I was having lunch with some friends when one of them asked me, “Do you think Thais are good in English?”
I answered without hesitation, “No.”
I then went on to explain why, and I gave an example of a Thai teacher who teaches English in my school. I said that when this Thai teacher teaches English, I can’t fault her for not pronouncing the words correctly due to her accent, but I can’t forgive her when she spells words incorrectly.
The worst part is that when I tell her how the words should be correctly spelt, or when I correct her on the spot, she gets angry.
My friends then exclaimed in unison, “No! You can’t correct her. Just let it be!”
I was baffled. “What do you mean let it be? Then all the students will copy the misspelled word?”
And their reaction was even more baffling. “Yes! Just let them copy. If anything, just blame it back on the teacher.. But you can’t correct her!”
After 11 months here, sometimes I still don’t understand how things work.