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Here comes Mr Postman

Here comes Anucha Nuchphadung. He's delivering the mail. Photos by Phongthai Wattanavanitvut

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Anucha Nuchphadung has been a postman for 18 years. He works in Bangkok's Bang Bon, Bang Khunthian and Chom Thong districts and he can't do his job on foot.

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Here comes Mr Postman

Anucha Nuchphadung has been a postman for 18 years. He works in Bangkok's Bang Bon, Bang Khunthian and Chom Thong districts and he can't do his job on foot.

Since there are many canals in the area, he delivers the mail from his own small boat.

Even though we now have email, he is still very busy. For many people along the canals who live far away from city streets, his service is very important. Many people in the area are old and they smile when they get mail from him. He smiles too.

Mr Anucha likes working on water. The area where he travels is very green and beautiful, but the job is not easy.

He has to be careful and know when it is high tide and low tide. He also needs to know how to fix his boat when it needs repairs.

When Mr Anucha gets near a house to deliver the mail, he blows a whistle. This lets the people in the house know he is coming, but it also tells the neighbourhood dogs he is there.

He has been bitten many times and he has the scars to prove it.

Adapted from a story by Phongthai Wattanavanitvut in today's Bangkok Post. You can see the original story here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/771808/the-mail-will-always-float-through

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Vocabulary:

bite (verb): (bite, bit, bitten) to use your teeth to cut into or through something - กัด

careful (adj): thinking about what you are doing so that you do not do anything wrong or so that you avoid problems - ระมัดระวัง

deliver : to take goods, letters, etc. to the people they have been sent to - ส่ง

fix (verb): to repair, make something broken work again - ซ่อม

high tide : the times of the day when the sea level is highest - ปรากฏการณ์น้ำขึ้น

low tide (noun): the time when the sea is at its lowest level; the sea at this time - เวลาที่น้ำลง

mail (noun): letters, packages, etc. that are sent and delivered - ของที่ส่งทางไปรษณีย์, จดหมาย

neighbourhood (noun): a particular area of a city or town or other area - ละแวก, ย่าน

on foot (idiom): walking, i.e., by using your feet -

postman (noun): a man whose job is to collect and deliver letters, etc. - บุรุษไปรษณีย์

repairs : the process of fixing something that is broken or damaged - การซ่อมบำรุง

scar : a permanent mark on your skin where you have been injured - แผลเป็น, รอยแผลเป็น

service (noun): the particular skills or help that a person/thing is able to offer - การให้บริการ

since (conj): because - เนื่องจาก

whistle : a small metal or plastic tube that you blow to make a loud high sound, used to attract attention or as a signal - นกหวีด

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