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After Age 60: Is it possible to learn to Read and Speak Thai? And, Is it Worth the Effort?

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Forget learning Thai if you lost your short term memory.

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It's useful to learn some, but learning to read well enough to read books or newspapers I'd say probably not. Also, judging by the time wasted by my son reading absolutely ridiculously  boring diatribe in schoolbooks I'd say it's best avoided.

 

Enough to understand signs and basic instructions - but then you can open google translate in the phone and click the camera to get some translating done there.

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8 hours ago, vogie said:

Oh come on Dunroamin, you seem very intelligent, I sure if you really wanted to learn thai you could, many people say can't when they really mean 'don't want'

I forgot to mention, maybe, lazy.

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Waste of time unless you are dead certain to spend the rest of your life in the country. After all, it's not a portable language. Things being what they are, it might seem a tad difficult to project a future in Thailand at this specific point in time. It all depends on your time, effort, perseverance, and general knack for learning languages. I certainly wouldn't bother, English gets you by - just - and with a mobile phone shopping for difficult to describe items is easily accomplished. If you are looking at potentially other places to live and retire post-60, learn a language that has more of a geographic spread.

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        The thai ladies i have met have been mainly multi lingual .

        My thai lady , is teaching me to speak Chinese ..

 

           PS , i am three score and ten ..

           

 

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Ive dreamed of a meaningful chat with a Big C Cashier. Now what better incentive do i need. I can order a new Car every day too.

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On 6/3/2020 at 3:50 AM, HerbyJFlash said:

However, I have noticed that when I show her my newly learnt Thai she almost disapproves or shrugs it off. 
I get the feeling she doesn’t like me knowing it. 

Some Thais seem to go native in the UK and don't like talking Thai, especially to non-Thais. They like to show off their English. 

I overheard a woman in Primart talking on her phone saying she was scared of farang and it was too cold. I said no need to be scared, we don't bite, in Thai. She was shocked and tried to run away. I said I lived in Khon Kaen and where did she come from. She said Aberdeen and did run away! 

Sat next to some Thai women in the casino and shocked then when they were checking out the guys, but they took it very well and we had a good chat. They were really happy, and surprised a farang could understand them. However later when I took the wife, she didn't want to talk to my new lady friends. 

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11 hours ago, elliss said:

 

        The thai ladies i have met have been mainly multi lingual .

        My thai lady , is teaching me to speak Chinese ..

 

           PS , i am three score and ten ..

           

 

I'm learning Chinese, its not easy. 

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11 hours ago, umlungu2012 said:

I certainly wouldn't bother, English gets you by - just - and with a mobile phone shopping for difficult to describe items is easily accomplished

I find it strange that some are content getting by, whatever that means. 

Illiterate, deaf mutes get by, but would love to live a full life. 

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On 6/3/2020 at 1:36 AM, JohnBarleycorn said:

Learning Thai makes me feel more productive, and Thai language has become an important tool which helps me to be a better teacher.

 “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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10 hours ago, GinBoy2 said:

Dunno about that.

 

I learnt Mandarin while I was living in Shanghai, I subsequently lived in Singapore and Taiwan. 

 

I now don't use it in everyday life, but I like to be able to watch TV news, movies in Mandarin, and to some degree read news from Taiwan, although I will admit my traditional Mandarin is a little shakey.

 

So I'm always of the opinion that you learn the language that you are in. Even now I always when I go on vacation learn simple things; Hello, Thank You, Good Bye

Proves my point. You learnt a language that is useful elsewhere. Thai is not. Waste of effort unless you live in Thailand.

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