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  1. Re: King relieves plight of two sisters doing farming in landlocked farmland

    What I find amazing about this story is that they had to go that high up to get this resolved.

    The land owners spent 10 YEARS all the while paying 3-500 baht for EACH time they crossed land to...
  2. Re: Cost of Attending a Technical School in Thailand

    Well, there are no shortage of "very sweet & hard working but poor" people in this country, so that fact doesn't cut a lotta ice with me.

    You don't say where you are located, is it is Bangkok or...
  3. Re: Should you take off your shoes before entering shops?

    Believe it or not Rick Thai; a very famous place in Bangkok (yet one I won't name outright) is pretty high on this list of places to get expensive shoes stolen off the 'shoe tree' where you're...
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    Re: Divorce Settlement in Thailand

    FWIW: that post is scattered all over the inter-web on thai related forums verbatim.:banghead:

    While I'm all for the "shot-gun approach" in gleaning information, I think they went a little TOO far...
  5. Re: You Can Now Do 90-Day Reporting Online in Thailand

    Okay, reports are now trickling in from all over the kingdom on thai related forums out there on the inter-web that foreigners have gotten thru the process and received confirmation of their 90 day...
  6. News: Re: Thailand Building Ties Closer to Home to Counter Western Criticism

    Man the thaiz hate it when they get "diplomatically spurned", don't they???:P

    This reads more like an unruly child who gets scolded by one parent so runs to cozy up to the other one.:laughlong
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  7. News Update: Re: Missing tigers remain a mystery at Tiger Temple

    Most if not ALL those tigers at the infamous tiger temple in Sai Yok have zero value for any captive breeding program.

    The temple doesn't know the sub-species, breeds their tigers willy nilly and...
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    As has been pointed out on almost every inter-web site about learning another language; different people learn things differently once they are adults. It's not that old people don't have the...
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    I dunno how fascinating the book will, because the bookstores are littered with books on languages titled; "Become fluent in xxx hours, days, weeks, months". Still if RickThai feels he'll get value...
  10. News: Re: Thais told to give warm welcome to Chinese tourists

    It would appear that thaiz aren't the best "tourists" either!:blush::laughlong

    Here's some thai graffiti on the great wall of china!:shocked:
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    Here's the thread on the Pantip webforum. It...
  11. Re: Thai Government Launches Multi-Lingual Complaints Hotline For Foreigners

    FWIW: that 1111 government hotline has been in operation for at least the last 3-4 years and they've ALWAYS got english speakers on hand!

    I have used that 1111 government hotline a TON; tracking...
  12. Re: Many Thai Children Missing out on Basic Education

    I know of several thai families where the kids have only a single uniform and wash them as soon as they get home to have a clean set for the next day.

    Rural villages almost to a village have a...
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    Re: Understanding textspeak in Thai

    Fileeep;
    Are you sure "my friend you"- means a thai is asking if that's your friend? I always took it to me the statement "your friend"... Now I personally have never heard "your friend me"..
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    Well, I hate to be a naysayer, but learning to read/write thai ain't gonna help your spoken thai a bit there RickThai. Reading and speaking are actually done using different parts of your brain..
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    I think this topic highlighted the incredible degree that thaiz will go to to tell foreigners how we should be speaking thai, even if they themselves don't speak it that way.

    This is why most...
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    Hot: Re: 1000 most common thai words used

    It is a good list! In fact it's the best one I've seen and I've got all those previous lists too.

    Taking into consideration he was working OFF Chula's 2013 list and given the breakdown of...
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    Hot: Re: 1000 most common thai words used

    Now here's someone who spent a LOT of time going thru the Chula's Top Thai Word list and making it into a much more "useful" list.

    His name is Jorgen Nilsen..

    He did a great job weeding out...
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    Thanx for the thanx RickThai..:D

    :offtopic:

    Nope almost NO real "formal" training at all. I taught myself to read thai before I could even speak more than "2-word-tourist-thai" or "taxi-thai"....
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    Well KhaoNiaw (which I take is ˹ glutinous rice commonly called "sticky rice"), mostly agreeing with me is better than nothing!! :clap:

    I'll take what I can get seeing as many of my...
  20. URGENT: Re: Foreigners Must Take 'Thainess' Course to Qualify as Teachers

    Interestingly enough (or not), I called the TCT (Khurusapha) yesterday and was shuffled thru person after person asking about this "thai-ness" thingamajig.

    As of now NO classes for this new ...
  21. Re: You Can Now Do 90-Day Reporting Online in Thailand

    FWIW: there has only been ONE SINGLE report in the many pages of this being discussed elsewhere of someone actually getting all the way thru the snail slow online form filling out process and getting...
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    Hot: Re: 1000 most common thai words used

    Funny you mention the spelling change of ѧ..:laughlong

    Thai ad campaigns routinely use and say ا :wacko:..


