So, What Language Are We Speaking?


learning thai without studying

22 January 2014; AT5 = 1063 hours; total class time = 2001 hours; TV = 483.6 hours

Like a lot of simple transactions, it was almost wordless – and could, in fact, have been conducted entirely without spoken language.

As she bagged my head of cabbage, the vendor (a woman I’d never before dealt with) simply said ten.

Or at least that’s what I thought she said. I was momentarily puzzled when she gave me fourteen baht change for the twenty baht note I’d handed her. Then I remembered having run into the exact same confusion when buying some cooked rice over a year ago.

Probably, she was using English, not Thai. Thais often have difficulty pronouncing the X / KS sound, as well as a lot of the consonants that appear at the ends of English words (as noted previously). So someone trying to say English six

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