Living and working in a foreign country
17 Feb 07
I always said people who decide to live in a foreign country should learn the language. Now I've embarrassed myself. I've been in Thailand nearly nine years and cannot speak Thai. My task has been made difficult by the fact that my Thai wife takes care of everything, and the locals all want to practice English with teachers. I managed to teach myself the alphabet, and can read and write a little (very little), but as soon as the locals hear my tones, the burst into laughter. It's just one more thing on my 'TO DO' list.