    These two images show the "evolution" of thai by the youth of today..
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    Hot: Re: 1000 most common thai words used

    This topic stagnated for a while, and after googling around for the top 1000, 3000, 5000 words in thai and seeing what lists come up from who, I can say most are worthless as far as a non-native...
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    Re: Need help with reading Thai words

    Hmmmm, :oops:

    I guess like all quirky, squirrelly thingz to do with reading and pronouncing this oh-so difficult language, the "real answer" isn't nearly as fun...:butbut:

    There are TONZ of...
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    Re: Need help with reading Thai words

    That word is one of Sanskrit origin and it is actually pronounced like this;-Ѵ

    It is one of the somewhat tricky "Non-conforming Initial Clusters". They are explained here; ...
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    Sticky: Re: Help writing name in Thai

    The spelling of "Bruce" offered out by "NatetheGreat" would work; however....

    I'm all for keeping things how thaiz are used to seeing them..:laughlong

    Why not just spell it the way thaiz spell...
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    Missed that one by a fair bit there "guava".

    The ѹ (teeth) you refer to in your "going to see the dentist' term actually has a different meaning altogether!! That word ѹ also carries the...
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    The definition posted by guava is the sugar coated version approved for public consumption and I believe has very little basis for where the word came from, how it evolved and what it means today.
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    Re: Understanding textspeak in Thai

    If you plug this term "᪷" (chat language) into Google, you'll get some pages off different thai language only forums (DekD, Kapook, etc) which list some common chat-speak thai.:)

    Originally...
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    RickThai, I take it from what you typed; "Pohm Mia kon bin Thai", that you're tryin' to say is "my wife is thai". Here's a tip.

    Drop first person pronouns when making a statement in the first...
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    I think a lot of the mispronunciation arises when we (as non-native adult speakers of thai) ask a born-bred-rice fed thai speaker questions about the language which they as native born speakers are...
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    Slightly OFF Topic :blush:
    If I have learned anything reviewing thai language schools in bangkok and self studying this language on my own for the last 7+ years it's;

    Every single school and thai...
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    Re: Worried sick about my [Thai] girlfriend

    Well it takes a big person to admit they were a "fool in love" especially on an anonymous internet forum..:laughlong

    With that being said, seeing as you say you have no plans to leave thailand and...
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    Re: Help with translation please!

    That is a poem from a Thai children's book teaching "moral values".

    It's as old as the hills and there are several different versions of it.

    Here's just one example of the kidz book;
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    Okay, let's put this to bed.

    You're talking about the words;
    Husband;
    (sǎa-mii) - high register (polite)
    (pǔa) - colloquial register (informal).
    They mean the exact same thing...
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    Re: No more visa runs

    RickThai

    I don't know how you were able to glean your statement of "Thailand certainly doesn't seem to want a lot of (thai f-word:banghead:) living here" from what I wrote.

    You know as well as...
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    Video: Re: Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi

    I think we're just gonna hafta agree to disagree about this..

    Rick, what we ain't talkin' about is ANYTHING to do with zooz in the USA. . . So stop comparing apples to rotten durian.

    They...
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    Video: Re: Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi

    Sheesh Curt, reading that article was 35+ seconds of my life I'll never get back.:shocked:

    It reads like your typical "sock-puppet", "wanna-b-thai foreigner" wearing their double strength rose...
  39. Visitor Warning: Re: Foreigners stopped, searched and harassed by officials in Bangkok.

    This "stop, search, harass foreigner" fiasco was primarily carried out in the Thonglor Police district (starts just past Asok on Sukhumvit). It really wasn't done too much by Lumpini District.
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    Video: Re: Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi

    Don't even try to pawn this off as some buddhist thing Rick, because you're barkin' up the wrong tree with that tripe!

    That place has been named and shamed for the total scam it is all the while...
  41. The Low-Down on ED visas for studying Thai

    SORRY IN ADVANCE THIS IS SO LONG!!! Stick with it, especially if you're on an ED visa learning thai...

    There have been some big changes to the education visa and extension process for foreigners...
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    Re: No more visa runs

    The people who have a "Tourist Visa" are not being targeted because they HAVE a visa for thailand.. They are not exiting and re-entering to get an extension of stay, they are doing it to activate...
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    Re: No more visa runs

    RickThai - you have your wires crossed a little bit..:butbut:

    Let's get some terminology straight first (no matter what the powerzs-that-be here call it):blush:;

    A "visa exempt stamp" (called...
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    Re: Tattoo Translation Help

    Please tell me this isn't another one of those;

    I went to thailand on holiday. I fell in love with the country and people so much I decided to get a "kewl thai script tattoo" which neither I or...
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    Pictures: Re: Please Translate a Thai Tattoo

    In hindsight, and due to the fact it was pointed out to me that this was a new poster, I want to apologize for my abrupt, terse, cynical writing style..:shocked::butbut::oops:

    I meant no outright...
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