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    Topic of the Week: Re: Lost in Translation - Funny culture clashes

    The Toilet Buffet in Don Muang is in the center of this WikiMapia location: http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=13.9256428&lon=100.5988669&z=18&l=0&m=a&v=2
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    Topic of the Week: Re: Lost in Translation - Funny culture clashes

    And then I remember the time when I was on a plane about to fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The cabin attendant in her finest English made the usual announcements concluding with: "Enjoy your...
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    Topic of the Week: Re: Lost in Translation - Funny culture clashes

    For those who like buffets and are daring, you'll find Toilet Buffet in Don Muang. :P
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    Re: Thailand welcoming farangs?

    I think there might be two points to the original post. One is the use of the word 'farang," and the second is the requirements and restrictions that a foreigner is subject to while living in...
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    Re: Dalai Lama and Thai people

    I don't think the original question has been addressed yet. I too am wondering what the Thai on the street think about his Holiness as well as what they think about Buddhism as practiced in other...
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    In the past I've found the website...

    In the past I've found the website http://www.onlineconversion.com/ to be a lifesaver. You might find your answers there.
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    http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/th/index.htm ...

    http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/th/index.htm

    This is the website for the new airport.
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    Pictures of Thai money can be found at...

    Pictures of Thai money can be found at http://www.thailandlife.com/thaimoney.html
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    The Thai Embassy website --...

    The Thai Embassy website -- [URL="http://www.thaiembdc.org/consular/con_info/adoptn/docreq.html"] -- has complete information on adoption.

    Best wishes.
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    Could it be said that the merchant is...

    Could it be said that the merchant is dicriminating against those who want to pay only 5 baht for a 20 baht plate of fried rice? Or that the police are discriminating against those who want to drive...
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    A can of worms indeed. Do we really want to go...

    A can of worms indeed. Do we really want to go there? Since you asked, why not?

    Race, skin color, financial status, education, gender, physical (dis)ability, sexual orientation, nationality, on...
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    Thank you for your special greetings today. I...

    Thank you for your special greetings today. I consider myself fortunate to have come to know so much about Thailand and many of you as individuals thanks to this website. In so many ways you all...
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    javanoob, Maybe I can help you understand the...

    javanoob,

    Maybe I can help you understand the use of the "place-holder" AW when used with vowels.

    When writing the vowel alone, i.e., as the only sound in a given syllable, the AW must also be...
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    A glottal stop is in effect when, ever so...

    A glottal stop is in effect when, ever so briefly, the airstream in your throat momentarily stops during the pronunciation of a word.

    As an example, before the hard "ch" or the "k" or the "t"...
  15. Thread: Farangs

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    I don't particularly like being called Farang...

    I don't particularly like being called Farang either, but if you can't beat them, join them.

    On my last visit to Thailand I came prepared with my Farang T-Shirt. It got lots of laughs. Great...
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    In the area of the Night Bazaar, I would highly...

    In the area of the Night Bazaar, I would highly recommend the Galare Guest House. It's situated on a quiet soi along the Ping River only 2 blocks from the Night Bazaar. Click here for reviews.
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    Guilherme, What Djaidee is asking is not what...

    Guilherme,

    What Djaidee is asking is not what does Guilherme mean in English. I guess I got us started going down that road...sorry.

    I am guessing that there are 3 syllables in your name. Is...
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    Is "Guilherme" the same as Guillermo in Spanish? ...

    Is "Guilherme" the same as Guillermo in Spanish? In that case, it is the same as William or Bill in English.

    The unfortunate thing about "Bill" is that it ends in an "L" which, as a final sound...
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    Some 20 years ago I subscribed to Sawaddi...

    Some 20 years ago I subscribed to Sawaddi magazine, a quarterly publication that was printed 1/2 in English and 1/2 in Thai. Although it is still being published, I've not seen the magazine for a...
  20. Ahhh, it was bound to happen. Maybe it has...

    Ahhh, it was bound to happen. Maybe it has happened before, and this is the first time that Iíve been called on it. Hereís an example of complete misunderstanding of tone and intent, and how it can...
  21. Thanks for your comments, Richard. Brad.

    Thanks for your comments, Richard.

    Brad.
  22. Although "Happy Birthday to You" is the most...

    Although "Happy Birthday to You" is the most recognized song in the world, Auld Lang Syne must surely be #2. It's best known as the New Year's Eve song that's been played every year since the...
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    As with some US banks, someThai banks will charge...

