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].”…

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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)].”…

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

[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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วันนี้ เราสองคนดีใจมากค่ะ
[wanníi rao sǎwng kon dii jai mâak kâ]
Today, we’re very happy.

[rao dâai ráp email jâeng kàao jàak Youtube wâa…]
We received a notification from Youtube saying that…

แชนเนิลยูทูปของเรามีคนติดตามเกิน 10,000 คนแล้ว
[channel Youtube kǎwng rao mii kon tìd tàam gern nèung mèun kon léaw]
Our Youtube channel has exceeded 10,000 subscribers.…

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[kâa tam ngaan jon mâi mii welaa pák pàwn]
I spend so much time working that I don’t have time to rest.

[sùan kâa pák pàwn jon mâi mii welaa tam ngaan]
And I spend so much time resting that I don’t have time to work.

Vocabulary – – -*

ข้า [kâa] I, me (used by people in the ancient period)
ทำงาน [tam ngaan] to work
จน [jon] …so much that…, until
พักผ่อน [pák pàwn] to rest, to relax
ส่วน [sùan] and / as for…

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สวัสดีปีใหม่ค่ะ ทุกคน
[sawàddii pii mài kâ túk kon]
Happy New Year, everyone!

ขอบคุณทุกคนที่ติดตามเราตลอดปี 2018
[khàwp khun túkkon tîi dtìd dtaam rao dtàlàwd pii sǎwng pan sìp bpàed]
Thank you for following us throughout the year 2018.

[gaan sanàpsanǔn kǎwng túkkon mii khwaam mǎai dtàw rao mâak mâak]
Your support means a lot to us.…

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[mâi mii sìng dai tam hâi rao sǐa jai dâai tâo kwaam kíd kwǎng rao eeng]
Nothing can hurt us as much as our own thought.

V o c a b u l a r y – – – *

ไม่มีสิ่งใด [mâi mii sìng dai] nothing
ทำให้ [tam hâi] to make… / to cause…
เสียใจ [sǐa jai] to be sad / to be hurt
ทำให้เสียใจ [tam hâi sǐa jai] to make someone sad / to hurt someone
เรา [rao] we / us
เท่า [tâo] as much as
ความคิด [kwaam kíd] thought
ของเราเอง [kwǎng rao eeng] our own….…

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[(khun) ja bpai London mái]
Are you going to London? (I know you’re going to Europe, is London in your itinerary?)

[(khun) ja bpai London réu plào]
Are you going to London? (I know you’re going to Europe, is London in your itinerary?)

[(khun) ja bpai London rǎw]
Are you going to London?…

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Private Lessons with Mary Jane
“I’ve been learning Thai with khru Jane for about six months now. At the beginning I wasn’t really sure what to expect from these Skype lessons. But a few weeks later I was completely persuaded of it. I didn’t just want to follow the structure of the exercises given, I always wanted to make my own sentences and small conversations using the vocabulary from the exercises done together.…

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[maa loy krathong pen kûu]
Celebrating the Loy krathong festival with a partner…

[tam ráai jìt jai kon sòde]
hurting single people’s feelings.

ปรับ 2,000 (บาท)
[pràp sǎwng pan (baht)]
Penalty 2000 Baht

[ – – – Vocabulary – – – ]

ลอยกระทง [loy grathong]: to celebrate the Loy Krathong festival
เป็นคู่ [pen kûu]: in pair / in a group of two
ทำร้ายจิตใจ [tam ráai jìt jai]: to hurt (one’s feelings)
คนโสด [kon sòde]: single person
ปรับ [pràp]: to fine

[ – – – The Story of the Thai Loy Krathong – – – ]

Every year in November, Thai people celebrate the Loy Krathong festival by floating small boats made of banana leaves on a river, lake, or canal.…

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“~ให้ได้” [hâi dâai] is one of the commonly used idioms in spoken Thai. It functions as an adverb modifying a verb. Thus, it generally follows a verb and often appears at the end of a sentence.

Although this idiom doesn’t have an equivalent in English and translations of this word may vary, its overall meaning is “absolutely,” “no matter what,” “at any cost,” or “without fail.”…

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[prathêet Thai pii neung fon dtòk sǎwng wan]
In Thailand, it only rains two days a year.

[wan tîi guu pai tîao]
The day I go out.

[gàp wan tîi guu dtàak pâa]
And the day I hang my clothes to dry.

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Ever wonder what’s the difference between “ประเทศไทย” [prathêet Thai] and “เมืองไทย” [meuang Thai]?…

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