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Thai Nicknames

Since our American names are very difficult for most Thais to pronounce, my friends and I have each been given a Thai nickname to make introductions easier. So now we are the ones tripping over our own names! The Thai language is tonal; there are several different meanings associated with one word, depending on the tone you give it. Each of our Thai names also has a meaning, such as lotus, coconut, sugar, etc. My name in Thai is “Bai-kao” (pronounced bye-cow) which means rice leaf. I am told it has a very significant meaning in Thai culture but have yet to understand what that is, exactly.¬†Yesterday we had our debut on Thai cable television and one of my friends used an incorrect tone and accidentally introduced herself as an insect rather than a doll! I guess all we can do is keep practicing. On that note, back to class!


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