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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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มีเมียสวย เพื่อนอิจฉา 5 นาที
[mii mia sǔai peûan ìdchǎ hâa naatii]
If you have a beautiful wife, your friends will envy you for five minutes.

มีเมียดี เพื่อนอิจฉาตลอดชีวิต
[mii mia dii, peûan ìdchǎ talàwd chiiwít]
If you have a good wife, they will envy you their entire lives.

V o c a b u l a r y – – – *

เมีย [mia] wife (informal)
สวย [sǔai] beautiful, gorgeous
ดี [dii] good
นาที [naatii] minute
เพื่อน [peûan] friend
อิจฉา [ìdchǎ] to envy
ตลอดชีวิต [talàwd chiiwít] one’s whole life…

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The word “ต้อง” [tâwng] in Thai is equivalent of the verb “must” in English. And like “must,” apart from expressing obligation, strong recommendation or necessity, “ต้อง” [tâwng] can also be used to make a deduction or a conclusion about something that is very likely to be true. But for the latter use, we don’t just say the word “ต้อง” [tâwng] by itself, we use the structure “ต้อง…แน่(เลย) [tâwng…nâe (loei)].”

The word “แน่” [nâe] means “certain.” Sometimes we say it twice as “แน่ๆ” [nâe nâe] to intensify the meaning or to express that we are very sure of something.…

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ถ้าคุณทำได้ จงช่วยผู้อื่น
[tâa khun tam dâai, jong chûai pûu èun]
Help others if you can.

ถ้าคุณทำไม่ได้
[tâa khun tam mâi dâai]
If you can’t,

อย่างน้อย จงอย่าทำร้ายผู้อื่น
[yàang nói, jong yàa tam ráai pûu èun]
at least don’t hurt them.

ดาไล ลามะ : Dalai Lama

[ – – – Vocabulary – – – ]

ถ้า [tâa] if
จง + verb [jong] imperative form
ช่วย [chûai] to help
ผู้อื่น [pûu èun] other people 
อย่างน้อย [yàang nói] at least
อย่า + verb [yàa] do not + verb!…

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