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Thai People & Culture (Part 1)

Thai Today

The Thais can be broken down into various regional groups with their own regional varieties of Thai. These groups include Central Thai (also the standard variety of the language), the Isan (more closely related to the standard Lao of Laos than to standard Thai), Lanna Thai, Southern Thai, and Yawi/Malay-speaking Thai.

A nation with a long and rich history, Thailand has preserved its unique identity and traditions over the centuries, while also welcoming diverse cultures reaching its shores as the Kingdom increased its contacts with the outside world. Thai people are well-known for their friendliness, generosity and tolerance, regardless of gender, race and faith.

Thai culture has also been influenced by religious beliefs, largely inspired by Theravada Buddhism. Culture, arts and religions have been upheld on the basis of freedom and integration. This has allowed the country to remain open to the outside world, ready to adopt innovations that benefit society. Culture is recognized as an important element of the Kingdom’s dynamic economy, enabling all citizens to uphold their merits to live together peacefully and to continually adapt to change.

More importantly, life’s philosophy in Thailand is far different from Germany and it’s a culture shock for your first visit in Thailand!

For a better understanding, to live in Thailand learn more about the philosophy of life in Thailand with these following words ;

SANUK = To have fun

An important thing in everyday life is “SANUK“. Thai people love to have fun together. “SANUK” can represent many things : eat together, to be with friends and chat, to go out with friends. For Thai people “SANUK” happens with several persons. When coming back from business, Thai people often ask “Was it fun?” before “Was it successful?“.

Fun in Thailand at SongkranSABAI = Happy Goes Lucky

This word is usually translated as “happy“, but its use is often closer to “comfortable“, “relaxed“, or “easy going” To Thais, happiness is not a state opposite that of sorrow. Sitting by the seaside with the wind blowing your hair is sabai.

SUAY = beautiful; attractive; charming; exquisite; fair; fine; gorgeous; handsome; lovely

MAI PEN RAI = Don’t worry, it doesn’t matter. Thai people can use “MAI PEN RAI” for important or minor issues. Something important from a foreigner point of view can be seen minor from a Thai point of view. Thai people use “MAI PEN RAI” to avoid making other people feel bad. Most of the time, “MAI PEN RAI” is a response to a problem.

For example, a staff member forgets to bring a report to his manager. This report is not urgent. The staff member will be able to bring it in the afternoon. The manager will say “MAI PEN RAI. Bring it later this afternoon“.

JAI YEN YEN = Calm down and it is often said when people start to lose control
Thai people , they live in the land of smile but when they look at German face, they got a culture shock because most of them look serious with a stressful face. A life without a smile is not a real life for the Thai.

In addition, Thai behaviours are very deep and sensitive. It is considered rude to point your foot at a person, so try to avoid doing so when sitting opposite anyone, and following the conception that the foot is a low limb; DO NOT point your foot to show anything to anyone, but use your finger instead.

Being jealous : Thai people don’t feel jealous of someone’s life because they live in harmonious and simple life. In Thailand, the group is more important than the individual. It is linked to Thailand’s agriculture-based culture. An individual belongs to a group, such as family, institute or social class. These groups dictate who you are, what you are entitled to, how important you are, and so on. If you do not belong to a group, you are nobody. Hence, the key is to maintain relationships with others. We have to be careful not to harm any relationship with the group.

A little joke to make you smile ☺

First woman: “Let me ask you something; do you have sex with your husband often?``
Second woman: “`{`We have sex`}` almost every day.”
First woman: “Wow! How can you?”
Second woman: “On Monday we almost `{`have sex`}`, on Tuesday we almost do, on Wednesdays, we almost do...”
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