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By Harrison George |
By Nanticha Ocharoenchai |
<p>&nbsp;It’s a known fact that&nbsp;<em>mai pen rai&nbsp;</em>is one of the most-used responses in the Thai language. The three syllables roughly translate to “it’s okay” or “don’t worry” — but what does this simple phrase actually mean?</p> <p>After asking not only foreigners, but also native Thais, what their definition of<em>mai pen rai</em>&nbsp;is, I received a surprising variety of responses.<br /><br />Just some of the many interpretations were as follows: “Yeah, I know what it means — ‘whatever,’ right?”; “It’s like never mind,”;&nbsp;“Oh — don’t worry,” and so on.</p>
By Imron Sahoh and Hatsan Todong |
<div>Experts have expressed fear at decreased use of the Malay language in the three southernmost province, so-called Patani, at a public forum held by Deep South Watch earlier this month.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Manawawi Mama, a lecturer in the Malay language, Yala Rajaphat University, expressed concern that these days when young people speak, they have a habit of mixing Thai and Malay in their speech. </div>
By John Draper |
<p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b175826b-0535-a2cb-7b15-df104d5abc15">Back in 2003, Thailand ratified the 1966 UN </span><a href="">International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination</a> (CERD), though it does not recognize the competence of the relevant Committee under Article 14 of the Convention regarding an individual complaints mechanism.</p>
By The Isaan Record |
<p><em>The Khon Kaen Municipality, Khon Kaen University and the Isan Culture Maitenance and Revitalization Program are collaborating to create programs to teach the Isaan heritage script, Tai Noi.</em></p> <div id="attachment_1938"> <p><a href=""><img alt="ToiNoiScript" height="401" src="" width="600" /></a></p> </div>
By John Draper |
<div><em>Without an official language policy, Thailand’s many ethnolinguistic minorities cannot experience equality.</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This past Saturday marked International Mother Language Day, and while it is not particularly celebrated in Thailand, there were a couple of academic seminars in Chiang Mai and at Mahidol University in Bangkok. </div>