We have a very new staff and they speak a very different dialect of Thai that I have never heard spoken before. I am doing my best to try and learn a new word or phrase a day…it’s turning into about 2 words a week (but at least it is a start!)
Oh shoe ah translates to “How are you?” in the Thai dialect called “Na la mee deu law”
It is going to be the start of another language chapter of my life SO THAT I can better connect to these women.
Initially, these women were really shy and would barely speak to me. Now they come up to me and ask “oh shoe ah” and I reply “oh shoe!”. They smile. It is a start.
I shared how I want to learn a new word each day and they think of a new word each day for me. One even breaks down each syllable for me to clearly hear.
I am excited for the new relationships that will form as a result of me attempting to learn their language all audibly.