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
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