1/2 + 1/2 = 1?

Firstly, a สวัสดีทุกๆ คนนะค่ะ (sawatdee took took kon na kha)! :p

It’s been a couple months since I stumbled upon thai-blogs and I visit this site practically every day because there are many interesting stories to read from people who share a love of Thailand or anything in relation to it.

I’ll introduce myself. My nickname is Jen, I’m 18 and born to a German father and Thai mother as we’re currently living in England (the math title was a hint). I’ve lived in Germany, the USA, Thailand and more often than not, traveled and moved with my family for most of my life, which, in itself is a slightly complicated story reserved for a rainy day, lol.

Being “well-traveled” as some have put it, I’ve also come across many different but exciting cultures that have opened my eyes to the wider world. I speak German (first) and English fluently, but I’ve also had some of my share of practice in Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and of course Thai.

But, can you believe that Thai is only my 6th language? Why is it not in the top five? Well, it was just over 18 months ago that my interest in my mother’s culture started peaking. It’s another one of those stories where a Thai marries a Farang, moves to a foreign land and forgets to teach her kids the “Thai” ways because we were to fit into the society we lived in.

But things have changed since the early days and so have I. I’ll conclude my first post by saying thanks to Richard for allowing me to blog here. I think it’ll be a good experience to share with others and hopefully I’ll reveal more in future blog entries.

Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. ยินดี่ที่ได้รู้จักทุกๆคนค่ะ (Yin dee tee dai roojak took took kon ka) Nice to meet you all 🙂

13 responses to “1/2 + 1/2 = 1?

  1. A very inspirational blog, I’m impressed by all those languages, but my self, I don’t intend speaking any other language but English, as I consider every one in the world should speak one language, and English is the only international language in the world.

  2. Look forward to hearing more of your interesting story and welcome.

    Paul – Good plan mate, you’re displaying some of that ‘hands across the world’ attitude for which the Australians are famous!

  3. Oh, and does the new German pope speak this languages?

  4. I will read. Though I am 1+1=1 by birth, still I feel by cultural exposure I am 1/4+1/4+1/2 =1!!!

  5. @ paul_au: Sounds easier to have English as the ‘only’ international language. But I think it makes life more interesting to have and speak other languages. To each their own as the saying goes.

    @ Andy: Thanks for the welcome and I think the German Pope speaks 10 languages a far as I know and they are moreover European languages like Latin, Dutch, etc.

    @ trangam: I feel like I sparked a math challenge, lol. I get what you mean (^_~)

  6. Hi Jen. I’m Crystal. I’m not a half Thai girl. lol But many tell me I look like one.:P

    I’ve just started to blog here as well. It’s a vent to express my feelings in words here. I enjoy writing in English even though it is not my mother tongue. Well, It’s nice to hear that you started being interested in your mother’s culture. Keep it up. Can you speak and write in Thai fluently so far? I’m confused. I see your Thai words in the blog but you say Thai is not your top 5 language. Correct me if I am mistaken.

    There’s one thing I want to tell you. You know you look pretty. You are a sight for sore eyes! If you happen to go for a beauty contest in Thailand, please let me know. I’ll cheer you on! Hope to read your next blogs soon.

  7. Welcome to Thai-Blogs. I look forward to your future posts.
    I have found learning Thai to be vastly intresting and has helped me gain a much wider world perspective. Particulary I like the compounding or joining of words and am fascinated by the amount of Pali terms.

    French was once the international language, spoken only in the Russian court once upon a time and I would hazard a bet in another 100 years or so Mandrin will probably be the most commonly used international language.

  8. @ Crystal: Thanks a lot for your nice comments. Oh and about me and learning Thai, I will hopefully explain what I meant by that in a near future blog because the way I learnt it is different. As for Thai beauty contests, LOL, aw thanks but we’ll see (^.~). Btw, you say you are not half but are you Thai or? Hope to read your future blogs.

    @ Pat: Thanks also for welcoming me. I’ve been reading your blog posts too, they’re very interesting as are many others and i hope to read more also. I can also say that learning the Thai language has been an eye opener for me (^.^)

  9. A warm welcome from steve here too, for our cute little smart friend.

    Im sure quite of our readers here would appreciate a few stories on how life has been as a Eurasian and how you have felt and been treated etc..

    ie.. how do people react in all these countries when you tell folks you are a Eurasian? What are the advantages/disadvantages etc.. positives/negatives..peoples’ stereotypes etc..

    Should lead to some good reading.

    Steve

  10. @Steve: Everything has changed from the old days. Either ‘ ลูกครึ่ง ‘ or half white or half black children are hard to differentiate nowadays. I’m one who was born to natural Thai parents but my face just turns out to be like a ลูกครึ่ง naturally. hehehe. I’m proud! People treat me a bit different especially when I speak English with them. I feel I have power when I speak English! It is good, isn’t it?

    @Jen: As I told Steve, I’m a natural Thai. Just my ลูกครึ่ง face makes me a bit different from the other Thais. Well, I’m not as pretty as you are, though. (^.~)

    Btw, do you ever think of growing your hair bangs or making them side hair bangs? 😀 Your hair bangs block your attractive eyes!

  11. @ Steve: Thanks for the welcome na kha. I will surely post some stories of my Eurasian perspective. I’ve noticed some others come by here.

    @ Crystal: Wow, that’s interesting. Have you posted a pic of you before? Cos if yes, I don’t think I saw it. If not, it would be good to see (^_~).

    As for my bangs, LOL, I just got these back in March because I outgrew my bangs for years and wanted them back. I’m trying to grow them to the sides like you suggested. They grow so quickly, I would think it’s grass not hair.

  12. Okay I’m slacking here. Welcome to the wonderful world of Thai-Blogs, N’Jen! Looking forward to read more about your story.

    Just an encouragement, if you’d look at my past blog, I did a writing/performing arts workshop for folks who identify themselves as Asians. One guy in our group if half black half Korean. His story is one of the most intriguing.

    Then again, that’s another thing he said he had to live with, the concept that others see the Happas (a Hawaiian term for an interracial person, becoming more widely used among in the US nowadays) as “exotic”. Or something.

    Anyway. I digress. 🙂 Welcome!!

  13. @ oakmonster: Korb khun kha for the welcome. I’m too lazy to change to Thai settings, lol, but better late than never. Is your past blog on thai-blogs or elsewhere cos I wouldn’t mind checking out the workshop you mentioned?