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I’m going to Isan and have been roped into giving a group of medical workers (doctors and the like I think) daily english lessons for 2 weeks. Thank God it’s not until October as I find it a little daunting but would also like to prepare so i can give as quality lessons as I can manage. To tell you the truth my spelling isn’t fantastic or my grammer but I did get an A level at English so at one time it wasn’t that bad.
I would just love any advice or tips on how to structure lessons, what to cover, maybe a few homework topics.
Apparently these people helped in the tsuenami and met many English speaking volunteers which made them want to learn more as I think their English is very basic.
I don’t want to let them but just as important myself down.
Are there any links anyone knows about?
The bottom line for teaching English in this forum is for conversation. Grammar and spelling comes second. Unless you are teaching in a Language Institute, the two weeks you will teach is just to give these professionals some experience speaking with someone whose primary language is English.
The typical lessons cover things like ordering at a restaurant, things to do at an airport waiting on a flight, greetings, asking for directions, that sort of thing.
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With the currency exchange, it is difficult not to find frugal attractions in Bangkok, Thailand. However, there are a few tips to make travel dollars stretch even further, and to better the travel experience.
The Grand Palace And The Temple Of The Emerald Buddha
Yes, there is an entrance fee (200 Baht, roughly $6 U.S.), but this sight is a must-see for any visitor to Bangkok. It hosts a range of Thai architecture.
Temples and other national monuments have a strict dress code. No shorts, sleeveless tops, or risqué dress. This is true of most religious places the world over, but in Thailand, travelers should also not wear open-heeled sandals (there must be a strap behind the heel).
Which leads to some Thai customs that savvy travelers observe.
Shorts are considered appropriate only for children and the lower class.
The head is considered sacred (closest to the heavens), so do not touch. Actually, try not to touch the locals at all.
Feet are also to be treated with care. To point your feet at a person is considered a grave insult, and to sit with soles exposed extremely rude (especially in religious places). Sit with feet tucked under the body.
No public displays of affection. Keep that for the privacy of your room.
As with most countries, but especially Thailand, do not criticize the local government or monarchy.
This may seem like a lot of rules, but most apply to almost every country a traveler is a guest in.
Also, the Thai people are extremely polite, so they are unlikely to express their disapproval.
Chatuchak Park Weekend Market
This is where frugal travelers buy their souvenirs. With over 15,000 stalls (pick up a free map at information kiosks), there is plenty to choose from. This is a place to haggle. Never take the first offer. Also, be very wary of fakes (fake antiques, fake jewelry, etc) and of pickpockets (keep some small bills in an easily accessible pocket, and hide the wallet away).
What to buy? Almost anything, especially handicrafts. My mother is an elephant-lover and Thailand, with reverence of the animal, was the ideal place to pick up teak carvings (be careful of wood drying and cracking when you return home).
Wat Pho (Temple Of The Reclining Buddha)
With another very, very inexpensive entrance fee (20 Baht), Wat Pho is the largest and oldest Buddhist Temple in Bangkok. The highlight is, of course, the 46 meter long, gold-covered Reclining Buddha. However, the buildings and, I found, the orchids, were also noteworthy.
Bangkok is a bargain hunters paradise. Attractions, dining, and shopping is inexpensive.
For more frugal travel tips on Bangkok or other cities, visit http://www.freephotooftheday.com
By Kimber Chin
What is the cost of living for an expat in Thailand?
As others have pointed out it depends on your style and location and what type of Visa you have.
At present you should have access to 800,000 Baht in your Bank each year.
Living in Isan the minimum you would need is 30,000 Baht a month as you need a social life.
Bangkok, Pattaya in a small but decent apartment ,food and social life at least 40,000 Baht.
A Thai , working long hours might only earn 7000 Baht a month to pay for their family but I very much doubt a Farang could live like a Thai all the Time , I know I could not.
I am married to Thai , my wife has business , I have business so we are fortunate and live quite comfortably.
A word of warning though I have known Farang men who lived in Thailand 25 years plus , even had Grand children not enough money in their Bank and refused Visa to stay.
You will never be a Thai Citizen no matter how long you live here so think seriously about moving here.
But if you do have the funds this place can be Paradise on Earth.
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