English speak no good in Thailand

Yes, we know that the title of this article is grammatically incorrect, you don’t need to tell us. It’s just a joke. What isn’t a joke though is the English proficiency levels of the average person in Thailand. In the recent EF English Proficiency index, the land of smiles was ranked 62 out of 70 countries. Yikes.

Thailand showed the steepest decline in Asia since last year and is now in the lowest proficiency band. Of 16 countries in Asia, it is now in 14th place. On average, most Asian countries didn’t show any major changes in their EF EPI scores from last year, other than countries like India, Kazakhstan, and Vietnam, all of which showed significant improvements.

Almost a million adults worldwide took part in the EF test last year. Thailand received a score of 45.35. The only other South east Asian country to do worse was Cambodia, which received 39.14.

Thailand is a very sovereign Nation. The Thai people are very accepting of other cultures but are also very protective of their own. This might be one of the reasons why a large number of Thais place little importance on learning other languages. In a way it is good that the Thais hold onto their own culture but learning English is an extremely important step in order to get ahead in the world. Let’s hope that Thailand does better next time around so that they can gain as many advantages as possible, all across the globe.

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