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“Don’t complain about our English, If you can’t speak Thai” - sign at restaurant goes viral - again

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25 minutes ago, Jim walker said:

When in Rome

When in Sodom..

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6 hours ago, evadgib said:

If English is a problem i'm curious as to who wrote that sign?

 

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Me too....

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23 minutes ago, Enki said:

IFTFY: English is one of the official languageS of Asean.

 

And completely irrelevant for 90% of the people living here. Most people in ASEAN speak already 2 or 4 languages, as in Thai, Lao, or Lao and Vietnamese, or Thai, Lao, Chinese and Japanese. The "natural pressure" to learn english is for most asians super low, as they never ever are in a situation their they need it or where it is "useful". E.g.: if you go to Lao or Vietnam, and even parts of Isaan: they speak French. Do you speak French?

An exception is for historical reasons - and the number of local languages: India.

It is somewhat funny that people who most likely speak only _one_single_language_ complain about people who speak several from childhood ...

No I don't speak French I do speak fluent German though does that count?
Anyway of course there are more languages spoken in Asean than just English but English is the prefered language of communication between Asean countries.

https://www.google.com/search?q=what+is+the+official+language+of+asean&rlz=1C1CHBF_enTH818TH818&oq=what+is+the+official+language+of+asean&aqs=chrome..69i57j33.10247j1j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Currently, English stands as the official language of ASEAN used by foreign ministers in regional
meetings, decision-making agendas and charter agreements. English was selected due to its
widespread utility in several 
ASEAN countries like Singapore and the Philippines


 

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4 minutes ago, Susco said:

It's pretty simple, if you run a business catering to tourists you speak a language they understand, not the other way around.

Chinese? All the native English speakers are too impoverished to come to Thailand unless they didn't max their credit card yet.

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12 minutes ago, Traubert said:

They are when they're 100% correct. A conversation I witnessed:

 

Tourist ; Jack, rocks!

Barman : I'm sorry, sir, what would you like?

T: Jack, rocks! I told you.

B: I'm afraid we don't have any Jackrocks sir, would you like something else?

T: I can see the damn Jack! There, you stupid?

B Oh, Jack Daniels sir, and.....?

T: Rocks! Rocks! Jesus Christ!

 

Who is speaking the better English there?

I see what the problem there was. Jack is a murican whiskey. A butler clad in tweed speaking Queen's English would not understand how to make such barbarian drinks. Only gin and tonics as the sun sets down on the empire.

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13 minutes ago, Mister Fixit said:

Fork = som ส้อม

Spoon = chawn ช้อน

Knife = meed  มีด

 

That's really basic stuff that I learnt in my first week here 16 years ago.    So it isn't just Thais who don't know the basics of a language, eh ...?

 

One of the problem is in 50% of the case if you ask a fork in thai they answer you in

Thai ''sorry we don't have oranges'' or they bring you oranges if they have,

Yes i know my pronunciation usually su. ks

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In the department stores or other large shops i often see the staff running away when they see me coming...Then when one is close to me i say loud, Chai krab, anneee fallang, pai leo....then they always have to laugh...

 

In Power Buy or Homepro my wife goes crazy from the annoying sales...also when she's with me...but when i'm alone they don't speak to me at all....mostly they run away. Perfect!

 

 

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Fair enough. I won't complain.

But keep this in mind: your very existence as a restaurant was made possible ONLY by english speaking foreigners and other farangs.

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7 hours ago, Yinn said:

Jingthing live in Thailand right? 

many years. How your thai language skill? Is difficult learn second language yes? 

You know about how ask for something polite thai language right? Can read thai?

 

When I work the hotel Phuket before have very angry Aussie scream at taxi driver. They said the place want to go wrong way, so he take them wrong place. 

They so impolite, refuse pay him. They say to me “F idiot, why he not speak English??” 

I answer that if he can know second language he will get high wage job more than be taxi driver. Ask them “taxi driver in Australia study all the language for help tourist? Or not?” 

 

IMO eglish speaker never learn second language is most impolite. (USA, Aussie, NZ, England). And speak to quickly.

 

Usually German, Italy, Holland, Korean, Chinese very polite about language misunderstanding. Because they understand it difficult. Have experience.

 

 

I've had many taxi drivers in Oz who all speak very good english and are the most part polite, unlike here.

 

A high % of taxi drivers here in Thailand are idiots, see many stories about them in daily news, from Thai and farang so it's nothing biased ( before you start ).

 

Thanks.

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