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I grew up in the south and maybe that is the reason why I can’t be away from the sea for so long. I often go to Koh Samed and Hua Hin for a long weekend because it is close to Bangkok, but my favourite beach destination is Southern Thailand. There are many islands with […]

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VIDEO: How to Pronounce “Songkran” Correctly

Thai New Year or “สงกรานต์ Songkran” is celebrated on April 13th every year. If you are in Thailand, you would find yourself swept up in festivities for three, five or even 10 days, depending on your specific location in the country. สงกรานต์ Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word ส-กรานต which means ‘to pass’ or ‘move into’ and […]

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Thailand’s New Banknotes with King Rama X

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, or King Rama X, ascended to the throne in December 2016. Now he’s finally taking his place on Thailand’s currency. According to a press release dated 8 March 2018, the Bank of Thailand plans to introduce the 17th series of notes. The fronts feature the new king, Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, and the […]

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Learn Most Thai Popular Words

At the moment no Thai is not talking about “บุพเพสันนิวาส Buppesannivas”. It is the most popular Thai drama series of all time! This TV series is based on the history that took place in year 1682 which was in the era of the King Narai of Ayutthaya Kingdom (year 1656 to 1688). Thai language that is […]

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VIDEO: 5 Useful Phrases for Talking to a Native Thai

We have learned so many Thai lessons and you want to use it in real life with a native. However sometimes some Thai people speak too fast and you don’t quite sure what they are saying. Let’s practice these few phrases so you can continue your conversation with them smoothly.   I am sorry, I […]

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VIDEO: Useful Phrases “I Can’t Wait!”

There are two ways to say “I can’t wait” in Thai. รอไม่ไหวแล้ว /raw mâi-wăi láew/ Pattern: รอ/raw/ + do something + ไม่ไหวแล้ว /mâi-wăi láew/ รอกลับประเทศไทยไม่ไหวแล้ว รอกลับประเทศไทยไม่ไหวแล้ว /raw glàp bprà-têet-tai mâi-wăi láew/ รอเจอคุณไม่ไหวแล้ว /raw jer kun mâi-wăi láew/   ตั้งหน้าตั้งตารอ / dtâng-nâa-dtâng-dta-raw/ which could be translate to English “I look forward to” Pattern: ตั้งหน้าตั้งตารอ / dtâng-nâa-dtâng-dta-raw/ […]

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VIDEO: Isan Dialect (Lesson 2)

อีสาน /i-săan/ the nickname for Northeastern Thailand is the largest region in the country. Isan food is available in almost every corner especially “ส้มตำ Som Tam” (green papaya spicy salad) which is popularly consumed across the whole country, not just in the Northeast. When you travel to Bangkok you will likely come across a local from […]

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King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday Anniversary

Until 13 October 2016, 5 December had long been celebrated as the King Bhumibol Adulyadej ’s Birthday, as well as being marked as Father’s Day in Thailand. As of 2017, though, the King’s Birthday public holiday has moved to 28 July, the birthday of new King Vajiralongkorn, or King Rama X. Nevertheless, 05 December remains […]

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VIDEO: Pronunciation Focus!!

  ถุง /tŭng/ means “bag”. It is a simple word but it is one of the commonly confused word as this word is used for bags that are used for shopping like plastic bag, paper bag, fabric bag or cloth bag. Many students misunderstand this word for bags like purse, suitcase or luggage which are […]

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Ancient Thai Desserts You Should Try

  I helped my mom making these ancient Thai desserts. The colorful one on the right is called “ขนมสัมปันนี Khanom Sam Pan Nee” which is made of tapioca flour, coconut cream and sugar. The golden dessert is called “ขนมทองเอก Khanom Thong Ake”. It is made of wheat flour, egg yolks and sugar. One special thing about these […]

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The Royal Crematorium

On October 13, 2016, a great sadness enveloped the people of Thailand, following the death of the late monarch, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej Boromnathbobitra (Rama IX) Even though it has been almost a year, the sadness never ceases. The royal funeral is scheduled for October 25-29, 2017, with the roal cremation itself […]

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5 Best Words to Compliment a Woman

How to Compliment a Woman in Thai Beautiful is the classic way to describe a feminine beauty. I am sure most of you already knew the word “/สวย sŭai/” which means ‘beautiful’. There are interesting and useful phrases that you could use when you want to give a woman a nice compliment that she is beautiful. […]

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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 […]

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VIDEO: Commonly Confused Words EP.3

The two useful phrases we clarify the confusion in the video are as followings; ขอโทษ /kăw-tôot/ is used when you want to apologise to someone or used for the phrase ‘excuse me’ when you want to ask someone to make way for you. เสียใจ /sǐa-jai/ means ‘sad, sorry, regret‘. We say “เสียใจด้วยนะ  sǐa-jai dûai ná” […]

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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 […]

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VIDEO: Commonly Confused Words EP.1

This lesson we will talk about Thai words that are used for ‘when’. We have three different words for ‘when’. It sounds like why we need to complicate things, right? Don’t worry it is simpler than you think. Just watch this video to the end and you will understand it clearly.   เมื่อไหร่ /mûea-rài/ is […]

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VIDEO: Customizing Food Order

Dialogue from the video Waitress : สวัสดีค่ะ รับอะไรดีคะ sà-wàt-dii kâ, ráp à-rai dii ká? (Hello, what would you like to order?) Pear: เอาต้มยำกุ้งพิเศษเห็ดค่ะ ao dtôm-yam-gûng pí-sèet hèt kâ (I would like to have Spicy Prawn Soup with extra mushrooms please.) เอาผัดผักเพิ่มกุ้งค่ะ ao pàt-pàk pêrm gûng kâ (I would like to have stir-fried vegetable and add […]

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VIDEO: Money Matters

Useful Vocabulary and Phrases: Money = เงิน /ngern/ (formal term) ตังค์ /dtang/ (informal term) Banknote = แบงค์ /báeng/ Small banknote = แบงค์ย่อย /báeng yâwi/ To exchange = แลก /lâek/ Do you have smaller notes? = คุณมีแบงค์ย่อยมั้ย /kun mii báeng yâwi mái?/ I only have 1000 Baht note = ผมมีแค่แบงค์พัน /pŏm mii kâe báeng pan/ Can […]

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VIDEO: Isan 101 (Basic Northeastern Thai Dialect)

Northeastern region of Thailand or what Thai people refer to as ‘อีสาน Isan also Isaan, Isarn, Esan, or Esarn’ is the largest part of the country. You might hear the official term is “ภาคตะวันออกเฉียงเหนือ pàak dtà-wan-àwk-chǐang-nŭea”. The main language is Isan, which is a dialect of the Lao language. Isan belongs to the Chiang Saeng […]

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VIDEO: Thai Short Vowels

To speak Thai clearly and make local people understood, it is not only getting the tones right it is also pronouncing the vowels correctly. There are in total 32 vowel sounds in Thai language, 14 of them are long vowel sounds and 18 are short vowel sounds. Similar to pronouncing Thai tones, when the vowel […]

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