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14 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

It's not about lack of decency. It's a very difficult language to learn, especially if you're older than 40. However, I don't read Thai but understand and talk a bit and I've never had any problems  understanding what documents are needed for Immi purposes.

To learn a basic Thai I think this should be possible for everybody… even older people. I mean that you can have a basic Smalltalk. There are a lot of foreigners who able to talk with Thai people about normal daily problems.

 

But to learn Thai to a level to understand and read an official letter or something similar is much much more complicated. And I think there are not many foreigners who really are able to read a contract or a letter. and that would be needed to understand a letter which have to be signed. So I understand that this is not possible for maybe 99% of the foreigners.

 

But still I am thinking, that if you life in Thailand you should at least learn a basic Thai!

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

Can you define "basic Thai"?

a good question and not easy to answer.

I would say that you are able to have easy conversations with other Thais. So you can order food by yourself, on a market you can ask the price, maybe can bargain about the price. When you are on a Taxi, can tell the taxi driver where he have to drive (left, right, straight on, …). I know that the Thai language is difficult, and I guess most Thais are already happy when you are able to talk a little bit (  I mean more than only hello and thanks.)

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1 minute ago, HampiK said:

a good question and not easy to answer.

I would say that you are able to have easy conversations with other Thais. So you can order food by yourself, on a market you can ask the price, maybe can bargain about the price. When you are on a Taxi, can tell the taxi driver where he have to drive (left, right, straight on, …).

Ok, thanks. I'm at that level (perhaps a little bit more), but I can't sit down and have a 'small talk' conversation, wish I could though.

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I try to learn it when I was 53, it didn't work well.

 

I stopped the day I was at a local market trying to order something in Thai, and the vendor told me : " Can you say it in English, Sir ".

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On 10/17/2018 at 2:56 PM, R123 said:

 

The OP waited 7 hours and more and I am wondering if there is some ways to ease the boredom of such a wait.

Down load Netflix to your smartphone/tablet and download a bunch of shows. 

Just like a long flight...

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On 10/17/2018 at 3:19 PM, ThailandLOS said:

"The agent spoke no English so she could not tell me anything about why I needed the new documents or map"

 

And you spoke/read no Thai after 14 years in Thailand and couldn't ask why you needed the new documents or map. Works both ways buddy 😉

Exactly. I've seen this time and again. Guys reside in this country for years and never take the time (even a few hours a week) to take a few inexpensive classes and learn some Thai. I learned Thai at the local library. 10 1 hour lessons for 1000THB. I went 3 times a week for a few months. My Thai is now good enough to handle most simple business situations ... along with Google Translate I can get along fine where nobody speaks any English.

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6 hours ago, Vacuum said:

Can you define "basic Thai"?

74 languages ......maybe ..??

                                      Basic thai is your daily street talk an good mannerism everyday to the old and the young ...hi.hello,how r u,raining today ,how much ,good morning ,good night ,love you ,do not understand ,ETC....2/3/4/5 WORDS MAX....they understand real quick an usually embarass you when they talk back to you in english..

OH i forgot ....

"Trolls to the left of me ,Trolls to right ,Trolls straight a head of me ,seems anything i say is never right" ...

 

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On 10/17/2018 at 2:37 PM, TSF said:

Dunno about Vietnam, got a friend living there, married to Viet gal, they have 2 children together, last year he told me imm refused to give him a further ext and told him to depart the country, get a new visa then return, which is what he did. At least in Thailand if you're married to a Thai and have the 400,000Bt they'll keep giving you annual exts. But, yes, I do agree, Thailand has been making life difficult for many expats in recent times. 

Think there is probably more to this story. I also have a friend married to a Vietnamese girl and he has never had a problem renewing his 5 year marriage visa. I also have a 1 year visa renewed on the internet yearly without having to visit an immigration office. Your friend has done something to attract their interest.

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