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    Quote Originally Posted by you_me_no_savy_talk_talk View Post
    how so? I see it more as an observation. certain products ARE, quite clearly, aimed more at the 'farang' demographic.
    Thais LOVE foreign food .. just like farangs do "back home" Look at McD's, KFC, Pizza Co etc etc.

    Get those blinkers off. Like I said .. some farangs over rate their importance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keekwai View Post
    Thais LOVE foreign food .. just like farangs do "back home" Look at McD's, KFC, Pizza Co etc etc. Get those blinkers off. Like I said .. some farangs over rate their importance.
    I'm not questioning that... but certain products ARE aimed more at farang.

    It is nothing to do with importance. you don't really walk down the supermarket aisles, puffing your chest like a peacock, thinking... "that was stocked for me!!!"...

    There are even aisles which are almost specifically for farang produce... tell me if you ever see a Thai person buying a tinned "all day breakfast" or spaghetthi hoops.

    ---Update---

    It is like in the UK... the major Chinese markets in the big cities are aimed at a mainly Chinese customer base. Sure, some hard core british chefs, and experimenters go in also... but they are not the target customers.

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    you me no savvy, khun ko chai exactly what I said and meant. I never once mentioned importance, geesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keekwai View Post
    Get those blinkers off. Like I said .. some farangs over rate their importance.
    Point taken Keekwai. The next time I see a Thai label over an English one, I shall sink to my knees and ask the nearest shelf-stacker to run me through with a ceremonial sword. And my last words will be "thank you..........for letting me.............uuuuurg....shop here"

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    seeing thai labels over english labels doesn't drive me mad. it does however remind me that my thai-language reading skills need improvement. if i'm going to live here, it's up to me to "do the dutiful" (as the indians love to say).

    if you want to live here, learn the language. pure and simple. i'm no thai-language guru but when it comes to communication issues, i've learned to stop projecting my frustration with myself onto frustration towards my thai hosts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crew View Post
    "do the dutiful" (as the indians love to say).
    No, they say 'do the needful' and it makes me want to strangle them 'too much'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8 View Post
    No, they say 'do the needful' and it makes me want to strangle them 'too much'
    Spot on. "Do the needful" I worked for an Indian company for two years and the boss wrote that sentence in every memo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Phil View Post
    Point taken Keekwai. The next time I see a Thai label over an English one, I shall sink to my knees and ask the nearest shelf-stacker to run me through with a ceremonial sword. And my last words will be "thank you..........for letting me.............uuuuurg....shop here"


    No, Phil, you have to sayy all that in Thai, but not just any Thai, you have to use the dialect of the village that that particular 'customer service ambassador' hails from.

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    This has turned into yet another cat fight thread. Most posters are focussed on non Thais who live in thailand, but what about tourists? Tourists often need to pick up things at Tesco, Big c, Villa Market, whatever. Should they all learn to read Thai? And again, I wonder how accurate the translations are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8 View Post
    This has turned into yet another cat fight thread.
    no nat. it was fine until hollow (a mod) went on yet another personal attack. how many times must he do it before another mod rightly tells him to stick his head back in? i could have made some easy snipes at hollow but chose to keep the issue on the issues rather than making a personal attack against a guy who clearly deserves it.

    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8 View Post
    Most posters are focussed on non Thais who live in thailand, but what about tourists? Tourists often need to pick up things at Tesco, Big c, Villa Market, whatever.
    of course not. but if they're a tourist, they ought to expect that signs and other postings will be in the local language. if you go the other way round, why not start putting signs in spanish, turkish, greek, hungarian, etc., etc., etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8 View Post
    but what about tourists?
    Stuff the tourists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crew View Post
    how many times must he do it before another mod rightly tells him to stick his head back in?
    Its times like these you wish you didn't resign your modship eh crew?

    To be fair, any language label stuck over an English one is annoying but there are ways around it. Either don't buy it, ask someone to translate it for you or remove them in the shop. You'd have a fair idea what's in a jar of Prego or a packet of TimTams, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8
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    Anyone who can't see the benefits of learning Thai when you plan to live here is clearly delusional.
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