The joy of Thai names is that they are long, really long (see earlier post about Bangkok’s name). So Thai people choose a nickname and that is what they go by, even teachers.
Here is a random sampling of the names I will have in my classes:
Pin, Cartoon, First, Ray, Tee, Benz, Got, Guitar, Gift, Boy, Winnie, Mai-Q, Atom, Maxim, Wave, Ultra, Zen, and June.
In total, I will have about 100 kids over 6 classes. Compared to the typical Thai classroom size of 40-50 students, I am lucky! Some of the previous teachers said that they would just teach to the few that would listen as it was a waste of time and energy to try to get everybody’s attention. My largest class is 20 and my smallest class is 12. I’m sure I will have their names down soon!