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COMMUNICATION...

For all you intrepid souls dreaming of a long-term love affair with Thailand, here's a pearl of wisdom: embrace the Thai language! If you're banking on your English to be the trusty steed that carries you through the Land of Smiles, brace yourself for a comedy of errors. The truth is, stumbling upon a Thai person who speaks the Queen's English fluently is like finding a needle in a haystack—a very large, linguistically confusing haystack.




The tapestry of Thai communication is woven with more than grammatical quirks; it's an artful dance of proverbs, a playful juggle of nicknames—imagine trying to have a serious conversation with someone named "The Turtle" or being scolded by "The Orange." It's a world where "lemon" might not just be a sour fruit, but a term of endearment for a friend. And don't get me started on pronunciation—some sounds in the Thai language are as elusive to Thai people as a quiet tuk-tuk ride.

Picture this: you're trying to explain something simple, and you hit a linguistic wall that would make even the Buddha scratch his head in confusion. That's the half-merry, half-maddening reality of life here. But take it from me—a five-year veteran with just enough Thai to be dangerous. My smattering of the language is the secret sauce that turns bewildering exchanges into a feast of understanding.

In the grand bazaar of Thai conversations, I'm the eager shopper, piecing together fragments and bargaining my way to mutual comprehension. It's a thrilling challenge, a test of wits, patience, and humility. Remember, when in Thailand, it's not about the Thais rolling out the red carpet for your linguistic comfort.



No, you're the guest at their vibrant cultural party—it's your move to learn the steps, sway to the rhythm, and join in the laughter.

So, my fellow wanderers, do as I do: dive headlong into the beautiful chaos. Talk more, laugh at the mix-ups, and bask in the joy of connecting across a new linguistic frontier. Because when you truly embrace the Thai way, every mispronounced word, every comical confusion, becomes a bridge to understanding—and that, my friends, is the real adventure. If you want to have a nice living, you have to put away how things work in Thailand, make no comparrision with where you came from. Make it easy for yourself, my dear friend, accept the thaiculture, traditions and Buddha, then you are halfway there, dont try to master thailand or thais, you will not succeed, leave your judgemental thinking, your etics, morals



and academic acchievements where they belong, in your homecountry. If you still have a problem how things functions or not in Thailand, imagine this, nothing of this is true, its not reality, you are participating in the making of a new film, its just a script, at any time, before you know it, you are in a new movie. /Anders

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