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ThaiPod101.com
Saturday at 6:30 pm
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Hi listeners, do you think Thais are sometimes too polite? Let's share your opinion here!  

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Monday at 9:19 pm
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Hello Brian,


Thank you very much for your comment and shared. We really appreciated your kind and hope it will be benefit for others student as well. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help you. We wish you will have a good progress with Thai.


Have a great day.


Parisa

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Brian
Thursday at 4:15 am
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To A and others: The comment about rai sounding like drai is not an uncommon initial reaction among we English speakers. The mishearing of the word is due to the rolled r in rai. It sounds to the non-Thai ear like drai, it is actually just the transition to the rolled r, which we English speakers are unaccustomed to hearing. To the Thai speaker and listener, it is just a rolled r.

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Saturday at 12:18 am
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Hello Nuno,


Thank you very much for sharing with us. It's will be really useful for everyone here.


Thanks again and hope you have a nice day.


Parisa

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Nuno Morais
Wednesday at 1:23 pm
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Thais, like the Japanese, are extremely polite and have a calm attitude, it's their nature. That's why I love Thailand.

In the opposite side, we have Americans, Britons, Australians, etc., who are often arrogant and not polite at all.

In the middle we have southern Europe countries like Portugal, Spain, Italy and France, especially the Portuguese who are very polite and friendly.

:smile:

http://www.thaipod101.com/
Tuesday at 11:43 am
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Hello Torben,


Thank you very much for your comment. We really appreciated that. Yes, you're right, sometime politeness can make a distance between friends with my own experience. Please let me know if you have any future questions about Thai language.


Have a nice day.


Parisa

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Torben
Thursday at 2:34 am
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It is always good too be polite, but not to much. Here nobody is more than other people. But we can learn from eachother :)

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Tuesday at 12:35 am
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สวัสดีค่ะ A,


Thank you again for your comment,


I understand that "rai" (ไร) and "drai" (ไดร) are really close sound, but the sentence “mâi-bpen-drai” (ไม่เป็นไดร) doesn't exist in Thai language, all we have is just “mâi-bpen-rai” (ไม่เป็นไร), so you don't need to get confuse which is which. :wink:

However, we will change the audio lesson anyway to make it more clear for the listener.


Have a nice day!

Jing / Team ThaiPod10

A
Saturday at 2:16 am
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Hum, your answer doesn't help me...

I know how to say it but I also believe what I can hear.

As I didn't want to stay confused, I searched for "bpen rai" on the whole site (you have a great searching engine) and I found some lessons where I can hear (as you wrote and as I thought) "mâi-bpen-rai" and one more lesson where I can hear "mâi-bpen-Drai".


I let you compare the difference between the sounds "rai" and "drai" by yourself :

* Lessons where I can hear "rai" :

Beginner #1 - A Little Bit of This and That in Thailand

line by line n°9 เจมส์: ไม่เป็นไรครับ ผมถือเองได้ครับ รถอยู่ที่ไหนครับ


Beginner #14 - I Ate Too Much Thai Food

line by line n°5: เจมส์: เอ่อ...ไม่เป็นไรครับ มันเผ็ดเกินไป


Beginner #21 - Learning To Give in Thailand

line by line n°5 : ราจีส: อ้อ...ไม่เป็นไรจ้ะยูกิ แล้ว เจมส์ล่ะไปได้ไหม


* Lesson where I can hear "Drai" :

Learn Thai in 3 Minutes #4 - Saying Thank You and I'm Sorry in Thai

line by line n°6,7,8 : ไม่เป็นไร


Maybe my ears are definitely too sensitive for Thai language ;)

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Saturday at 12:06 am
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Hi A,


Thank you so much for your comment,

We are so sorry if our audio sound made you confuse. However in the audio sound, she did say "mâi-bpen-rai khâ" (ไม่เป็นไรค่ะ).


If you have any other questions, please let us know. :grin:

Jing / Team ThaiPod101

A
Thursday at 5:19 am
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Hi guys,

I'm really confused with this lesson.

In the first line-by-line audio (ไม่เป็นไรค่ะ), I can hear "MAI PEN DRAI KHA".

But if I look for "ไร" in http://www.thai-language.com, I can hear "RAI" (MAI PEN RAI KHA).

Where 's the trick ?