Stu Jay Raj Blown Away by Blonde Surfer Kid from Hawaii Speaking Perfect Thai and Mandarin

We were sitting at the counter of Foodland having breakfast this morning when a young blonde kid stepped up on a chair to reach the counter and place his order. He spoke perfect Thai to the staff. We struck up a conversation all in Thai and he spoke just like any other Thai kid would. As we spoke, it became apparent that he spoke fluent Mandarin too. Listen to this kid’s prosody in Thai and Mandarin. It’s amazing. Turns out that this kid is 14 Y.O. Elan Leif Nicol from Hawaii. You can check out his Youtube channel here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyByIWuetYc


Stuart Jay Raj is a polyglot who specializes in the languages and dialects spoken in South East Asia and China. His talents have allowed him to earn a professional living as a simultaneous interpreter in Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Indonesian, among others, providing language and cultural training for multinational companies in the region and hosting his own TV programme on Thailand's Channel 5. He holds a degree in Cognitive and Applied Linguistics from Griffith University and has become an expert in the field of language acquisition with a strong track record of success. Stuart's background knowledge of Sanskrit, Khmer, Lao and various Chinese dialects and minority languages enables him to present a fascinating and unique perspective on the Thai language which makes everything fall logically into place.