Stuart Jay Raj
Linguist, author, cross-cultural business strategist and facilitator - competent to native in over 15 languages inc. Chinese langs, Thai, Bahasa, Spanish, Sanskrit and Danish.
Mental Health isn't a 'Thing' in Asia
South by Southeast (SXSE)
Do Asians suffer from mental health issues? Is attributing Johnny's crappy behaviour to a 'mental illness' just a western thing and an easy way of excusing bad parenting?While in the west, talking
Pronounce it Right Joe Rogan - Huawei, Xiaomi, Muay Thai Andy 'Ngo' and 'Nguyen' 'NG' Names
Business in Asia
How should you REALLY pronounce 'Huawei' 华为 (華為)? Xiaomi 小米? - How about surnames starting in NG like 'Ng', 'Ngo' 吳 and 'Nguyen' 阮? - And what about Muay Thai (มวยไทย)? Some people
5 Things I H̶a̶t̶e̶ Strongly Dislike About Living in SE Asia
South by Southeast (SXSE)
In our last clip Wimintra and I looked at the 5 top things we love about living in Thailand and SE Asia in general.  In this clip, we look on the darker side
Thai Spiciness Levels
Thai
Asking for 'Not too spicy' and still getting Nuclear level spicy? - Maybe you're saying it wrong.This issue has come up twice this past week with 2 foreigners learning Thai who finally
5 Things That will Blow You Away Living in SE Asia and Why We Love Living Here
South by Southeast (SXSE)
'Hi - you're fat! - How can I help you?' - Political correctness in SE Asia is very different to what you might find in some western countries these days - and
China is Too Big Too Ignore - China Digital Marketing 101
Business in Asia
Foreign hotel brands are failing when it comes to marketing to China.I have recently done some research into how hotels in SE Asia, Europe and the United states are managing their Chinese
You Don't Know Your Own Company's Name?
Business in Asia
"How is it possible that you don't even know your own hotel's name?"As part of the Hotelintel.co research for our 'Marketing To China' series, we examined thousands of comments left by
If you Don't Like it Here - Then Go Home! Is it Ever Okay to be Critical?
cross cultural
From China to Thailand - is it ever okay to be critical of your host country as a foreigner / expat? This past week, a Frenchman in Thailand was reprimanded for making a music
How to Pronounce Unaspirated 'p', 't' and 'k' Correctly - Particularly for English Speakers
Thai
There are two topics that recur month after month in all of the Thai language online groups that I follow. The first is whether or not the Thai letter ก should be transliterated
Why Are Many Thais Afraid of Gheckos (jingjok)? And other Questions We've Always Wanted to Ask Each Other
South by Southeast (SXSE)
"What's the deal with picking food off of another person's plate?""Why do people feel they need to correct my English?""Is it REALLY true what all the guidebooks say about not touching
"I'll see you on my furry this evening" - The Conundrum of Transliterating English 'er' into Thai'
Culture
"I'll see you on my furry this evening" - This might sound like the introduction to an 'R'-rated story, but this in fact was the parting sentence that led to a
You're Pronouncing 'D' Wrong- How to Sound Less Like A Foreigner in Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and Javanese
Thai
Learning a new language can be confusing sometimes. No matter how hard we listen and how hard we try, there are often times where native speakers struggle to understand what we are trying
Danger in Getting Tattoos in Thai, Chinese, Arabic and other Foreign Scripts - Think Before you Ink
Business in Asia
Getting Tattoos in Thai, Chinese, Arabic and other Foreign Scripts is Dangerous - Think Before You Ink Getting a tattoo in Chinese characters, or using Thai, Khmer or even Arabic writing may seem
'Thai' ไทย Tattooed on Foreigner's Foot in Thailand - Who's to Blame, Tattooer or Tattooee?
Thai
The lady had the word ไทย 'Thai' tattooed inThai on her foot. “I wish someone would throw acid on her – that would show these uneducated people without couth to respect people” “I would like to splash acid in her face” “How would she feel if I put her country / name in the same place?”
48 Pali and Sanskrit Root Words in Thai to Give you even More Thai Language Super Powers
grammar
Take a look at the following words in English and see if you can work out what they all have in common: pedestrian, podiatrist, pedestal, pedicure, pedal, path. FEET! If you're a native
20 Sanskrit and Pali Prefixes in Thai to give you Thai Language Superpowers - คำอุปสรรค 'kʰam upasak'
grammar
While the Thai language did not derive from Sanskrit (which is an Indo-european language akin to Latin and Greek), because of its cultural and religious history, there are an enormous amount of Sanskrit