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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 i
  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
  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 begin
  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
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  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 strang
  15. Niranahm

    Need a Thai cook in Yemen

    Yes, the soon to be ex PM...
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