Songkran long holiday has officially started today and many Thai people are traveling to celebrate the Thai New Year and see their families. Songkran is also the period when road accidents are occurring at the highest rate and this period between 9th – 15th April is referred by the police as the ‘Seven Dangerous Days’ of the New Year. Most accidents are caused by drunk driving and speeding.
We have listed couple of phrases how to tell your Thai friends to have a safe journey;
1. เดินทางปลอดภัยนะ dern-taang bplàwd-pai ná (Have a safe journey)
เดินทาง dern-taang = to make a journey, ปลอดภัย bplàwd-pai = safe, out of danger
2. เมาไม่ขับ mao mâi kàp (Drunk don’t drive)
เมา mao = drunk, ขับ kàp = drive
3. ขับรถดีๆ káp rót dii-dii (Drive carefully)
ขับ kàp = drive, รถ rót = car, ดี dii = good
Pattern: Do something + ดีๆ dii-dii = do something carefully (Adverb is repeated twice when giving a command or suggestion or ask someone to do something)
4. อย่าประมาท yàa bprá-màat (Don’t be careless)
อย่า yàa + be something/ do something = Don’t + do something
ประมาท bprá-màat = careless
5. รัดเข็มขัดด้วยนะ rát kĕm-kàt dûai ná (Please wear a safety belt)
รัด rát = to fasten
เข็มขัด kĕm-kàt = belt
* ด้วย dûai is a particle used when giving a command or suggestion or ask someone to do something
* นะ ná is a particle used at the end of a statement , it is used to make your statement sounds nice and friendly
6. ใส่หมวกกันน็อคด้วยนะ (wear your safety helmet)
ใส่ sài = to wear
หมวก mùak = hat , กัน gàn = to protect, prevent, น็อค náwk = knock ,หมวกกันน็อค mùak-gan-náwk = helmet
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