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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by centermid7 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:33 pm

PBbeacher wrote:Native English speakers can generally understand broken (even badly broken) English...but one wrong tone in Thai in an otherwise correct sentence and it all goes right out the window! (that maybe just me!)
Amen to this brother! One of my pet peeves as well.

When they butcher up the English language or even just a word, more than 99% of the time I know what they are on about. Why? Because I am listening and trying to understand. If I don't get their stuff right then I'm going to hear "Huh" in that terribly nasal way and the reason is that they have made NO effort either listen OR understand it's just easier to say "Huh".

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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by StevePIraq » Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:46 pm

At my local coffee shop I always ask for Gaffee Latte, every time the waitress asks my wife "What Mr Want". WTF
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Post by Big Boy » Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:17 pm

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Re: Some ideas, please

Post by bsdk1960 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:46 pm

migrant wrote:
RCer wrote:
StevePIraq wrote:
To true, I wonder why
Wow, 3 of us here have the same question. I was beginning to think I was the only one.
I think the OP was looking for differences, which people are responding to. I don't believe all comments are meant to be complaints
After been a member for some years, I think I have read some of these comments, sound like complaints to me,but english is not my native languise,so what do I know. :oops: :offtopic:

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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by Big Boy » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:44 pm

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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by deepee » Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:03 pm

Wondering why all these foreigners fully expect we Thais should be able to speak to them in THEIR own language when this is, after all Thailand.

Not having to a have reason for changing your mind about anything.

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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by huahin4ever » Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:36 pm

Any Farang can be a teacher in Thailand! :shock:

And it is accepted by Thai authorities and schools! :shock: :shock:
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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by Vital Spark » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:32 pm

A big, big thank you to all of you - you've given me a huge amount of material that I can make use of. The aim of this particular part of the course is to prepare them if/when they're in the company of, or work for, a westerner (in Thailand). It's not to criticise their culture (that would get me 50 angry students baying for my blood), but to educate them to leave some of their Thainess in Thailand when they travel or go to live abroad. I'll tell them that these comments have come from other expats living here (although I agree with everything you've come up with), so they don't hate me. :wink:

Thanks again, folks. I'll be doing this part towards the end of term in November - so don't stop posting your ideas.

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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by migrant » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:43 am

Vital Spark wrote:A big, big thank you to all of you - you've given me a huge amount of material that I can make use of. The aim of this particular part of the course is to prepare them if/when they're in the company of, or work for, a westerner (in Thailand). It's not to criticise their culture (that would get me 50 angry students baying for my blood), but to educate them to leave some of their Thainess in Thailand when they travel or go to live abroad. I'll tell them that these comments have come from other expats living here (although I agree with everything you've come up with), so they don't hate me. :wink:

Thanks again, folks. I'll be doing this part towards the end of term in November - so don't stop posting your ideas.

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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by PBbeacher » Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:26 am

I know a fair few Thai's who live/have lived abroad, and I have heard them complain comment about weather, food, prices and loneliness. I can't recall hearing them ever complain about the (native) people or driving. Maybe those things are perfect in farangland.

Some interesting things on this thread, glad it wasn't entirely used as another opportunity to make petty jabs. Thanks and good luck VS.

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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by caller » Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:14 am

To be honest, my other half would identify many of the differences listed, having lived in the UK and travelled fairly extensively and she's fiercely patriotic! Some of the things listed above frustrate her but she recognises TIT - lol!

It would be interesting to see what would be listed if those Thais that have lived abroad were asked the same question?

I would imagine responses to do with cleanliness, holding doors open, queuing and drivers stopping to allow pedestrians to cross the road would feature.
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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by StevePIraq » Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:35 pm

To VitalSpark
Please don't take these comments as negative or let your students see them that way, without differences between cultures what we be, all the same and so boring.

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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by robcar » Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:00 pm

I think you'll find Mr Armstrong had a ''Wonderful World" :)

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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by StevePIraq » Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:09 pm

It's the sentiment that counts not the actual words, picky picky
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Re: Cultural teaching - some ideas, please

Post by margaretcarnes » Sat Sep 17, 2016 7:05 am

Being able to buy postage stamps at the pharmacy.
The sign on the loo at Cheap Charlies - 'piss no shit'.
Fanny sprays.
A fried egg on top of your breakfast rice.
The way rats are tolerated.
Absolute respect for the monarchy.
Having free gift wrapping service at Robinsons at Christmas.
'How old you?'
Happy New Year and Christmas signs up until at least Easter.
The banging of pots and pans during an eclipse (always works that one.)

And of course SONGHRAN!
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