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5 Reasons Why you Should Learn Thai – Open up a Whole New World!

If you're residing in another country, where the natives speak a language other than your own, it would help you a lot if you can have a certain level of fluency in that particular language. Here's how you can benefit by learning Thai!


Gain a better understanding of the culture

One can dig deeper into a country's culture if fluent in the language. With a thorough understanding of the language, you will have access to the colloquialisms they use, and the small intricacies of the language that make communication much more efficient. If you're just starting on the language, you can identify the facets of the culture in terms of how they address each other. You will find out how trivial things can make a big difference; for example, you may learn that it is perfectly acceptable to refer to someone else's child as your own. The more you pick up the language, the more you will understand the Thai people and understand their culture better.


Find your way by yourself

Imagine that you got lost on your way – well, it's true that all the major cities are signposted in English, but what if you get lost in one of those off-the-beaten-tracks that no one cared to place the translations of the signposts? If you know Thai, you can get around with relative ease by stringing out the Thai letters to find out where you are. If you're pretty fluent, you would even be able to get around by asking for directions from the natives. If you are to stop by a restaurant on the way, you should be able to find out what's on the menu and even the opening and closing times – wouldn't it be so much better if you can simply understand these by yourself!


Make Thai friends

Contrary to popular belief, Thai people are friendly and there are so many of them that would love to make friends with foreigners. Although some might only have a basic grasp of the English language, most of the natives, particularly the millennials are quite fluent. Nevertheless, it would help if you show any interest in learning their language, which would also help in terms of developing your friendship. If you're living in a co-living space Bangkok has to offer such as lyf Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok, then it's more likely that you'd meet Thai nationals with similar interests. So, brush up your language skills and make the move to build a long-lasting friendship to make your life in Thailand more enjoyable.


Increase your chances of getting hired

Since it's becoming increasingly difficult in the West to secure a job, many foreigners emigrate to Thailand seeking jobs where they can put their skills into good use. If you know Thai and can handle the language somewhat fluently, you will have a massive competitive advantage over others that don't speak the language.


Stop being paranoid

Have you had that feeling when you're hanging out near people who are speaking in their native tongue and feel as if they're specifically talking about you? Well, if you're a long-term resident in Thailand, why stay in the dark, when you can always be in the know – just imagine the freedom that learning the widely-used language of a country would bring to you.

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