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Offline thaiga

THE LAND OF SMILES what does it really mean
« on: May 22, 2016, 03:30:58 PM »
“There’s just no way they are that happy”

Another interesting article from Orlando Barton @ inspirepattaya.com All about the The Land of Smiles and why thai's are always smiling, Some might think, a smiling Thai only wants something. The smile and the “mai pen rai” attitude is something we wish we could pull off the same. whadya think.

Why is this girl smiling?



The Land of Smiles right? Everybody knows about it. Everybody talks about it. What does it really mean?

I come from a pretty friendly part of the world. People are polite. People say “hello” and wave or nod their head. Sometimes they smile, but not like in Thailand. When I first got here I thought it was some kind of game or trick. “What’s wrong with these smiling idiots?” I thought. “There’s just no way they are that happy”.

Now that I’ve been here a while I’ve refined my theories on the Thai smile many times. Listen to some old-timers and you may get a big old mouthful of jaded negativity. Some longtime expats will tell you a smiling Thai only wants something. Others will say a Thai person who smiles at you is afraid.

I’ve certainly seen the smile displayed when my normal reaction would be to shriek in terror. If you’ve ever been in Thai traffic and seen a “near miss” accident on a motorbike, invariably the driver and passengers will all appear to think their near death experience is hilarious. That’s just how they deal with danger and threats.

When I show up in the lobby of my condo, red-faced because I’m inconvenienced by something or other, I can tell the receptionist in our building is becoming uncomfortable with my tone by her big silly smile. There I am, as the Thais say, “eating her head” and all she can do is smile and say “Ka”. It might drive a person unfamiliar with Thai custom over the edge.

After much consideration, I’ve concluded two things about the Thai smile. First of all, we non-Thais harbor a lot of jealousy about it. We secretly wish we had such a defense mechanism. The smile and the “mai pen rai” attitude is something we wish we could pull off so convincingly.

And secondly, the underlying emotion of the Thai smile is something many westerners just simply cannot fathom. I would need all my fingers and toes to count the times I’ve heard a westerner marvel at the Thai disposition by saying, “So many of these people have absolutely nothing, and they are still happy”.

We walk around with the weight of the world and all our possessions on our back. How can we smile? Thais just shrug those worries off like a heavy backpack and set them down. The ability to disconnect from the world and enjoy the moment will always be amazing to us because we just can’t do it.

And that’s what this week’s picture is all about. It was taken at Punch-n-Judy English Pub in Pattaya. This beautiful young Thai women lit up my afternoon with her thousand megawatt smile.

And why is she smiling? Because she can.

Orlando Barton
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Re: THE LAND OF SMILES what does it really mean
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2016, 08:21:34 PM »
The 13 Smiles Of Thailand

1)   Yim thang nam taa: The “I’m so happy I’m crying” smile.
   
2)   Yim thak thaai: The “polite” smile for someone you barely know.

3)   Yim cheun chom: The “I admire you” smile.

4)   Fuen Yim: The stiff smile, also known as the “I should laugh at the joke though it’s not funny” Smile.

5)   Yim mee lessanai: The smile which masks something wicked in your mind.

6)   Yim yaw: The teasing, or “I told you so” smile.

7)   Yim yae-yae: The “I know things look pretty bad but there’s no point in crying over spilt milk” smile.

8.)   Yim sao: The sad smile.

9)   Yim haeng: The dry smile, also known as the “I know I owe you the money but I don’t have it” smile.

10)  Yim thak thaan: The “I disagree with you” smile, also known as the “You can go ahead and propose it but your idea’s no good” smile.

11)    Yim cheua-cheuan: The “I am the winner” smile, the smile given to a losing competitor.

12)   Yim soo: “smiling in the face of an impossible struggle” smile.

13)    Yim mai awk: The “I’m trying to smile but can’t” smile.

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Offline thaiga

Re: THE LAND OF SMILES what does it really mean
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2016, 09:23:18 PM »
Just smile back ;D

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Offline thaiga

Re: THE LAND OF SMILES what does it really mean
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2016, 02:23:30 PM »
The 13 smiles of thailand

I'm sure there are more than 13 smiles - so here's no 14 - the GOLDSHOP smile - The smile you get from your other half when your walking past the GOLDSHOP.  I'ts Like a uk used car salesman smile ;D

So we'll make that no.14, i'm sure our quick witted members will add to the list

14.) Goldshop smile ร้าน ทอง

15.) ............
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Offline sowhat

Re: THE LAND OF SMILES what does it really mean
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2016, 12:37:39 PM »
A smile can speak a thousand words.

Thais are brought up with the concept that emotions should not be expressed, and the best way to cover them is to smile. The smile is a way of expression for things that are not easily expressed.Smiles are another language, The best way to cover how you really feel, smile.

Saving face is a big thing with thai people, if there’s a misunderstanding or they want to avoid a confrontation, they just simply smile.

They have bad days just like anyone else. Amazing It is how they deal with it, Smile. Lets not forget back home, i didn't see a lot of smiles there, in turn i never smiled at a lot of people. They would probably think you was ting tong if you did.

But don't get misguided, a smile in a club or disco from a pretty girl as nice as it is, doesn't always mean it's a come on.

Thais can of course disagree and also become violent, but with most the issue has to be exceptionally important. Compromise is always the first option. Unless of course they have been on the lao cow or the substance, then you best walk away.

The only problem you may face is knowing what type of smile is being cast at you.

is the smile dying out with the younger generation
 

 



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