Is there an ess in the how?


Dear Hillary,

Why is it that even well educated Thais who speak English cannot put the last “s” sound on words?  My girlfriend has been to English classes for months, but still says “How” instead of House and “Eye” instead of Ice.  Should I change the school she goes to or what?  Your advice, Ma’am!



Dear Horah,

Thai does not have an “ess” consonant at the end of a word, Petal, so Thais do not see one, or say one, even in English.  For the same reason educated Farangs think they can speak Thai, use incorrect tones and continue to make farcical mistakes.  Lighten up and be less critical.  Ignore the pronunciation, relax with a scotch and soda and a little “eye” and keep a happy “how”.