In our continuing Thai language series, we talk to ‘Thai Language Jedi’ Rikker Dockum about Thai phrases that have no direct translation into English. What exactly does ‘Mai Pen Rai’ mean, and why is more than just a phrase? How do you tell someone ‘Greng Jai’ without leading to a Marx Brothers-style contest on who wants to disturb the other person the least? We also go off on a few tangents that include where ‘Krap’ and ‘Ka’ come from, and how Chaucer’s original English has mutated into the ‘s we use today.

This is also the first show where we talk about our partnership with BK Magazine. Starting today, at the beginning of each show we’ll highlight a few random selections from Bangkok’s best English weekly to give you a few ideas for what to do over the coming week. This week: beer, bodies, and a certain skinny fat boy.

Greg also gives us the lowdown on his first bicycle accident and how even the act of getting thrown over your handlebars in Thailand can turn into a unique example of Thai hospitality.

Show Links:

BK Magazine Bangkok Podcast

Bangkok Beerology Beerology
Sitting on the mezzanine level of furniture mecca Crystal Design Center, Beerology aims to bring the imported beer craze to suburbanites with all-imported brews, plus a seven-hour booze buffet to boot.

Fat Boy Slim in Bangkok Fatboy Slim Live in bangkok
Legendary Brit DJ/producer gives us a taste of his epic live set, featuring his dance chart-toppers like “Right Here Right Now,” “Praise You” and “Weapon of Choice.”

The Body Show Asia Bangkok Podcast The Body Show: Asia Tour
Take a journey inside the human body with this globe-trotting exhibition, featuring over 500 anatomical specimens and a com- plete 409-piece plastinated human body.

For information on these events and more pick up a copy of BK Magazine