It's Not What You Say, But How You Say It
In the introduction to the book, the first sentence informs me that "Thailand's official language is Thai," which is comforting, because that's what I figured. But after that things get a bit more complicated. This is because, as the book points out and as I remember from last time, "Thai has five different tones: level or mid, low, falling, high and rising. The range of all five tones is relative to each speaker's vocal range; there is no fixed musical pitch intrinsic to the language."
Which explains why you can think that you are ordering, say, pad thai at a restaurant, when in fact you've made the cheerful observation that "the fat lady is dead" or something along those lines.
Not that I would know about that from experience or anything.
So yeah, Thai is probably not the easiest language in the world to pick up. But the book urges me to have courage and not be afraid of speaking Thai even though I don't have a clue how to speak it. Well, that's easy for the book to say. It's not going to offend anyone if it gets some word or phrase horribly wrong.
But the real question right now is: why am I still awake?
I have no idea. It's way past my bedtime, considering that I have to be out the door at 6:30a.m. So, on that note, I'm off to bed. Oh and happy Inauguration Day! As excited as I am about hopping on a plane tomorrow, I'm a little sad that I will likely miss the most historic inauguration speech since the first one ever. Oh well. Hopefully I'll be able to catch a bit of it at the airport as we await our flight.
And on THAT note, take care of yourselves and miss me, my darlings. With kisses, as always, from the frogg princess..