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What? Huh? Do you mean...?

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The Thai-Chinese military training exercise is going well except for the fact that the Thais don't speak Chinese and the Chinese don't speak Thai. 

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There is not much conversation going on between the Thai and Chinese soldiers. Photos by Pattanapong Hirunard.

What? Huh? Do you mean...?

Thai and Chinese soldiers are in Lop Buri this week. 185 Thai and 135 Chinese soldiers are training together. 

The Thais are learning about Chinese weapons and training methods while the Chinese are learning about Thai fighting methods.

Everything seems to be going smoothly except during breaks.

The problem is the soldiers from the two countries can't talk to each other.

The Thai soldiers cannot speak Chinese and the Chinese soldiers cannot speak Thai, so they have to use hand gestures or find an interpreter to communicate. 

Since military leaders are planning to train together each year, they may have to start Thai and Chinese language lessons.

Adapted from a story by Wassana Nanuam.

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Vocabulary:

gesture: a movement that communicates a feeling or instruction - ลักษณะท่าทาง

interpreter: someone who changes what someone else is saying into another language - ล่าม

method: a particular way of doing something - วิธีการ,วิธีดำเนินการ

smoothly: happening or continuing without any problems - โดยไม่มีปัญหา

training: teaching people how to do a certain job or activity - การฝึกอบรม, การฝึก, การอบรม

weapon: an object such as a knife, gun, bomb, etc. that is used for fighting or attacking somebody - อาวุธ

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