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I don't want to learn local language


redwinecheese

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1 hour ago, thai3 said:

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.

I totally agree with this opinion. The less trivial conversations that I have to partake in the better for me. 

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2 minutes ago, bermannor said:

Just for those who do not know what a classifier is:

You don't say just "dog" but you say "animal dog". Animal is the classifier.

that's not quite correct

 

animal is the classifier but you don't say 'animal dog' but 'dog one animal'  (sunak nung tua) but let's not derail the thread into a Thai lesson   :)  

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I know enough Thai to get around, but will never be proficient in conversation. But I have learned a lot by just paying attention, and the use of applications on my phone. Having a Thai gf for a year really helped more than anything. 

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23 minutes ago, ghworker2010 said:

I totally agree with this opinion. The less trivial conversations that I have to partake in the better for me. 

 

1 hour ago, thai3 said:

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.

If you do not like some of the things they talk about, being able to speak the language will enable you to sometimes direct a conversation to some of the things you are interested in... conversation does not always have to be trivial. 

 

And Thai3 - that is not true for everyone. Some people can learn to speak so they can be understood by most. It takes time and effort and desire, which you can easily brush off with silly excuses/comments about subject matter. I find most Thai very genuine and quite willing to confide their concerns in life. They can also be quite funny and light hearted. 

 

Not being able to speak, I think you miss out on many of the joys of living here. It does take time and effort to learn. If you don't want to make that effort, that is fine, but don't blame your inability to learn a language on an excuse that you think Thai people are shallow and have nothing to say when you can't even talk with them and confirm that... 

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1 hour ago, thai3 said:

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.

I love the way you think :shock1:

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9 minutes ago, redwinecheese said:

If they spoke english I will be telling them to not speak about non sense.:smile:

since you are concerned about the topics of conversation, if you can speak to them in Thai, then you can converse about the topics that you find important... they don't just speak about toenails. 

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