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Kanhu – My "ear" is itching

Last summer a YouTube video became an overnight hit in Thailand.In the video singer Jah performs an old luk thung song named Kanhu, which mean as much as; [my] ear [is] itching.Although the old song was indended to be unambiguous and innocent, scarcely dressed Jah managed to give a whole new meaning to the title in her show. [...]

Blogging in English

Although I learned English at school for six years and lived for about five years in Japan and Thailand, where I mainly use(d) English as well, it was a personal challenge to start blogging in English as opposed to my native language Dutch. Mistakes remain undetected much easier than using one’s mother tongue. Also the [...]

Cannot eat fruit

Cannot eat fruit

This morning after breakfast we walked a bit around when I came across fruit which looked like green apples hanging from an unfamiliar tree. Usually Polly can tell me the name of any plant we stumble upon, so I asked her what it was.She answered that it was a ‘Cannot eat fruit tree’. She further explained [...]

One more reason to learn Thai

One more reason to learn Thai

Yesterday evening in Bangkok it was raining cats and dogs, so I decided not to go out, but order some food in the room instead, when calling the reception I had the following conversation: “Hello, I would like to order some club sandwiches..”“Club sanwich?”“Yes, that’s number 13 on your menu right?”“Yes, uhh club sanwich.. How many [...]

Basic Italian for Thai

Basic Italian for Thai

The other week in my hotel we got six Italian people, few of them being able to speak English, so I thought it would a good idea to teach the reception some basic words and counting. Having learned Italian without books I made some writing errors. Unfortunately one Italian came down and went improving on [...]

Farang/Thai slang

Farang/Thai slang

Various things about Thai slang have been written, but so far I didn’t come across a topic dealing with slang terms or words used by foreigners or expats living in Thailand or visiting Thailand frequently. From what I learned until now, I compiled a small list of slang terms and phrases used for inter-farang or [...]

Funny Thai-English phrase-book

Funny Thai-English phrase-book

Seen in Phuket, Thailand. I guess the Tourist Police will not be too happy with these kind of requests.. To me it appeared to be more or less similar to the above scetch

Pseudo Thai

Pseudo Thai

Similar to the clever use of the Thai typography for a washing powder called “Breeze”, which will read like USA or Usa for foreigners, I tried to come up with something similar, based on the characters u,s,a,n,w,o,b,v,i,l and y, which are about the only letters which have a more or less readable Latin script equivalent [...]