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I have a question here for some ENGLISH teachers. I

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Oliver D
 
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Re: I have a question here for some ENGLISH teachers. I

Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:20 pm

To act/be too much the gentleman is sometimes not good

Tip S
 
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Re: I have a question here for some ENGLISH teachers. I

Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:37 pm

i agreed with Oliver Duce. i think that's the perfect one

Kevin C
 
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Re: I have a question here for some ENGLISH teachers. I

Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:42 pm

I think Luke is correct in noting that to properly translate this sentence you would have to know the context in which it was said. To say, "Sometimes it's not a good thing to be too gentlemanly." would also also mean that, "Sometimes it is good to be rude." It is difficult for me to imagine a situation, especially in Thailand, where this would would be an appropriate thing to say.

Biff T
 
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Re: I have a question here for some ENGLISH teachers. I

Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:42 pm

As a native speaker,' to act too much the gentleman is not good' doesn't scan particularly well.

Oliver D
 
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Re: I have a question here for some ENGLISH teachers. I

Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:18 pm

Sometimes it simply won't do to be TOO much of a gentleman (what?)

Lnw T
 
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Re: I have a question here for some ENGLISH teachers. I

Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:19 am

I think your thai friend is too much :)

Joseph C
 
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Re: I have a question here for some ENGLISH teachers. I

Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:39 am

thanks alot guys. It is a woman saying it. I believe trying to make a point of people being too polite or over-the-top gentlemanly (is that a word 55) Really thanks alot for all of your help. And it does make it difficult not knowing the complete context of what is trying to be said -- Welcome to translater นักแปล 555

Ann V
 
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Re: I have a question here for some ENGLISH teachers. I

Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:54 am

In Belgium we say: veel te goed is half zot. Which means: too good, is half stupid. Meaning that u should be careful not to let people take advantage of your kindness. :)

Ann V
 
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Re: I have a question here for some ENGLISH teachers. I

Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:58 am

Actually "zot" means "crazy". --> too good is half crazy. But we mean 'half stupid'. :)

Kevin C
 
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Re: I have a question here for some ENGLISH teachers. I

Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:11 am

I think Joseph Crowe just gave us the context which was needed. His Thai lady friend probably meant that it sounds a little over the top when people use polite words like ครับ, ค่ะ, คุณ___(name) in every sentence. When I first began learning Thai I was told by Thai teachers that it is always better to error on the side of politeness, but once you start to get a handle on the spoken language, much of the more formal talk can be omitted.

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