Monday, September 22, 2008

Thailand has scarred my brain

I ate at an area called Ramen Stadium tonight, how is that for a quick laugh. It was a small part of a big mall area in the middle of Fukuoka. When I went inside there were about 10 little ramen restaurants in the same location selling all different kinds of ramen.

I think I ended up having yaki noodles in a pork soy sauce broth with some pork meat in it. And some fried rice and gyoza, which were both very good as well, for $10, just to give you an idea of the money involved.

While I was trying to talk with the Japanese staff at this restaurant I had to think pretty hard to remind myself not to speak in Thai to these people. I think my brain has popped back into Thai mode because it:s categorized today as "not Korean and not English". I have to keep catching myself to make sure I say domo arigato, and not kop kun khrap instead.

5 Comments:

Blogger Shanks said...

Advice on the little Japanese I know. "Oui-she" (that's out it's pronounced) is a compliment on tasty food.

September 22, 2008 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Morgan said...

levels of expressing thanks in terms of politeness:

1 short courteous bow
2 "arigato-" or "do-mo"
3 "arigato- gozaimas"
4 "do-mo arigato- gozaimas"

to say thank you after a meal (including at restaraunts), use the phrase
"gochiso-sama deshita"
but if you are eating with people at a restaurant and you say this to them, it can be interpreted as 'thanks for paying for the meal' (^_~)

September 22, 2008 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger vovo said...

you should add "mr. roboto" after 'do-mo arigato'.

September 22, 2008 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

nice one.

September 22, 2008 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

lol at V:s comment

Thanks for the advice Leo.

Morgan, I don:t think I can remember that one, but I:ll try.

September 23, 2008 at 1:21 AM  

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