Mekong Posted June 14, 2007 Report Share Posted June 14, 2007 If you live or spend a fair amount of time here, it is very useful to know the language. There are some disadvantages in letting on that you know Thai sometimes in some places, that is easy to correct by simply sticking to English. Gaddy, I couldn't agree more, but may I also add that there are the advantages. When I deal with a Thai Client or Vendor I often play dumb, I am nowhere near to fluent but I can usually get the jist of what is being said. Conversely when dealing with non Thai's I can discuss an issue with a work colleuge in Thai and the third party does not know what we are talking about. Office gossip is office gossip all over the world, usually Football (EPL Soccer to my colonial cousins) Who is shagging who, Kh'R's Vacations to Eastern Europe to shag Farang Chicks (I should never have sent him on secondment to our Madrid office for 6 months), Food, hottest club, latest concerts coming up, planning parties and E-Gossip. Overall having some linguistic skills, if here for the long run, makes intergration far easier and also makes for a far better lifestyle. I could never see myself working back in the UK and discussing the weather again. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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