Thai language should be 'cherished'
PHUKET: Rajabhat University’s Humanities Department head, Professor Tawachai Toomtong, said during a seminar on Thai Language Day last week that the Thai language is “something to cherish” and is the glue that holds the community together.
Marque A. Rome
Tuesday 31 July 2012, 03:19PM
During the event, organised by the University in conjunction with the Provincial Office of Culture, Prof Tawachai told the audience, “Thai is the language of this nation, its distinguishing characteristic and something to cherish.”
“More than that, it is the very glue that holds us together, for those who speak the same language inevitably have a closer affinity and more harmonious relations than those who don’t.
“As His Majesty noted in a chapter of the text Being Truly Thai: ‘Language creates a more deep-seated affinity than anything else; nothing makes people feel more closely united than speaking the same language.’”
The event was held on Thursday (July 26) and was made up of a range of activities to celebrate the Thai language. The University’s event was separate from the National Thai Language Day which is held on July 29 every year, and was marked last Sunday.
“Everyone should endeavour to speak the language well and develop the ability to appreciate when it is well used,” Prof Tawachai said.