Being not too long ago in Japan, and speaking spanish (among others), I could
say that japanese is not that hard for a spanish speaker: sounds are easy to
recognize. Not being tonal is also a plus for us. Tones are hard to understand
for anyone that have never heard those.
Other would be writting... :-(
I have heard also tibetan, but in ceremonies, so, not sure if easy for me or
With best wishes
----- Original Message -----
From: Anthony Wu
Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 10:55 PM
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: FW: Quote from St. Thomas Aquinas
North Chinese is missing in the tree. They constitute majority Chinese
population, which have been influenced by Central Asian Conquerers that brought
in genetic and language elements. So the language tend to be multisyllables. In
contrast, South Chinese are monosyllables with complicated tonal systems, like
It is a mistake to group together Tibetan, Korean and Japanese. The
latter is probably more comfortable with Spanish than Tibetan.
--- On Mon, 15/11/10, ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com> wrote:
From: ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com>
Subject: [Zen] Re: FW: Quote from St. Thomas Aquinas
Date: Monday, 15 November, 2010, 12:24 AM
If one looks at the family tree of population groups based on genetic
distance (in the first chart in http://www.friesian.com/trees.htm), one notices
that: S. Chinese, Mon Khmer, Thai, Indonesian, Malayians, Filipinos are closely
related, belonging to the family: 'Mainland SE Asian'.
On the other hand The 'Indian qualities' of the Thai probably
"The culture of Thailand incorporates cultural beliefs and
characteristics indiginenous to the area known as modern day Thailand coupled
with much influence from ancient India, China, Cambodia, along with the the
neighbouring pre-historic cultures of Southeast Asia. It is influenced
primarily by Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, as well as by later migrations from
China, and southern India.
Thailand is nearly 95% Theravada Buddhist, with minorities of Muslims
(4.6%), Christians (0.7%), Mahayana Buddhists, and other religions. Thai
Theravada Buddhism is supported and overseen by the government, with monks
receiving a number of government benefits, such as free use of the public
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, <billsm...@...> wrote:
> Issan is indeed a Thai dialect. It's kind of a blend of Thai and
> It's obvious that Chinese is the major contributor to the Thai
ethnic mix. Their culture, written language, traditional dress, etc..., seems
to also have a lot of Indian qualities.
> And physically I think the people that look the closest to Thais
are Filipinos. In fact several times my wife was approached by Filipinos while
we were waiting for a flight who thought she was Filipino also.