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    Lightbulb Can you speak decent Thai

    Over the years here in Thailand I have attempted to learn the Thai language and I would say that my ability to speak simple reasonable Thai has over all improved. The other day I was standing in a mobile phone service shop along with my Thai wife where I was returning a brand new Android mobile phone due to the screen not coming on . The phone was purchased 34 days ago at a cost of 12,500 Baht.


    The service technician ( I use the word Technician with a smile ) glanced at the phone in question and disappeared into a back room. He came back after inspecting the phone and pronounced that the phones screen was cracked due to it being dropped.


    I told the technician that I had been very careful while using the mobile phone and I had not dropped it and as he can see the phone had a very strong new outer bumper case that I had purchased. I then asked the technician to proceed with installing a new screen under the phones warranty . The technician then said that the phone’s inner electronics were covered by a 1 year full warranty , but the screen only had a 30 day warranty and as the warranty period finished 4 days ago I would have to personally pay for a new screen ( 3,500 Baht )


    I then told the technician the the original sales assistant who I purchased the phone from made no mention of the phones screen only having a 30 day warranty , only that the phone came with a full 1 year warranty. The technician then said that the only way the phones screen could be covered by a 1 year warranty was by me purchasing a VIP warranty card at the time of the phones purchase .


    I then told technician that at no time while I was purchasing the mobile phone was I offered the opportunity to purchase a VIP warranty card.


    To cut a long story short I became more agitated and upset while talking to the technician and my dear wife also became frustrated , even more so as she kept translating parts of my conversation to the technician.


    We both left the phone service shop and I said to my wife that I wished I had done more to learn to speak better Thai .


    Her reply was that if I could speak as near perfect Thai then there was no doubt in her mind that I would get my self into a lot of trouble especially in situations were I’m getting frustrated and want to argue a point to a Thai person.


    Just wondering if any one here can speak decent Thai and has having that ability ever gotten you in bother .





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    Not especially great but doesn't stop me being Thai

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nasty Child View Post
    Just wondering if any one here can speak decent Thai and has having that ability ever gotten you in bother .
    I can direct a taxi, order food and greet people. That's as much as I need for daily life as I have no interest in delving any deeper into the local culture. I might add that after years reaching plateaus in French, Spanish, Italian, Amharic, Farsi and Arabic, a tonal language is just too much work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrymsmarkle View Post
    I can direct a taxi, order food and greet people. That's as much as I need for daily life as I have no interest in delving any deeper into the local culture. I might add that after years reaching plateaus in French, Spanish, Italian, Amharic, Farsi and Arabic, a tonal language is just too much work.

    Agree about the tonal language , but can you please enlighten me on …… reaching plateaus









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    Quote Originally Posted by Nasty Child View Post
    Agree about the tonal language , but can you please enlighten me on …… reaching plateaus
    Reaching a functional level in the language to include casual conversation in the present, past and future and a vocabulary of, say, 500-1,000 frequently used words and phrases. On the (US) Foreign Service Institute scale of 0-5, I reached a 2 in Amharic. I wasn't tested in the other languages, but self-assessed based on my experience with the FSI model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nasty Child View Post
    Agree about the tonal language , but can you please enlighten me on …… reaching plateaus

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    Same. I did learn to speak, read and right Russian as a bet with a friend.

    Although my Thai is basic, I think my wife's cousin understood when I yelled down the phone he's an effin' shyte builder and KG student using Lego would have done a better job on the house extension. He knows enough English so all was clear!

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    Can do taxis food to most conversation, getting a date, directions, hotels only in banks and complicated places do I fall flat, can get myself in the door but don't know how to talk about documents, finances, taxes etc etc
    Last edited by Arthur Daley; 12-09-2019 at 02:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrymsmarkle View Post
    I can direct a taxi, order food and greet people. That's as much as I need for daily life as I have no interest in delving any deeper into the local culture. I might add that after years reaching plateaus in French, Spanish, Italian, Amharic, Farsi and Arabic, a tonal language is just too much work.
    Very telling and reflective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
    Very telling and reflective.
    Still reaching for that plateau in English, I see.
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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