Cool Stuff Outside of Textbooks

There are two main situations where you can use the expression “verb + ได้แล้ว,” as follows.

1. When you want to express that you or someone can now do something or that something is ready.

กินได้แล้ว [gin dâi léaw]
You can eat now. (the food is ready)

นั่งได้แล้ว [nâng dâi léaw]
You can sit now.…

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The word “ล้วนๆ” [lúan lúan] is hardly ever taught to Thai learners but it’s quite common in the spoken language. While the word could be translated as “all” or “only” depending on the context, it’s a bit tricky to translate the word “all” or “only” to “ล้วนๆ” [lúan lúan]. This is because the situation where the word “ล้วนๆ” [lúan lúan] can be used in is somewhat restricted.…

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“มีอย่างที่ไหน… [mii yàang tîi nǎi]” is a colloquial expression used to criticize someone’s action or behavior. อย่าง [yàang] comes from the word ตัวอย่าง [tua yàang] which means “example.” The literal meaning of this expression is “Where is an example of such and such action or behavior?” which implies that no one else does or has ever done that action before.…

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“ไม่เห็น(จะ)…เลย” (mâi hěn (jà)…loei) is a very common colloquial expression Thai people use in everyday life, to express disagreement or argue against what someone else said. The literal meaning of เห็น “hěn” is “to see.” So by using this expression to express that you disagree with someone, it’s as if you’re saying “I don’t see it (what you see).” or “I don’t see how (it is like what you said).” The word “เลย” [loei] at the end is used to emphasize the meaning.…

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“เรื่อง [reûang]” as a noun means “story, matter, affair.” “อะไร [arai]” is a question word meaning “what.” The literal meaning of “เรื่องอะไร [reûang arai]” is “what story” or “what matter.”

However, in colloquial Thai, it means “Why should I?” implying that there is no reason for you to do something or that there is no way you’re going to do something (because you don’t see a reason why you should do it).…

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One word that might still sound unfamiliar even to advanced learners is the word “กะ” [gà], which is an informal counterpart of the verb “ตั้งใจ” [tâng jai]. Thai learners are often taught to use “ตั้งใจ” [tâng jai] for “To plan/to intend to do something”, but in an informal spoken language, most of the time, we use “กะ” [gà].…

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In colloquial Thai language, we use the expression “อย่าง .. หรือ .. อะไรแบบนี้” [yàang .. rěu .. arai bàep níi] when we want to list examples of things that belong to the same unofficial category.

“อย่าง” [yàang] in this context means “like” as a preposition or “for example” and “อะไรแบบนี้” [arai bàep níi] translates to “something like that.”

For example,

ฉันไม่ชอบพวกสีแป๊ดๆอย่าง สีแดง หรือ สีส้ม อะไรแบบนี้
[chán mâi chôrb pûak sĭi páed páed yàang sĭi daeng rěu sĭi sôm, arai bàep níi]
I don’t like guady colors like red or orange, for example.…

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“ไหนๆก็ [năi năi gâw] A, B” means since it is A, it would be better to do B. You can sometimes translate it as “might as well”. For example, “ไหนๆเขาก็ขอโทษแล้ว ก็ให้อภัยเขาเถอะ” [năi năi káo gâw kăw tôde léaw, gâw hâi apai káo tèr] “Since he has already apologized, you might as well forgive him”.…

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