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!
สวนของลุงรวย วันนี้วันดี มีนากับมานี ได้ไปเที่ยวสวนของลุงรวย Today is a good day. Meena and Manee get to visit uncle Ruay's garden. สวนของลุงรวยซ้วยสวย อยู่ใกล้ลำห้วย Uncle Ruay's garden is so beautiful located near a creek. ปลูกกล้วย ปลูกบ๊วย ปลูกดอกแพงพวย สวยๆทั้งนั้น He grows bananas, plums, watercress. They are all beautiful. นั่นด้วงอยู่บนจอมปลวก … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Reading and Listening
I asked my friends and people in my neighbourhood the same question "อยากได้อะไรเป็นของขวัญปีใหม่ /yàak dâai à-rai bpen kăwng-kwăn bpii-mài/ What would you like to have for New Year gift?". They give different answers which offer you interesting new vocabulary. Also they speak in normal speed which is a good listening practice for you. I would like you to just listen to what … [Read more...] about VIDEO: What Do Thais Want for Christmas/NewYear?
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
For some Thais, Loy Krathong festival (ประเพณีลอยกระทง) is a kind of Valentines'day. It is an opportunity to ask your crush out to go out on a magical full moon night. In this video I have some useful phrases and a cheesy line you can use during this beautiful festival, try them and have a wonderful time! :) Let's also look at some useful sentences you can ask your Thai … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Cheesy Line for Loy Krathong Festival
I think you might like to have some fun with with your Thai friends, so I made this video. I suggest you to try to say these phrases slowly first, get fimiliar with the words, tones, vowels. When you feel comfortable saying each word then add the speed, just try to say it faster! ยักษ์ใหญ่ไล่ยักษ์เล็ก yák yài lâi yák lék The big giant is chasing the small … [Read more...] about Thai Tongue Twisters
We received a question asking how to say "I want you to do something" in Thai. This is a good question as many students often make a mistake when using the word "want" in different situations. The word "want to do something" is อยาก yàak. When you would like to ask someone to do something we use the phrase "อยากให้ yàak hâi" and just use this simple pattern: อยากให้ yàak … [Read more...] about VIDEO:The Most Commonly Confused Word “WANT”
In the occasion of Halloween, let's learn something related to ghosts. First, the correct pronunciation of the word "ghost" is ผี /pǐi/. Many students are often confused with the word พี่ /pîi/ which is used to call an older person. Let me give you some sentence examples; คุณกลัวผีมั้ย /kun glua pǐi mái?/ = Are you afraid of ghost? คุณชอบดูหนังผีมั้ย /kun châwp duu … [Read more...] about VIDEO: GHOST
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
5 Thai Slang Words for Sexy First, there is no Thai word for "sexy". We use the borrowed word from English and pronounce it with Thai accent. It is pronounced /sék-sîi/ เซ็กซี่. How interesting that the words that are related to food are also to describe "sexy"; the word "spicy - เผ็ด /pèt/", "sour - เปรี้ยว /bprîao/", and แซ่บ /sâep/ that means delicious in Esan … [Read more...] about VIDEO: 5 Slang Words for “Sexy”
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
Thailand offers many tourist destinations across the country from North to South. There is something for everyone in the country - amazing beaches, waterfalls, mountains, temples. We often hear foreigners pronounce names of provinces or cities in Thailand different from the way Thai people do because the transcription in English doesn't represent the actual pronunciation. If … [Read more...] about VIDEO: 10 Cities You’ve Been Mispronouncing Your Entire Life
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!
"ง" or "ng" sound in Thai language is one of the challenging consonants for non Thai speakers. In this video my brother Mink and I show you some words with "ง" or "ng" sound, they are commonly used in everyday life so you can repeat these words often. Tip: Pay attention to how you are sounding the "NG" at the end of the word, then get used to beginning a word with it. … [Read more...] about VIDEO : Practice “ง /Ng/” Sound
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!
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?