Sàk nòi = สักหน่อย

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Affirmative = please, a bit/a little

Example:

Pai duâi kan (sàk) nòi ná khá

Khŏr wehlah (sàk) nòi dâi măi khráb

 

Negative = (not) at all, really

Example:

Ráwng hâi thammai, mâi mee khrai taai sàk nòi.

= Why would you cry? There is nobody dies at all = no one really dies

Chuan rao pai kin khaâo thammai, mâi hĕn yàhk kin duâi sàk nòi.

= Why did you ask me out for dinner? I don’t really want to go out with you.

 

It would sound the same, with or without, but with “sàk nòi”, it sort of softens the tone.

Example:

Ráwng hâi thammai, mâi mee khrai taai sounds rather harsher than Ráwng hâi thammai, mâi mee khrai taai sàk nòi.

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