Like other languages, Thai has borrowed heavily from the English language. The thing is, most people don’t realise they are English words because of the way Thai people pronounce those words. Some of the borrowed words you might have to say with a Thai accent in order for Thai people to understand. So I create this listening practice, listen to each word and try your best to … [Read more...] about Step Up Your Game! Speak Like a Native Thai & Listening Practice
Speak Like a Thai
Conversation from the video: Friend : ผมมีข่าวจะบอก /pŏm mii kàao jà bàwk/ I have news for you. Pear: ข่าวดีหรือข่าวร้ายคะ /kàao dii rŭe kàao ráai ká/ Is it good news or bad news? Friend: เที่ยวบินถูกยกเลิก /tîao-bin tùuk yók-lêrk/ My flight has been cancelled. Pear: ทำไมอ่ะ /tam-mai à?/ Why is that? Friend: น่านฟ้าถูกปิด /nâan-fáa tùuk bpìd/ The airspace is … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Airport Pickup
Thailand is divided up into four main regions: south, central, northeast, and north. This division is made due to multiple factors, including significant geography aspects, language differences, historical differences, and economic differences. In Thailand the four major dialects of Thai are: Central Thai, Thai version of Lao which is called Isan (we have two videos of Isan … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Thai Southern Dialect
Key phrases from the lesson: อย่ายุ่งกับชั้นได้มั้ย /yâa yûng gàp chán dâai-mái?/ "อย่า /yàa/" is the word we use to make a negative command, or to tell someone not to do something, similarly to English word "DON'T". "ยุ่ง /yûng/" in this context means to meddle/to mess with something or someone. This word is used with the preposition กับ /gàp/ with . ได้มั้ย … [Read more...] about VIDEO: It is None of Your Business!!
Script from the Role play: Boy: เค้ามีอะไรจะบอก /káo mii à-rai jà bàwk/ I have something to tell you. Girl: อะไรเหรอ /à-rai rĕr/ What is it? Boy: วาเลนไทน์มีแค่วันเดียว แต่รักเธอคนเดียวมีทุกวัน /waa-len-taai mii kâe wan-diao, dtâe rák ter kon diao mii túk-wan/ Valentine's Day is only one day, but I love only you everyday. เค้ารักตัวเองนะ /káo rák dtua-eeng ná/ I … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Cheesy Love Phrases and How to Say “I LOVE YOU”
Thailand is among five Asian countries that are responsible for more than half of the 8 million tons of plastic waste dumped into the world's oceans every year. The main problem is the fact that practically anything you buy in Thailand comes in a plastic bag. Plastic bags for groceries. Plastic bags for single items in a supermarket. Plastic straws and cup holders from … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Say No to Plastic!
9 Compliments to Give Women The common words for complimenting a woman that most students know are the words สวย /sŭai/ (beautiful) and น่ารัก /nâa-rák/ (cute). There are more interesting words to give a compliment and they sure will make you sound like a local. We picked nine trending words and expressions for you to learn. 1. เท่ /tây/ cool 2. มีเสน่ห์ /mii … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Trending Words for Complimenting Women
I received a question on my website and I thought it would be useful for many of you as well. You can learn a few things from this one minute lesson. Question: How do I say in Thai "I am vegetarian. Could you please wash the pan before cooking my food?" USEFUL VOCABULARY: มังสวิรัติ /mang-sà-wí-rát/ = vegetarian ล้าง /láang/ = wash กระทะ /grá-tá/ = pan ก่อน … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Talk Like a Thai EP.20 – I am Vegetarian
The pattern used to ask for help or ask someone to do something for you as in English ‘Could you…?’ is below: ช่วย chûai + do something + หน่อย nòi + ได้มั้ย dâai-mái NOTE: In colloquial speech you can omit either the phrase ช่วย chûai or หน่อย nòi or ได้มั้ย dâai-mái when speaking to someone who is close to you such as your family members or close friends. More … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Making Requests / Asking for Help
Phrases that are talked about in the video: ขายยังไง /kăai yang-ngai?/ How do you sell this? กิโลละเท่าไหร่ /gì-lo lá tâ0-rài?/ How much is it per kilogram? กิโลละ 1,000 บาท /gì-lo lá nùeng pan bàat/ It is 1,000 Baht per kilogram. ตัวละเท่าไหร่ /dtua lá tâo-rài?/ How much is it per one? ตัวละ 500 บาท /dtua lá hâa rói bàat/ It is 500 Baht each. ลดได้มั้ย /lòt … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Seafood Market Tour in Pattaya
TALK LIKE A THAI We created this short lesson so you can learn one more Thai stucture you can use in veryday life, or it can help refreshing your memories. Watch now by clicking the picture below. Hope you find it useful in your Thai learning. :) ‘Present continuous’ or verb with “-ing” expressing action that is happening at the moment speaking such as ‘I am … [Read more...] about Talk Like a Thai EP.16
First of all, if you would like to speak Thai like a Thai let’s start by pronoucing the word “Thai” correctly. It is pronounced "ไทย /tai/", not "ทาย /taai/". I heard many foreigners say Thai food -อาหารทาย /aa-hăan taai/, Thai boxing- มวยทาย /muai-taai/, Thai langugae- ภาษาทาย /paa-săa taai/, ผัดทาย /pàd-taai/, BUT these word are pronounced with SHORT vowel. The correct way … [Read more...] about 10 Thai Words You’re Probably Mispronouncing!
