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General Discussions / Heinz Baked Beans
« Last post by Taman Tun on November 08, 2018, 01:15:12 AM »
Here is a thoroughly depressing article from the DM.  With all the wonderful food available in Thailand I do not think we need Heinz Baked Beans.
World of Music / For Joni Mitchell's 75. Birthday
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 07, 2018, 06:21:18 PM »
Koratfart is a fun festival to me.
Korat News / Policeman in apparent suicide in front of Korat 7-Eleven
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 07, 2018, 07:33:26 AM »
A police senior sergeant major shot himself to death in front of a 7-Eleven store in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Sikhio district early on Tuesday.

The shop owner, Sarayuth Nakharoengrit, 51, called the district police station at 3am to report the death.

Pol Senior Sgt-Major Cherdchai Khantakhu, 49, an officer from the police station, died while seated on a marble bench in front of the shop, with his head down on the ground.

His 9mm pistol was found nearby.

Sarayuth said Cherdchai had dropped by the store to chat with him after his shift, just like he always did.

Cherdchai had displayed no sign of being suicidal and had talked and laughed normally, the 7-Eleven owner added.

After chatting for an hour, Cherdchai said he wanted to leave, so Sarayuth got up from the bench, said goodbye, turned away from him and walked back into the convenience store.

He then heard a gunshot and turned around to see that his friend had died.

The Nation
Hi Kru Kannika,

yes, I agree, a language as a socially agreed upon system of signs cannot be acquired without that society's culture behind it. And "explaining" one's own language to somebody with another cultural background requires understanding of that person's cultural background. A foreign teacher needs to find the "bridge" between the two cultures. What makes learning English even harder for Thais is the Roman alphabet, that has no real correspondence to the Thai alphabet.

And for students in the northeast the acquisition of English is even harder, as the common language spoken here is not pure Thai, very often it is mixed with Lao etc. Another problem is, that the northeast has not been developed for Tourism much; chances of communications with foreigners, the practicing of English, are very limited. Also there are not many bilingual road signs etc. to get students subconsciously used to the Roman alphabet.
Education and Teachers Forum / Re: Northeast Thailand - lowest level of English proficiency
« Last post by Kru Kannika on November 05, 2018, 08:24:05 AM »
The biggest obstacle is, that Thai teachers of English don't get sufficient chances to study abroad. Our teacher students need to have seen the countries and culture behind the language they are teaching with their own (Thai) eyes to be able to explain the language and use of idioms to a Thai student. While the foreign teacher has the problem to make his language and culture understood in the context of Thai culture, what he often not understands himself.
It must be a compliment challenge for those native speakers hired to teach in Isaan.
Frozen dew blankets Doi Inthanon mountain for second day

Frozen dew formed again for the second day in a row atop Doi Inthanon mountain in Chiang Mai on Saturday morning when the lowest temperature was recorded at 1 degree Celsius.

Wasan Chanthep, assistant chief of Doi Thanon National Park, said grass and the lower branches of trees were covered with a thin layer of ice.

He said the temperature at the top of the mountain was recorded at 1C while the mercury at the Kiew Mae Pan viewpoint, where tourists flocked to enjoy a sea of mist, was 5C. The Doi Inthanon park office halfway up the mountain saw the lowest temperature of 10C.

Wasan said the weather was clear so tourist could see the sea of mist clearly from the cliff at the viewpoint and the first sunlight lit up the mist beautifully for early-bird tourists.

Wasan said 2,321 tourists visited the park on Friday and the number was expected to be much higher on Saturday.
Museum & The Arts / Re: Dead rich
« Last post by thaiga on November 03, 2018, 02:25:55 PM »
there not alive but at least their businesses are. These celebrities haul in millions.

so who's at no2. for the top dead rich people, it's ELVIS you remember that guy ;) who died of a heart attack in 1977 age 42, so young and what a shame to see him go the way he did, eating ice cream and watching cartoons was happy days for him. a thought there that so much fame might go to your head, just too much for some. over the past year from music sales, tickets to Graceland and a new entertainment complex called Elvis Presley's Memphis. they raked in £31m. what a star. how sad he looks,  so hard to watch. Elvis and Michael Jackson's lives are such a big reminder that money and fame are nothing.

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