Sawatdii ka, One of the important festivals in Thailand is coming up soon, Chinese New Year. (Wan trut jiin) วันตรุษจีน Every year, many people in Thailand with Chinese ancestors, celebrate the Chinese New Year with elaborate ceremonies. This year which is the year of the rabbit starts on February 3, 2011. It is the tradition that every family thoroughly cleans the house to … [Read more...] about Chinese New Year in Thailand
Sawatdii ka everyone, Last week I made a video about polite request used in a restaurant and also wrote a blog about top 5 Thai food. After that I have got a question asking how to ask for something without mushrooms, so I got to share this to everyone as well. Firstly, let see what a waitor or waitress will say to you: Ao à-rai dii ká/kráp? Or sàng à-rai dii ká? Or … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – Order food
Sawatdii ka everyone, Besides language teaching, eating good food and cooking are my passion. In orer to rank the best Thai food, using my own experience is not enough so I asked my foreign friends living in Thailand and made a poll. The following is the Top 5 list of Thai Food: 1. Dtom Yam Goong (ต้มยำกุ้ง) : Spicy and sour soup with shrimp: The most famous Thai spicy soup. … [Read more...] about Top 5 Thai food – must try!
Sawatdii Bpii Mai ka, สวัสดีปีใหม่ค่ะ In Thailand, we also use Chineses Lunar Calender. The Chinese calendar determines the day that a year assumes the name of the next animal in the twelve-year animal cycle; so by this system, year names are repeated every 12 years. People who were born in each of those years will have certain characteristics of those animals. Legend has it … [Read more...] about It’s the Year of the Rabbit!
It is 31st of December in Thailand today and it is New Year Eve and since I live in Bangkok I would like to write about Bangkok New Year Eve a little bit. The biggest of countdown event in Bangkok happens in front of CentralWorld mall, The largest lifestyle shopping destination in Bangkok on Ratchaprasong road. There are several hundred thousand revellers attend … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Bangkok Countdown
Hi everyone, One thing that Thai language is different from other languages is we use "reduplication" Reduplication (the repetition of a word, either in part or full) is another common method of modifying the meaning of adjectives in Thai. The two main forms of adjectival reduplication are simple repetition of the adjective and repitition of the adjective with tonal … [Read more...] about Simple repitition of adjective
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Hi everyone, Basic reuests for information can be prefaced by "kŏr-tôot " (excuse me) However, please always remind yourself to use polite particle for politenessas below: "kŏr-tôot kráp" for males. "kŏr-tôot kâ" for females. Example: kŏr-tôot kráp/kâ, hôrng-nám yùu tîi-năi kráp/ ká ขอโทษครับ/ค่ะ ห้องน้ำอยู่ที่ไหนครับ/คะ Excuse me, Where is the … [Read more...] about Requests for information
Hi everyone, From my previous blogs you now know a lot of Thai pronouns, then let's see how we form possessive pronouns. It is very easy :) The possessive pronouns 'mine', 'yours', 'his', etc. are formed using the following; kŏrng + personal pronoun mine = kŏrng chán (ของฉัน) yours = kŏrng kun (ของคุณ) kŏrng kun sǔay ของคุณสวย Yours is beautiful. rót nán kŏrng … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – Possessive pronouns & Possessive adjectives
Hi everyone, Let's continue from my last blog about basic Thai pronouns:) Thais will use much wider range of pronouns than those given in the last blog. Some of these are given below with an indication of whether they are specifically male (M) or female (F) pronouns and the context in which they are used; certain first person pronouns are normally 'paired' with a specific … [Read more...] about More personal pronouns
Hi everyone, Thai has many more personal pronouns than English; age, social status, gender, the relationship between the speakers, the formality of the situation and individual personality all play a part in helping a Thai to decide the most appropriate way to refer to him/herself and address and refer to others in any situation. Kin terms such as dad, aunt, child … [Read more...] about Personal pronouns : basics
Hi everyone, From my last post we learned how to say hello in Thai, so let's continue from there. Let's begin your first Thai conversation with this nice and lovely greeting question . sà-baai-dii mái? (สบายดีมั้ย?) means 'How are you?' or to translate directly to English it means 'Are you fine?' The response to sà-baai-dii mái? is sà-baai-dii (สบายดี) which means 'I … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Thai Greeting
Hi everyone, I understand that non-Thais sometimes feel that the polite articles don't mean anything so you forgot to use it, or just think they are not important. Polite particles are added to the end of a sentence to show respect to the address and more importantly, it shows that you know how to speak the nice Thai way and that give people impressions. Also personnally, I … [Read more...] about Make people love you with “polite particles”
Sàwàtdii kâ This blog is here for all Thailand newbies, welcome:) Sà-wàt-dii is the greeting word that everyone will hear wherever you go in Thailand. The word is spoken with the Wai, indicated by pressing your palms together near your chest and bowing. The word is also spoken as a farewell as well. Sà-wàt-dii is always added by polite particles to show respect to the … [Read more...] about Sawatdii
Hi everyone, As a Thai person I think the landmark of Thailand is not beaches, mountains or waterfalls but it is 'Thai smile' :) The nickname of Thailand is 'the land of smile'. The minute that you step a foot in the country I am sure the first thing that you will see is a lovely welcome smile from a Thai person. With strangers most Thais are shy to talk to but they are … [Read more...] about Welcome to Thailand