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Friday, February 20, 2009

Language Barriers

Last Monday as what I have mentioned in my other post, we went to a Technology School to promote our center. There are a lot of private schools involved. Each school presented a program. We had our presentation on the first day. Almost everybody came on that day. On the second day, I met one of the teachers in the school where I worked a year ago. She looked at our promotions and smiled. I told her I'm already working in this center. She is a Thai and she had the difficulty in speaking English. She was asking a lot of questions and I'll just say yes or smiled at her because I couldn't understand the way she speaks. Before they left with her friend, she told me, "Oh Sarah you are rich now", I just laughed and told her "NO". Then they left, I started to smile and I reiterate what she said to my hubby that we are rich, and I told him, if she only knew. Then my teenager smiled and said, because Mama you agreed to her when she asked you that you are the owner of the center. I said, "Really???" with a shocking voice. I didn't understand what she said, I told my teenager. I was planning to explain again but I didn't bother anymore. They might misunderstood me again. Language barrier had been our struggle here in Thailand, a lot of times we were misunderstood especially when we talk to the locals. But still we enjoy the place, the food, and the people. To find the meaning of language barrier you can visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_barrier

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