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  1. Today's news of an Australian being arrested for lese majeste is notable, because his arrest is NOT for insulting the King but rather for writing about the Crown Prince. Descriptions of the content indicating what was so inoffensive is here ***Mod note - link removed*** This is harbinger of things to come... To those who support the PDA and don't understand why some foreigners are against it, I have to point out that it's not necessarily because we don't understand Thai politics: * Samak is not only corrupt, aggressive and a nominee for Thaksin; he is poor representation of Thailand. * Were it not for the coup, it's quite possible that Thaksin would have placed enough of his cronies into the judiciary, media, and army, that he would rule Thailand for 30 years like Mugabe and other dictators * Yes true democracy is very difficult because the rural vote can be bought * If 50% of the government was appointed it would solve the problem of vote buying into power and I do believe good people will be appointed All this is true, so why am I others so opposed? A new partially appointed government may be good in the short-term but the in the long-term? Well, if this happens Thai society will be torn between North and South rural and urban for a decade or longer. In this Internet age you can't disenfranchise a majority of the votes with causing lasting problems. Just because this current government is terrible, doesn't mean that proposed solution is any better. In the same way that the coup was initially seen as an acceptable solution then slowly became less satisfactory, we'll see the same with an installed government. Cronyism and corruption will continue in the new appointed regime and later it will slowly become worse and worse. If key people can't be voted out, this breeds corruption. The new installed administration will do what's best for the power business families. Is this what's best for Thailand's people? No, I don't think so. We'd return to the politics of status quo, of minimal reforms, of taking 30 years to build a transport system. Reform does not come easily to an appointed administration. Most importantly, under the scenario of politicians being appointed by royal commission, currently we'd have an important safeguard -- the King himself. If the King saw people in the administration becoming corrupt they would come under pressure. ***Mod note comment removed*** And in all the policies and discussions from the PAD I have yet to hear them shout about any of the following: * How will they make lives better for the poorer rural people? * How will they reform the business environment so new businesses are created (Thai and foreign) and small new businesses can compete? * How will they bring up the level of education and understanding of democracy in Thailand? I do not know for the sure that the PAD's solution is worse than the current situation. In the short term it might be good, but in the long term it could be very damaging.
  2. Many years ago I had a project for an American firm to produce a Thai version of their company handbook and induction video. The title: "Integrity in the workplace" Our head editor came to discuss a suitable translation, and commented "there doesn't seem to be good Thai translation for this word "Integrity"..... We came up with an equivalent by stitching together two phrases but it was very interesting that no-one could quickly come up with a translation. Stick the word into a Thai dictionary and won't really come up with a close equivalent...
  3. = Farang style -- either playing the field or the "one and only" = Thai style This is really common for Thai women but not the usual way for farang
  4. Forgot to mention the other irritating aspect of Thai language materials -- omission of slang, informal and impolite or negative language. In some books the typical justification is actually spelled out "foreigners should not speak impolitely or use impolite language". That means of course that the foreigner's ability to understand is impeded. I had the same thing with my first girlfriend here -- she warned me about using "impolite language" but then I immediately heard her use the same language. She said that I would not understand the circumstances when it can be used -- well that's true if no one bothers to explain and the books don't touch upon it. Sure, it's a bit uncomfortable when you hear guys using language they picked up from a bargirl and are reusing it without realizing the connotations. But if they had access to resources which explained the nuances... Just some random examples of really common words not mentioned in standard texts: ¢Õéà ËÃè = unattractive. You can't be in Thailand long before you hear some girl dissing another with this word, but it's not in the beginner's books. With the usual L for R switch, it's even harder for farangs to track it down ËÃá end particle which is for emphasis particularly when making a statement that disagrees with what someone else said. The use of this and other particles is certainly not simple. ¡ç is particularly tricky despite how common it is. The typical Thai approach is to omit any discussion of particles in courses for beginners and even to say "they don't have much meaning and you will gradually learn how to use them" -- both untrue and especially tricky in immersion leaning. à ÃÃ’ such as simple little word and easy to get wrong. Yet beginners books often omit to discuss why it's polite in questions and negative statements but can cause offensive in others. These are the kind of things that immersion teaching is weak on.
