Good morning! Good to see you all again. How was the Songkran festival? Did you have a good time?
Yes, I did. What did you do during the holidays? I just went out to hang around with friends and splash water on people.
I did that, too! I had so much fun. Now, it’s time to continue studying. The summer will be over soon.
That’s right! Do you still remember what we talked about in our English class? It’s about Thai Cultural Heritage.
Let’s review the lesson now. What is a cultural heritage? It’s all invaluable traits that have been passed on to us by older generations.
Please be more specific! What are some aspects of Thai cultural heritage? Thai cultural heritage includes several components:
What are they? Language Food Music & dance Traditions Beliefs Ways of life
Languages spoken in Thailand come from various language families: What family do these languages belong to? Tai Family Thai Yo Lao Phuan Phuthai Kalerng
What’s your mother tongue? I mean what’s your first language? My mother tongue is Khmer. Suay Khmer Austro-Asiatic
Let’s talk about Thai food. Thai food is very popular throughout the world. That’s right. Do you know why?
Thai food is delicious. Thai food is made from ingredients that contain nutrients. Thai food is nutritious.
Nutrients: Protein Vitamin Carbohydrate Mineral Fat
Ingredients: Meat Vegetables Spices
Regional cuisine: Larp Somtam Koy Kaeng Om Jaew Hon Northeast
From what region? Kaeng lueang Kaeng tai pla Pat sato South
From what region? Kaeng hangle Kaeng Hoh Namprik ong North
From what region? Tom yam Kaeng Khiewwan Panaeng Central Region
We also talked about traditions and beliefs in Thailand. That’s right. There are various traditions practiced in Thailand.
Traditions are based on beliefs. Some traditions have become festivals, with hilarious celebrations.
Traditions: Bai Sri Sukhwan Hae Nang Maew Phuk Siew Hae Bang Fai Chak Phra
Festivals: Songkran Loi Krathong Bang Fai Hae Thian Lai Rua Fai
We also talked about music and dance, didn’t we? Yes, we did. We learned about various kinds of music and dance.
It’s good to know that Thai music is well promoted and conserved. Thai people listen not only to Western music but also to Thai music.
Types of music: Classical music Folk music Modern music
Musical instruments Flute Saxophone Khaen Wote Trumpet Woodwind
Musical instruments Guitar Banjo Phin Sueng Jakhe Stringed
Musical instruments Drum Cymbals Krab Pong lang Percussion
Thai Classical Dances Ram Mae Bot Ram Chui Chai Ram Sri Nuan Chat Chatri Etc.
Thai Folk Dances Serng Manorah Len Nam Sang Sin Chai Tang Wai Etc. Northeast
Thai Folk Dances Fon Gneaw Fon Leb Fon Thian Etc. North
Thai Folk Dances Ten Kam Ram Khiaw Ram Klong Yaw Esaew Etc. Central Region
Thai Folk Dances Nora Sila Mayong Rong Gneng Etc. South
Another topic was Thai characteristics. We talked about foreigners’ feelings about Thai people. Their attitudes toward Thai people may be different.
They may think of us as being: Generous Patriotic Friendly Talented Artistic Cheerful
Finally, Thai people share a mutual pride. Everyone is proud of being a Thai citizen, a subject of His Majesty the King.