We received a question asking how to say "I want you to do something" in Thai. This is a good question as many students often make a mistake when using the word "want" in different situations. The word "want to do something" is อยาก yàak. When you would like to ask someone to do something we use the phrase "อยากให้ yàak hâi" and just use this simple pattern: อยากให้ yàak … [Read more...] about VIDEO: I WANT YOU TO
In the occasion of Halloween, let's learn something related to ghosts. First, the correct pronunciation of the word "ghost" is ผี /pǐi/. Many students are often confused with the word พี่ /pîi/ which is used to call an older person. Let me give you some sentence examples; คุณกลัวผีมั้ย /kun glua pǐi mái?/ = Are you afraid of ghost? คุณชอบดูหนังผีมั้ย /kun châwp duu … [Read more...] about VIDEO: GHOST
I received a question on my website and I thought it would be useful for many of you as well. You can learn a few things from this one minute lesson. Question: How do I say in Thai "I am vegetarian. Could you please wash the pan before cooking my food?" USEFUL VOCABULARY: มังสวิรัติ /mang-sà-wí-rát/ = vegetarian ล้าง /láang/ = wash กระทะ /grá-tá/ = pan ก่อน … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Talk Like a Thai EP.20 – I am Vegetarian
5 Thai Slang Words for Sexy First, there is no Thai word for "sexy". We use the borrowed word from English and pronounce it with Thai accent. It is pronounced /sék-sîi/ เซ็กซี่. How interesting that the words that are related to food are also to describe "sexy"; the word "spicy - เผ็ด /pèt/", "sour - เปรี้ยว /bprîao/", and แซ่บ /sâep/ that means delicious in Esan … [Read more...] about VIDEO: 5 Slang Words for “Sexy”
The pattern used to ask for help or ask someone to do something for you as in English ‘Could you…?’ is below: ช่วย chûai + do something + หน่อย nòi + ได้มั้ย dâai-mái NOTE: In colloquial speech you can omit either the phrase ช่วย chûai or หน่อย nòi or ได้มั้ย dâai-mái when speaking to someone who is close to you such as your family members or close friends. More … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Making Requests / Asking for Help
Phrases that are talked about in the video: ขายยังไง /kăai yang-ngai?/ How do you sell this? กิโลละเท่าไหร่ /gì-lo lá tâ0-rài?/ How much is it per kilogram? กิโลละ 1,000 บาท /gì-lo lá nùeng pan bàat/ It is 1,000 Baht per kilogram. ตัวละเท่าไหร่ /dtua lá tâo-rài?/ How much is it per one? ตัวละ 500 บาท /dtua lá hâa rói bàat/ It is 500 Baht each. ลดได้มั้ย /lòt … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Seafood Market Tour in Pattaya
TALK LIKE A THAI We created this short lesson so you can learn one more Thai stucture you can use in veryday life, or it can help refreshing your memories. Watch now by clicking the picture below. Hope you find it useful in your Thai learning. :) ‘Present continuous’ or verb with “-ing” expressing action that is happening at the moment speaking such as ‘I am … [Read more...] about Talk Like a Thai EP.16
Thailand offers many tourist destinations across the country from North to South. There is something for everyone in the country - amazing beaches, waterfalls, mountains, temples. We often hear foreigners pronounce names of provinces or cities in Thailand different from the way Thai people do because the transcription in English doesn't represent the actual pronunciation. If … [Read more...] about VIDEO: 10 Cities You’ve Been Mispronouncing Your Entire Life
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
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: Which Dishes do You Recommend?
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)
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!!
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
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/ … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Long Time No See