Sawatdee ka, This morning I thought I would reply all emails and write a blog about my new language video clip. After work, I went for a run in the park, had a shower, had dinner and now I feel so tired that I am ready to go to sleep! My evil me thinks "I will write a blog and reply emails tomorrow" Oh, no!!...Such a bad habit like this in Thai is called … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – Idiom
Speak Like a Thai
Sawatdee ka, I posted a question on my Facebook page asking " Do you know what "cheers!" is in Thai?", and I got many different answers as showed below: - ชน [chon] literally means crash against, bump against, knock against. It is also commonly used for "cheers!". Many times we say the word เอ้า! [âo!] before ชน [chon] which is an encouraging sound meaning like … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – Cheers!
Sawatdee ka, I have got few questions regarding 'present continuous' or verb with "-ing" expressing action that is happening at the moment speaking such as 'I am eating', 'she is cooking etc. The full pattern in Thai is: gam-lang + verb/verb phrase + yùu In spoken Thai we often drop either the word 'gamlang' or 'yùu'. For example: 'I am eating' in Thai can be phrased in … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – Present Continuous (What are you doing?)
When you would like to say "I am really really tired", to speak like a Thai you can use this word: หมดแรง mod(low tone) - raeng (middle tone) It means 'knackered', 'worn out', 'very tired' etc. หมด [mod] means 'be finished' แรง [raeng] means 'energy' ******************************************************* … [Read more...] about Knackered, Worn Out or Very Tired: หมดแรง
Sawatdee ka, This April most Thai people are happy because they have two long holidays. The first holiday is 6th-9th April due to Chakri Memorial Day on 6th April, and the royal cremation day on 9th April, which has been declared a public holiday by the Cabinet. The second holiday is 13th - 16th April due to Thai New Year or Song Kran. Let's learn a few … [Read more...] about Learn Thai from a long holiday
Sawatdee ka, I think learning languages through songs is fun and effective. I learned my English by watching a lot of English movies and listening to English songs too. This song is called " Mong Dai Dtae Yaa Chrop" (Thai: มองได้แต่อย่าชอบ) meaning you can look, but do not like. In my video I translated the entire song, but I selected only the chorus part to explain Thai … [Read more...] about Learn Thai from Thai song
Sawatdee ka, I have been asked many times regarding pronouns. It seems to be a simple thing, but somehow Thai pronouns are a little bit complicated since they are so many words to use. Today I would like to talk about the pronouns "I" which vary on age, social status, gender, the relationship between speakers, the formality of the situation and individual … [Read more...] about Understand Thai Pronouns for “I”
Sawatdee ka, This ad from Oriental Princess is interesting in my opinion. It is encouraging women to see the value in themselves. We can also learn many useful words from this clip, especially one question word that is being repeated throughout the clip. From the video, there are 20 questions being asked. The questions are as follows: 1. ทำไมต้องแต่ง [tam-mai dtông … [Read more...] about Learn useful Thai words from Thai ad
Sawatdee ka, Everyone in my family is a cat lover. Before there were four cats at my mom's house, and two mama cats have just given birth to nine kitties so now we have 13 cats! I would like to share a photo of these nine kitties with you because they are so adorable!! … [Read more...] about Learn Thai with Kitties
Sawatdee ka, There are many ways to say good night in Thai. Below are expressions that are commonly used. … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Learn Different Ways to Say Good Night in Thai
Sawatdee ka, I went to Lumpini park today and spotted this reptile. Many Thai people have a superstiton that if you see this animal, bad luck will come to you. I remember when I was a kid and there were few of these reptiles in my school's pond. Whenever my friends and I saw it we would scream and ran away because we didn't want to have a bad luck. I don't have such a … [Read more...] about The Animal Thais Dislike
Sawatdee ka, Let's learn a common used Thai slang. The word in the video is มันส์ (mun) which means fun and exciting. More example for the use of the word มันส์ (mun); - หนังเรื่อง Iron man 2 มันส์มาก [Năng rûeng Iron Man 2 mun mâak] The movie Iron man 2 is great fun and exciting. - ผมดูมวยไทยที่ประเทศไทย มันส์มาก! [pŏm duu muai tai têe bprà-tâte tai, … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Fun Thai Slang
Sawatdee ka, I have seen many people misuse the polite title คุณ [kun]. When I write emails, I use the greeting "sawatdee ka Kun...". Many times people wrote me or replied my email refer to themselves "Kun..." as well. I would like to clarify this misunderstanding. The word คุณ [kun] is put before first names or nicknames when refer to others, or when it is used as second or … [Read more...] about Thai polite title
Sawatdee ka, In Chinese Astrology 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. The Year of the Dragon will start on 23 January 2012 and end on 09 February 2013. What kind of year will 2012 be? Many expect 2012 to bring about the end of the world. I have no idea myself, I only make the best out of each day. Anyway, let's talk about something I am sure I know, Thai language :) Dragon … [Read more...] about Learn Thai from the year of the Dragon
Sawatdee ka, What is your method for learning and remembering new Thai words. I think watching funny videos helps you tremendously, so I put few funny Thai video ads here.  Funny Thai noodles advert The interesting word from this ad is the word "อืด" [uet] which mean swell. Thai people use this word as a slang to call someone who is overweight as … [Read more...] about Learn Thai from Funny Thai Ads
Sawatdee ka, Please don't be frighten to see me teaching you this expression. It is not that I got aggressive all of the sudden LOL. I write this lesson to answer a question I got from a YouTube viewer. His question is " How do you say in thai 'get the hell away from me, I thought you were a chick!!" ?" I shared this question on my Facebook page … [Read more...] about Learn Thai expression – “get the hell away from me”
Sawatdee ka, Yesterday I was a little bit unwell so I had an idea of making this lesson. I also found a song that has the same expression in the lyrics, so I put a few sentences from the song here as I thought it might help you remember the expression better :) Please listen to the song and see below the lyrics I picked up from 00:07 to 00:19. The song is called "Bpen … [Read more...] about Learn Thai from a song – what’s wrong?
Sawatdee ka, Please don't get me wrong that Thai people also celebrate Thanksgiving day. I was in the States for 3 months when I was 20 and had many American friends. Also my Google Analytics report shows that most visitors of my website are in America:) So I would like to take this opportunity to wish you Happy Thanksgiving!! Now, let's learn some words that (I think) it is … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – Happy Thanksgiving
Sawatdee ka, There are Thai words that sound almost exactly the same. The difference is sometimes the vowel; short vowel or long vowel, or the tone. First pair of common words is ส้ม [sôm] = orange, and ส้อม [sôrm] = fork The word orange is short vowel but the word fork is long vowel (it sounds a little longer than orange) Please listen to the audio carefully, and repeat … [Read more...] about Say it right! – Orange or Fork
Sawatdee ka, In English the pronoun "you" is good to use to call anyone whether he/she is older or younger than you, even at the same age. Thai culture is based on people's seniority, so it is not nice and polite to call people who are older than you only by their names. Then what we should call them? The word พี่ “pîi“ has a particularly wide range of use, which includes - … [Read more...] about Personal pronouns in Thai language.