Fun Thai Trivia

Everyone knows how to say “Thank you” in Thai – “ขอบคุณ” [khàwp khun]. But did you know how to let someone know what you thank them for? There are two structures that you can use when you want to express your thanks to someone, which are as follows;

1. ขอบคุณ [khàwp khun] + สำหรับ [sǎmràp] + noun
2.…

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One of the most common mistakes Thai learners make when it comes to structuring a negative sentence with an adverb is to follow the English sentence structure and place the word “not” [ไม่ “mâi”] before the verb, followed by the adverb. However, the correct way to form a negative sentence with an adverb in Thai is to place the word “not” or “ไม่ [mâi]” between the verb and the adverb.…

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4 ตัวอักษรที่ทำให้ผู้หญิงหัวใจเต้นแรงสุด ไม่ใช่คำว่า “LOVE”
[sìi tua àk sǎwn tîi tam hâi pûu yǐng hǔa jai tên raeng sùd mâi châi kam wâa “LOVE”]
The 4 letters that make a woman’s heart beat the fastest aren’t “LOVE”

แต่เป็นคำว่า “SALE”
[tâe pen kam wâa “SALE”]
but “SALE.”

Vocabulary

ตัวอักษร [tua àk sǎwn] letter, character
ทำให้ [tam hâi] to make, to cause
หัวใจ [hǔa jai] heart
เต้น [tên] to dance (in this context, “to beat”)
แรง [raeng] strong, strongly
สุด [sùd] the most (derived from “ที่สุด [tîi sùd]”)
คำว่า [kam wâa] the word…

Click here to learn more about the word “ว่า [wâa]”…

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หลอก [làwk] to fool, to trick, to deceive
โกหก [go hòk] to lie, to tell a lie
แกล้ง [glâeng] to tease, play a prank on someone
พูดเล่น [pûut lên] to joke, to kid
ล้อ [láw] to tease, to make fun of (verbally)

Happy April Fools’ Day! ( ^ n ^ )/*

By the way, this Songkran, we’re not running a promotion for PickupThai Podcast.…

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จงเดาว่าใครที่ทำให้ทุกคนไม่ได้นอนเมื่อคืน
[jong dao wâa khrai tîi tam hâi túk kon mâi dâai nawn mêua keun]
Guess who it is that kept everyone up last night.

[ Vocabulary – – – – – *]
จง [jong] + verb : formal imperative form (used in written language)
เดา(ว่า) [dao (wâa)] : to guess
ทุกคน  [túk kon] : everyone
เมื่อคืน  [mêua keun] : last night

[ Grammar – – – – – *]

1.) ทำให้ [tam hâi] + someone + adj.…

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ข้อสอบ O-Net พ.ศ. 2557
[kâw sàwp O-Net paw sǎw sǎwng hâa hâa jèt]
Entrance Examination 2014.

ข้อไหนเจ็บปวดหัวใจที่สุด
[kâw nǎi jèb pùad hǔa jai tîi sùd]
Which one of the following hurts the most?

1. ฉันรักผัวเขา [chán rák pǔa káo]
I love her husband.

2. ผัวเขารักฉัน [pǔa káo rák chán]
Her husband loves me.…

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ที่สุดแห่งความเสียดายคือ ตายไปแล้ว ใช้เงินไม่หมด
[tîi sùd hàeng kwaam sǐa daai keu dtaai pai léaw chái ngern mâi mòt]
The most regrettable thing is to die before using up all your money.

ที่สุดแห่งความสลดคือ ใช้เงินหมด แล้วยังไม่ตาย
[tîi sùd hàeng kwaam salòt keu chái ngern mòt léaw yang mâi dtaai]
The saddest thing is after having used up all your money, you’re still alive.…

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เมื่อครูถามคำถาม
[mêua khruu tǎam kam tǎam]
When your teacher asks a question

แล้วเพื่อนแกล้งบอกครูว่าคุณตอบได้
[léaw pêuan glâeng bàwk khruu wâa khun dtàwb dâai]
and your friend picks on you by telling the teacher that you know the answer.

