A Small Thai Lesson

14 Mar

Sorry to keep you in suspense on whether or not we got kicked out the country or not.  I’m guessing you safely figured out that we are indeed here for a while longer.  I won’t bore you with the details but God did what He does and worked everything out.  Of course I am seldom happy with the way He works things out.  Working on that.  I always want to critique His plans.

AJ: “See God, if I was you, I would have…”

I know it sounds funny but it’s the truth.   You’d think that after 35 years of living, somewhere along the way I would have figured out how just to be content with God’s plans for me.  But hey, that is one of the reasons I moved out here, to learn to trust Him more.  I mean I kind of have to right?  I have no control over where the scorpions, snakes, centipedes, mosquitos with dengue and malaria, or anything else that can harm me, end up, so I have to be totally trusting to His protecting hands to watch over and protect me and the girls.

In other news, for those who didn’t know, I celebrated my first birthday in Thailand last Monday the 11th.  J  As I mentioned, I am now 35 years old.  My wife also celebrated her first birthday here on the 6th.  We didn’t do anything special.  No huge village parties or anything like that.  I have promised her though that I will pay for a nice spa treatment on our next vacation.  When will that be you ask?  I have no idea.

Someone from the states recently asked me if I’ve gotten the language down yet.  The answer still is and probably always will be NO.  There are just way too many intricacies and tonal subtleties for me to master in this lifetime.  It’s also demoralizing when I meet Americans or Australians or people from England that have been here for over 10 years and they still can’t speak it fluently.  It’s as if they have gone into give up mode.   I envy those who pick up languages so quickly.  I truly believe that it is a gift, a gift which I obviously don’t have.  Lol

So I figured a good way to wrap up this latest blog edition would be to teach you a few Thai words.  I will write them out the best way I can so that you can pronounce them.  That is however, not how they are spelled.

Just so you can see though what I am dealing with, check this out…สวัสดี….

What is that you ask?  That is how you write “hello”.

Yeah, I know…that’s what I said.

So for your first Thai lesson let’s start with a basic greeting.

Hello and Goodbye:  Sa wa dee ka (for ladies)  Sa wa dee kop (for men) (kop is their polite catch phrase that they put at the end of everything.  It’s kind of like saying thank you.)

You say this to someone while you wei (pronounced why) them

You do this by putting your hands together as if you are praying. Usually about nose height, and slightly bow.  Now there are rules to weiing.  One, you never wei a child or someone who is younger than you first.  They are supposed to out of respect.  Also, if someone is the same age as you, it’s more of a head nod than a bow.  If they are older then  you bow.

Okay, part two.

How are you? Sa buy dee mai?

I’m fine.  Sa buy dee.

There you go, your first Thai lesson.  J

Hopefully we will be able to post some more pics in the coming days.  No promises though.  Not sure when we will be at a faster connection.  Until then Sa wa dee kop.



Posted by on March 14, 2013 in AJ's Adventures


4 responses to “A Small Thai Lesson

  1. MOM

    March 17, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S Southeast Asian languages are not easy at all to learn. Whole different world. What a way to celebrate your birthday than in another country. I celebrated 7 in other countries.The ones in Japan I loved the most. I would love to celebrate one in Spain. Only God knows if and when. Lots of Love and Happy Birthday again to you both. MOM. Aubrey has celebrated one there and Alanyna will be celebrating one there soon. MOM.

  2. MOM

    March 17, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I just joined facebook to be able to stay in contact with you,but I could not find you on it. Are you on it? If not I guess I should end it. I did see some people’s names that I knew. I also clicked on Ms.Raena’s name. I saw Ms.Aubrey’s picture and I saw the picture of you and the girls. It was a beautiful scene with the sunset or was that a sunrise? I love that picture. Where can I get one to keep. Talk to you later. I am getting off this thing before I give myself a headache. Love,MOM.

  3. Rosalva

    March 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Happy belated birthday AJ!!! I had forgotten that we have the same birthday! So I also celebrated…my 31st birthday. =o) I’m so glad to hear you are at least trying the language…I am hoping to visit you guys one day…not sure when it will be but I’m working on it. Thanks for keeping up with the blogs and pictures. I miss you guys. Please give my love to your beautiful girls and give them all an extra big hug from me. May God continue to bless you all!
    Much Love,

    • The Jones Family

      March 29, 2013 at 12:35 am

      i realized that a week afterwards. fb didn’t even give me a notification or anything. oh well, no worries i celebrated in a big way…i went to work! it would be great if you guys came to visit. its a big trip so i know its not easy. you better hurry though, i don’t think we have much more time.


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