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BANGKOK 22 May 2019 09:33
robint

Is it worth learning Thai

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i find it handy on occasion, its very frustrating

not being able to communicate.

but for the most part those i interact with speak english

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13 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

Yes, of course its worth learning, I just wish I was better at learning.

I still find it very difficult, I cant hear or reproduce the tonal differences, 5 minutes later I have forgotten the word anyway.

 

I think its a cop out to say its not necessity, not worth it, I choose not to learn etc.

Good point.  Though my wife takes care of my everyday translation requirements and surely shields me from 99% of the nonsense I would otherwise encounter and may well be aggrieved with.  

 

We were in the food court a few days ago, out here in the boonies, and as usual pushed my wife forward to order my lunch in Thai and was most surprised that the young lady spoke absolutely perfect English.  She was extremely modest in stating that she only spoke a little English.  

 

Ignorance is total bliss.  

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

One thing I dont fully understand is when people suggest learning to read Thai, as you will be able to speak Thai.

I can read Indonesian, every single word, because its the same alphabet. I still cant speak or understand Indonesian.

 

It's something you can do on your own without paying a Thai teacher.

Most of the Thai teachers I hired were completely hopeless.

Apart from BoonMark who worked for AUA in ChiangMai, he was brilliant.

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1 hour ago, samsensam said:

If i dated non educated/lower class thai women who spoke atrocious english - as many i see in relationships with/married to foreigners do, or if i lived in a village miles from anywhere where no one spoke english then sure i would learn thai as there would be obvious benefits

These ladies aren't speaking Thai, so still no reason to learn.

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20 minutes ago, OneEyedPie said:

Good point.  Though my wife takes care of my everyday translation requirements and surely shields me from 99% of the nonsense I would otherwise encounter and may well be aggrieved with.  

 

We were in the food court a few days ago, out here in the boonies, and as usual pushed my wife forward to order my lunch in Thai and was most surprised that the young lady spoke absolutely perfect English.  She was extremely modest in stating that she only spoke a little English.  

 

Ignorance is total bliss.  

 

 

I had a similar thing the other day, wife tasked me to buy something at markets while she went to the bathroom. It took all of my linguistic and memory skills to get through "hello, do you have, can I have 3, how much, thank you" and be understood. Only to have the little old Thai lady start up in perfect English wanting to discuss quantum physics (ok, it was the weather but could have been quantum physics).

 

It left me feeling very inadequate. I would find it very worthwhile to have better Thai.

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