VIDEO: Giving/Asking for Directions

Sawatdee ka,

I was asked a few times to make lessons that are useful for tourists, so I thought asking for direction might be useful for many of you who are not good at looking at the map like I also have a lesson where you can learn how to tell direction that was made last year. You can learn or review  here.

Let’s get started:)

The main patterns used in the lesson are:
[1] รู้จัก rúu-jàk + something/someone + มั้ย mái?

– รู้จัก [rúu-jàk] means to know about something or someone

– มั้ย [mái] is a question word used to form yes/no questions

For example:

คุณรู้จักมด kun rúu-jàk Mod mái?

Do you know Mod?

แม่รู้จักกรุงเทพมั้ย mâe rúu-jàk Grung Tape mái?

Does mom know Bangkok?


[2] Subject + VERB + ยังไง yang-ngai ?

– ยังไง yang-ngai ? is a question ‘how?’ used to ask ‘how to do something.’ (Note: question word in Thai is put at the end of the question most of the time)

How to go there? In Thai pattern is “go there how?”

bpai(go) tîi-nán(there) yang-ngai?(how?) ไปที่นั่นยังไง


คุณไปทำงานยังไง kun bpai(go) tam-ngaan(work) yang-ngai?

How do you go to work?


เขียนยังไง kĭan yang-ngai?

How to write it?


สะกดยังไง sà-gòd yang-ngai?

How do you spell it?


[3] telling something is on your left/right hand-side

verb to be อยู่ yùu is needed to use to tell something is located somewhere.

ขวามือ kwăa mue means right hand side

ซ้ายมือ sáai mue means left hand side

We use the preposition ‘ทาง taang’ in this expression.


ธนาคารอยู่ทางซ้ายมือ tá-naa-kaan yùu taang sáai mue

The bank is on your left hand side


ร้านอาหารอยู่ทางขวามือ ráan aa-hăan yùu taang kwăa mue

The restaurant is on the right hand side


I hope you found this lesson useful. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below this post.


Keep practicing!


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3 Responses to VIDEO: Giving/Asking for Directions

  1. yoshi 17/06/2012 at 09:06 #

    Nice to meet you Mod. I’d like to ask question.

    I don’t know why the word ‘มือ mue’ is necessary.

    Can we drop down ‘มือ mue’ when telling the location?

    Is this not enough ‘อยู่ทางซ้าย’ or ‘อยู่ทางขวา’ ?

    • Mod 17/06/2012 at 16:00 #

      Yes, you can drop มือ. ‘อยู่ทางซ้าย’ or ‘อยู่ทางขวา’ is good enough:)

      • yoshi 17/06/2012 at 23:36 #

        Thank you for answering.

        At last I can sleep comfortably.hahaha.

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