There’s a nice lunch special at the Thai restaurant I frequent down the street from my office here in California. What a great opportunity to try out a few Thai phrases. The first couple times I said hello (sawat di khrap
) and thank you (khop khun khrap
), I was tentative, and I had to repeat what I was saying.
Now, I’m adding a few phrases, like: how are you? (sabai di mai
), fine thank you (sabai di
) and more onions (phiset homyai
). If I may use the traditional “spicy scale” of 1-10, the friendliness and recognition from the waiters has gone from a 4 to a 9. They go out of their way to take special care of me and stop to chat for a couple minutes about our upcoming travels to Thailand.
I’ve been traveling around the world for seventeen months now, and I’m continually amazed at how learning a little language opens so many doors, leads to so many conversations and elicits so many smiles. If you are traveling to a foreign land, be sure to sign up
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