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Thais' lack of ability at foreign languages holding back tourism, says top minister

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Thais' lack of ability at foreign languages holding back tourism, says top minister

 

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Thais have been criticized by one of their own for not being able to communicate well in foreign languages.

 

Deputy PM Thanasak Patimaprakorn said that this inability was holding back tourism development in many sectors, especially the cruise boat market.

 

Thanasak was speaking after the results of a survey conducted by the Tourism and Sports Ministry, the tourism industry association and an investment group were announced. 

 

The survey was conducted concerning the cruise ship market and noted that while business for Laem Chabang and Koh Samui was doing well Pheket had lost its way.

 

Phuket - once considered one of the prime locations for visiting ships in Asia - was now lagging far behind, reported Thai Rath.

 

The influential news organization screamed in its headline that the reason for this was Thais were so weak at foreign languages.

 

The minister said that inability to communicate with foreigners was cited as one of two main reasons for the pleasure boat business in Phuket to be floundering. The other was poor service not matching the requirements of international travelers on cruise liners.

 

Thai Rath said that these kinds of tourists were needed as they spent an average of 6,174 baht a day. 

 

And the cruise boat market was one of the fastest growing sectors with the Thais wanting to see a large slice of the action.

 

But language ability as well as poor service was holding them back.

 

Source: https://www.thairath.co.th/content/1115645

 
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My wife's aunt was an English teacher for years, can hardly speak a word. In my village I have been asked a few times to teach but I won't risk my retirement visa. I have offered to chat, the kid can come over (as long as my wife is home), we'll sit on the porch and speak in English. No one has ever taken me up on it.

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It's not like tourism is exactly bad in Thailand them being pretty much #1 and all; however, it could be so much better.

 

I think it's only a matter of time before another viably comfortable, convenient tropical Asian country with nice beaches etc. pulls ahead in creative thinking vis a vis their own tourism industry along with English and Chinese skills not to mention service-mindedness (meaning beyond just the 5-star hotels) to take the brass ring from the complacent Thais.

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Nonsense.

 

Thais don't need foreign languages because Thailand is the best country in the World, and Thais are the best people in the World. Tourist numbers are the best in the World and there's 0% unemployment. 

 

 

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All because Thailand is basically an inward looking country with a local superiority complex and an educational system that is in dire need of reforming due to consistently lagging behind it's local piers. However, dream on for change as too many vested interests and the Chinese-Thai elite will have none of it due to them needing an unquestioning slave class to provide cheap labour. Ironically, although people rightly complain about the education system here, it actually does a very good job regarding what it was really designed to do...which is controversial and archaic, working as intended. 

 

Ditch the patronage system, enforce the law, allow critical and free thinking, stop the coups and and hose down the government stables with bleach so as to create a fairer society...and you might have some chance of that and a myriad of other things minister (yeah, right). I could go on, but it would be patronizing to TV members to do so.

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No need to communicate, just double the prices..the rest is not important.

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I became acquainted with a Thai/American brother and sister at a university where I worked. They are fluent in both Thai and English, having an American mother and a Thai father. They both tell me that a large percentage of Thais do not even speak their own language correctly, which leads to any number of misunderstandings. Comments?

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What do you expect when the teachers want to drop the current level of English they require, backward country in today's modern word where education is a must except in this neck of the woods.

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46 minutes ago, Chip Allen said:

I became acquainted with a Thai/American brother and sister at a university where I worked. They are fluent in both Thai and English, having an American mother and a Thai father. They both tell me that a large percentage of Thais do not even speak their own language correctly, which leads to any number of misunderstandings. Comments?

Absolutely right! Communication Thai to Thai is an entire misunderstanding when it goes further than "aroi", "sabai" and "suai". My theorie is that they don't really listen, thinking they already know what the sender is telling them.

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And at the same time keeping foreign guides out with strong punishment.

Protectionism at its best.

 

 

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Nothing to do with the language, that is just an excuse...

 

Perhaps the farangs got fed up with filthy beaches,  dual pricing, being considered just as a walking ATM, getting cheated  by the taxi/tuk tuk mafia, getting harrassed by immigration etc. etc....look in a bit deeper boys and read TVF regularly...it is a golden source of governance .. :cheesy::sorry::welcomeani:

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Here's something funny/interesting/sad.  My adopted Thai son is a Thai Language Teacher and, according to him, over half of his students can't even speak Thai semi correctly, and their writing of it is even worse. 

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1 hour ago, Chip Allen said:

I became acquainted with a Thai/American brother and sister at a university where I worked. They are fluent in both Thai and English, having an American mother and a Thai father. They both tell me that a large percentage of Thais do not even speak their own language correctly, which leads to any number of misunderstandings. Comments?

Yeap. My misus won’t ask for assistance in shops because she gets so frustrated with staff speaking drivel or being incoherrant. 

 

I remember my ex gf would speak to her fellow Thais. They’d speak for a while so I’d be curious to know what two complete strangers could have to talk about. She’d often say they weren’t making any sense. That wasn't the most confusing part. The most confusing part is how two strangers could have such a lengthy conversation and walk away from it with zero curiousity as to what it was all about. 

 

That’s the problem in a culture where you’re not supposed to ask questions. It seriously stunts development when not understanding something is the norm. You don’t even care to understand anymore. 

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