I’m embarrassed to say that I only learned how to say “How much does this cost?” in Thai last weekend. My students taught me how to say it at the night market last Friday. I used it for the first time today, and it worked! I ordered a coke with ice at lunch and asked “Gee baht ka” (How many baht?). The woman told me how much to pay. It was really fun for me to say something in Thai, be understood, and then actually understand the answer! Encouraged by my success, I decided to try out another Thai phrase tonight. Daniel taught me how to order food for take-out by saying something that sounds like “cyclone”. He actually taught me a long time ago, but I didn’t try it because he told me that no one ever understands him when he says it. Tonight I decided to order a hamburger on the way home. I ordered in Thai and then said “cyclone”. The woman nodded and wrote my order on a piece of paper. Sure enough, they put my cheeseburger into a nice “to go” box. I also got to ask how many baht to pay for the cheeseburger.
I’m feeling very encouraged by my small successes in Thai. It’s fun to communicate in a different language!