King Ramkhamhaeng,the third king of the Sukhothai period
Well after reading the post by Talen entitled I learned to speak Thai fluently and you can too, and reading the story in the Phuket Gazette, concerning today being NATIONAL THAI LANGUAGE DAY. I thought it would be a good thing to give my take on learning to speak the Thai language fluently,as for me it will never happen ,I have been able to master the colors and my body parts (most) and enough words to not starve to death when it's my time to do the shopping at the market, (think god for thoses little plastic bags sitting on all those tables on the sides of the road and at the market ) I walk up to them and point and act like I know whats inside, and to be on the safe side and make sure I have something to eat I always buy a hot dog on a stick, and I get a big smile and thank you , again ,think god for sign language. My hat goes off to those that are able to master a full converstation with a Thai national,and Me ,I am glad that one of the first Thai words that Ciejay taught me was" Sawadee Kop" what a life saver that few words have been time and time again.
I really enjoyed the story in the Gazette and thought I would share a little of it with you ,I learned a couple of things I didn't know and you might too .
Today ,July 29, is marked by Thais as National Thai Language Day,and was celebrated in Phuket earlier this week , the event was attended by students ,historians, and scholars. The celebration,included,a writing contest,Thai folk singing.traditional dancing and lots of speeches about the importance of preserving the nation's written language.
National Thai Language Day is in remembrance of a debate on the preservation of the nation's language between His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej and professors at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Arts on July 29,1962.
In 1999, the Thai government officially made July 29 a day of national importance to mark the King's 1962 speech and his commitment to preserving the Thai language.
The Thai alphabet was originally conceived by King Ramkhamhaeng, the third king of the Sukhothai period,726 years ago.
According to Thai educator Ajarn Jarin Ngunjun,Thai is one of only 100 languages with an official alphabet.
Story written by Thanasorn Chookate in the Phuket Gazette in Phuket ,Thailand July 29, 2009
Hope you enjoyed the story and Our Thailand King's commentment and the determination of the Thai people to perserve the Thai language and alphabet is a real blessing to me . I am part Cherokee Indian, and our language in America has been all but lost , when the white man took all the children from the villages long ago, to teach them the white man's ways, in their white mans schools, on the reservations , the Indians children were forbidden to speak their own lanuage and today many Cherokee Indians can not speak their native tongue, my family included, My great grand-mother was a full bloodied Cherokee Indian ( the real americans), I would be proud if me or my kids and gran-kids could speak our native tongue,BUT they did not make it a National Cherokee Language Day. "Thank you" to the King and Thai Government for knowing how important it is to preserve their language and placing such great importance as to celebrate it and make it a National Thai Language Day. Malcolm