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    Videos Related to Thailand and Thai Culture

    Thinking something evoking peace and calm was in order this morning, I recalled seeing Tai Chi in Lumpini Park on my way to work in the mornings, and how peaceful it made me feel. I previewed a few videos and decided this one was just what I was looking for. My apologies for the short narration in a language other than English or Thai.

    Please share appropriate videos here for others to enjoy.

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    There is (in the USA) a series of "Families of ...." which is geared towards older children and teens. The videos show the daily life of two or three different families in various countries. I watched one entitled "Families of Thailand" and it was quite enjoyable, showing the everyday life of a family that lived on a klong in Bangkok and another fishing family that lived in Phuket.

    It made me realize, just how hard many people in Thailand have to work in order to just get by.

    I wish I could remember the name of the series producers/film company, but I don't.

    RickThai

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    Families of The World?


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    Article on history behind the shrine: http://www.bangkok.com/shrines/erawan-shrine/

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    Suay language.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emu View Post


    Suay language.
    Personally, I have always been interested in languages, especially in how they evolve or die. What I see happening with suay now is what experts describe as a stage when-

    "... a community of speakers of one language becomes bilingual in another language, and gradually shifts allegiance to the second language until they cease to use their original (or heritage) language. This is a process of assimilation which may be voluntary or may be forced upon a population. Speakers of some languages, particularly regional or minority languages, may decide to abandon them based on economic or utilitarian grounds, in favour of languages regarded as having greater utility or prestige. This process is gradual and can occur from either bottom-to-top [home] or top-to-bottom [government]." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_death

    The other aspect of a 'dying language' is having speakers of that language experiencing diminishing fluency. I am an example of those, though in a limited scale. Being multilingual (I speak 3 native languages) I try to maintain my fluency in all three as a symbol of loyalty to my heritage. But it's very difficult to do that once you migrate and your lifestyle demands gaining proficiency in-more useful in professional spheres- international languages, like English. Recently I was on the phone speaking with an old relative in the vernacular. Then to my chagrin I found myself groping for the right words in this dialect, as they occupied only third position in the queue, as it were. When I wanted to say something, my other native tongue and English came forth first in my mind. This made me stammer throughout the conversation. For long years I had endeavored to preserve my fluency, but now it's gone!

    Back to suay , according to authorities, language extinction can be reversed through revitalization. If some concerned Thai officials exert enough efforts, suay may just be saved from dying.

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    We have a similar situation with the native languages in Australia. As the elders pass on, the fluent speakers are lost. The students have no practical use for it. Some scholars are recording them, but they will be just a curiosity. That's about it. You can't resuscitate after vital signs have been gone so long.
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