we wouldn't have the problem we are experiencing now. Two centuries of being bawled at by their betters accompanied by the odd clip about the ear and a boot up the arse does pay dividends. Just take a look at the Indians, they're teaching the Thai now.

    Ah well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent View Post
    If the Thai had submitted to the imperialist jackboot of British rule we wouldn't have the problem we are experiencing now. Two centuries of being bawled at by their betters accompanied by the odd clip about the ear and a boot up the arse does pay dividends. Just take a look at the Indians, they're teaching the Thai now.

    Ah well.
    I concur.
    never should have left Pakistan either.
    White Christian imperialism was good for the world in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent View Post
    If the Thai had submitted to the imperialist jackboot of British rule we wouldn't have the problem we are experiencing now.
    Maybe being a Frenchie colony would have been better for Thailand

    Quote Originally Posted by thegent View Post
    Two centuries of being bawled at
    The Thai Chinese have done well at filling that void.

    Quote Originally Posted by thegent View Post
    accompanied by the odd clip about the ear
    Did you not see the airport security clip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Sometimes it is an English teacher telling telling his wife things like - I hungry too much, you cook food me mak mak.
    That's how many speak in the classroom too (teachers I mean)...

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