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BANGKOK 25 March 2019 14:59

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10 minutes ago, soalbundy said:
14 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

My stepson has been criticised by his teachers for 'being too abrupt' when talking to them.

That's my fault, as I've brought him up to tell the truth and be straight when asking or answering questions.

The teachers don't like that.

 

I had a friend who years ago had a Thai g/f who spoke passable Engrish. I always remember something she refused to back down about: the letter 'W'.

She insisted on pronouncing the letter itself as 'dub-you', not 'double-you'.

Why? Because as a kid, herEnglish language teacher who was a Thai, told the class that was how it should sound.

My friend's g/f refused point blank to accept her teacher could be wrong. This is despite living in the UK for over ten years.

 

Maybe she heard Bush talking, ole dubja

Or Richard Nixon - I saw a documentary about the secret war in Laos, which he always pronounced as 'Lay-oss'.

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8 minutes ago, soalbundy said:

I remember having a similar experience with a teacher,although it was about decorum. When I took my son to school he got off the motorbike giving me a perfunctory wai, closed palms thrown across his shoulders, an insult really, this in front of the head teacher who gave me a telling off for letting my son get away with it.

"It's the way we do things, we are casual, I don't need him to give me a wai to know he respects me"

 

"That may be so but you are in Thailand and your son will have to abide by Thai etiquette all his life, you are doing him no favours, you are his father and he should show you respect in public"

 

Point taken, he was right of course, why make a big thing out of it so I promised him better behaviour in future.

Sometimes you have to give a little bit, in this case the teacher was right. Sometimes its better to fit in. However where do you draw the line. Your son was right for correcting the teacher. I done that too in the past with English teachers in the Netherlands when I was young. 

 

Nobody (including me) likes to be corrected or shown his faults. I have had other accountants go over my stuff and point out faults  (it happens) its never fun. So i can understand a teacher not liking it either. It takes some getting used to but it will never be fun.

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1 hour ago, Puchaiyank said:

Sometimes it is best to wait until the class is dismissed to challenge a teacher's correctness.

Doing it without witnesses would be stupid.

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12 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

Doing it without witnesses would be stupid.

Probably less stupid than embarrassing a teacher in front of the class...

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