Our guard took up the offer of learning English, and the college offered it to us for half price. It may have been a long time since our guard has had any formal education and I’m guessing there would mostly be young people in his class learning English. If he can pick up a couple of things or enjoys the process of learning or meets some nice new people then the experience is worthwhile. I just hope he doesn’t find the whole thing intimidating! Our mai ban has a couple of days off from working with us and is paid a bit better so hopefully she has some free time to do what she likes. I might buy some English books for her. This week there were 3 days that reached 40 degrees, and for 72 continuous hours the temperature did not drop below 30 degrees. Our guard does not have access to our house- he just an open room out the back. Buying him a fan might be in order. I think a radio would help his day go by too. Occasionally we give our staff some random food like biscuits and beer for new years and some random oyster mushrooms M brought back from the farm next to her work. Any advice on how to human resource manage our staff would be much appreciated- a little creative thinking could really help.
There is someone at work who speaks Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, French and English. I have also seen him pull out the sign language a couple of times. He gets paid $20 US a month- unfair! There are a fair few Russian speakers in
I remember a friend of mine joking about someone who used to turn off the car engine when they were going down hills to save petrol. Well I got in a tuk- tuk and this is exactly what the driver did. He also turned the engine off while he was at the lights.