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Published: February 19th 2019
I have only been studying the Thai language for a few weeks, but already the rewards are huge. For example, during our short stay in Bangkok, we had great fun engaging with the two non-English speaking taxi drivers we met. They were both delightful, but the last experience was exceptionally good!
En route to the airport earlier today, our hip young driver uses Siri to translate his Thai questions to English, which I then try answer in Thai, with much assistance from him. This actually is very effective. Then he hands me his phone and asks me to find a Canadian artist on YouTube. Of course I could not resist bringing up my own music, so the next thing we know we are cruising down a freeway in Bangkok listening to Bev Zizzy Woman in Black tracks. He is so excited he immediately makes a Face Time call to his young wife, who is now smiling and waving greetings to us.
We left him at the airport no longer a stranger, but a new friend, and are now going to be connected on Facebook as well. How awesome is that?
The joys of learning a new language are
endless. Many thanks to my teachers Kru Cherry and Kru Duang at the C & M Cultural College in Koh Phangan, Thailand, for this wonderful start on this journey. I very much look forward to continuing the process.
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