The basic word that is used when you place an order in Thai is เอา /ao/. Some people say the word ขอ /kŏr/ is more polite to use when ordering food, but I don't think it matters. Important note: As the fact that we use เอา /ao/ to place order, so it can ONLY be followed by a noun or noun phrase. Read more about the right way to use เอา … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Learn Thai – Restaurant Conversation
Sawatdee ka, Actions that occur in the future (will/going to + verb/verb phrase) can be phrased using the pattern : subject + จะ jà + verb / verb phrase Example: พรุ่งนี้เขาจะทำอาหาร prûng-níi káo jà tam aa-hăan Tomorrow she will cook. พรุ่งนี้เขาจะไม่มาทำงาน prûng-níi káo jà mâi maa tam-ngaan Tomorrow he will not come to … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Thai Future Tense
แล้ว léao (already) When we want to tell that something has happened already, this pattern is used: Subject + verb + “แล้ว léaw” แล้ว / léaw/ means ‘already’ Example: I had breakfast already. ผมกินข้าวเช้าแล้ว pŏm gin kâao-cháao léaw. He has gone back to Australia already. เค้ากลับออสเตรเลียแล้ว káo glàp … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Friendly Talk
My student showed me a photo from his trip to Chiang Rai. Once I saw it, it made me laugh out loud. I would like to share it with you so we can also learn Thai from this photo. This is a warning sign from a tea plantation in Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand. Chiang Rai is known for their abundant tea plantations. The sign in Thai says "ห้ามเด็ดยอดชา" , but what … [Read more...] about Learn Thai from Mistakes
When you would like to wish Thai people 'Have a good trip', 'enjoy your meal', 'enjoy your movie' etc. you can easily use the following pattern: VERB + ให้ hâi (for) + ADJECTIVE * ให้ hâi (for) + ADJECTIVE = ADVERB For example; เที่ยวให้สนุก tîao hâi sà-nùk (Have a good trip or enjoy your holiday) เที่ยว [tîao] means 'to go on a holiday' or 'to go out for … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Thai Expression “Have Fun!”
We filmed this lesson when we went on a trip to the Surin island together. We explained a common Thai joke as well as a new question word that you might never heard of before. I hope you enjoy this video and find it useful. :) Role play dialogue: Mod: ครูแพร มดอยากไปดำน้ำ Kru Pear, Mod yàak bpai dam-náam (I want to go … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Do You Know How To?
This lesson I would like to talk about a very basic verb but important that is often mistakenly used, verb to "want" = อยาก [yàak] The reason that makes many people confused when using this word is that in English you can say I want 'something' [ verb to want + object], but in Thai language VERB to WANT can only be followed by VERB only!! not a noun. For … [Read more...] about VIDEO Lesson 16 : Verb to Want & Placing Order
(Photo credit: Kapook.com) I put the pronunciation and the meaning of each word here: I often misspell "email" and "ice-cream". What about you? :) … [Read more...] about 20 Thai Words Most Commonly Misspelled
1. รักแรกพบ /rák râek pób/ Love at first sight รัก /rák/ love แรก /râek/ first พบ /pób/ meet (formal term) , in spoken Thai we use the word เจอ /jer/ 2. รักแท้ /rák táe/ แท้ /táe/ real, authentic ผม/ฉันอยากเจอรักแท้ pŏm/chán yàak jer rák táe (I want to find true love.) ผมผม/ฉันกำลังตามหารักแท้ pŏm/chán gam-lang dtaam hăa rák … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Thai Love Phrases
Question Word "How" in Thai: As I mentioned at the beginning, there are three different words for the question “how?” in Thai language. It denpends on what you are asking for.  ยังไง yang ngai It is used to ask for ‘how to do something’ or aksing for means or method. The pattern for this question is do something + yang ngai … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Confusing Word “How”
It has been a very positive year and we want to thank you all for the wonderful support and helpful ideas throughout the year. We wish you all a very Happy Christmas & New Year and welcome everyone to continue the efforts to learn more Thai in the new year. We hope you enjoy the festive video below, showing you how to wish your loved ones Merry Christmas and Happy New … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Giving Christmas & New Year Wishes Like a Thai
This lesson we are taking you to a cinema in Bangkok. You will learn words and expressions related to watching movies. Hope you will enjoy this lesson as much as we enjoyed making it for you. : ) แกอยากดูหนังมั้ย? gae yak duu năng mái? Do you want to watch a movie? แกอยากดูเรื่องไรอ่ะ? gae yàak duu rûeng rai … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Going to the Movies
Sawatdee ka, As many of you know already that Thai language is a tonal language. When the tone change, the meaning of the word will be changed. There are many groups of words that have exactly the same phonemic sounds, and yet because of different tones express very different meanings. So, today I would like to show you common words that you can see or hear everyday. 5 … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Different Tones, Different Meanings
I live in Bangkok and use Skytrain all the time. Many times tourists approached me to ask questions about the station they wan to go to or the right exit they have to take. Even myself I have to ask these questions when I go somewhere I am not familiar with. So let's learn to ask these questions in Thai, shall we? :) ถ้าจะไปซอยสุขุมวิท 24 ต้องลงสถานีไหนคะ tâa … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Taking SkyTrain
I hope you find this lesson useful. : ) … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Taking a Taxi
The key word in this lesson is the word "สเปค spec" (please note that the Thai spelling in the subtitle in the video is wrong! I am sorry.). This word is a loan word from English which is believed to come from the word specific (adj.) or specification (n.). Thai has heavily influenced the forms of colloquial English spoken in Thailand. Video Dialogue: Pear: … [Read more...] about VIDEO : What’s Your Type?
When you want to form the sentence using "per" in Thai language, you have to say it backward. The word 'per' in Thai is ละ / lá / For example;  English structure: 50 Baht per day Thai structure : day per 50 Baht วันละ 50 บาท /wan lá 50 bàad / - day in Thai is วัน /wan/  English structure : 200 Baht per hour Thai structure : hour per 200 … [Read more...] about VIDEO: How Much per Hour?
Which steps have you reached today? วันนี้คุณอยู่ที่ขั้นบันไดไหน /wan-níi kun yùu tîi kán ban-dai năi?/ ขั้นบันได / kán ban-dai/ steps ไหน / năi?/ Which? I won’t do it ผม/ฉันจะไม่ทำมัน [pŏm/chán jà tam man] จะ /jà/ will ทำ /tam/ to do I can’t do it ผม/ฉันทำไม่ได้ [pŏm/chán tam mâi-dâai] Do something + ได้ / dâai/ = cannot do … [Read more...] about Thai Lesson: I Can Do It!
I got a question on my Facebook page asking how to say 'apple juice' in Thai. You can add the word น้ำ 'náam' meaning ‘water’ in front of any kind of fruit, and you get the word that particular fruit juice. For example; apple in Thai is แอปเปิ้ล /áb-bpêrn/; apple juice is น้ำแอปเปิ้ล /náam áb-bpêrn/ Watch this video to learn how to say the names of different fruit in Thai … [Read more...] about Thai Lesson : Fruit
There is a Thai saying I really like จะถูกจะแพงขอแดงไว้ก่อน /jà tùuk jà paeng kŏr daeng wái gòrn/, in English it would be ‘it doesn't matter if it is cheap or expensive, go for red’ : ) Color in Thai is สี /sĭi/. When Thai people talking about color the word สี /sĭi/ can be put in front of the name of the color or can be dropped. The first set of … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – Colors