Video virals: Thai student swears at foreign teacher

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The video has made me a little nervous now. I have reblogged it; I am glad that I did the Teaching in Thailand module from i-to-i! The class is not speaking English…what’s up with that?!

I do not take any of this BS in my current school; but then this behaviour is becoming more and more as technology becomes more advanced.

Let’s just take note people…

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This video has been doing the rounds on Thai news websites and a number of TEFL teaching groups I’m in. Watching it, I was taken back to many a moment in my own time TEFL teaching in a Thai government school!

A loose translation of what the boy is saying, courtesy of Bangkok Post:

“They’re hiring you to teach. Why the &*$@ do you scratch your foot? Do your work! This is my country. Understand? I’m scolding you and you still don’t look at me. Animal! Monitor Lizard? Look at me!

“You’re wearing black. Are you going to your father’s funeral?

“You’re scratching your foot again. You have no manners.”

Although these words might not appear hugely offensive, cultural differences need to be taken into account.  For example, you do not want to be called a monitor lizard (or a dog, or buffalo equally) in Thailand.  The Thai word…

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