This episode of Talk Like a Thai, teacher Pear introduces you a Thai slang for "I got ditched!". First let's learn a couple of words; ทิ้ง /tíng/ means "to throw away something" เท /tay/ means "to pour" A formal language for "someone has been dumped" is โดนทิ้ง /doan tíng/, but if you want to communicate nuances of meaning or emotion better than formal language you … [Read more...] about Talk Like a Thai : I Got Ditched!
The full pattern for describing an action that is happening as you speak is: กำลัง gam-lang + do something + อยู่ yùu Please read more explanation and examples in my post here . It is the exception for the phrase "I am on my way", it is a fixed phrase "กำลังไป /gam-lang bpai/", we don't say กำลังไปอยู่ gam-lang bpai yùu … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Talk Like a Thai EP.3
Vocabulary from the lessons ฤดูใบไม้ผลิ /rúe-duu bai-máai plì/ = spring ฤดู /rúe-duu/ = season ใบไม้ /bai-máai/ = leaf ผลิ /plì/ = blossom, sprout ลมแรง /lom raeng/ = windy Other seasons: ฤดูร้อน /rúe-duu ráwn/ = hot season, summer , ร้อน /ráwn/ = hot ฤดูหนาว /rúe-duu năao/ = cold season, winter, หนาว /năao/ = cold ฤดูฝน /rúe-duu fŏn/ = rainy season, … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Talk Like a Thai EP.1 & 2
Teacher Pear is taking you to a seafood restuarant in Hua Hin. She shows you different types of seafood. Dialogue Waiter: จะรับอะไรดีครับ /jà ráp à-rai dii kráp/ What would like to order? Pear: อยากกินอาหารทะเลค่ะ /yàak gin aa-hăan tá-lay kâ/ I would like to have seafood. มีอะไรแนะนำคะ /mii à-rai náe-nam ká?/ What do you recommend? Waiter: จะเป็น … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Which Dishes do You Recommend?
"ยกพริกมาทั้งสวน / yók prík maa táng sŭan/ " Let's look at the meaning of each word in this phrase: "พริก /prík/" means chilli. It is hot and spicy, so the word พริก /prík/ is used to describe someone who appears hot or sexy. ยก /yók/ means to lift something up high ยก /yók/ + something + มา /maa/ means to bring something over to a place ทั้ง /táng/ means entire, … [Read more...] about Thai Proverbs 2018
At the moment no Thai is not talking about "บุพเพสันนิวาส Buppesannivas". It is the most popular Thai drama series of all time! This TV series is based on the history that took place in year 1682 which was in the era of the King Narai of Ayutthaya Kingdom (year 1656 to 1688). Thai language that is spoken in that era is different from Thai language that is spoken nowadays. If … [Read more...] about Learn Most Thai Popular Words
We have learned so many Thai lessons and you want to use it in real life with a native. However sometimes some Thai people speak too fast and you don't quite sure what they are saying. Let's practice these few phrases so you can continue your conversation with them smoothly. I am sorry, I don't understand. ขอโทษครับ ผมไม่เข้าใจครับ kăw-tôot kráp , pŏm mâi … [Read more...] about VIDEO: 5 Useful Phrases for Talking to a Native Thai
There are two ways to say “I can’t wait” in Thai. รอไม่ไหวแล้ว /raw mâi-wăi láew/ Pattern: รอ/raw/ + do something + ไม่ไหวแล้ว /mâi-wăi láew/ รอกลับประเทศไทยไม่ไหวแล้ว รอกลับประเทศไทยไม่ไหวแล้ว /raw glàp bprà-têet-tai mâi-wăi láew/ รอเจอคุณไม่ไหวแล้ว /raw jer kun mâi-wăi láew/ ตั้งหน้าตั้งตารอ / dtâng-nâa-dtâng-dta-raw/ which could be … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Useful Phrases “I Can’t Wait!”