THAI LANGUAGE AND THE PASSAGE OF TIME
Updated: Jul 15, 2019
Along with Colin Cotterill, Matt Beynon Rees, and Barbara Nadal, I have been blogging over at International Crime Writers Reality Check. http://www.internationalcrimeauthors.com/
The other day I blogged about how Thais express the notion of time:
“The bulk of my fiction has been set in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. As a non-native speaker, the daily work of researching a book set in Thailand presents a constant challenge. As the author, I am in the position of translating a Thai’s vision of reality into English. This often requires close observation about matters that most of take for granted.
For example, take the concept of “time.” Einstein introduced the notion of that time is relative. We understand, however, this is a specialized, scientific concept that has little to do with day-to-day life. And unless we are writing science fiction, most of us would have a reasonably close understanding of what time means, how it passes, and how we separate the past, present and future.”
The full article is at http://www.internationalcrimeauthors.com/