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    Leuk Kreungs learning Thai in blighty

    A question for anyone living in England with Thai wife and child. Are you concerned about them learning the mother tongue? Leave up to wife to teach them? :sad:

    This is primarily aimed at you Earlyant, because your situation is fairly similiar to mine. As much as I would like move back to LOS, the thought of any future sprog going to a Thai school makes me shudder like Usher. But having said that, I feel it would be very important for them to learn Thai.
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    When my son and I returned to the UK, he could only speak Thai and some basic English. So, I spoke mainly Thai with him to make the nipper feel comfortable. After six months or so at Primary school and being surrounded by English in everyday life, he could speak it quite well. In fact, when I said some words to him in Thai, that he understood when in Thailand, he would give me a puzzled look to say he no longer understood them. Sometimes, when I tried to speak to him in Thai, he'd get angry and insist that I spoke English.

    When his mum arrrived here a year after we had returned, she was surprised at how well he could speak English. She even has to ask me on occasion to translate some of the things he says, because she doesn't understand. She was NOT happy that he could no longer speak Thai, and now speaks to him in a mixture of Thai and English - Thailish.

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    Cheers Ant. I'm thinking the odds of finding a decent Thai tutor round here are very slim

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    Plenty of Thais here. Don't think many would have experience teaching Thai though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SathornSlicker
    Where are you based? I have some contacts.


    Purely a hypothetical question at this time.. :sad:

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    Sathorn, so you are recommending that ppl who are learning to teach and are not yet qualified should teach his child? would you let someone who has spent a couple of months learning about building build your house?

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    I can teach!!!!

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    I know a lot of look krung kids in the UK. Only the ones who have spent time in Thailand know Thai to any extent. A lot of Thai parents of these kids can't be bothered to teach their kids Thai and speak English to them, and end up learning English from them. If mum is determined and only speaks Thai to the child the child will be ok and should pick it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon
    If mum is determined and only speaks Thai to the child the child will be ok and should pick it up.


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    It can be difficult to teach the kids Thai in western country when the kids get older. Many kids don't like their parents speaking Thai to them, especially in public. They feel out of place. It may well be the case that the kids grow up understanding Thai but not speaking much of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon
    If mum is determined
    Oh, yes. Mum is very determined and grumpy and... 'nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SathornSlicker
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    Sathorn, so you are recommending that ppl who are learning to teach and are not yet qualified should teach his child? would you let someone who has spent a couple of months learning about building build your house?
    I'm not sure of your motive for misquoting me, but I'll explain anyway. Most Thais on Masters or PHd TEFL courses are longstanding ajarns in their espective thai universities who are being sponsored to upgrade their qualifications to international standards to improve the image of the university. There is nothing rookie about most of them.
    Don't mean they can teach though mate


    Local Thai restaurant staff maybe???


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    There are some Thai teachers out there in places like Oriental Arts centres, where they do Kung Fu etc, but the one I know isn't qualified and she now works in a Thai restaurant.
    Surely it's much better for the kid to pick up the language from his mum.
    Bloody hell, that's how most kids from bilingual families manage to do it, and they do it very well. Are Thais a special case? Ooops, sorry, yes they are

    Added after 12 minutes:

    Just noticed a google ad on the forum. Clever stuff, eh? They see what we're talking about and stkick up an ad.
    So you could try thaicourses.co.uk but the missus would be much cheaper.
    Why should your kid have to learn Thai as a foreign language when he/she could pick it up at home for free? Or won't the missus be there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenkannif
    Local Thai restaurant staff maybe???


    hope ur joking there, don't want madame titiporn teaching my sprog




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