Thai Navy "Gangnam Style" scores a hit

With 400,000 views a light-hearted video made by Phuket Navy for retirement party is now nationwide hit on YouTube.


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Navy says sorry for Gangnam Style clip

2/10/2012
Wassana Nanuam

The YouTube clip of naval officers doing a Gangnam Style dance was never intended for the public, says the naval commander in charge of their unit.

Third Naval Area commander Tharaton Khachitsuwan said the video clip showing members of the Thai navy performing a Gangnam Style dance was part of an entertainment programme for retired personnel.

Vice Adm Tharaton said the video was played during a retirement party on Sept 26 in Phuket.

After that, it was posted on YouTube and picked up by television news programmes the next morning.

The commander said he had told his subordinates to come up with something fun for the party, which officers of various ranks and other staff could perform together.

Vice Adm Tharaton said the performance was never intended to be made public.

The video was created in good faith and as a goodwill gesture for the navy's retirees.

He said he was sorry if some people found it improper or offensive.

A source in the navy said Navy Commander Surasak Rounroengrom did not regard it a serious offence.

The navy's video clip has received about 170,000 views on YouTube, while the original clip performed by Park Jae-sang or "Psy" has generated millions of views worldwide.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Security, DEFENCE, Navy says sorry for Gangnam Style clip, 2/10/2012, Wassana Nanuam, link


Naval Discipline Vocabulary

Gangnam Style dance - the Korean video with a catchy beat and humorous dance moves that has become the most liked video in YouTube history (See Wikipedia)

Kangnam Style parody by Royal Thai Navy - the the Kangnam Style video clip made by the Thai Navy discussed in the article (See Wikipedia)
parody - a work of writing, music, dance, etc that copies another work in a funny and humorous way การล้อเลียน (See Wikipedia)

clip - Same as "video clip"
video clip - a short piece of video 

sorry -  
ที่ขอโทษ, ที่รู้สึกผิด
say you are sorry for ...

Navy
says sorry for Gangnam Style clip

navy (noun) - the military and soldiers who protect the country by sea and on rivers กองทัพเรือ (See Wikipedia)
naval
(adjective)
naval officers

discipline - making people follow rules and punishing them if they do not ข้อบังคับ, ระเบียบ, วินัย,  การฝึกฝน
naval discipline
military discipline

retirement - the time when you stop working, especially because of old age เกษียณอายุ
a retirement party

retiree - a person who is retired
the navy's retirees

retired - stop working because you have reached the age limit for your job (or for some other reason such as sickness or early retirement) เกษียณอายุ
personnel - people who work for a company or organisation
retired personnel - people who worked for an organization who are now retired

entertainment (noun) - a performance such as singing or a concert or a play or show that people enjoy ความบันเทิง
performance - Same as "entertainment"

entertainment programme - Same as "entertainment programme" (a list of all the things that will be presented in a show)
entertainment programme for retired personnel

intended - planned; wanted to happen ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น
never intended - was not planned (for this to happen)
never intended for the public - was not planned for everyone (the public) to see

commander - a military or police offer of high rank ผู้บังคับบัญชา
naval commander

in charge of - being the person who leads, heads or manages a group of people
unit - one small part or group within the larger group
the naval commander in charge of their unit.

The YouTube clip of naval officers doing a Gangnam Style dance was never intended for the public, says the naval commander in charge of their unit. Third Naval Area commander Tharaton Khachitsuwan said the video clip showing members of the Thai navy performing a Gangnam Style dance was part of an entertainment programme for retired personnel.

post -
put on the internet
post a video clip on YouTube

Vice Adm Tharaton said the video was played during a retirement party on Sept 26 in Phuket. After that, it was posted on YouTube and picked up by television news programmes the next morning.

subordinate - a person who works under you

come up with - create something new (using your own creative ideas)
come up with something fun for the party

rank - a level of a position in an organization
various ranks
officers of various ranks

staff - people who work for a company or organisation พนักงาน

The commander said he had told his subordinates to come up with something fun for the party, which officers of various ranks and other staff could perform together. Vice Adm Tharaton said the performance was never intended to be made public.

in good faith
created in good faith
the video was created in good faith

goodwill - being friendly with other people (a friendly and helpful attitude towards other people or countries; the good reputation and relationships that a company has with its customers) 
gesture - something that you do or say to show a particular feeling or what you want to do (intention) ท่าที ท่าทาง ลักษณะท่าทาง

a goodwill
gesture - do something to be friendly with other people
the video was as a goodwill gesture for the navy's retirees

The video was created in good faith and as a goodwill gesture for the navy's retirees.

proper - the right thing to do (in a situation) 
improper - not the right thing to do (in a situation)

offensive -
making people angry and upset ซึ่งทำให้ไม่พอใจ,  ที่ทำให้ขุ่นเคือง,  น่ารังเกียจ
find offensive
they find the video offensive

some people found it improper or offensive
he said he was sorry if some people found it improper or offensive

offence - breaking the law or rules (with possible punishment) การกระทำผิดกฎหมายหรือข้อบังคับ การกระทำความผิด
a serious offence - breaking an important rule or law (so the person should be punished)

regard - to consider or have an opinion about something or someone เห็นว่า,ถือว่า
regard it as ...

did not regard it as ...
did not regard it as a serious offence

source - someone who gives information to the media แหล่งข่าว
A source in the navy said Navy Commander Surasak Rounroengrom did not regard it a serious offence.

security - the activity of making safe or protecting from harm (what the military do: protect the country from danger and harm) ความปลอดภัย

generate - create  ทำให้เกิด
views - people watching a video clip on the internet 

generate millions of views
video clip generated millions of views worldwide.

The navy's video clip has received about 170,000 views on YouTube, while the original clip performed by Park Jae-sang or "Psy" has generated millions of views worldwide.

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