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HardenedSoul    2,311

The problem isn't her English; she has a decent enough vocabulary.

She understands the questions perfectly well; she just doesn't know the answers.

Can you imagine if Stephen Sackur or Paxo was interviewing her?

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Jingthing    34,231

The AJ announcer Kamahl Santamaria and Inbetweener's Simon Bird ... separated at birth?

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Soutpeel    17,184

She understands the questions perfectly well; she just doesn't know the answers.

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And I guess they took her phone off her so she couldnt call or SMS her brother to ask..

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GreenSnapper    907

The problem isn't her English; she has a decent enough vocabulary.

She understands the questions perfectly well; she just doesn't know the answers.

The interviewer was very polite and spoke very slowly and accentuated. Like a teacher in school.

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sirineou    4,347

Why is her English sooo bad?

I would bet her English is better than your Thai.

It is difficult to make an assessment on Yingluck, based on this interview, because we don't know if she was given the questions in advance and rehearsed the answers, or if it was unrehearsed.

If it was unrehearsed , I would say she did very good, if she had the questions in advance of the interview , not so good.

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Exsexyman    1,519

I expected her English to be better.

I wonder how well David Cameron speaks Thai. Or Angela Merkel, or Barack Obama. Hell, G W Bush could barely speak English!

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sirineou    4,347

The problem isn't her English; she has a decent enough vocabulary.

She understands the questions perfectly well; she just doesn't know the answers.

Can you imagine if Stephen Sackur or Paxo was interviewing her?

Which questions did you think she did not know the answers to. and in your opinion what would you think would have being the correct answer?

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HardenedSoul    2,311

I expected her English to be better.

I wonder how well David Cameron speaks Thai. Or Angela Merkel, or Barack Obama. Hell, G W Bush could barely speak English!

Me too because, as everyone knows, Thai is an international language that facilitates trade/business around the world thanks to the country from which it originates former position as the world's most powerful economy with an empire that spanned 25% of the planet.

The problem isn't her English; she has a decent enough vocabulary.

She understands the questions perfectly well; she just doesn't know the answers.

Can you imagine if Stephen Sackur or Paxo was interviewing her?

Which questions did you think she did not know the answers to. and in your opinion what would you think would have being the correct answer?

I didn't need to know the answers to realise she was winging it. Did you?

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BigJohnnyBKK    1,273

I didn't need to know the answers to realise she was winging it. Did you?

I disagree, I think the whole thing was pretty close to fully scripted.

Her mental struggling was in remembering her lines and doing the internal translation as she obviously doesn't think in English.

IMO

PS I don't think any of these factors have anything to do with whether or not she's a capable representative of those with the real power.

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BigJohnnyBKK    1,273

As a side note, at first I laughed when she said climate change is the most urgent/critical issue facing her leadership.

However from a big-picture POV she may well be right, the importance of whether or not big brother returns certainly is unimportant in comparison.

Link to a relevant recent article

Related TED talk:

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HardenedSoul    2,311

I didn't need to know the answers to realise she was winging it. Did you?

I disagree, I think the whole thing was pretty close to fully scripted.

Her mental struggling was in remembering her lines and doing the internal translation as she obviously doesn't think in English.

IMO

And, had I not previously seen interviews in which she answers questions in English with more fluency, I might agree with you.

As to her capabilities as a proxy for the ruling elite, I really just don't give enough of a toss about Thai politics to be able to comment with any authority.

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sirineou    4,347

snapback.pngHardenedSoul, on Today, 05:23 , said:The problem isn't her English; she has a decent enough vocabulary.

She understands the questions perfectly well; she just doesn't know the answers.

snapback.pngsirineou, on 28 minutes ago, said: Which questions did you think she did not know the answers to. and in your opinion what would you think would have being the correct answer?

HardenedSoul, , said: I didn't need to know the answers to realise she was winging it. Did you?

If she was " Winging it" then I think she did pretty good,

So I will ask the question again,

Which question did you think she was "Winging" and what in your opinion would have being a better answer?

and keep in mind that you , have a better command of the English language (we hope), already know the questions, and have time to think of answers, and have an edit button.

Ok. get set.... ready......

GO.

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PaullyW    2,293

Why is her English sooo bad?

It was probably a bit better when she was a studying for her advanced degrees in Kentucky, but since her return (been a while now?) I reckon she's been speaking 99.999% Thai and therefore her English skills have been slipping.

If you don't use it you lose it as my SOs keep telling me. . .

Johnny, do you ever find anything not to defend about Thailand? Common, brother. What about all the other millions of people who speak primarily their first language but who speak a second language, like English, far better than she can? And, these are people without "advanced" degrees attained in second languages...

Anyway, the criticism of her should only make minimal mention of her lack of ability in English (especially because of her "advanced" degree from some random state in the US).

There are plenty of other areas on which we can focus our criticism of her. Not least is her inability to think and reason clearly (in Thai or English). She's largely a dunce. Think Sara Palin, for those who may have followed the last US elections. Thais criticise her Thai speaking and her lack of ability in logic and reasoning all the time. How would you defend her to them? Or would you, seeing as how they are Thai? Would you rather just agree with them despite their argument being counter to your typical defense of anything and everything Thai? A conundrum no doubt.

Be real, man.

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HardenedSoul    2,311

snapback.pngHardenedSoul, on Today, 05:23 , said:The problem isn't her English; she has a decent enough vocabulary.

She understands the questions perfectly well; she just doesn't know the answers.

snapback.pngsirineou, on 28 minutes ago, said: Which questions did you think she did not know the answers to. and in your opinion what would you think would have being the correct answer?

HardenedSoul, , said: I didn't need to know the answers to realise she was winging it. Did you?

If she was " Winging it" then I think she did pretty good,

So I will ask the question again,

Which question did you think she was "Winging" and what in your opinion would have being a better answer?

and keep in mind that you , have a better command of the English language (we hope), already know the questions, and have time to think of answers, and have an edit button.

Ok. get set.... ready......

GO.

Oi ! Stop being a <Snip!>.

I'm neither an expert on Thailand nor the solutions to the challenges it faces so I don't know the answers to those questions.

I do, however, know when someone else doesn't know the answer either and waffles their way through.

Oh and there's no need to doubt my grasp of the English language. It's somewhat superior to yours as evidenced by my knowledge of correct comma placement

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