Have you ever heard a strange funny sound from a Thai person and you didn’t understand what it meant? In this lesson we show you the common sounds that Thai people make to show emotion or feelings. We hope it helps you to understand Thai people better and you can also apply to your own everyday life and make yourself sound like a Thai. 🙂
In Thai ‘interjection’ is called คำอุทาน /kam ù-taan/ , คำ /kam/ means ‘word’ and อุทาน /ù-taan/ means ‘exclaim, interject’.
Here are the list of 10 Common Thai Interjections:
- โอ๊ย! /óoi!/ (Ouch!)
It is used to express pain, when you get hurt
- อี๋! /ǐi/ (Eww!, yack!)
It is used to express feeling when you find something disgusting
- เฮ้ย! /hêoi!/
It is used to express feeling surprised or shocked, when experience something unexpected.
- เฮ้อ! /hêr!/ (Phew!)
It is used to express relief.
- อุ๊ย! /úi!/ (Oops!)
This sound is made when you say accidentally make a mistake
- ห๊ะ! /há!/
It is a sound made when you are surprised or shocked after receiving a bad news or unexpected news.
- โห! /hŏo!/ (Whoa!)
It is used to express ashtonishment.
- เอ๊ย! /éei/
This sound is made when you said something wrong and want to correct the mistake.
- เย้! /yây!/ (Yay!)
It expresses happiness.
10. โถ /tŏo/ (poor you)
This sounds expresses sympathy.