I asked my friends and people in my neighbourhood the same question "อยากได้อะไรเป็นของขวัญปีใหม่ /yàak dâai à-rai bpen kăwng-kwăn bpii-mài/ What would you like to have for New Year gift?". They give different answers which offer you interesting new vocabulary. Also they speak in normal speed which is a good listening practice for you. I would like you to just listen to what … [Read more...] about VIDEO: How Good Are Your Listening Skills in Thai?
9 Compliments to Give Women The common words for complimenting a woman that most students know are the words สวย /sŭai/ (beautiful) and น่ารัก /nâa-rák/ (cute). There are more interesting words to give a compliment and they sure will make you sound like a local. We picked nine trending words and expressions for you to learn. 1. เท่ /tây/ cool 2. มีเสน่ห์ /mii … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Trending Words for Complimenting Women
I have been to many traditional Thai wedding ceremonies and Thai wedding parties, but this was my first time to attend a traditional Isan wedding which is called บายศรีสู่ขวัญ Bai Sri Su Kwan. It was our lovely teacher Pear's wedding. The event took place in Mahasarakham province in Northeastern Thailand. I filmed the event from the beginning to the end. It is my pleasure to … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Traditional Thai Isan Wedding Ceremony
For some Thais, Loy Krathong festival is a kind of Valentines'day. It is an opportunity to ask your crush out to go out on a magical full moon night. In this video I have a cheesy phrase you can use, try it tonight and have a great time! :) Let's also look at some useful sentence you can ask your Thai friends on this occasion; 🔹คุณจะไปลอยกระทงมั้ย /kun jà bpai loi … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Cheesy Line for Loy Krathong Festival
I think you might like to have some fun with with your Thai friends, so I made this video. I suggest you to try to say these phrases slowly first, get fimiliar with the words, tones, vowels. When you feel comfortable saying each word then add the speed, just try to say it faster! ยักษ์ใหญ่ไล่ยักษ์เล็ก yák yài lâi yák lék The big giant is chasing the small … [Read more...] about Thai Tongue Twisters
We received a question asking how to say "I want you to do something" in Thai. This is a good question as many students often make a mistake when using the word "want" in different situations. The word "want to do something" is อยาก yàak. When you would like to ask someone to do something we use the phrase "อยากให้ yàak hâi" and just use this simple pattern: อยากให้ yàak … [Read more...] about VIDEO: I WANT YOU TO
In the occasion of Halloween, let's learn something related to ghosts. First, the correct pronunciation of the word "ghost" is ผี /pǐi/. Many students are often confused with the word พี่ /pîi/ which is used to call an older person. Let me give you some sentence examples; คุณกลัวผีมั้ย /kun glua pǐi mái?/ = Are you afraid of ghost? คุณชอบดูหนังผีมั้ย /kun châwp duu … [Read more...] about VIDEO: GHOST
I received a question on my website and I thought it would be useful for many of you as well. You can learn a few things from this one minute lesson. Question: How do I say in Thai "I am vegetarian. Could you please wash the pan before cooking my food?" USEFUL VOCABULARY: มังสวิรัติ /mang-sà-wí-rát/ = vegetarian ล้าง /láang/ = wash กระทะ /grá-tá/ = pan ก่อน … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Talk Like a Thai EP.20 – I am Vegetarian
5 Thai Slang Words for Sexy First, there is no Thai word for "sexy". We use the borrowed word from English and pronounce it with Thai accent. It is pronounced /sék-sîi/ เซ็กซี่. How interesting that the words that are related to food are also to describe "sexy"; the word "spicy - เผ็ด /pèt/", "sour - เปรี้ยว /bprîao/", and แซ่บ /sâep/ that means delicious in Esan … [Read more...] about VIDEO: 5 Slang Words for “Sexy”
The pattern used to ask for help or ask someone to do something for you as in English ‘Could you…?’ is below: ช่วย chûai + do something + หน่อย nòi + ได้มั้ย dâai-mái NOTE: In colloquial speech you can omit either the phrase ช่วย chûai or หน่อย nòi or ได้มั้ย dâai-mái when speaking to someone who is close to you such as your family members or close friends. More … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Making Requests / Asking for Help
