VIDEO Lesson 16 : Verb to Want & Placing Order


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 example;

I want beer has to be changed to  I want to drink beer = ผมอยากดื่มเบียร์ [pŏm yàak dùem bia]

If you want to have something in the future, or wish to get something, use the word อยากมี [yàak mee] or อยากได้ [yàak dâi] + the thing that you want to have or get.

[1] She wants a Porche has to be changed to She wants to get a Porche

= เขาอยากได้พอร์ช [káo yàak dâi Porche]

[2]  Mr.Wonka: What would you like to get for (your) birthday?

= วันเกิดคุณอยากได้อะไร [wan-gèrt kun yàak dâi à-rai?]

Mrs.Wonka : I want a diamond ring. [I want to get a diamond ring]

= ฉันอยากได้แหวนเพชร [chán yàak dâi waĕn pét]

* ring = waĕn, diamond = pét



1. I would like to have fried rice.

ผม/ฉันเอาข้าวผัด pŏm ao kâao-pât

2. She wants a new phone.


káo yàak dâai toe-rá-sàp mài

3. They want to speak Thai.


pûak-káo yàak pûut paa-săa tai



I hope you find this lesson useful. 🙂


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8 Responses to VIDEO Lesson 16 : Verb to Want & Placing Order

  1. Hardy 20/12/2016 at 14:45 #

    Could you give some examples for the word loi, usually used after a verb at the end of a sentence. I have not found any references and interpret it as something like already or soon.
    Can you help to shed light on that?

  2. Anique 13/03/2014 at 04:58 #

    Hi Mod,

    Thanks for your video! I have a question, I always use ‘Kor’ when ordering food. For example: “Kor kaao-pat moo khaa.”

    Which word is better to use, while ordering? ‘Ao’ or ‘Kor’? Or can I use both?


  3. Roger 12/03/2014 at 20:33 #

    Really nice way to get the message across. Very professional (-:

  4. Philip Mifsud 12/03/2014 at 19:03 #

    Love the way you teach us Mod! Khap khun krap

  5. Steve Sturges 12/03/2014 at 17:16 #

    Thank you Mod for the wonderful lessons, my Thai fiancé Katay, gets a big kick out of me practising on her and our friends. We all end up laughing away at my bad Thai but I think they appreciate me trying.
    Your lessons have been invaluable
    Thank you!

  6. John 02/11/2011 at 10:42 #


    • Stephen Cheung 03/11/2011 at 02:18 #

      It is such a pleasure to learn from Mod. She always smile and her presentation so clear. I have difficulty stop watching. I am hooked.

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