[ Grammar corner – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – *]

ถาม [tǎam] To ask a question
ขอ [kǎw] To ask for something / to request

“บอก” [bàwk], meaning “to tell,” is one of the verbs that go with the word “ว่า” [wâa] meaning “that…” as in “(to tell someone) that…” There are many other words like this, such as “จำได้” [jam dâai] “to remember,” “พูด” [phûut] “to say,” “แนะนำ” [náe nam] “to suggest” etc.…

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มีใครดูกีฬาโอลิมปิกฤดูหนาวไหมคะ
[mii khrai duu giilaa Olympics réuduu nǎao mái ká]
Does anyone watch Winter Olympics?

ต้องรอตั้งสี่ปีแน่ะกว่าจะได้ดูอีก
[tâwng raw tâng sìi pii nàe gwàa jà dâai duu ìik]
We had to wait four years until we could watch it again.

ดิฉันชอบดูการแข่งไอซ์สเก็ตมากๆ เลย
[dichán châwp duu gaan kàeng kǎn ice skate mâak mâak loei]
I love to watch ice-skating competitions.…

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เมื่อแม่ปลุกคุณให้ตื่นลงมากินข้าว ในช่วงเช้าของวันหยุด
[meûa mâe plùk khun hâi têun long maa gin kâao nai chûang cháao kǎwng wan yùt]
When your mom wakes you up to go downstairs for breakfast on the morning of a holiday.

[Vocabulary – – – *]

ปลุก [plùk] to wake someone up
ตื่น [têun] to wake up
วันหยุด [wan yùt] a day when no work is done / holiday / day off…

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Thank you everyone for following our videos on Youtube and subscribing to PickupThai channel. To respond to a request many of our fans have made, we just added English translation for the sentences from the video lesson “Words with Similar Pronunciation.” We hope you find it helpful.

For those of you who have not watched the video, try reading these following sentences containing two words with similar pronunciation out loud and then watch the video to check if you pronounced them accurately.…

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สวัสดีปีใหม่ [sawàddee pii mài] = Happy New Year
๒๕๖๑ = 2561 (Buddhist Era) / 2018

ขอบคุณที่ติดตามเว็บไซต์เราตลอดปี ๒๕๖๐
[kàwp khun tîi dtìd dtaam website rao dtàlàwd pii 2560]
Thank you for following our site throughout 2017…

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Did you know what Thai people call the first and the last days of the year?

วันส่งท้ายปีเก่า [wan sòng táai pii gào] : New Year’s Eve / December 31st
Literal meaning: the day we send off the old year

วัน(ขึ้น)ปีใหม่ [wan (kêun) pii mài] : New Year’s Day / January 1st
Literal meaning: the day we begin the new year…

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คบกันใหม่ๆ
[kób gan mài mài]
When we just started dating

ผ่านไปหลายปี
[phàan pai lǎai pii]
Several years later


[Grammar corner]

ใหม่ๆ [mài mài] is an adverb used after a verb to describe an action that has just happened. Take a look at these examples below;

1. พิซซ่าอร่อยแค่ตอนอบเสร็จใหม่ๆ
[pizza aròi kâe dtawn òb sèt mài mài]
Pizzas only taste good when freshly baked.…

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วันที่ 5 ธันวาคมเป็นวันชาติของไทย
[wan tîi hâa tanwaakom pen wan châat kǎwng Thai]
December 5th is Thailand National Day.

วันชาติของประเทศคุณตรงกับวันที่เท่าไหร่
[wan châat kǎwng prathêet khun trong gàp wan tîi tâo rài]
When is national day celebrated in your country?

Trivia: Did you know the difference between ประเทศไทย [prathêet Thai] and เมืองไทย [meuang Thai]?…

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