How would you feel if a foreigner living in your country didn’t make an effort to learn your native language? You wouldn’t be impressed I imagine and wonder why it was the case. So why do so many foreigners living in Thailand not seem to care about learning the language?
There are so many advantages of learning Thai and although it might be difficult at the start the benefits will always outweigh the cons.
1. Understanding the Thai people and Culture.
Learning Thai helps you better understand the people and the culture. For example learning how Thai people talk to each other, the way objects are classified and the way in which people are addressed. The more of the language you learn the more you will understand Thai people. It will become easier to integrate into a community, enabling you to make Thai friends and learn the local lingo.
2. Avoid Lost in Translation issues with your Thai Partner
The cultural difference between a western European country (for example) and Thailand could not be more extreme. Therefore it is very important that you and your Thai partner (male or female) can communicate when a situation occurs which one or both of you don’t understand.
Miscommunication is often the cause of arguments, the cause of offence and sadly the cause of breaking up. Going the extra mile and learning the language can save a lot of stress and unhappiness.
3. Increase your chances of employment
Learning to speak Thai will be a massive advantage in any profession because it means you can be called upon to speak to clients who can’t speak English. For example, as a teacher you will be able to speak with parents and also help relate to your students.
4. Everything gets cheaper.
If you go to a Thai market, speak Thai and are willing to negotiate prices in Thai then you are always going to save money.If the shop owner thinks you re are a tourist the price will invariably go up.Speak Thai and you ll come away with a bargain.
We have just outlines four reasons for Learning Thai. There are obviously many more. Go on get out there and book a free trial lesson with us and we guarantee you you’ll never look back.