Because a number of my students can’t. Today I spent a good portion of my class trying to teach one of my students to say the letter ‘R’. This is not uncommon in Ubon, and other areas of Thailand, since many Thai people replace the letter ‘R’ with ‘L’. They also replace the letter ‘L’ with ‘R’ which proved rather interesting last week when one of my male students was reading a passage about electricians.
Nonetheless I am always impressed at how hard they try to learn English – which I am learning is a rather difficult language to acquire. (I don’t try half as hard to learn Thai) I now have a greater appreciation for my Asia-born friends back in Canada. We native English speakers don’t know how good we have it.