1st Anniversary!


(Credit pic: here)

One full year has finally passed! And I almost wouldn’t remember but thank you wordpress for reminding me! I admit that lately I don’t really have time to update. My resolution for this year – I will post at least 3 times a week. One post will be related to the lesson, one will be related to bits & pieces of Thai, and another will be something light (photos, pictures, videos…). And yes, not to forget about the One Word A Day section.

This is my promise to you. 🙂

Where is Thailand situated? ประเทศไทยอยู่ที่ไหน?

(Click on the audio below to hear the pronunciation.)

ประเทศไทย = Thailand 

โลก = Earth, world 

ดวงอาทิตย์ = Sun 

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Credit picture: 9GAG in Thai


Lesson 17 = Bòt thêe sìb jèd = บทที่ ๑๗

ขอ//khŏr is used when asking for a permission or asking for something. The equivalent phrase in English would be: Can I (+ action) or Can I have (+ noun)


Khŏr yeum pàakkah nòi khâ

Can I borrow a pen, please?


Khŏr àhn năngsĕu lêm née ná khá

I would like to read this book, please.

ขอเล่น(เกมส์, กีฬา)ด้วยได้มั้ยครับ

Khŏr lên (games, keelah) duâi dâi mái khráb

Can I play (games/sports) with you, please?

ให้//hâi has a few ways to be used; it depends on the position of this word as well as what type of word precedes/follows. Examples show the two of the simplest usage:


Mâe hâi ngern lôok

Mom gives money to (her) child.


Mâe tham ahhăan hâi lôok

Mom cooks a meal for (her) child.


Mâe hâi lôok pai séu khŏrng thêe tàlàad

Mom lets (her) child go to buy things at the market.

When combined, ขอให้//khŏr hâi means ‘to wish that/for’ or ‘to ask that/for’.


(Chăn) khŏr hâi (khun) mee khwaam sùk

I wish that you have a happiness. OR I wish you a happiness.


(Chăn) khŏr hâi lôhk sà-ngòb sùk

I wish for a world peace.


(Phŏm) khŏr hâi (khun) pai ngaan líang kàb phŏm dâi thèr

I wish you can come to the party with me. //This sentence is probably a thought, not exactly a phrase that a guy would express to a girl.

Examples show that when the subject is omitted, it is actually referring to the wish of the subject. Otherwise, the subject is required:


Khăo khŏr hâi chăn pai ngaan líang kàb khăo

He asks me to go to the party with him


Máli khŏr hâi nórng saăo pai séu khŏrng pen pheûan

Mali asks her sister to accompany her to go shopping.

One Word A Day : ปะ

1. (verb) To patch; eg.

ปะ yaang = To patch tyre


2. (verb) To meet (someone) unexpectedly

něe seŭa ปะ jorrákây = (direct translation) To run away from a tiger but run into a crocodile/an alligator : equivalent English idiom is ‘Out of the frying pan into the fire’


3. (colloquial) Let’s go. Please note that for this meaning the tone is not exactly so low like in the video. It has to be closer to the 1st tone (or mid tone).

Happy Songkran Day!

Happy Songkran Day!

Did you know what actually happens during these few days?

Click here for the story:

(Click here for transcript.)

The picture below summarises pretty much the story you have just listened. As I have shared with many students, Songkran is simply not just a water festival. In fact, water splashing is just one of the activities on the day. As Thailand is a Buddhist country, it is by nature that we start our day at the temple by making merit such as offering alms to monks. Songkran lasts 3 days – 13 – 15 April of every year. Long public holiday means people who work elsewhere can return home for a visit.

Not only Thailand is a Buddhist country, we respect our elderly. As you can see from the photo below (credit from one of my Thai friends), 2 photos below exactly show what the real tradition should be. We bless them with new year wishes, and in turn we receive the blessing from our elderly.


Credit picture: May Orachat

Songkran tradition has been changed over the past decades. Nowadays foreigners would only know it as being a water festival. True enough, we splash water, but the appropriate way to do it is of course without ice (?), colors (??), shampoo (????). Simple and small water containers or water guns are considered nice as it will cause no harm (wetness) to others.

In any case, stay safe and have fun!

photo (1)Credit picture: 9gag Thai