Archive | May, 2014


VIDEO : How to Ask Someone Out

When you want to ask someone out to do something together with you or going somewhere together, like in English you would say “Shall we…?” in Thai language we use a very simple pattern below; ไป bpai  + do something / somewhere + กันมั้ย /gan mái/? For instance; ไปกินข้าวกันมั้ย bpai gin kâao gan mái? Shall […]

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Leaf-wrapped Tidbits – Miang Kam

Sawatdee ka, Yesterday, I went for  lunch at a Thai restaurant in Silom road, and they served customers complimentary Miang Kam. I was very happy because I  haven’t had Miang Kam for a very long time. I used to eat it a lot when I was a kid. เมี่ยงคำ Miang Kam is a traditional Thai […]

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VIDEO: Friendly Talk

  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 Australia láew […]

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วันวิสาขบูชา (Visakha Bucha Day)

Visakha Bucha Day (วันวิสาขบูชา) or Wan Pra Yai วันพระใหญ่  marks the three important incidents in the life of Lord Buddha (พระพุทธเจ้า) on the same day – the full moon of the sixth lunar month. The three significant separate events are : 1. The Buddha’s Birth (ประสูติ) 2. The Enlightenment of Buddha (ตรัสรู้) – While sitting under the Bodhi tree, […]

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Royal Ploughing Ceremony

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is called  พระราชพิธีพืชมงคล  /Pra Ratchapitii Puetchamongkon/. It is an ancient royal rite held in Cambodia and Thailand to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season and ensure fertility of crops. The ceremony has been performed in Thailand since the Sukhothai period, some 700 years ago, and is closely watched by farmers across […]

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Learn Thai from Mistakes

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 […]

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“Chaw Muang” (Steamed Dumplings with Fish Meat Filling)

The traditional Thai delicacies, “ขนมช่อม่วง Khanom Chaw Muang” (Steamed Dumplings with Fish Meat Filling).  ช่อ /châw/ means ‘bouquet or bunch’ , ม่วง /mûang/ means ‘purple’. Each dumpling is handcrafted with perfection into a rose petal for the appearance, while the taste of this appetizer is not outdone by its exterior. The dough, sticky yet soft, is […]

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Thai Coronation Day

Coronation Day (วันฉัตรมงคล [wan chat-mong-kol]) The coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej took place on 5 May 1950. His Majesty is the ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty. On 5 May of every year, the Thai people rejoice and express their affection and loyalty to him by organizing a celebration on his coronation day. […]

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VIDEO: Thai Expression “Have Fun!”

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 […]

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