First of all, if you would like to speak Thai like a Thai let’s start by pronoucing the word “Thai” correctly. It is pronounced "ไทย /tai/", not "ทาย /taai/". I heard many foreigners say Thai food -อาหารทาย /aa-hăan taai/, Thai boxing- มวยทาย /muai-taai/, Thai langugae- ภาษาทาย /paa-săa taai/, ผัดทาย /pàd-taai/, BUT these word are pronounced with SHORT vowel. The correct way … [Read more...] about 10 Thai Words You’re Probably Mispronouncing!
"ง" or "ng" sound in Thai language is one of the challenging consonants for non Thai speakers. In this video my brother Mink and I show you some words with "ง" or "ng" sound, they are commonly used in everyday life so you can repeat these words often. Tip: Pay attention to how you are sounding the "NG" at the end of the word, then get used to beginning a word with it. … [Read more...] about VIDEO : Practice “ง /Ng/” Sound
This episode of Talk Like a Thai, teacher Pear introduces you a Thai slang for "I got ditched!". First let's learn a couple of words; ทิ้ง /tíng/ means "to throw away something" เท /tay/ means "to pour" A formal language for "someone has been dumped" is โดนทิ้ง /doan tíng/, but if you want to communicate nuances of meaning or emotion better than formal language you … [Read more...] about Talk Like a Thai : I Got Ditched!
The full pattern for describing an action that is happening as you speak is: กำลัง gam-lang + do something + อยู่ yùu Please read more explanation and examples in my post here . It is the exception for the phrase "I am on my way", it is a fixed phrase "กำลังไป /gam-lang bpai/", we don't say กำลังไปอยู่ gam-lang bpai yùu … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Talk Like a Thai EP.3
Vocabulary from the lessons ฤดูใบไม้ผลิ /rúe-duu bai-máai plì/ = spring ฤดู /rúe-duu/ = season ใบไม้ /bai-máai/ = leaf ผลิ /plì/ = blossom, sprout ลมแรง /lom raeng/ = windy Other seasons: ฤดูร้อน /rúe-duu ráwn/ = hot season, summer , ร้อน /ráwn/ = hot ฤดูหนาว /rúe-duu năao/ = cold season, winter, หนาว /năao/ = cold ฤดูฝน /rúe-duu fŏn/ = rainy season, … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Talk Like a Thai EP.1 & 2
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, he found his answer and … [Read more...] about วันวิสาขบูชา (Visakha Bucha Day)
Teacher Pear is taking you to a seafood restuarant in Hua Hin. She shows you different types of seafood. Dialogue Waiter: จะรับอะไรดีครับ /jà ráp à-rai dii kráp/ What would like to order? Pear: อยากกินอาหารทะเลค่ะ /yàak gin aa-hăan tá-lay kâ/ I would like to have seafood. มีอะไรแนะนำคะ /mii à-rai náe-nam ká?/ What do you recommend? Waiter: จะเป็น … [Read more...] about VIDEO: At the Restaurant – What do You Recommend? and Seafood
"ยกพริกมาทั้งสวน / yók prík maa táng sŭan/ " Let's look at the meaning of each word in this phrase: "พริก /prík/" means chilli. It is hot and spicy, so the word พริก /prík/ is used to describe someone who appears hot or sexy. ยก /yók/ means to lift something up high ยก /yók/ + something + มา /maa/ means to bring something over to a place ทั้ง /táng/ means entire, … [Read more...] about Thai Proverbs 2018
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 white sandy beaches and crystal clear water such as Koh Tao and Koh Lipe. For this trip my family and I … [Read more...] about Krabi Getaway
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 indicates the passing of the sun, moon and other … [Read more...] about VIDEO: How to Pronounce “Songkran” Correctly
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 backs features two kings in order … [Read more...] about Thailand’s New Banknotes with King Rama X
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 spoken in that era is different from Thai language that is spoken nowadays. If … [Read more...] about Learn Most Thai Popular Words
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 don't understand. ขอโทษครับ ผมไม่เข้าใจครับ kăw-tôot kráp , pŏm mâi … [Read more...] about VIDEO: 5 Useful Phrases for Talking to a Native Thai
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 … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Useful Phrases “I Can’t Wait!”
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 Isan, majority of taxi drivers … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Isan Dialect (Lesson 2)
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 an important public holiday in remembrance of King … [Read more...] about King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday Anniversary
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 actually called "กระเป๋า grà-bpăo". We can combine the word ถุง /tŭng/ with … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Pronunciation Focus!!
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 two desserts is their scents. They are … [Read more...] about Ancient Thai Desserts You Should Try
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 taking place on October 26, between 5.30 … [Read more...] about The Royal Crematorium
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. Let’s have a look; สวยไม่เปลี่ยน /sŭai mâi … [Read more...] about 5 Best Ways to Say Beautiful