Thursday, 18 November 2010

Basic Italian for Thai

The other week in my hotel we got six Italian people, few of them being able to speak English, so I thought it would a good idea to teach the reception some basic words and counting. Having learned Italian without books I made some writing errors. Unfortunately one Italian came down and went improving on my writing and objected to the use of accents (é and è), but I told him this was for pronunciation only, but he already started to take over my class teaching Italian in Italian, which was confusing for the receptionists and reminded me of the sketch below.
Anyway the counting is still there and I see the receptionists sometimes peeking at the blackboard, when giving them the key for their room and telling the room number in Italian.


  1. I'm sure you could win back your class if you brought them some tasty snacks; this always worked when I was teaching anyway :-) I think Thais mostly enjoy learning when it is fun – they don’t like it if people are too serious.

  2. That might work with less motivated students like yours, but the staff was seriously interested to know some basic words, not reading an Italian newspaper overnight like the Italian guy wanted to teach them.



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