Cord, Line, Lineage, String : สาย//saăi

This week’s entry is rather short. So I have something extra just for you.

สาย//saăi here means cords, lines, lineage, string. These words require some imagination to see the links. Let’s see each of them:

สายลม//saăi lom

Stream of breeze


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สายน้ำ//saăi nám

Stream of water


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สายใย//saăi yai

String of relationship (for e.g. we are connected to others by invisible web/bond)


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สายฟ้า//saăi fáh

Streak of lightning


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สายรุ้ง//saăi rúng



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สายเลือด//saăi leûad

Bloodline, lineage


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สายตา//saăi tah

Line of vision, eyesight


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Now, do you see the relationship between สาย//saăi and the words above? I hope you do!

Words with ใ- (11) ใคร่//khrâi

//This entry is rather short as this word is rarely used.

ใคร่//khrâi means to want, to yearn for. However it is seldom used in casual spoken context. Here are some examples:

รักใคร่//rák khrâi (lit.) : to be fond of


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ความใคร่//khwaam khrâi : lust


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Khrai khrâi pai kôr pai

Anyone wants to go, then go.


Khâaphájâo (fml.) mâi khrâi sŏn jai reûang bàeb née

I do not wish to care about this kind of thing.

Elephants = ช้าง // cháang


Elephants are one of the largest mammals that live on land. They can be taught to follow human’s instruction, and can be trained to work. In the past, elephants were employed during war time. And because of that, they were awarded royal/military ranks.

The exceptional thing about elephants does not end here. Even words, or ‘classifier’ in particular, used with them are also special:

Wild elephant (ช้างป่า//cháang pàh) – Classifier is ตัว//tua


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Trained elephant (ช้างบ้าน//cháang bâhn) – Classifier is เชือก//cheûak


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Sovereign elephant (ช้างหลวง//cháang lǔang) – Classifier is ช้าง//cháang


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Words with ใ- (10) ใคร//khrai

This word refers to a person. Hence it can in general mean :- who, whom, anyone. Here are some examples:


Khrai jà pai yók meu khêun

Raise your hand if anyone wants to go


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Nai hôrng née khrai phôod phaasăh Thai dâi

Who can speak Thai in this room?


Ther jà pai doo năng kàb khrai kheun née

Who are you going to watch movie with tonight?

สวัสดีค่ะ มาหาใครคะ

Sàwàtdee khâ mah hăh khrai khá

Hi, who are you looking for?


Nai hôrng née mee khrai phôod phaasăh Thai dâi

Is there anyone who can speak Thai in this room?


Chăn yàhk pai thiâo Tâiwăn tàe mâi róo jà pai kàb khrai

I want to go to Taiwan for a holiday but I don’t know who to go with.

ใครๆ ก็อยากทำ

Khrai khrai kôr yàhk tham

Anyone would also like to do

ใครๆ ก็อยากมีเงิน

Khrai khrai kôr yàhk mee ngern

Anyone would also like to have money


Mâi mee khrai


ใครก็ไม่รู้ / ไม่รู้ใคร

Khrai kôr mâi róo / Mâi róo khrai

Not sure who (the person is)

Words with ใ- (9) หลงใหล//lŏng lăi

To be crazy about, to be infatuated with, to be fascinated in. It is typically used in a more formal context or written language.

เขาหลงใหลในธรรมชาติ เขาจึงอยากไปใช้ชีวิตอยู่ท่ามกลางหุบเขาหลังจากที่เขาเกษียณอายุการทำงาน

Khăo lŏng lăi nai thammáchâat; khăo jeung yàhk pai chái cheewít yòo thâam klaang hùb khăo lăng jàhk thêe khăo kàsǐan ahyú kaan tham ngaan

He is passionate about the nature; therefore he wishes to live among the mountains after his retirement.


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เพื่อนของฉันหลงใหลในวัฒนธรรมยุโรป เขาจึงตัดสินใจไปเรียนต่อปริญญาโททางศิลปะที่ประเทศฝรั่งเศส

Pheûan khŏrng chăn lŏng lăi nai wátthánátham yúròhp; khăo jeung tàd sǐn jai pai rian tòr pàrinyaa thoh thaang sǐnlápà thêe pràthêt fàràngsèht

My friend is fascinated by European culture; therefore she decides to continue her Master’s degree in Arts in France.


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Sǐang khŏrng ther châang nâh lŏng lăi

Her voice is truly captivating.

Kelly Clarkson
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