Stephen Saad

Looking at Thailand from a cultural perspective.


How much Thai can you learn through Thai songs?

Every song can be a mini language lesson

Over and above the benefit of learning the language, listening to Thai songs will allow the learner to ‘get a feel’ for the country – how it thinks, how sentiments are communicated, the culture, the essence of being Thai, at least in the context of relationships.


Which partner will 'yield'?

Deciding which country to live in with your Thai partner

Cross-cultural relationships are challenging in the best of circumstances. One party within the couple needs to have a strong desire to take on the other party’s culture, language and lifestyle. Even where the Thai partner speaks good English or the Westerner has learnt Thai, one partner often needs to ‘yield’ more than the other


The best things about living in Thailand?

The expat lives without being judged or interfered with.

The best thing about Thailand for expats? Just about everything. Many things work differently here; it does not mean they are wrong, they are just different. Thailand will evolve at its own pace and to suit Thai people, not expats.


The key to learning Thai

Listening and speaking – it’s that simple!

Get out there and listen and you will hear real Thai. Speak, make mistakes, be embarrassed, humiliated and come out of the process much, much stronger.


Culture clash!

Thais are not being rude or deliberately evasive. It’s just a culture clash…or is it?

Anyone who has lived in Thailand for any length of time beyond a two-week holiday is likely to pick up on certain local patterns of behaviour that seem annoying or rude or just plain wrong. But what is the reason behind these ‘misunderstandings’? Who is at fault?


Featured Jobs

Secondary School Teachers

฿33,000+ / month

Nakhon Si Thammarat


Qualified NES Teachers for Kindergarten and Primary

฿50,000+ / month

Bangkok


Female ESL Kindergarten Teacher

฿40,000+ / month

Bangkok


Qualified Primary Teachers for July Start

฿60,000+ / month

Chiang Mai


Filipino English Teachers

฿16,000+ / month

Chon Buri


Native Speaking English Teachers

฿400+ / hour

Bangkok


Featured Teachers

  • Harley


    American, 28 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Sahidee


    Thai, 29 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Denis


    Russian, 32 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Kristine


    Filipino, 30 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Jess


    Chinese, 31 years old. Currently living in China

  • Ronald


    Irish, 51 years old. Currently living in Thailand

The Hot Spot


Will I find work in Thailand?

Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.


The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?


Renting an apartment?

Renting an apartment?

Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.


Need Thailand insurance?

Need Thailand insurance?

Have a question about health or travel insurance in Thailand? Walter van der Wal from Pacific Prime is Ajarn's resident expert.


Teacher mistakes

Teacher mistakes

What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.


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