    As with some US banks, someThai banks will charge a fee, some will not. I've found banks in Thailand that will spit out baht without any service fees. As here at home, Thai ATMs will ask you if you...
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    Good insight, Paul. Thanks for pointing this out.

    Good insight, Paul. Thanks for pointing this out.
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    I've noticed that the Goooogle ads on the Thai...

    I've noticed that the Goooogle ads on the Thai Blogs are related to the subject matter of the particular blog. Example: a blog on Koh Chang or Samui will generate ads for vacations or retirement...
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    Here (http://www.xe.com/ucc/) is a very good site...

    Here is a very good site for exchange rates...easy to use.

    When I travel I take only about $100 cash. For the rest of my money needs I use only my ATM card. The rate of exchange is what banks...
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    visionchaser45, I really appreciate your points...

    visionchaser45, I really appreciate your points of view here. Thanks.
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    Javanoob, I guess there are languages out...

    Javanoob,

    I guess there are languages out there--I'm thinking of the click! languages in Africa and the whistle languages in South America--that don't always utilize vowels, but nearly all spoken...
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    "Flying Chicken", what an odd name for a...

    "Flying Chicken", what an odd name for a restaurant. Chickens don't fly; only birds fly [mosquitoes too]. And chickens are not birds, they're just chickens. Ask any Thai around Chiang Mai (and...
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    I've taken both the train as well as a plane...

    I've taken both the train as well as a plane between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. I'm not a fan of Thai buses, primarily for safety reasons.

    The train is much more comfortable than the bus; with a...
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    I think that mags201268 did not mention what his...

    I think that mags201268 did not mention what his salary would amount to; it appears to be a sum in addition to his allowance. Also, we don't know (nor need he tell) what his general financial...
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    One other thought: for myself, I would never want...

    One other thought: for myself, I would never want to live on Huai Kaew Road. Every year the traffic is getting more and more impossible on that street; There's so much activity with Chiang Mai...
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    The VIANGBUA MANSION SERVICE APARTMENT mentioned...

    The VIANGBUA MANSION SERVICE APARTMENT mentioned above is new...less than 2 years old. The downside is, I've heard that it gets quite noisy with so many young people from the nearby Ratchabat...
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    40,000 baht is about US$1,000. Most Thais earn...

    40,000 baht is about US$1,000. Most Thais earn less than US$150 a month. Thai teachers in public schools earn less than $300, whereas foreign teachers at international schools get around $1,000 a...
  35. Well said, paul. Brad.

    Well said, paul.

    Brad.
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    For starters, you could google the Thai Student...

    For starters, you could google the Thai Student Association at various colleges and universities in your area. Also, visit a Thai or Lao wat; surely somebody there could connect you. And lastly,...
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    This is an old, well-worn topic that could...

    This is an old, well-worn topic that could probably use an update.

    For the past couple of years or longer I had been using a telephone calling "card" of sorts for my friends in Thailand to call me...
  38. Thread: Sample toefl

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    Well, I got 2 wrong too. Not good for an English...

    Well, I got 2 wrong too. Not good for an English major. Note that this test is not the TOEFL test or even related to it.

    As for #40, there are at least 2 errors, as others have also noted. ...
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    A word about taking wrapped gifts in your...

    A word about taking wrapped gifts in your luggage. If United States agents decide to inspect your bags before allowing them on the airplane, your beautifully wrapped gifts will be opened. You may be...
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    I don't think that the See's chocolates would...

    I don't think that the See's chocolates would survive the heat. Chocolate candies--and small quantities at that--are relatively new to Thailand since they can be kept or sold only in air-conditioned...
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    Go to the website...

    Go to the website for the Thai Consulate in Los Angeles for visa information.

    In short it says: "LIST OF COUNTRIES WHOSE NATIONALS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A 30-DAY STAY IN THAILAND WITHOUT A VISA FOR THE...
  42. Thread: April fool?

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    Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them...

    Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. - American humorist Mark Twain

    Click on this link about April Fool's Day to read some of the theories on its...
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    Thanks, Felnost, for your concise and accurate...

    Thanks, Felnost, for your concise and accurate lesson on some of the recent political wars in the Middle East. You have a very straightforward way of explaining things (as if such wars are ever easy...
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    The topic of marriage and age was discussed quite...

    The topic of marriage and age was discussed quite at length about one year ago. Do a search for the topic: "How old do thai people usually get married?"
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    Although there is an official transliteration for...

    Although there is an official transliteration for Thai to Roman alphabet, most people--Thai and foreign--have not learned this system. So, it's a guessing game, with everyone writing what sounds...
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