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by Spitfire
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Thais rank low again at English
Replies: 77
Views: 3709

Re: Thais rank low again at English

Did the teacher apologise and admit her mistake? Hell no but she did agree to allow my daughter to spell it both ways. Saving face?? That's the problem, these kids are mentored by the incompetent in high school and by people that know very little when it comes such a thing as an international langu...
by Spitfire
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Thais rank low again at English
Replies: 77
Views: 3709

Re: Thais rank low again at English

Yep, good post. Nothing there to disagree with. The main problem with teaching at university level (which is where I think most of the current and ex-teachers on the forum work(ed)) is that instead of teaching the more advanced levels you'd normally expect, you're going over stuff that should have ...
by Spitfire
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Thais rank low again at English
Replies: 77
Views: 3709

Re: Thais rank low again at English

Yes Buksida , but the kids like yours will end up doing better when they get to the real world as English skills are so lacking in the general population that the ones that can speak/write etc. will just get snatched up by big companies and breeze it earning good salaries. I often tell the smarter s...
by Spitfire
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Thais rank low again at English
Replies: 77
Views: 3709

Re: Thais rank low again at English

Kids like yours Buksida that are constantly exposed to the language everyday always come out well/top and that's the thing, most of these kids might study English in a lesson but as soon as the lesson ends it's not even thought about till next class whenever that is. Kids like yours hear, speak and ...
by Spitfire
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Thais rank low again at English
Replies: 77
Views: 3709

Re: Thais rank low again at English

So, moving along then...one of the other major problems with about 70% of any class you get here (even at university) is the reluctance/refusal to participate in speaking pair/group work. It's too much effort for them and are unwilling to give it a try mostly. Obviously they are not used to it as it...
by Spitfire
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Thais rank low again at English
Replies: 77
Views: 3709

Re: Thais rank low again at English

I am constantly amazed by the fact that most of the bar girls speak and understand English better than the staff in my bank. That's because of what is termed as language exposure...which most high school students and uni students don't get. They (bar girls) are more exposed tot he language and are ...
by Spitfire
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Thais rank low again at English
Replies: 77
Views: 3709

Re: Thais rank low again at English

Turning university into actually university would help too, instead of a further extension of high school where little appears to be really different...maybe they should call it mathayom 7 & 8. Thing is, buy the time they get to being freshers at uni, they have spent at least 13 years learning Engli...
by Spitfire
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Digital Realm
Topic: The computer and software security thread
Replies: 121
Views: 22948

Re: The computer and software security thread

There is no such thing as computer security, only thing you can do is lengthen the odds as to whether you will be compromised by the scumbags.
by Spitfire
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: News
Topic: One tourist killed, 11 injured in speed boat explosion
Replies: 13
Views: 1103

Re: One tourist killed, 11 injured in speed boat explosion

Must have been a big speed boat if it was certified to carry 31 people on it safely. Surprised the overloaded thing hasn't been brought up a long with greed over safety.
by Spitfire
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Thais rank low again at English
Replies: 77
Views: 3709

Re: Thais rank low again at English

I speak Thai better than most of the students I come across can speak English...tbh. The reason is, is because I've had a motivation to do so. Most of these kids have had no such thing interjected into their life in a meaningful way as high school is a ludicrous brainwashing experience where within ...
by Spitfire
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Dutchman arrested in Hua Hin for alleged child sex abuse
Replies: 20
Views: 1907

Re: Dutchman arrested in Hua Hin for alleged child sex abuse

I remember when I used to drink in the city at night time where I live and you'd see the Thai guys picking up their girlfriends from the soapy massage parlour across the street at closing time from the watering hole which was open late. Always wondered how they must feel picking them up with their e...
by Spitfire
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Digital Realm
Topic: Twitter
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Twitter

Problem with Twitter is that it is so trolled it's unreal.
by Spitfire
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Property & Real Estate
Topic: Farang buying a house with a Thai lady
Replies: 104
Views: 18651

Re: Farang buying a house with a Thai lady

If you are in a stable marriage, have some spare baht to gamble/invest in your futures, then why not take a chance and buy a house together. I have already accepted that the house we live in belongs to my wife and I simply pay the monthly mortgage, better to pay her than some faceless landlord their...
by Spitfire
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Life In Thailand, Opinion & Relationships
Topic: Some Thais' perception of foreigners
Replies: 20
Views: 1600

Re: Some Thais' perception of foreigners

Unfortunately, by the time they get to university it's usually too late and there isn't much you can do to realistically help a fair % of them in an 11 week course (or whatever it is), sink or swim really. By this stage they are either lost or still with a lingering possibility of being slightly sti...
by Spitfire
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: The Beach Bar
Topic: 2017 The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
Replies: 11
Views: 561

Re: 2017 Poppy Appeal

Modern people understand nothing of poetry and fail miserably to realise the horrors of this whole event. The lessons of the past are fading, which is bad news.