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I don't want to learn local language


redwinecheese

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Some people say that learning other languages makes life easier but it is not, because for instance in Thailand, people over here talk about everything.   When I date some girls some do really personaol things  like cutting my finger nails,  Suddenly the news is every where so, cut the Bullshit I don't want to learn local language any more except for some words to go by.

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Quite right never learn it as they will not understand you most of the time if you tried. I don't want to talk about som tam, lakorn or hear gossip about the neighbors anyway. Just get the basics and forget trying to converse with them, even the natives have trouble with the language at times leave them to it.

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6 hours ago, redwinecheese said:

I don't want to learn local language any more except for some words to go by.

 

This.

 

I know about 50 phrases….and they get me through my entire trip which mainly consists of mongering, eating, drinking and shopping.

 

Wasteful to learn more if you're just an itinerant traveller.

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Then it is also your opinion, that thai people should not  learn/understand english , so they don't need to  hear what we saying.

I realy interested in the way your life improving then here,  it will be a deep minded relationship.

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I think in most cases--saying you do not want to speak it is really an inability to learn it.

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I put myself squarely in that category. 

 

Lived in S/America for a short while--spoke passable Spanish, worked on German/Swedish ships 2 years, got by OK. Thai has been a hill just to steep to climb for me---maybe the age...70 ..or maybe I am thicker than I thought, but try as I may I find the tones just to hard to master, I certainly don't have the energy to keep trying lessons any more.. Would I want to speak it fluently if someone said for a million Baht you can just flip this switch...sure, even more so since I moved up country...to Bahn Nok. When you leave the tourist belt you really find how nice it would be to communicate.

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Its a bit of a put down to say that Thai People only talk about rubbish--I have some  bilingual Thai friends, & its nice that they converse & take the time to explain things to me.

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you don't want to? or are finding it too difficult? 

 

I have no idea what cutting your nails has to do with it... I do sympathise with people who have difficulty learning/hearing the language. 

 

One of the many many advantages of being able to speak the language of the country you are living in is that you can direct the conversation to things that you are curious about. 

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In the West, your lady might adjust your tie (assuming you wore one). Over here they cut your nails. Just a primate grooming to make a bond sort of thing. Don't sweat the small stuff.

 Tones are the killer here. Been here for 16 years, speak passable Thai, yet no one seems to understand when I say "8".... in Thai, natch.

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