Yuki & Miki @ PickupThai

In this lesson, khru Yuki Tachaya teaches how to count numbers 0-10 in Thai with the correct pronunciation of tones, vowels and consonants. She also mentions common mistakes she finds Thai learners make and why it’s sometimes hard for native speakers to understand them. Not only that, she also shares some useful techniques to help you remember how to say the numbers correctly and not get confused again.…

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สุภาษิตประจำวันนี้
[sùpaasìt prajam wanníi]
Proverb of the Day.

จงใช้ชีวิตให้เหมือนใช้ smartphone
[jong chái chiiwít meǔan chái smartphone]
“Live your life like how you use a smartphone.”

อะไรที่ทำให้เรามีความสุข…เซฟไว้
[arai tîi tam hâi rao mii kwaam sùk, save wái]
Save… things that you make you happy.

อะไรที่ทำให้คนอื่นมีความสุข…ส่งต่อ
[arai tîi tam hâi kon èun mii kwaam sùk, sòng tàw]
Forward… things that make others happy.…

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When you want to say that something is free of charge in Thai, it’s very simple. Just use the English word “ฟรี [free].” The opposite of “ฟรี [free]” is “ไม่ฟรี” [mâi free] or “ต้องเสียตังค์ [tâwng sǐa tang],” of which the literal meaning is “have to pay.”

However, the word “free” can also be used as an idiom together with a verb to imply that one’s effort was made in vain or for nothing.…

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Vocabulary

อดีต [adìit] past
ปัจจุบัน [pàtjuban] present
อนาคต [anaakót] future

สามวันก่อน [sǎam wan gàwn] 3 days ago
เมื่อวานซืน [mêua waan seun] the day before yesterday
เมื่อวาน [mêua waan] yesterday
วันนี้ [wan níi] today
พรุ่งนี้ [prûng níi] tomorrow
มะรืน [má reun] the day after tomorrow
อีกสามวัน [ìik sǎam wan] 3 days from today

สามคืนก่อน [sǎam keun gàwn] 3 nights ago
สองคืนก่อน [sǎwng keun gàwn] 2 nights ago
เมื่อคืน [mêua keun] last night
คืนนี้ [keun níi] tonight
คืนพรุ่งนี้ [keun prûng níi] tomorrow night
อีกสองคืน [ìik sǎwng keun] 2 nights from tonight
อีกสามคืน [ìik sǎam keun] 3 nights from tonight

อาทิตย์ก่อน [aatít gàwn] last week
อาทิตย์นี้ [aatít níi] this week
อาทิตย์หน้า [aatít nâa] next week

เดือนก่อน [deuan gàwn] last month
เดือนนี้ [deuan níi] this month
เดือนหน้า [deuan nâa] next month

ปีก่อน [pii gàwn] last year
ปีนี้ [pii níi] this year
ปีหน้า [pii nâa] next year…

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The verb “เที่ยว [tîao]” can be quite confusing to someone learning Thai. Most of the time, this word gets translated as “to travel” or “to go on a trip.” But it’s more complicated than that. In fact, “เที่ยว [tîao]” can be used any time you go out and have fun or go somewhere for enjoyment or leisure, not only limited to going on a vacation.…

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Both “ตั้งแต่ [tâng tàe]” and “จาก [jàak]” mean “from/since.” And both “จน [jon]” and “ถึง [těung]” mean “to/until.” Do you know when to use each one of these words? Test your Thai knowledge by taking our quiz below!

Complete the sentences below with ตั้งแต่ [táng tàe], จาก [jàak], จน [jon] or ถึง [těung].

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Everyone who has learned Thai probably knows that “ไป” [pai] means “to go” and “มา” [maa] means “to come.” But have you ever heard a Thai person say “ไป…มา [pai…maa]” and wondered what it means?

Thai people commonly use the structure “ไป…มา [pai…maa]” when they want to say that they went somewhere or did something somewhere in the past.…

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One word you may keep hearing throughout the Songkran (Thai New Year) festival is “เล่นน้ำ” [lên náam]. “เล่น” [lên] means “to play” and น้ำ [náam] means “water.” The literal meaning “เล่นน้ำ” [lên náam] is “to play with water,” and what that means is “to have fun splashing or throwing water as a way to celebrate the Thai New Year festival.”

