In this video, khru Yuki Tachaya talks about the common mistakes Thai learners tend to make when composing a sentence expressing their wants and desires. She teaches how to express that you want something, want to do something and want someone else to do something by using “อยากมี [yàak mii]”/”อยากได้ [yàak dâai]”, “อยาก [yàak] + verb” and “อยากให้ [yàak hâi]” respectively.…

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It’s FIFA World Cup time! PickupThai would love to help enhance your football watching experience with our special lesson on basic football terms in Thai. Some of these words can be used with other sports as well. You will have more fun talking to your Thai friends about the matches you watch or even understand the games better in Thai.…

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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

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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.”


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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The word แย่ [yâe] is an adjective meaning “bad” or “terrible.” For example, “อากาศแย่” [aagàat yâe] bad weather, “รสชาติแย่” [rótchâat yâe] bad taste or “นิสัยแย่” [nísǎi yâe] bad attitude. However, when used as an adverb to intensify an adjective, it means “badly” or “terribly” as in “very” or “to a great degree.” However, we typically don’t use this word when we want to say “very.” As you may already know, we use the word “มาก [mâak].”

The colloquial idiom “[adj.] + แย่(เลย) [yâe (loei)]” is usually used in a response to someone’s statement, to speculate or make an assumption about the consequence that is likely to be true, of an action or a situation that happened, is happening or will happen.…

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A unique display of the numbers 1-10 written in Thai numerals and spelled out by name in Thai script on various useful products including clocks, watches, T-shirts, mouse pads, mugs and phone cases.


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Thai Numbers Wall Clock

Wall clock with the hours written in Thai numerals and spelled out in Thai script.…

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In this video, khru Yuki Tachaya explains the uses of all the four different verbs that Thai people use to express ability, which are เป็น [bpen] ได้ [dâai] ไหว [wǎi] and ออก [àwk]. She also talks about some common mistakes that Thai learners use regarding this subject. After watching this video, you will be able to say what you know how to do and use each verb in the correct contexts and sound natural like a Thai person.…

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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 ^ )/*

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[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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This collection features various cool and unique T-shirt designs that help you communicate with the local Thai people. One-of-a-kind gift for yourself or someone traveling to Thailand.

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Useful Thai Phrases for Tourists

T-shirt with the 14 most useful phrases for tourists traveling in Thailand; including “Hello,” “Thank you,” “No chillies,” “Check please,” “Where is the restroom?” and more!…

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

[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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Private Lessons with Mary Jane

“I have been studying Thai with Kru Jane for about two months now and she has been wonderful. I have tried other study methods before and have not enjoyed it, but I am really enjoying Pick-up Thai and Kru Jane is a great teacher! Since studying with her, I have grown so much in my Thai speaking.

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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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