From Thailand: Worapot

At the age of 32, Worapot decided to quit his banking job to continue his studies at The University of Auckland in New Zealand. During his academic life there, he pursued controversial and rare research. He chose a different route compared to mainstream research on second language acquisition, that has over-researched the “minority powerless students learning the majority imperialist language.” Instead, he probed a New Zealander of European heritage learning the rare, endangered language Maori. The results are worth reading.

Worapt

Hi Worapot! Thank you for participating in our Book project! Tell us more about you/about your background and career so far. 

I am a native Thai living in Chiang Mai province, Thailand. I graduated with a diploma in French Studies from Center of Applied Linguistics at The University of Besancon in France, with a degree in French and English from Thammasat University in Thailand, and with a degree in English Applied Linguistics from Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics in New Zealand. Now I am a contract part-time English lecturer at a public university in Chiang Mai, Thailand. At the same time, I am a self-employed linguist working for various clients around the globe.

You recently participated in our crowd-sourced book about the world’s cultures through the eyes of translators. What made you accept to write an article for this book? Were you comfortable with this task?

I would like to be a part in helping fighting climate change. It was also fun to write about my own culture and show it to the world, so I was comfortable with it.

What do you like most about our new project?

I most liked the freedom to write about any Thai cultural thing.

How do you think it will be received by the public? More like a professional guide or an easy reading to get away from the computer?

I think the public might find it interesting, because it is fun stories that take them to unseen aspects of my culture.

I would like to be a part in helping fighting climate change. It was also fun to write about my own culture and show it to the world, so I was comfortable with it.

Last but not least, how likely are you to recommend this Book to people you know ? You know that the benefits from selling it will go to Planète Urgence, an international NGO committed to fighting Climate Change.

I definitely will recommend this Book to people I know because benefits from selling it will go to Planète Urgence, an international NGO committed to fighting Climate Change.

Thank you and good luck with all your projects!  

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