The most common question you’re likely to hear during this festival is “จะไปเล่นน้ำที่ไหน” [jà pai lên náam tîi nǎi] which means “Where will you celebrate the festival [by throwing and splashing water]?” In fact, no one can celebrate the festival by only throwing water at other people, so “เล่นน้ำ” [lên náam] actually also includes being splashed or thrown water at.…

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สุขสันต์วันสงกรานต์
[sùksǎn wan sǒng-graan]
Happy Songkran Day

สวัสดีปีใหม่ไทย
[sàwàt dii pii mài Thai]
Happy Thai New Year

สาดน้ำ
[sàat náam]
To throw/splash water

ปีนฉีดน้ำกระบอกละเท่าไหร่
[peun chìit náam gràbàwk lá tâo rài]
How much is one of these water guns?

จะไปเล่นน้ำที่…
[jà pai lên náam tîi…]
I’ll go celebrate the Songkran festival (by throwing water at other people and get soaked) at…

อย่าสาดผม/ฉัน
[yàa chìit phǒm / chán]
Don’t throw water at me!…

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Q1: What’s not in this picture?
a.) โคมไฟ [kome fai] b.) ผ้าม่าน [pâa mâan] c.) พรม [prom] d.) ปฏิทิน [patitin]

Answer:
a.) โคมไฟ [kome fai] lamp
b.) ผ้าม่าน [pâa mâan] curtain
c.) พรม [prom] carpet, rug, mat
d.) ปฏิทิน [patitin] calendar

 

Q2: What’s not in this picture?
a.) กระจก [grajòk] b.) ลิ้นชัก [línchák] c.) เตียง [tiang] d.) ลำโพง [lampong]

Answer:
a.) กระจก [grajòk] glass
b.) ลิ้นชัก [línchák] drawer
c.) เตียง [tiang] bed
d.) ลำโพง [lampong] speaker

 

Q3: What’s not in this picture?

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อาการปวดหัวแบบต่างๆ
[aa gaan pùad hǔa bàep dtâang dtâang]
Different Types of Headaches

ไมเกรน
[migraine]
Migraine

ความดันโลหิตสูง
[kwaam dan low hìt sǔng]
High blood pressure

เครียด
[khrîad]
Stress

เวลาขอแฟนไปเที่ยวกับเพื่อน แล้วแฟนบอกว่า “อืม ไปสิ”
[welaa kǎw fan pai tîao gàp peûan, léaw fan bàwk wâa um pai sì]
When you ask your girlfriend if it’s okay for you to go hang out with your friends and she goes “um, sure.”

Vocabulary – – *

อาการ [aa gaan] symptom
ปวดหัว [pùad hǔa] headache
แบบ [bàep] type, kind
ต่างๆ [dtâang dtâang] various, different
ความดัน [kwaam dan] pressure
โลหิต [lo hìt] blood
สูง [sǔng] high
(ความ) เครียด [(khwaam) khrîad] stress
เวลา [welaa] when
ขอ [kǎw] to ask (for permission)
แฟน [fan] girlfriend, boyfriend
ไป [pai] to go
เที่ยว [tîao] to hang out
กับ [gàp] with
เพื่อน [peûan] friend
แล้ว [léaw] and then
บอกว่า [bàwk wâa] to say (that…)
Verb + สิ [verb + sì] An affirmative response to an invitation

Did you know the difference between เวลา [welaa], ตอน [dtawn], พอ [paw] and เมื่อ [mêua]?…

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Most Thai learners probably know what “จะ” [jà] means. It means “will.” At least, most of the time it does get translated as “will,” a modal verb expressing future tense. But what you may not know is that, in spoken Thai, we also use “จะ” [jà] to say “almost,” or to express that something is going to happen in the near future or about to happen, instead of the words “เกือบ [geùab]” or “ใกล้ [glâi].” When “จะ” [jà] is used in this sense, it’s always used with the word “แล้ว” [léaw] meaning “already.”

Take a look at these example sentences below.…

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