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Yep, seen it...I noticed that it had a link for the River Kwai...done it, but an interesting note..."kwai" in the Thai-language means essentially "water buffalo" but its pronounced like "Kwaaaai" as in hold that vowel for about 2 seconds...if you dont, being a tonal language, it means something very different.

 

This I learned the hard way as I told my mother in law that I had been over the River Kwai and really enjoyed riding on it...to which she had a very odd look of concern...my wife quickly corrected me...latter I asked what I had said wrong...she told me that if you dont hold that vowel it is a different word, as in male reproductive organ and not in a nice way.

 

So, be careful of tonal languages and what you ride...

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Yep, seen it...I noticed that it had a link for the River Kwai...done it, but an interesting note..."kwai" in the Thai-language means essentially "water buffalo" but its pronounced like "Kwaaaai" as in hold that vowel for about 2 seconds...if you dont, being a tonal language, it means something very different.

 

This I learned the hard way as I told my mother in law that I had been over the River Kwai and really enjoyed riding on it...to which she had a very odd look of concern...my wife quickly corrected me...latter I asked what I had said wrong...she told me that if you dont hold that vowel it is a different word, as in male reproductive organ and not in a nice way.

 

So, be careful of tonal languages and what you ride...

 

Now thats a good story.thanks for the warning and the laugh.

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needless to say it curbed my enthusiasm to speak in Thai around her, but she took at as a learning experience, she is patient that way

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