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  1. 2 hours ago, ChrisKC said:

    Thai teachers or their students are no stupid. English is difficult to learn as a second language and worse, if taught to them by other Thai people who don't know it properly themselves.



    My daughter's IELTS teacher is Thai; she got a band 9! 


    My wife went to English classes after we got married; her teacher was Burmese and better than most English teachers I know from the UK or US. 

  2. 2 hours ago, ChrisKC said:

    "Accusing" is NOT the correct word. My comment was prefaced as being pedantic.  For Foreigners and even some English native speakers could argue that an English teacher is a Teacher from England  as well as anybody could interpret same as any person teaching English.

    I believe to some extent that the Thai teachers don't deserve  the title of English teacher unless that title is prefaced by the word "Thai" as they themselves don't know it well enough

    The word was 'actually'; I have a smartphone that alters words sometimes. 

    If you're not a native English speaker(native speaker of English), I can understand your confusion.


    I am a NES and we say 'English teacher' to mean someone who teaches English, regardless of their nationality. We say Maths teacher/PE teacher etc NOT teacher of Maths/teacher of PE.  My daughters' English teachers are from the US, Oz and England.


    My 2 Thai friends are English teachers and probable speak better English than most NES. They both got PhD's from Leeds University. 





  3. 1 hour ago, ChrisKC said:

    At the risk of being pedantic an "English Teacher" is a teacher who is English and may teach any subject,


    So an "English Teacher" who is Thai, I think should be referred to as a "Thai English Teacher" (not to be confused with "Thai/English") or a "Thai Teacher of English"

    I am a Thai English teacher from Scotland. 


    Accusing, an English teacher does not have to be English. 

  4. 19 hours ago, simon43 said:

    My online students are: mainland Chinese, Hong Kong, Russian, Ukrainian, French, Israeli, Korean, Australian, British, Romanian ... er no Thai students.....

    My online students are South American mostly, followed by Europeans, then Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Japanese, and Thai. However, most of the Thais work for global companies, whereas the Europeans often pay out their own pocket. 

  5. 12 minutes ago, overherebc said:

    Without turning this into a possible insult each other thread you are a bit off the mark.

    I don't feel inferior or superior to anyone, I have two other languages, German and Australian, and they did not make their money recently. They are comfortable, not Hi-So. 

    Where did you insult me? But you think your relatives are more superior. This thread is about English ability, now how much money -  


    We don't sit on the floor, we use the table in the dining room when we visit. We don't have chickens running around because the land they have is used by local farmers not the family.





  6. 11 minutes ago, Saltire said:

    In my mind there is a vast difference between a volunteer teacher and a paid teacher. It is not about taking someones job.


    Most volunteers are not interested in 5 or 6 days a week, 8 or more hours a day. In my case, if allowed, I would do a couple of mornings or afternoons a week at the local high school. If I wanted a job I would not have retired 9 years ago.


    The real spirit of voluteering is not to take someones job for free, but to give some of your time freely, with the goal of giving something back to the local community. I see it very much as complementing the students English class, encouraging confidence to actually open their mouth, without the fear of making mistakes and losing face in the class, which I think is a great hindrance for them in learning anything.









    Very noble of you and I agree to a point. However, all the English teachers wouldn't, the ones that pay their bills with the money they get from teaching. 

    When I was a teacher, we used to hate those missionaries that affected our salaries. 

  7. 7 minutes ago, overherebc said:

    Yes when i'm with them they do use english. We don't sit on the floor, we use the table in the dining room when we visit. We don't have chickens running around because the land they have is used by local farmers not the family.

    Most of them studied overseas after Uni' here as the FIL wanted to make sure they could get a decent job. One just retired from flying commercial and one recently returned from working for the government in USA. 

    I could go on. Oh ok, FIL built a 2 bedroom house for us in BKK as a wedding present.

    Nearly forgot, one is a lawyer, studied in UK.


    You miss the whole point of my writing. I was wondering if you feel a tad left out, or somewhat inferior when they are talking to themselves in Thai. Sounds like they are Chinese Thais and have managed to master a foreign language when you can't even do it after many years of living in the country! Truth is, they probably don't want you to know Thai as they can feel a rung higher on the hierarchical social ladder. I've seen this so often, these nouveau riche Thais think  they are better than their neighbours because they can afford chairs and a table. 

  8. 2 hours ago, Emdog said:

    I would like to volunteer a few hours a week to teach at a local school for free. I imagine more than a few retired expats such as myself would also volunteer. Many barriers to making this a reality, perhaps including having a native English teacher would show how little skill the accredited Thai English teacher has. And so it goes

    And how do you think the English teachers would feel? 


    Just imagine if retired Chinamen started doing your profession for free in your country, whatever it is.

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  9. 2 hours ago, Natai Beach said:

    Should be able to but it really doesn’t worry me if they can or can not. 

    But they shouldn’t be rude to locals because the locals can not understand them.


    And for someone who hasn’t picked up even basic thai like how to ask for a piece of rope after 8 years of living here? He was the stupid one.


    Similar comments on this thread, more likely than not coming from like the homepro bloke. I wonder if he will read this. 

    Hear hear, I have two friends who I was out with recently who didn't know how to say the day/month in Thai! they have been here 42 years between them.

    Last week, I was with a US  guy in a cafe and he asked me to ask the waitress for more hot water, I kid you not.


    Learn one word a day and you'll be surprised, it seems like yesterday I started this thread -  https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/49903-lets-learn-one-word-a-day/#comments

  10. 42 minutes ago, overherebc said:

    I've been here longer than 17 years and still speak very little Thai. Every job I've had,  had contracts and specifications in english. Thai language contracts have too many 'interpretation options'  ASME ANSI DIN BS etc just cannot be translated to Thai.

    All my in-laws speak english.

    I have enough Thai to get what I want in a shop or restaurant and that suits me fine.

    Wow. I can't imagine not speaking Thai when living in Thailand. For one thing, it gives so much freedom to go where you want when you want. 

    Do your in laws speak English to each other so you can understand? 

    Also, brings so many opportunities, for example I work as a translator now. 

    BTW, if there is a contract in Thai and English, and any discrepancies, the Thai one governs in court. 

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  11. 17 hours ago, JusticeGB said:

    If Thailand remains closed to farang tourists then bar girls will forget the little English that they know and the ratings will fall further 😏

    Yet, many of these "bar girls" will be forced to go back to school and learn English properly. No more "same same, ting tong, poom pui, ba ba baw baw". Then they can escape a miserable life of squalor and degradation. 

    Sadly, these farang mongers don't care about their physical/mental/spiritual wellbeing, or that of themselves. 

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  12. On 11/20/2020 at 2:35 PM, worgeordie said:

    What if it was your kid (if you have any),would you

    still think it was not serious ?

    regards worgeordie

    My kids have been taken to hospital for fog bites from our own dogs. 

    If they went onto the property of another and got bitten, I wouldn't blame the other person. 


    What I meant is that no crime has been committed here, hence the police are right not to bother themselves, Esp as the injuries are not serious and they went to a private hospital. 

  13. On 11/19/2020 at 11:53 AM, webfact said:

    The boy’s father said the treatment cost precisely Bt5,822.51. When he showed the dog owner the bill, the person stated that he would pay only Bt500.

    Must have been a private hospital. I took my daughter to a govt hospital recently with a dog bite and it was free. 

    Maybe I should have gone to the most expensive one and given the bill to the guy who sold me the dog. 


    Total nonsense and surprised it made a national newspaper. 

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