VIDEO: Long Time No See


In this lesson we teach the useful phrase “long time no see” in Thai and a couple more common phrases Thai people often use to talk about after haven’t seen each other for a while.

“ไม่ได้เจอกันนาน /mâi-dâai jer gan naan/” is the phrase used for long time no see.

ไม่ได้ /mâi-dâai/ + do something = did not do something

เจอ /jer/ = to meet someone

กัน /gan/ = each other

นาน /naan/ = long time


Among women who are close friends it is acceptable and common to talk about the change in appearance such as weight, skin colour. In the video we explain how to use the word ขึ้น /kûen/ and ลง /long/ to form comparison.


When talking about a condition improving or getting better (than before), this structure is used:

adjective +ขึ้น kûen

  • I feel better.

ผมรู้สึกดีขึ้น /pŏm rúu-sùek dii kûen/

  • Pear is more beautiful than before.

แพรสวยขึ้น /Pear sŭai kûen/

  • The rent is more expensive than before.

ค่าเช่าแพงขึ้น /kâa-châo paeng kûen/

  • He can speak Thai better.

เค้าพูดภาษาไทยดีขึ้น /káo pûud paa-săa tai dii kûen/

When talking about a condition deteriorating or getting worse (than before)

adjective + ลง long


  • You look thinner.

คุณดูผอมลง /kun duu păwm long/

  • The rent is cheaper than before.

ค่าเช่าถูกลง /kâa-châo tùuk long/

  • The weather is worse.

อากาศแย่ลง /aa-gàat yâe long/


We hope you enjoyed the lesson and find it useful in your Thai learning.

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6 Responses to VIDEO: Long Time No See

  1. Brian 28/08/2017 at 15:56 #

    Hi.Another interesting post from the two of you. But i think you are loosing the plot, you are not film stars. More content please.

    • Michael 06/09/2017 at 16:10 #

      They’re role playing ngo!

    • Daniel 06/09/2017 at 17:56 #

      Brian: i think your comment was quite rude… and considering it’s free, i’d say be grateful for what you are getting.

  2. JR 28/08/2017 at 08:36 #

    TSwadi Krab. Pom chawp your videos. You usually put the full dialogue but you didn’t this time 🙁 . Its good when I can listen and read along at the same time or reference what you say . Thanks for what you do. Krab

    • Mod 06/09/2017 at 15:43 #

      Thank you for your comment. I thought I would do it differently this time so students could focus on listening. We will change it in the next video. 🙂

      • Ken 07/09/2017 at 06:24 #

        Kru Mod and Kru Pear, thank you so much for making the video. I thought you are doing great by encouraging the student viewers to focus on listening (as you said). You are preparing us to face the real world which does not provide captions. You provided the caption later on which was perfect. Please do not change it.

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