I hated the north and didn't get along with other travellers there minimalistic drugged out yoga retreaters vs non-drinking non-smoking yuppie language nerd travelling with enough technology to make the starship Enterprise look like a lightbulb… is not a good mix but then I found a place I was happy to settle in, in the south; Palolem. I'd like to find my Palolem in Thailand! Note that not going somewhere touristy will have little influence on the speak-Thai-inweeks mission. I don't need to go to a village; I can learn and have learned languages in touristy places and I'd just get bored in a town with little to do when I'm not working.
I'll have to devote a whole post to this some time because a lot of people seem to think immersion is only possible in villages off the beaten track and I disagree. If you especially like villages then that's an excellent reason to spend time in one. I don't. To end the post sorry for the length , I'll give a random list of things I've come across that I've never seen at home or in my other travels before:.
In the next post I'll get back to language learning suggestions, but getting used to a new country is part of the adventure and perhaps a few of you might have been curious to hear how that aspect was going for me this time!
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I hope nobody takes offence to anything I've written here, I'm just thinking aloud and sharing with those curious. Feel free to explain things to me that I've misunderstood or share your thoughts on Thailand in the comments! And finally One of the best ways to learn a new language is with podcasts. Read more about how to use podcasts to learn a language. Travel update: no language tips in this long post! And then I came to Thailand! Having said that, there are quite a few things that have stood out for me in these two weeks: Thai massages I took a brief training course in India in Ayurvedic massage , and that was my first true exposure to proper massage techniques.
This is not how I'd describe Thai massage. The land of smiles? I'd call Thailand a land of smiles rather than the land of smiles… Affordable luxury My first week in Bangkok was fun after I got off Kao San road.
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Things I've never seen before here To end the post sorry for the length , I'll give a random list of things I've come across that I've never seen at home or in my other travels before: the wai — the Thai greeting of putting your palms together and bowing slightly. I really like it! I do it to everyone before talking to them, and I will definitely miss it when I get back to Europe. As you can see in the photo above, even Ronald McDonald does it Casual sales of firearms.
Usually you have to go underground if you want a gun. Rolexes, Calvin Klein underwear, etc. I've seen lots of fakes elsewhere, but not this vast amount of them for sale everywhere tourists are. I think I'm the only one here with actual Havaiana flip-flops. The price for the fake ones are the same as the price for real ones if you buy them in Brazil… Go go bar s.
One visit was enough to satisfy my curiosity, and I won't say what happens in there since I know I have some young readers! Thais' level of English in the tourist industry. In Thailand I've only been in very touristy places so far and I find people's level of English to be quite low. This is not something I'm complaining about, since I'm here specifically to learn Thai.
But it's new to me when dealing with people used to tourists I'm not talking about random people in the street. It has been frustrating having my orders in restaurants messed up or taxis taking me to the wrong places, despite the fact that I'm sure I have extremely easy to understand English compared to many other natives.
But this is just further motivation to continue working on my Thai so I can soon explain it to them in their own language. In what I've learned from Thai I can see why European languages would be quite hard for them, especially when it comes to grammar. People have been very happy to hear the little I have already I'm still working on the theory behind tones and their use in the writing system before I open the floodgates of conversation! Hotel cards. I'm not a regular frequenter of hotels, so I don't know if this is international, but the hotels I've been in have cards to open the door that you also insert into a slot inside to activate the power.
Since you need the card to get back in, you take it with you and the room is not powered while you are gone. The glass in the picture on the right. I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail or mocktail as I like to call it , since someone just clicked the link on the site to treat me to one! I had a great laugh at the container it was served in! Sorry for the very long post. If you made it to the end, congratulations! Benny Lewis Founder, Fluent in 3 Months.
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