  5. This kind of teaching is totally discredited as an effective way to teach a language to adult beginners. It works for small kids, yes, but not for adults. It was quite popular in the language learning world going back 20 years and a few schools (Berlitz) still use it. It's a nice marketing line "learn the natural way that children do" but there's plenty of research which shows its ineffectiveness (and yes I'm too lazy to post links). Which of the following two scenarios is more likely? 1) The British Council, International House, leading universities don't use immersion methods for adult beginners because they are ignorant about it 2) It's cheaper for Thai schools to offer immersion because they can hire teachers without good English skills and don't have to create textbooks with explanations in English. Of course people who have a natural ability to learn languages easily can learn using ANY method no matter how inefficient. Compared to the wealth of resources for learning English, there is a real dearth of materials for learning Thai -- hardly anything above intermediate level.
  6. Exactly. I like bcool and her observations are usually intelligent and interesting. However when it comes to issues about Thailand her love of her own country *sometimes* spills over into blaming foreigners and supposing that foreigners can't understand Thailand. That does irritate me! and TF is probably not the best place to air those views... Anyway I'll drop into her birthday event later and explain I wasn't so much criticizing her as saying that it is the wrong time/place for nationalistic remarks...
  7. Not me -- bcool can be too much of a rabid nationalist some times!
  8. @ Stu>> And which is also why I am not a know it all prick. So what is your purpose of criticizing my Thai spelling, considering you didn't spell Gulliver's correctly yourself? Seems a bit odd to me.... My spelling was just a joke spelling on word ¡ÃËÃÕè What's wrong with having an opinion on a bar? Gulliver's Khao Sarn is chock full of whores which doesn't make for great venue in my opinion. And especially since there are so many TF events at Gullivers... @ Gain>> depends on my mood... Tawan Daeng, Saxaphone, Brown Sugar, Dubliner/Molly's, Bull's Head -- anywhere that is not aimed at tourists and has a good mix of normal Thais and foreigners
  9. ÃéÒÇ! ÃÒ¨ÒÃÂìʨéǵÊá´ÀÒÉÒä·Âà ¡è§ÃÒ¡...
  10. >> ä» à ¡ÔÅÕà ÇÔ Êç·Øà ¡ÃËÃÕèà ÇÃÃìäÃèʹءà ÅÂÂÂ...
  11. And her contact details are? Just in case we want to accidentally add her...
  12. I am fervent supporter of Obama, don't care about his race, but do understand the significance of a black person being the Democratic nominee in the US... But from an external, non American viewpoint it's strange that he's referred to as Black and not mixed race. To me, living outside the States, as a non-American the concept of calling anyone with significant African-American blood as black seems an anachronism.
  13. Yes... as usual... The consistent point is that we call people who are part black "Black" but that we don't do that for other races/colors. The other points simply illustrate that lumping mixed race people into the category "black" is not helpful. Tiger Woods had some similar point. And it's topical because TVs are blaring out headlines about "Obama is the first Black to do X"
  14. He's a ÅÙ¡¤ÃÖè§ Half black, half white. Half American, Half "foreigner" Isn't time we stopped calling people who are 50% black 25% black as "black" or "African-American"? (actually that term makes sense, for once, for him) I know the historical reasons, but it's not logical or fair to other races. Does it help the cause of equality for non-white people? I doubt it -- it reinforces silly notions of white "purity". I don't buy that it shows pride in part of your ancestry -- not unless one shouldn't be equally proud of being white. My son is half Irish, half Thai. I think I'd get strange looks if I went around demanding that he is referred to as white or "farang" because he is half white (he looks 80% Thai in fact). Another downside of this "half white"-is-still-black idea is that it reinforces stereotypes of beauty and color. Beyonce is supposed to be an example of a beautiful black woman. Except that she's only half black, and it's largely her non-black features that makes her an "acceptable" model of beauty. It's as silly as having all these ÅÙ¡¤ÃÖè§ actors on Thai TV representing a model of Thai beauty.
  15. Niranahm

    Need a Thai cook in Yemen

    Yes, the soon to be ex PM...
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