Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
374Trip End Mar 15, 2007
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A former AFS student (high school exchange students who normally stay for around 11 months) visited the school today from Australia who was here 6 years ago and yet still spoke good Thai but also good English (obviously) allowing me to speak in none-broken English for a little while without over the top hand gestures making me seem like I have a constant nervous twitch in both arms.
Although my Thai is definitely improving everyday I'm still struggling with some of the languages odd linguistic rules and of course with the 5 separate tones meaning the same word pronounced slightly differently can be something entirely different. I'm sure who ever came up with the language thought it would be a laugh to have the word for mother and horse be the same with only a slight tone variation to distinguish the two simply to get confused foreigners into trouble along with near and far which I'm sure there must still be lost souls wandering through the jungles of Thailand because of that one.
I at least found one word in English besides my name, "Al-as-dair, Al-as...ok Al will be fine" that seems to trip up some Thais though as Watchara spent the better part of the afternoon trying to pronounce wasps.