Learn Thai from a song – what’s wrong?

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 a-rai” by “Royal Sprites”, an old Thai band from 1979.

Bpen à-rai jueng sài wân-dtaa dam

What’s wrong so you are wearing sun glasses?
VOCABULARY : ใส่ [sài] = to wear
แว่นตาดำ [wân-dtaa dam] = sun glasses

Bpen à-rai krai tam nóng dâi

What’s wrong? Who could do this to you, my baby?
VOCABULARY : ใคร [krai] = who?
ทำ [tam] = to do
น้อง [nóng] = a pronoun used to call someone who is younger than you. In this song the singer refers to his girlfriend.

บอกมานะ แก้วตาอย่าร้องไห้
Bòrk maa ná. Gáew-dtaa yàa róng-hâai

Please tell me, darling do not cry.
VOCABULARY : บอก [bòrk] = to tell
แก้วตา [Gáew-dtaa] = an old term used to call your loved one.
อย่า [yàa] = Do not
ร้องไห้ [róng-hâai] = to cry

I hope you like the song and found this lesson useful and helpful 🙂

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20 Responses to Learn Thai from a song – what’s wrong?

  1. Dave 22/01/2013 at 16:34 #

    Hi Mod,
    Thank you for your great lessons.
    To say emotionally unwell, you use jai (heart).
    What do you use when there’s actually something wrong with your heart?
    Kind regards,

    • Mod 24/01/2013 at 21:33 #

      We use the word หัวใจ ‘hua-jai’ to refer to the physical heart, for example เขาหัวใจวาย /kao hua-jai waai/ he had a heart attack.

  2. คารโล 19/03/2012 at 05:52 #

    ผมชอบรอยัลสไปรท์ส 🙂

  3. David 20/01/2012 at 21:02 #

    Anyway you could post all the lyrics??? Love this song and want to sing it in the car.

  4. Ron 26/12/2011 at 20:18 #

    Hi Dear Mod,

    I loved the song format for learning. Excellent.

    Hope you feel better.

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