I have been recently hearing from Facebook, that South African and Irish English teachers are on the verge of being downgraded as eligible for native speaker status and thus pay in Thailand. Apparently it has been deemed acceptable to put both in the same pay category as Filipinos. The guy on FB is sounding pretty militant and is trying to arrange marches on the Thai embassy in Pretoria, and has a petition going...I thought that it could do with some support from us.
Say NO to Xenophobic, Racist Supremacist Thailand Downgrading South Africa & The Republic of Ireland to NON Native Engli
More to the point has anyone else heard about this change and if so has it impacted you or anyone you know?
Facebook users will find the guys page here...
Last edited by LDMA; 29th July 2012 at 15:25.
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Well in all honesty Canadians are the only speakers of English with a clear accentless pronunciation of the English language...so in theory we should be the only Country with NS status...
Of course to be fair we would need to exclude the Maritimes, Quebec and New Brunswick...
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I'm all for this. These scumbags didn't want to be part of the Commonwealth and bit the hand that feeds them. What goes around comes around.
They've got no claims on the Queen's English. Cast them aside.
The UFC uses subtitles when they interview British fighters...
If the Irish are being considered for downgrading, surely, the Scottish will be next...
After Scotland, how about the other variants of British English such as Jordie, Brummie, Black Country, etc.? I've found Jordie speakers harder to understand than South Africans that I've met. And I'd hate to see anyone downgraded just because they came from Newcastle. If I were studying Thai, I'd prefer to learn from various dialects of Thailand especially Isaan.
^ Surely, you mean Geordie, no?
The Yanks are OK by me. After all, they're the ones with all the nuclear weapons.
...exactly: nukes rule...
That's not good haha I'm Irish! It would break my heart to have to apply for a British passport!
Back to the original post... They already have been downgraded.
All nationalities EXCEPT the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia are now required to present a TOEIC/TOFEL/IELTS score as part of the visa/WP application.
Happened last October.
They are finally standing up to those drunkards!