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    How much Thai can you speak?

    Before travelling to Thailand I tried to learn a few words and phrases in Thai. Not only can it be helpful in a situation where no English is understood, but it also shows a bit more respect to locals that you willing to speak some of their language.

    So how much Thai are people able to speak? With regard to both the tourist and the expat?

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    Enough to get into mischief.
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    I always learn a few more words every trip but by the time the next trip comes I forget them. So I now just stick to English.

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    No need to learn Thai. Just speak louder English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    No need to learn Thai. Just speak louder English.
    And slower.
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    I learn a new word or two everyday, or re-learn a few. But I am surrounded by non-speakers on a daily basis. Where I live very few people speak English, no Choice. I am getting the to point where I can get by without the missus.
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    I find a lot of Thai's like to show off their English skills and ask to speak English to me. Many times out in the boonies at police check points there's been someone there or they've called the big boss over to "pud English" to the farang and i've driven away with a bunch of cops having a big belly laugh and the build of traffic behind looking on bemused as to what could be funny about a police checkpoint 555

    Some are straight by the book and talk in Thai but it's always where did you come from and where are you going? so easy to reply.

    A lot can't though and i manage to get want i want or the message through and at times have a bit of conversation with them in Thai.
    Last edited by Moo Uaon; 13th February 2014 at 20:49.
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    I bet this is how you blokes sound to the Thais.

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    To the expats, how long did it take to be able to get the point where you could get by, so to speak, to have a bit of conversation in Thai?

    Also how difficult have you found to get the pronunciation of words correct?

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    ^ been here 5 years and still get tricked by common phrases when I am answered....I'm OK asking the questions but you just never know what you are gonna get back...still its fun trying to sort it out and most Thais here (Samui) are pretty easy going about helping...my waiter up at the beach is a cracker of a guy...he gives me tips everyday at lunch when he is not too busy

    Of course something like TV...well ya just get every word here and there..its way to quick for me....I'd say you need formal classes (which I haven't done...but I do look things up most days) and at a reasonably high level to understand say the news well...but I can follow some thai soaps...its pretty basic language coupled with pantomine anyway

    I live alone but I think it would be much easier if you have someone to practice with and "keep it alive and kickin"

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheriffOfNothing View Post
    To the expats, how long did it take to be able to get the point where you could get by, so to speak, to have a bit of conversation in Thai?
    To get by in the bars? kuhn pompui,ting tong,kineow,mao hahahaha,pai loom boom boom?....a couple of weeks 5555
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    Chob's thread is fantastic.
    I tend to expand my vocabulary from month to month.
    Sentence structure lacks as expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    I'm OK asking the questions but you just never know what you are gonna get back.
    I had a thought that perhaps I could memorise a few phrases, put them out there feeling all impressed with my self, then get back something I have no idea about, subsequently looking a bit silly 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheriffOfNothing View Post
    I had a thought that perhaps I could memorise a few phrases, put them out there feeling all impressed with my self, then get back something I have no idea about, subsequently looking a bit silly 555
    First phrases you should memorize.. "Oei... cha cha...", "Mai loo", Mai khaosai" and "Put Thai nit noi.."
    Helps you to defend yourself in verbal attacks..555

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    Thanks to Chob, I've recently learned how to say "take off your panties" in Thai - tawd gkung gkeng. It's a very handy phrase!

    J teaches me a bit of Isaan/Lao speak from time to time as well, but she prefers to speak English with me most of the time, because I'm a native English speaker and it helps her to get better at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiksilva View Post
    Chob's thread is fantastic.
    I tend to expand my vocabulary from month to month.
    Sentence structure lacks as expected.
    Chobs Approach to Learning Thai
    My only experience was in a pie making factory managing the gravy team


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    My ability in Thai tends to remain static. My ability to learn new words or phrases, seems to mirror my capacity to forget old words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGC View Post
    My ability in Thai tends to remain static. My ability to learn new words or phrases, seems to mirror my capacity to forget old words.
    are you like me? The drunker you get... the more fluent in Thai you become...
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    I only know a few phrases , but as I am a serial butterfly and only there for a few weeks each visit , I haven't really had the opportunity to learn more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    Yes, just reading Chobs posts help me. The other day I learned "foon," meaning dust from one.
    Last edited by Cippy; 14th February 2014 at 11:34.
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