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I overhear numerous comments that if they knew I spoke thier language they would keep to themselves. I love to see those pretty little jaws hit the floor when after 2 hours of silence I say aloud in Thai "you think I dont have ears?"

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9 minutes ago, ThaiWai said:

I overhear numerous comments that if they knew I spoke thier language they would keep to themselves. I love to see those pretty little jaws hit the floor when after 2 hours of silence I say aloud in Thai "you think I dont have ears?"

 

You could just learn that single phrase to amuse yourself.

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5 hours ago, FritsSikkink said:

"instance in Thailand, people over here talk about everything"

unlike in every other country :saai:

That is why I never bother with learning Thai - if their conversations are even half as inane as the ones I can overhear in English back home I don't think I'll bother

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56 minutes ago, ThaiWai said:

I overhear numerous comments that if they knew I spoke thier language they would keep to themselves. I love to see those pretty little jaws hit the floor when after 2 hours of silence I say aloud in Thai "you think I dont have ears?"

If you really understand Thai, that's exactly what you don't do. I don't know a single Thai who likes to loose his face.

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3 hours ago, redwinecheese said:

I'll be glad to punch you in the face:sorry:

It's sad that you don't seem to want to even attempt the language. I'm not moving to Chiangmai until Jan 2018, so I have no right to judge others. I also realize I'll be 70 then too, but so what? I'll try ... even though with six years of middle school, high school and college French, I'm still nonfluent (though I can get the general idea when reading the language.) However, when talking to the diverse international population in my city of Wash., DC, I have found that speaking bits of words and phrases in French, Tagalog, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Amharic (Ethiopian), Spanish, Serbian-Croatian, Vietnamese, German, Greek, even Thai & some sign language, I've got pleasant responses and generated goodwill from those I meet, even if I've butchered the pronunciation. Most of the time it's just greetings or a few words. However, they appreciate my trying. Maybe the Thais won't and will quickly reply in English, if they can. But like an acquaintance who only wanted to eat western style food when he traveled, I think he loses something by not attempting to at least TRY it. After all, its NOT cheap living or easy sex why I'm going to Thailand, I want to experience as much of the culture I can as well as the sights, sounds, tastes, touch and even smells of a culture that intrigue me. Else, why -- in my case -- should i travel.

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3 hours ago, bermannor said:

tones are not too important for semi intelligent Thais as long as you add a correct classifier for a word

You are so wrong you need the tones ok 

and yes you can get pass as you say but , most Thais will not understand you if you not give them the right tone .

Been trying to lean thai for 7 years off and on and it is very hard .

Just started back at thai school last Sunday and it was great to get back in to it .

I for one love talking thai and if I am in a  foreign country I think you most lean there  language .

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10 hours ago, redwinecheese said:

 When I date some girls some do really personaol things  like cutting my finger nails,

????? suck it up buttercup and a good scrub down as well to go with it. Don't look a gift gal in the mouth. What other personal things are you complaining about. Forget it I will just let my vivid imagination run wild. 

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3 hours ago, Ulysses G. said:

Learning Thai is one of the most useful things that I have ever done in my life and I did not put a lot of effort in it - my Thai is far from great. However, beggars AND parasites completely leave me alone after a few words. I get charged reasonable prices most of the time without much bargaining and young beautiful girls don't seem to mind spending time with me as we can chit-chat. If you don't want to learn Thai, that is up to you, but you are really missing out on a lot.

All of those things are just as easily achieved if you don't speak Thai also...as long as you're half decent looking and not too rude. 

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1 minute ago, redwinecheese said:

can you explain more please:post-4641-1156694083:

Just a general comment...people will talk to you if you're a polite and friendly person when it matters. Whatever the culture. The comment was more in relation to the fact the poster seemed to think you had to speak a language to get by here. Usually, in Thailand, to get by you need one of two things...money or contacts. If you have money then the language is irrelevant. If you have contacts then it is because you have moved into a professional circle. Meaning someone probably speaks English, and then they and their circles bother to hang out with you if you're not rude lol. 

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1 hour ago, SaintLouisBlues said:

That is why I never bother with learning Thai - if their conversations are even half as inane as the ones I can overhear in English back home I don't think I'll bother

Depends what sort of people you are talking too, uneducated hookers or people who went to a proper school makes a difference.

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10 minutes ago, FritsSikkink said:

Depends what sort of people you are talking too, uneducated hookers or people who went to a proper school makes a difference.

There are highly educated people in my office in California and believe me I hear inane, banal and ignorant comments all the time. I certainly don't need to understand similar trivia in another language

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