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8: SOME THAI PEOPLE SPEAK MANDARIN VERY WELL

SOME THAI PEOPLE SPEAK MANDARIN VERY WELL


The need for the Thais to speak Mandarin is to cater to the Chinese tourists in Thailand who cannot speak English well.
And of course, the Thais in touristy areas will always talk to me in Mandarin. Sometimes, I respond back in Mandarin when necessary, but those moments crack me up every time. Picture two people speaking to each other in broken Mandarin – we both think we understand each other, but we probably don’t… haha. At some point, we both end up running out of words to say and start giving each other blank stares.

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Thai people in touristy areas always assume Asians are from China and would talk to us in Mandarin. Usually, we ignore them, but there are times when they ask us where we are from in English. I think it’s their way of trying to establish rapport with us before busting out their Mandarin and then “pitching” for a sale. I’ve learned to tell them that we are from Vietnam, to which the reaction we get is priceless. They give me this weird “HUH” look, and then turn to their colleague with this “I don’t know what to say, help me man” expression! It cracks me up every time. I guess not a lot of Vietnamese people travel to Thailand.