I often received questions regarding a clean peaceful beach in Thailand without jet skis, banana boats, and people trying to sell things to visitors. I myself prefer an absolute relaxing holiday. Sometimes I go further to the south, just an hour flight from Bangkok, and sometimes I prefer somewhere near Bangkok without flying anywhere. Satthahip สัตหีบ is one of my quick … [Read more...] about Na Jomtein Beach, Peaceful Paradise Near Pattaya
Lan island (Thai: เกาะล้าน) is a beautiful small island located only seven kilometers off the shore of Pattaya. On my first visit to Koh Lan few years ago I couldn't believe there was such a wonderful island next to a busy city like Pattaya. I felt like I found a rare gem, this is a perfect place for a weekend getaway. The island is 4 km in length and 2 km in width.There … [Read more...] about Lan island (Koh Lan) in Pattaya
Phrases that are talked about in the video: ขายยังไง /kăai yang-ngai?/ How do you sell this? กิโลละเท่าไหร่ /gì-lo lá tâ0-rài?/ How much is it per kilogram? กิโลละ 1,000 บาท /gì-lo lá nùeng pan bàat/ It is 1,000 Baht per kilogram. ตัวละเท่าไหร่ /dtua lá tâo-rài?/ How much is it per one? ตัวละ 500 บาท /dtua lá hâa rói bàat/ It is 500 Baht each. ลดได้มั้ย /lòt … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Seafood Market Tour in Pattaya
TALK LIKE A THAI We created this short lesson so you can learn one more Thai stucture you can use in veryday life, or it can help refreshing your memories. Watch now by clicking the picture below. Hope you find it useful in your Thai learning. :) ‘Present continuous’ or verb with “-ing” expressing action that is happening at the moment speaking such as ‘I am … [Read more...] about Talk Like a Thai EP.16
Thailand offers many tourist destinations across the country from North to South. There is something for everyone in the country - amazing beaches, waterfalls, mountains, temples. We often hear foreigners pronounce names of provinces or cities in Thailand different from the way Thai people do because the transcription in English doesn't represent the actual pronunciation. If … [Read more...] about VIDEO: 10 Cities You’ve Been Mispronouncing Your Entire Life
First of all, if you would like to speak Thai like a Thai let’s start by pronoucing the word “Thai” correctly. It is pronounced "ไทย /tai/", not "ทาย /taai/". I heard many foreigners say Thai food -อาหารทาย /aa-hăan taai/, Thai boxing- มวยทาย /muai-taai/, Thai langugae- ภาษาทาย /paa-săa taai/, ผัดทาย /pàd-taai/, BUT these word are pronounced with SHORT vowel. The correct way … [Read more...] about 10 Thai Words You’re Probably Mispronouncing!
"ง" or "ng" sound in Thai language is one of the challenging consonants for non Thai speakers. In this video my brother Mink and I show you some words with "ง" or "ng" sound, they are commonly used in everyday life so you can repeat these words often. Tip: Pay attention to how you are sounding the "NG" at the end of the word, then get used to beginning a word with it. … [Read more...] about VIDEO : Practice “ง /Ng/” Sound
This episode of Talk Like a Thai, teacher Pear introduces you a Thai slang for "I got ditched!". First let's learn a couple of words; ทิ้ง /tíng/ means "to throw away something" เท /tay/ means "to pour" A formal language for "someone has been dumped" is โดนทิ้ง /doan tíng/, but if you want to communicate nuances of meaning or emotion better than formal language you … [Read more...] about Talk Like a Thai : I Got Ditched!
The full pattern for describing an action that is happening as you speak is: กำลัง gam-lang + do something + อยู่ yùu Please read more explanation and examples in my post here . It is the exception for the phrase "I am on my way", it is a fixed phrase "กำลังไป /gam-lang bpai/", we don't say กำลังไปอยู่ gam-lang bpai yùu … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Talk Like a Thai EP.3
Vocabulary from the lessons ฤดูใบไม้ผลิ /rúe-duu bai-máai plì/ = spring ฤดู /rúe-duu/ = season ใบไม้ /bai-máai/ = leaf ผลิ /plì/ = blossom, sprout ลมแรง /lom raeng/ = windy Other seasons: ฤดูร้อน /rúe-duu ráwn/ = hot season, summer , ร้อน /ráwn/ = hot ฤดูหนาว /rúe-duu năao/ = cold season, winter, หนาว /năao/ = cold ฤดูฝน /rúe-duu fŏn/ = rainy season, … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Talk Like a Thai EP.1 & 2