Sawatdee ka, I was at my parent's home with my younger brother and sister , so I asked them to make a Thai lesson video together. You will learn a few fun Thai slang commonly used in everyday life in this video. I hope you enjoy the lesson. :) See below to learn what were said in the role play. มิ้ง จะไปไหนอ่ะ /Mink, jà bpai năi à?/ Where are you … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Fun Thai Slang – Giving Compliments and More
Below are the translations for the dialogue of the role play in the video: Mod: มิ้งช้าจัง Mink cháa jang. Mink is so late. ช้า /cháa/ = slow, late จัง /jang/ = very, used for emphasis at the end of a statement. Mai: เมื่อไหร่จะมาอ่ะ mûea-rài jà maa à? When is he coming? เมื่อไหร่ /mûea-rài/ = When? จะ /jà/ = will, used to from a future … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Fun Thai Slang – It Serves You Right!
“For” can be translated to a few different words in Thai language. 1. "ให้ hâi" used in the pattern “do something for somebody” … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – Do something “for” someone & other “for”
Sawatdee ka, This lesson continues from my previous blog, Understand Thai pronouns for “I”. I would like to repeat again that age, social status, gender, the relationship between speakers, the formality of the situation and individual personality all play a part in helping Thai people to decide the most appropriate way to refer to themselves and address others. Certain … [Read more...] about Understand Thai pronouns “You”
Sawatdee ka, Are you a sport fan? I don't usually watch sport games, but once every four years I always follow Olympic games especially when Thailand is competing. Let's learn a Thai word used for encouragement, shall we? Thai people say สู้ๆ [Sûu Sûu] to give encouragement. สู้ [sûu] means to fight, it is like we are saying 'fight! don't give up' in a way:) This … [Read more...] about Learn Thai from Olympics
Sawatdee ka, I think when you visit Thailand the activity you cannot miss is shopping, am I right? and we know that the prices seem to be higher for tourists. Let's learn how to negotiate the price, or suggest the price. This video shows you how we do exactly that. Key phrases: Asking for the price : อันนี้เท่าไหร่ [an-níi tâo-rài?] * The word อัน … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Shopping like a Thai
Look at this funny face of this cat. I can't stop laughing. I think he might ate too fast. lol In Thai language this is called ติดคอ [dtìd-kaw] meaning get stuck in the throat. ติด [dtìd] means get stuck คอ [kaw] means throat or neck กินช้าๆเดี๋ยวติดคอนะคะ [gin cháa- cháa dĭao dtìt kaw ná ká] Eat slowly otherwise it will get stuck it your throat. :) Mod … [Read more...] about Useful Thai word a day
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 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, New Year 2012 is approaching in less than two weeks, so let's learn how to greet your Thai friends and love ones on New Year. Also learn how to give wishes like a Thai. From the video, you can apply giving wishes expression on any occasion, weather it is birthday, farewell, wedding etc. Let's have a look at the pattern again kăw-hâi + a wish I cut a short … [Read more...] about New Year Thai greeting and wishes
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.
Sawatdee ka, As a multi-culture city, Halloween is also celebrated here in Bangkok. I would like to share Halloween related vocabulary Thinking of Halloween, I am firstly thinking of GHOST! ผี [pĕe] I don't like talking about ghost at all since I am super scared [กลัว glua] of them. มดกลัวผีมากค่ะ I don't even watch ghost movies. [หนัง năng] มดไม่ดูหนังผีค่ะ Next word must … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – Halloween
I am sure everyone knows how to say hello in Thai language...that's right we say "สวัสดี" [sà-wàt-dee] "สวัสดี" [sà-wàt-dee] is also used to say goodbye as well, but it is used in formal situations such as when talking to your boss, or people you respect like teacher, parents etc. Let's learn how to say goodbye in more informal situations.  I often use the word … [Read more...] about VIDEO – Saying Goodbye Like A Real Thai