Please note: For simplicity, all conversation below will be using female terms (i.e. “chan” for I, “ka”) for ending particle. For guys, please replace “chan” with “phom” and “ka” with “krap”.1. I like / dislike [something]Chan choop / mai choop [something] ka ฉัน ชอบ / ไม่ชอบ [something] ค่ะ2. I want / do not want [verb]Chan yaak / mai yaak [something] ka ฉัน อยาก / ไม่อยาก [something] ค่ะ3. I want / do not want [noun]Chan aw / mai aw [something] ka ฉัน เอา / ไม่เอา [something] ค่ะ4. Where is [XX][XX] yuu thii nai ka [XX] อยู่ที่ไหน คะ5. What is [XX][XX] kheu arai ka [XX] คืออะไร คะ6. Yes / Nochai / mai chai ใช่ / ไม่ใช่7. [XX] is expensive. Can you please Read more
: If speaking to someone who may be considered to have higher status than you (teacher; boss; girlfriend’s parents, etc), is older or the first time you meet:**สวัสดี (sawasdee) + ครับ(khrap)/ ค่ะ (kha)- *standard greeting + polite gender particle**หวัดดี (wat dee) + ครับ/ ค่ะ( khrap /kha)- Still polite because of the particle, but less formal.** สบายดีมั้ย (ngai + sabai dee mai) – how’s it goin? all goodฦ**How ไหว้ “Waay” in Thailandการไหว้ (gaan waay) – wai (noun) the act of wai-ingไหว้(waay) – to wai (verb)**There are three types of waayA waay gesture with the tips of the thumbs placing betwween eyebrows while bowing, performed to show respect to Buddhist monks.A waay gesture with the tips of the thumbs placing at nose Read more
Many foreigners or farang, buy Thai phrase books to learn Thai and I think they are useful. The students we have at our Thai Language School have so many! As a Thai Language Teacher, I’d like to say that it will be a pleasure if I could help you to understand Thai Grammar more. At the moment I want to tell you a bit about “mâi-dâi(ไม่ได้)“. mâi-dâi means no (I can’t do something), no (not allow), or no (I didn’t do something), it depends on where you put it in the sentence. For example: If you say, “Can we go out tonight?- khuen-née-rao-òrg-bpai-khâang-nôrg-dâi-mái (คืนนี้เราออกไปข้างนอกได้มั๊ย)?” If the answer is, “No, we can’t, we have a lot of work to do – Read more
Being able to express the timing of an action is a key skill to acquire when learning a foreign language. Did it happen yesterday? Is it going to happen next year? Or maybe it’s happening right now, as you read this? In most languages, tenses are used to accomplish this. A tense is a grammatical concept that can be applied to verbs through conjugation. For example, in English you could express the past, present, and future this way: But there’s some good news for Thai learners: There are no Thai tenses you need to learn! Thai is a tenseless language and we have other (much simpler) ways of expressing time as it relates to actions. Ex. I go to the Read more