July 29 is National Thai Language Day, if I translate it correctly. I have met more than a few Thai people who try to speak Thai with an accent. The most popular accent is to speak it with a little bit of English pronounciation.
Many years ago, when I was working at the TV station, a friend had to interview some teenagers on their view about politics. She and a cameraman asked this one girl in Siam Square, if she could give her opinion on camera. The cameraman already started recording her when she told my friend that she couldn't speak Thai all that fluently to give opinion on politics, and of course, she spoke Thai with accent. But the TV station I used to work for, is an English channel. So my friend was glad that someone would be able to give interview in English. She then asked the girl to speak freely in English; it turned out that she couldn't speak English either!
A colleague that I am working with also speaks Thai with accent. His English is good, but not a native speaker. He has pretty good English pronounciation, but he still speaks English with an accent. Someone once asked him on the phone if he was Thai, he replied that he was Thai, but he spoke Thai with a little bit of an accent because he was used to speaking English through work.
On the otherhand, many of my friends from univeristy went overseas to study for their Master Degrees and a few are on their way to get Ph.d. One of them lived in the UK for 7 years and her Thai is still as clear as before she left Thailand.
I used to work with Sarocha Pornudomsak, who spent most of her life in the US. Her English is the same as those English native speakers, and her Thai is as clear as or even clearer than those who have never left the country.
We have a beautiful language that so many people from all over the world want to learn and be able to speak properly. But it is us, the owner of the language, who try to destroy it.
For those of you who speak Thai, check out the vids below. It's sarcastic, but I think the message is right to the point.