Learning to pronounce Thai words correctly can be one of the hardest parts of learning Thai. One way to improve your pronunciation is to “learn to listen”. Before you learn how to speak, you will need to learn how to listen.
Some sounds can be hard to tell apart when you’re listening. If you can hear the difference, it will be easier to speak correctly.
So for this lesson I created another listening exercise for you which is based on the misunderstandings my students often make when listening to local people speak Thai.
Please let me know your scores in the comments. 🙂
Below is the answers to the exercise. DON’T READ IT BEFORE THE TEST!!
1.1ห้องน้ำอยู่ข้างล่าง /hâwng-náam yùu kâang-lâang/
The toilet is downstairs.
1.2 ห้องน้ำอยู่ข้างหลัง /hâwng-náam yùu kâang- lăng/
The toilet is at the back.
2.1 ผมรู้สึกเหงา / pŏm rúu-sùek ngăo/
I’m feeling lonely.
2.2 ผมรู้สึกหนาว /pŏm rúu-sùek năao/
I’m feeling cold.
3.1 พวกเขาอยู่ในบ้านใหญ่ /pûak-káo yùu nai bâan yài/
They live in a big house.
3.2 ภูเขาอยู่หลังบ้านใหญ่ /puu-kăo yùu lăng bâan yài/
The mountain is behind the big house.
4.1 อาหารร้อน /aa-hăan ráwn/
The food is hot.
4.2 ร้านอาหารสวยมาก /ráan aa-hăan sŭai mâak/
The restaurant is very beautiful.
5.1. เขาเชื่อคุณไหม /káo chûea kun mái?/
Does he believe you?
5.2 เขาชื่ออะไร /káo chûe à-rai??
What’s her name?
6.1 เราจะขึ้นเครื่องบิน /rao jà kûen krûeang-bin/
We’re getting on a plane.
6.2 คืนนี้เราจะนอนบนเครื่องบิน /kuen níi rao jà nawn bon krûeang-bin/
Tonight we’re going to sleep on the plane.
7.1 เขาเดินช้า /káo dern cháa/
He walks slowly.
7.2 เขาตื่นเช้า /káo dtùen cháao/
She wakes up early.
8.1 คุณจะเลือกใคร /kun jà lûeak krai/
Who will you choose?
8.2 นี่เลือดใคร /nîi lûead krai/
Whose blood is this?
9.1 แม่อยากกินก๋วยเตี๋ยวเป็ด /mâe yàak gin gŭai-dtĭao bpèd/
Mom wants to eat duck noodles.
9.2 แม่อยากกินก๋วยเตี๋ยวเผ็ด /mâe yàak gin gŭai-dtĭao pèd/
Mom wants to eat spicy noodles.
10.1 คุณเคยเจอแฟนเขาไหม /kun keoi jer faen káo mái?/
Have you ever met her boyfreind?
10.2 คุณคุยกับแฟนเขาไหม /kun kui gàp faen káo mái?/
Do you talk to his girlfriend?
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Contrary to the earlier commentor, I think your new videos have become much more professional than some of the older ones. In particular the sound quality is better, Older videos sometimes had problems with echoes or background noise making it harder to hear your pronunciation. Your videos are among the best on YouTube.
Thank you for your supporting comment. 🙂
Aliza Earnshaw says
I love this video!
I have a question about No. 6. I read จะขึ้น as “will go up,” but the translation says “We’re getting on a plane.” Can you help me understand how this future-verb construction becomes the present continuous? Thanks in advance, Kru Mod!
Simon Reynolds says
Thanks Kru Mod
I have been learning Thai for 14 years off and on (slow learner) your videos are always great very helpful and beautifully explained, I hope one day I can speak Thai as well as you speak English.
Many thanks again Simon
Sawatdee ka khan Simon, thank you for your kind comment. I am sure you are speaking Thai well at this point. I am glad to hear that you have been learning Thai for a long time, that is determination. You will definitely achieve your goal. 🙂
Alan Michael says
Thank you Mod for very interesting and insightful lessons.
Great job Mod. Those lessons are very useful. I’ve visitied Thailand few weeks ago and I really like the language. Will try to learn.
Thank you for your kind comment. If you would like to improve your Thai with the guidance of a teacher, we provide lessons via Skype , BOOK A FREE TRIAL LESSON at email@example.com 🙂
Robert Armington says
Hi Kru Mod ..
I haven’t seen one of your videos in a while, but I always figured that once I retire, I will sign up for lessons with teachers from your site. Your delivery was always easy, friendly, Fun and enjoyable.
• This last video Feels and sounds like you are being coached.
• Too many exaggerated gestures and poorly placed emphasis in an un- natural sounding attempt to stress certain points.
• I feel/sense the Influence of well meaning (but unskilled) foreigners .. to me, it feels like someone is (coaching) trying to help make your presentation ‘MORE’ (of something.- not sure the intent of the changes in delivery)
Don’t forget what made you successful in the beginning.
• Your down-to-earth nature and natural delivery .. complete with occasional endearing errors delivered in a friendly, ‘not-so-edited’ style.
I miss the old Mod.
Best of Luck,
Sawatdee ka khun Robert, thank you for your points.I appreciate them. I have no coach, my website is a one-person business. I usually don’t have scripts when I film my videos, but this one I wrote a script and tried to say what I wrote to save filming time as I have very limited time for filming these days, so this may make me sound unnatural.
Aliza Earnshaw says
Kru Mod, you always sound natural and approachable, in my opinion. I love your newer videos as much as the older ones. Thank you for continuing to provide excellent self-study aids.
Andrew Markovics says
Kru Mod all your lessons are Reat(fabulous) have been learning for 10 years,from books.need another thai fian who speeks english hope i live long enough to learn love you and the LTW Mod crew
Sawatdee ka khun Andrew, thank you for your kind comment. I am happy to hear that you enjoy my lessons. Have a wonderful day!
Stephen Singer says
Good lesson Kru Mod, but very easy.
Brian Middleton says
Good video. 9/10 I did not get No8, probably because i dont use those words very much.
I only got 6.5 out of the 10 so i guess i need to do a lot more training ;-S
You present very nicely!
Hi Mod, it was interesting but confusing at sentence 5, ….. Chûea is “to believe” and it is written “name” in the video at 4’30. …
Sawatdee ka khun Bernard, I added a note in the video that it was my editing mistake. “เชื่อ chûea” means believe.
Wayne Tullberg says
Good Lesson, Kru Mod, got em all
Wayne Tullberg says
Good video Kru Mod, got them all.