VIDEO: Commonly Confused Words EP.2

This episode we will talk about the word “tired”. In Thai we have TWO different words and we found that most students are often confused when to use each word. So let’s have a look!

We have TWO words which are “1. เหนื่อย /nùeai/” and “2. ง่วงนอน/ngûang-nawn/” both can be translated as ‘tired’ in English but what is the difference? It is so simple!


ง่วงนอน /ngûang-nawn/ means ‘tired’ as ‘you are sleepy’ and you want to go to sleep.


But เหนื่อย /nùeai/ means ‘you are tired or exhausted’ like you have been running or working without rest, but it doesn’t mean that you are sleepy.


Let’s see some sentences:

  1. Last night I couldn’t sleep, I am so sleepy right now.

เมื่อคืนผมนอนไม่หลับ ตอนนี้ก็เลยง่วงนอนมากๆ

/mûea-kuen pŏm nawn mâi làp, dtawn-níi gâw-leoi ngûang-nawn mâak-mâak/


  1. I can’t run anymore, I am so tired.

ผมวิ่งไม่ไหวแล้ว เหนื่อยมาก

/pŏm wîng mâi-wăi láew nùeai mâak/


Now I hope you understand the difference and choose the right word to use in the right situation!


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6 Responses to VIDEO: Commonly Confused Words EP.2

  1. wanchai 05/03/2018 at 20:33 #

    aw. there’s no video in this page.

    • Mod 19/03/2018 at 15:50 #

      There is a video. Please try to reload. Thank you.

  2. Brian 23/07/2017 at 20:44 #

    Good basic stuff and once again explained very well.
    I normally play your posts 5/6 times one after the other and i think for me it helps it sink in.

    • Mod 27/07/2017 at 09:05 #

      That is very good. Repetition is the key for learning a new language. Keep practicing. 🙂

  3. SYLVAIN 22/07/2017 at 14:11 #

    Thank you for this video. I did not know “nguang nawn”. เมื่อคืนผมนอนไม่หลับ or “wan-nii chan bpai fitness” I see no past word ? Does the context give the idea of the past or something else?
    Can you plan a lesson about the different forms of the past please? Or maybe did you do it already?

    • Mod 27/07/2017 at 11:16 #

      To form a simple past tense in Thai language is very easy. It is just like a simple present tense but you add a past time phrase such as last night, this morning, yesterday etc. in the sentence, and yes you understand from the context.

      For example; I went to the gym this morning. ชั้นไปฟิตเนสเมื่อเช้า /chán bpai fít-nèss mûea-cháao/

      We will do lessons on the past tenses. Thank you for your suggestion. 🙂

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