Loi Krathong and Thai Phonetics

By Sarah, Teach In Thailand


As some of you have seen, I got to dress up in awesome traditional Thai garb yesterday in celebration of Loi Krathong. Loi Krathong is a Buddhist holiday celebrating the original Buddha and the first day of the last month of the year. It’s believed to have started as a way to honor the spirits of the water. It’s also a showing of respect to nature. People sometimes add hair and nail clippings to their lantern to symbolize getting rid of grudges and defilements in favor of a fresh start (Very Tashlich-esque). Honestly It’s mostly a fun holiday to get dressed up, make lanterns, and have beauty pageants.

Oh yes. BEAUTY PAGEANTS. Seen Toddlers in Tiaras? Feast your eyes on the Thai version!

Who needs a shirt?! Not Thyme!

Ing Ing and Pancake!

The hat is too too cute.

This 3 year old is no doubt professing her support for world peace.

All the kids had lanterns that they set out in the school pool. The principal let me and another English teacher Johnson help her push out the school lantern. 

Ms. Quantip: Trilingual Principal/Multi-Millionaire/Celebrity/Goddess

I taught my kids the word candle this week. My K2-2 class has a boy named Kendo. When I taught them candle, they all pointed excitedly at Kendo and yelled KENDO! It was a perfect example of how they leave off the ends of words and how they struggle with consonants like L.
I’ve been sick for a while so on Monday I went to the Thai hospital for an official diagnosis (Bronchitis and some mysterious stomach bug that occurred after I left the hospital… of course).  When I got to the hospital I was checked in, offered a wheelchair, and then given a sick person/SARs/anthrax mask.
Observation: The hospital, like every other institution here, could not understand the concept of a middle name. They called me Sarah Elizabeth all day. Worry not, dear fans of my blog! I will live to write another day.
2 Sundays ago I walked out of a BTS (Bangkok Transit System) stop and came face to face with not only the normal meat stands, but also a VIAGRA stand. I wanted to stop and take a picture of it, but the guy running the stand looked at me funny when I lingered to get a better look.
Babies of the world, I’m sorry. You’re just NOT as cute as Thai babies.
In addition to celebrating holidays, (Loi Krathong this week, Father’s Day/The King’s Birthday next week/Christmas soon after that) I continue to teach my children difficult concepts such as numbers, letters Q-Z, Family members, and of course, songs and dances.
 I love my kids and they are increasingly clingy to their dear TEECHA SELAH. Recently, they’ve even taken to teaching me the Thai words that I’m teaching them in English. It’s a seriously beautiful exchange of culture.
In the coming weeks, I plan to exploit my position of authority to teach my young eager minds such things as how to fist bump and sing “Call Me Maybe”. The latter skill must be taught in response to the hilarious incident of a 3 year old singing Justin Beiber to me on the van ride home today. Even Carly Rae Jepsen is an upgrade from the song “Baby”.


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