From “Testicle Shrinking Cliff” To “Erect Penis Stone”

2 DAYS 1 NIGHT in Chaiyaphum Every year in the early part of the rainy season from June to August in Chaiyaphum province, Siam Tulip, or Dok Krachiao, blossoms to full bloom. A good friend of mine asked me to join the trip to see the flowers during a long weekend, I also asked teacher [...]

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Thai-Style Ice-cream

One of the best ways to beat the heat in Thailand is by eating ice-cream. There were not a lot of dairy products in the old time, so Thai people began to make “ice cream” from coconut milk (ไอศกรีมกะทิสด /i-sà-griim gà-tí-sòt/ or ไอติมกะทิสด /i-dtim gà-tí-sòt/ ). Even now, when dairy products are available in Thailand, the [...]

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My Favourite Riverside Thai Restaurants

I love to eat out because I am working in my home office all day long, but I don’t like to spend a lot of time traveling to a place to eat so I usually go to a restaurant in Sukhumvit area where it can be reached by sky train or a short taxi ride [...]

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The King of Fruits – Durian

It is Durian season in Thailand (around April – June). I have seen a lot of Durian everywhere at the markets and street vendors now.  Durian is widely known in  southeast Asia as the “king of fruits” (ราชาผลไม้). It is a fruit like no other. We usually think of fruit as light and fresh, but [...]

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VIDEO: Exercise Activities

1. ชอบออกกำลังกายมั้ย /chôrp òrk-gam-lang-gaai mái?/ Do you like to exercise? -      ชอบออกกำลังกายมากค่ะ /chôrp òrk-gam-lang-gaaimâak kâ/ I like to exercise a lot. Click here to learn more about how to ask and answer Thai Yes/No question 2. ชอบกีฬาอะไร /chôrpgii-laaà-rai?/ What sports do you like? -      วิ่ง /wîng/ to run -      ว่ายน้ำ /wâai-náam/ to swim -      โยคะ [...]

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Benjasiri Park (สวนเบญจสิริ)

After long working day I like to go to the park to walk around, get some fresh air or go for a run.  Another thing I like to do in the park is feeding the turtles. It is such a luxury for me. There is a big pond in the middle of the park which is [...]

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VIDEO: Shopping Conversation

This lesson We are looking into useful phrases that are commonly used in shops or stores or when we go shopping. I think most of you already know how to ask the question “how much?” and bargain the price, but this lesson we will learn some more useful phrases for asking about product you want [...]

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“Nang Kwak” The Goddess of Wealth

นางกวัก /naang gwàk/ is a lady spirit who is traditionally believed that whoever has her in will enjoy brisk business through its mysterious attraction. The Thai Legend of Nang Kwak is highly revered as the Goddess of Wealth or Patron Saint of all Merchants. Nang Kwak is one of the best known legend in Thailand [...]

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VIDEO: Thai Slang in Dictionary of New Words

The committee of the royal institute are compiling new words, slang and expression currently in use, ostensibly for the benefit of later generations, who may be confused by the wacky slang of today’s popular media (like my mom lol).There will be more than 1,000 words published in the Dictionary of New Words edition 4 ( พจนานุกรมคำใหม่เล่ม 4)     [...]

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VIDEO : How to Ask Someone Out

When you want to ask someone out to do something together with you or going somewhere together, like in English you would say “Shall we…?” in Thai language we use a very simple pattern below; ไป bpai  + do something / somewhere + กันมั้ย /gan mái/? For instance; ไปกินข้าวกันมั้ย bpai gin kâao gan mái? Shall [...]

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Leaf-wrapped Tidbits – Miang Kam

Sawatdee ka, Yesterday, I went for  lunch at a Thai restaurant in Silom road, and they served customers complimentary Miang Kam. I was very happy because I  haven’t had Miang Kam for a very long time. I used to eat it a lot when I was a kid. เมี่ยงคำ Miang Kam is a traditional Thai [...]

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VIDEO: Friendly Talk

  แล้ว léao (already) When we want to tell that something has happened already, this pattern is used:   Subject + verb + “แล้ว léaw”    แล้ว / léaw/ means ‘already’   Example: I had breakfast already. ผมกินข้าวเช้าแล้ว pŏm gin kâao-cháao  léaw.   He has gone back to Australia already. เค้ากลับออสเตรเลียแล้ว káo glàp Australia láew [...]

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วันวิสาขบูชา (Visakha Bucha Day)

Visakha Bucha Day (วันวิสาขบูชา) or Wan Pra Yai วันพระใหญ่  marks the three important incidents in the life of Lord Buddha (พระพุทธเจ้า) on the same day – the full moon of the sixth lunar month. The three significant separate events are : 1. The Buddha’s Birth (ประสูติ) 2. The Enlightenment of Buddha (ตรัสรู้) - While sitting under the Bodhi tree, [...]

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Royal Ploughing Ceremony

The Royal Plowing Ceremony is called  พระราชพิธีพืชมงคล  /Pra Ratchapitii Puetchamongkon/. It is an ancient royal rite held in Cambodia and Thailand to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season and ensure fertility of crops. The ceremony has been performed in Thailand since the Sukhothai period, some 700 years ago, and is closely watched by farmers across [...]

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Learn Thai from Mistakes

My student showed me a photo from his trip to Chiang Rai. Once I saw it, it made me laugh out loud. I would like to share it with you so we can also learn Thai from this photo. This is a warning sign from a tea plantation in Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand. Chiang Rai is known [...]

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“Chaw Muang” (Steamed Dumplings with Fish Meat Filling)

The traditional Thai delicacies, “ขนมช่อม่วง Khanom Chaw Muang” (Steamed Dumplings with Fish Meat Filling).  ช่อ /châw/ means ‘bouquet or bunch’ , ม่วง /mûang/ means ‘purple’. Each dumpling is handcrafted with perfection into a rose petal for the appearance, while the taste of this appetizer is not outdone by its exterior. The dough, sticky yet soft, is [...]

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Thai Coronation Day

Coronation Day (วันฉัตรมงคล [wan chat-mong-kol]) The coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej took place on 5 May 1950. His Majesty is the ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty. On 5 May of every year, the Thai people rejoice and express their affection and loyalty to him by organizing a celebration on his coronation day. [...]

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VIDEO: Thai Expression “Have Fun!”

When you would like to wish Thai people ‘Have a good trip’, ‘enjoy your meal’, ‘enjoy your movie’ etc. you can easily use the following pattern: VERB + ให้ hâi (for) + ADJECTIVE * ให้ hâi (for) + ADJECTIVE = ADVERB For example; เที่ยวให้สนุก tîao hâi sà-nùk (Have a good trip or enjoy your holiday) เที่ยว [...]

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