Fun Thai Trivia


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There are a lot of people of Chinese ancestry living in Thailand, especially in Bangkok. The dialect they use within their families is called “the Teochew dialect.” A lot of words from this dialect are understood by many Thai people. “อากู๋” [aa gǔu] is a Teochew word that refers to “a brother of one’s mother” or “maternal uncle.” But nowadays, it has become a popular slang word, used among the Thai teenagers and young adults, referring to “Google.”

Example:

ไม่รู้ว่าเคป๊อปคืออะไรเหรอ อากู๋ช่วยได้นะ
[mâi rúu wâa K-pop keu arai rǎw, aa gǔu chûai dâai ná]
You don’t know what K-pop is?…

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ดอกไม้ [dàwk máai] = flower
ดอก [dàwk] + flower name = ….. flower

ต้นไม้ [tôn máai] = tree
ต้น [tôn] + tree name = ….. tree

Example:

ดอกซากุระ [dàwk sakura]: Cherry blossom
ต้นซากุระ [tôn sakura]: Cherry tree

Photo taken by Yuki Tachaya at Big Bear city, California…

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Did you know that it’s very easy to convert the Christian Era or the Common Era (CE: .. คริสต์ศักราช, [krítsàkkaràat]) to the Buddhist Era (BE: .. พุทธศักราช, [pútthasàkkaràat])? You can do that just by adding “543” to the Christian era.

For example,
2016 + 543 = 2559
.…

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When you learn that you have a new project/assignment/gig coming up, you can use the phrase “งานเข้า” [ngaan kâo], of which the literal meaning is “a job/project came in.” Usually, it is a good thing when that happens but since you won’t be available to do anything else except for working on that project, it could be considered a bad thing as well.…

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ประธานาธิบดี [prathaanaatipbawdii] President
สหรัฐอเมริกา [sahàrát America] The United States of America
คนที่ 45 [kon tîi sìisìphâa] The 45th (person)

 

Grammar – – – – ( ^ n ^ )

Noun + (Classifier) + ที่ [tîi] + number
= The first, second, third…(ordinal number)

Examples:

วันที่หนึ่งสิงหา [wan tîi nèung sǐng hǎa]
= วัน [wan] + ที่ [tîi] + หนึ่ง [nèung] + สิงหา [sǐng hǎa]
= Day + tîi + 1 + August
= The first (day) of August.…

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Since Thai food is undeniably tasty and Thai cuisine is a huge part of the Thai culture, plus, good and cheap food is available everywhere you go, 24 hours a day, you might easily find yourself overeating while in Thailand. If you hear someone say one of these phrases below to you, you should probably try to eat a little bit less because that person is telling you that you eat a lot (and it often implies that you eat too much)

กินจุจังเลย [gin jù jang loei]
literal meaning: “You eat a lot!”

กินเก่งจังเลย [gin gèng jang loei]
literal meaning: “You’re good at eating!”

กินตลอดเวลา [gin talawd welaa]
literal meaning: “You eat all the time!”

กินทุกอย่างที่ขวางหน้า [gin túk yàang tîi kwǎng nâa]
literal meaning: “You eat everything in front of you!”

– – – – – – – – – – – – o( ^ n ^ )o

กินให้อร่อย แต่อย่าปล่อยให้อ้วน
[gin hâi aròi tàe yàa plòi hâi ûan]
Enjoy the food, but don’t let yourself get fat…

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เท่ากับ [tâogàp]: “as (adj./adv.) as”

Did you know that in informal Thai, you can omit the word “กับ” [gàp] in “เท่ากับ” [tâogàp] when you compare something to something else? It actually sounds better and more natural without it. Let’s take a look at the examples!

ไม่มีใครหล่อเท่าแฟนฉัน
[mâi mii khrai làw tâo fan chán]
Nobody is as handsome as my boyfriend.…

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แกล้งโง่บ้างจะได้มีความสุข
[glâeng ngôo bâang ja dâai mii kwaam sùk]
Play dumb sometimes and you’ll be happy.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

แกล้งโง่
[glâeng ngôo]
To play dumb

จะได้
[jà dâai]
so that…

มีความสุข
[mii kwaam sùk]
To be happy…

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Male polite particle::: ครับ [kráp] (always high tone!)
Female polite particles::: ค่ะ [kâ] and คะ [ká]

– – – – – When to use falling tone ค่ะ [kâ]
(in practice, often changed to low tone [kà])

1. At the end of a statement
2. After these following particles:
– เถอะ + ค่ะ [tèr kâ]
– อ่ะ + ค่ะ [à kâ]
– แหละ + ค่ะ [làe kâ]
– น่ะ + ค่ะ [nâ kâ]

– – – – – When to use high tone คะ [ká]

1.…

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รู้ [rúu] is a verb meaning “to know”.
ทราบ [sâap] is a polite term for “to know”
ไม่ทราบ [mâi sâap] means “(I) don’t know”.
ทราบไหม [sâap mái] means “Do you know?”

Most Thai learners know all that. What most people don’t know is that when you use ไม่ทราบ [mâi sâap] before a question, it does not translate literally to “I don’t know,” which would not make sense.…

Continue reading “ไม่ทราบ [mâi sâap]” + question

ไม่อยากผิดหวัง ก็อย่าคาดหวัง
[mâi yàak pìt wǎng gâw yàa kâat wǎng]
If you don’t want to get disappointed, then don’t expect.

– – – – V o c a b – – – –

หวัง [wǎng]: to hope
คาดหวัง [kâat wǎng]: to expect
ผิดหวัง [pìt wǎng]: to be disappointed…

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If something you see is beautiful, it is “สวย” [suǎi]
If something you hear is beautiful, it is “เพราะ” [práw]

For example:::

แฟนผมสวย [fan phǒm suǎi]
My girlfriend is beautiful.

ชุดเขาสวย [chút káo suǎi]
Her dress is beautiful.

ภาพถ่ายคุณสวย [phâap tàai khun suǎi]
Your photograph is beautiful.

เพลงซีลินดิออนเพราะ [pleeng Celine Dion práw]
Celine Dion’s songs are beautiful.…

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ขอเป็นข้ารองบาททุกชาติไป
[kǎw pen kâa rawng bâat túk châat pai]
I will eternally be your loyal servant.

ขอ~ [kǎw] I request / May I..? / Let me…
เป็น [pen] to be
ข้า [kâa] servant / attendant
รอง [rawng] under / to support
(พระ)บาท [(prá)bâat] foot (royal word)
ทุก [túk] every
ชาติ [châat] life / lifetime
ไป [pai] a word expressing continuity (on and on)…

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ชอบภาพนี้
[châwp phâap níi]
I like this picture.

ดูเหมือนพระองค์เป็นทุกอย่างของคนไทย
[duu meǎun prá-ong pen túk yàang kǎwng kon Thai]
It looks like the King was everything to us, Thai people.

[ – – – – Vocabulary – – – – ]

ภาพ [phâap] picture
ดูเหมือน [duu meǎun] It looks like…
พระองค์ [prá-ong] His Majesty / Her Majesty (pronoun)
ทุกอย่าง [túk yàang] everything
คนไทย [kon Thai] Thai people / Thai person…

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