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BANGKOK 19 July 2019 13:17
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The older I get, the more I am ignored here!

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4 minutes ago, possum1931 said:

You go into a restaurant without wearing a shirt? Any Farang who comes into a restaurant when I'm eating without wearing a shirt will soon know all about it.

If you ever come to Thailand again let me know and I'll start wearing my shirt. 

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56 minutes ago, marcusarelus said:

If you ever come to Thailand again let me know and I'll start wearing my shirt. 

I live in Thailand, what make you think I don't? So you would be wise to always wear your shirt.

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Inflammatory remark and response to it removed.

 

Keep it civil please - see rule 7.

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It does annoy me that a lot of Thai people COMPLETELY tune out whenever a white person starts speaking Thai, whereas if they are speaking to me in English I listen carefully and try to work out what they're saying.

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On 2/16/2019 at 8:34 PM, Christophers200 said:

Strange - whenever I speak Thai to people who do not know me they are both surprised and delighted. However, some 'farang' pr*ts work hard to discredit all westerners in the eyes of Thai people with their ignorant, rude, and boorish behavior. 

Couldn't agree more, look around Pattaya you will find some pleasant, intelligent, polite, respectful and sincere farang and you'll also find the dregs of the earth, who have behaviors which are just awful and they do have some influence on how Thai folks think about farangs. 

 

 

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I speak Thai. When out with the wife people will often ask my wife about me. I aways say to them you can ask me that as I speak Thai. They then ask my wife something else about me. So again I repeat again that I speak thai and why wont they ask me direct. They then normally explain to the wife that they ate shy or are showing respect to me by not asking me directly. 

Its frustrating at times.. But I know they are not being rude in their view.

What is rude is when I hear the word "Farang" when I am out and I know they ate talking about me as Im the only farang around..lol

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Constantly i try to engadge in thai and im not listened to. Even my family. Even my wife and kids act like im speaking another language. I have even recorded myself to figure out if im like a pathetic singer on american idol that think they can sing but clearly cant. But nope its fluent. So i play ignorant and barely bother to chitchat. Not a problem as i wouldn't learn nothing anyway and im not really much of a people person.

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I remember  being in Greece with two Greek Ozzie's, they got annoyed  that even though their Greek was impeccable,  restaurant  staff etc would always  speak English  to them... 

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Maybe consider looking at retirement communities where you will be treated like everyone else.

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On 2/16/2019 at 4:15 PM, mauGR1 said:

Nothing to do with Thai culture imo, but young people are not very interested in old people, everywhere.

Actually,  i find that to be one of the very few benefits of getting old .   At least it kind of falls in place with

my (lack of) desire to have interactions with most people.   No, i am not a bitter old man.....but do not ignore the fact that it is no fun getting old.   I am sure there are a few here that will now tell me how this is the

best time of their life.  Well, personally I enjoyed the health and vitality part a bit more !   Of course, I was not working a job for someone else and had the freedom to do it my way (with all its ups and downs).

 

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On 2/16/2019 at 4:53 PM, simon43 said:

The thing about speaking Thai is that maybe they don't expect you to be speaking Thai, and they try to figure out what English words you're saying.

 

Case in point today - I went to a new clinic to book an eye test.  The receptionist couldn't understand me at all!  I saw the optician, chatted in Thai to her and then went back to the receptionist who was now 'tuned in'  and was able to chat with me in fluent Thai 🙂

Spot on. If a soi dog suddenly started  talking to you in English, you probably wouldn’t remember what it said. You’d just think ‘f@@k me - a talking dog!’

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