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Re: learning the thai language

Post by parrot » July 4, 2018, 12:45 pm

Searching for reason #1979......searching......then, bingo! Right in front of me.

ท่อตัน ส้วนตัน 042-221-230. I called to confirm and the lady gave me a second number as well.....042-181-614. I took this photo near the airport, but the lady said they're based near BoBae. Apparently, they do jobs around the city. Looked like a sizeable motor in the back of the man's cart.

I'm guessing his prices are a good bit less than the average costs in Texas between $131 and $290

A little Thai goes a long way.
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Re: learning the thai language

Post by jeebeeg » July 4, 2018, 7:35 pm

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Post by parrot » July 4, 2018, 9:04 pm

Yes, in my 21 years here, this is the first time I've seen a Thai Roto-Rooter! And that's one of those periodic problems that expats find themselves facing in Thailand. Only problem is, you won't find Roto-Rooter in the yellow pages!

ท่อตัน ส้วมตัน Clogged pipes, clogged toilet

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Re: learning the thai language

Post by parrot » July 28, 2018, 3:47 pm

I'm pretty sure I posted this some time back.......but it's worth another shot.

The driver in front of you is driving erratically, no blinkers, enters the roundabouts without following the rules of the road, driving way below the speed limit........what to do?

If the sticker on the back of the vehicle read: Beware of drunk driver......you'd keep your distance.
or if the sticker said: I got my license without taking driving lessons.......you'd keep your distance.

A little Thai goes a long way (to making your life here more enjoyable.
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Re: learning the thai language

Post by Jello » July 28, 2018, 4:53 pm

A preemptive apology? ขออภัย มือใหม่

Think I’d keep my distance. :lol:

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Post by parrot » August 8, 2018, 6:34 pm

The number of western words that infiltrate the local language continues to surprise me. In many cases, a ์ gives a hint that the word is of western origin. In this case, the ์ is used as if the 2 words are one.
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Re: learning the thai language

Post by macca46 » August 16, 2018, 3:24 pm

I have just used the guys in parrot's photo to rectify a a major blockage in the shower and washbasin they were here for 45 minutes fixed the problem and left no mess 600 baht I am happy.

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Re: learning the thai language

Post by parrot » August 16, 2018, 4:03 pm

macca46 wrote:
August 16, 2018, 3:24 pm
I have just used the guys in parrot's photo to rectify a a major blockage in the shower and washbasin they were here for 45 minutes fixed the problem and left no mess 600 baht I am happy.
Thanks for the feedback. I'll put a check mark next to reason #1979....validated. 600 baht sounds like a good deal for a 'dirty job' sort of problem!

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Post by jeebeeg » August 16, 2018, 8:49 pm

Thanks indeed
Usually I am told how useless my efforts to master the Thai language are.

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Re: learning the thai language

Post by parrot » August 16, 2018, 9:06 pm

jeebeeg wrote:
August 16, 2018, 8:49 pm
Thanks indeed
Usually I am told how useless my efforts to master the Thai language are.
I long ago gave up efforts to master the language. But I take great joy in being able to decipher shop signs, menus, and an occasional headline or chyron as they scroll along the TV. If you're able to read those signs, you're one of few expats here who can

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Re: learning the thai language

Post by parrot » August 17, 2018, 1:17 pm

If you're looking for bite-size Thai lessons, Thaipod101 is a good source. I use their podcasts.......usually just a few minutes in length with speakers who clearly enunciate both the sound of the letters and the tones.
I did this short lesson today......read the script a few times, then listen to the podcast.


ผึ้ง: ผีแพนด้าตลกมากเลย
เจมส์: ดีใจจังที่ผึ้งชอบ
(เสียงท้องร้อง)
ผึ้ง: เอ่อ...เราไม่ได้กินข้าวกลางวันน่ะจ้ะ ตอนนี้หิวมากๆเลย
เจมส์: ผมก็หิวเหมือนกันครับ งั้นเราไปหาอะไรทานกันดีไหมครับ
(เสียงทานข้าวที่ร้านอาหาร)
ผึ้ง: เจมส์ เรียนจบแล้วเจมส์จะทำอะไรเหรอ
เจมส์: ผมยังไม่ได้ตัดสินใจเลยครับ แล้วผึ้งล่ะครับ
ผึ้ง: เราอยากเป็นแอร์โฮสเตสจ้ะ แต่ยังไม่ได้ปรึกษาพ่อแม่เลย ไม่รู้ว่าเขาจะอนุญาตหรือเปล่า

----Formal English----

Phueng: "Ghost Panda" was so funny!
James: I'm glad you liked it.
(sound of stomach gurgling)
Phueng: Oh, I didn't eat lunch. I'm so hungry now.
James: I'm hungry too. Should we look for something to eat?
(sound of eating food in a restaurant)
Phueng: What are you going to do after you graduate, James?
James: I haven't decided yet. How about you?
Phueng: I want to be a flight attendant. But I haven't yet consulted with my parents about it. I don't know whether they will allow me to or not.

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Re: learning the thai language

Post by parrot » August 23, 2018, 4:58 pm

I'll label this reason #2988, but it could just as easily be another number.

On my way out to the vicinity of Erawan Cave, to help out with a VFW school donation, I stopped at a small gas station/coffee shop. Posted on the shop wall was a photo of a recent government announcement concerning trans fats and another photo of an announcement by Carnation.
I had nothing better to do while waiting for my cuppa than to try and decipher some of both photos......if you do, you'll have a better understanding of things taking place in the world (Thailand) around you.
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Re: learning the thai language

Post by parrot » September 2, 2018, 1:15 pm

I helped my wife mix up a batch of dish soap today.....(post515413.html) that she jazzes up with her own herbal formula that knocks out even the strongest odors. While reading the instructions for the dish soap, I was reminded of one of the biggest reasons I decided enough was enough......it was time to learn at least some basic reading skills. I'd be in a store, without my wife or with her while she was shopping things that don't interest me, and wanted to read the label on a product. Oops, couldn't do that. Did the product have a warranty? What was the mix ratio? How much sugar did the product contain? Preservatives? MSG? etc.
As most labels are written for the common person.......not scholars....you'd be surprised how you can begin to pick apart the instructions/ingredients on a label with some basic reading skills.
If you have a lht at your beck and call 24/7, then this reason to learn Thai may not be for you. But it worked for me.
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Re: learning the thai language

Post by parrot » September 9, 2018, 10:51 am

One of the (many) quirks of learning Thai is that, although Thais use a boatload of English words in their vocabulary, most times the pronunciation is a bit off from the way we say it in English. So words like steak become sa-take and lift become liff, and apple becomes appen. On the positive side, a piss-poor Thai vocabulary (like mine) becomes enhanced once you learn the oddities of saying English words in Thai.
So, yesterday, while waiting for a short order at KFC, I noticed the following borrowed words on the menu:
นักเก็ตส์
แซร์
วิงส์
เป๊ปซี่
แอนด์
ป๊อป
ดับเบิ้ล
สแต็ก
เมนู

Any takers?

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