It's definitely time to leave
So the question remains why? Why leave Thailand, the Land of Smiles, the best country in the world if Thais are to be believed? The short answer is that I didn't have enough reasons to stay.
Back to school
A brief overview of primary and secondary schools in Thailand
There are three main kinds of schools in Thailand: government schools, private schools and international schools. Internationals schools are the most expensive, with average yearly fees ranging from 200,000 to 600,000 baht, depending on the quality and reputation of the school.
It's funnier than comedy
Latest news before this article goes online: the government will agree to compromise and raise the age for buying alcohol to 20, instead of the planned 25. Cheers!
Rote learning and Thai schooling
Improving student language skills
To improve Thai-language skills amongst youngsters, Education Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng plans to cut rote learning and introduce more reading and writing. Mr. Chaturon said Thai-language teaching needed to undergo a radical change since children were not good at their mother tongue.
The magical land
Where no student fails an exam
Yes, dear readers, students in Thailand simply cannot fail exams. This probably comes as a very big surprise for the people unfamiliar with the Thai situation, but believe me, it is true. Well, it is still true at the time of writing, but maybe not for long anymore.
Sit fetch and roll over
Basic Thai commands for teaching children
Let me get a few things straight first. First of all, it doesn’t really matter if the kids understand everything you say. Even if they do, they still won’t listen to you. Second, even if you know the commands in Thai, you’ll probably get the tones wrong and no one will understand you.
British (male, 62 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BSc (1)
Cameroonian (male, 27 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BA (1), PGCE (1)
British (male, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BSc (1), Certificate (1), BA (1)
British (male, 52 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), Certificate (1)
American (male, 41 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 23 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BSc (1)
Filipino (female, 24 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BSc (1)
Filipino (female, 34 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BA (1), Certificate (1)
British (male, 31 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 40 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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E-mailing for jobs
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