Words with ใ- (16) ใช่//châi

Always, or nearly always, an answer to the question : How to say “yes” in Thai.

I’m sorry, I would have to disagree if you say “ใช่//châi”. Imagine this situation:-

ไปกินข้าวด้วยกันไหมครับ

Pai kin khaâo duâi kan măi khráb

Shall we go have a meal together?

ใช่

Châi

That’s right.

??? Yes, it turns a little catastrophic when you are trying to translate English yes into Thai yes.

Or this:-

ผมอยากรู้จักคุณได้หรือเปล่าครับ

Phŏm yàhk róojàk khun dâi rĕu plào khráb

Is it possible that I get to know you?

ใช่

Châi

That’s right.

??? Another catastrophe.

One of the possibilities to use ใช่//châi to answer a question is when the question ends with ใช่ไหม//châi măi or ใช่หรือเปล่า//châi rĕu plào. For example:-

เธอชอบกินอาหารทะเลใช่ไหม

Ther chôrb kin ahhăan tháleh châi măi

You like to eat seafood, right?

ใช่ค่ะ ฉันชอบกิน

Châi khâ chǎn chôrb kin.

That’s right, I like to eat (it).

Or this:-

แฟนของเธอต้องไปทำงานที่อังกฤษปีหน้าใช่หรือเปล่านะ เธอเคยบอกแต่ฉันจำไม่ได้

Faen khŏrng ther tôrng pai tham ngaan thêe Angkrìt pee nâh châi rĕu plào ná, ther khoei bòrk tàe chăn jam mâi dâi

Your boyfriend has to go to work in England next year, is that right or not? You told me before but I cannot remember.

ใช่ๆ เขาต้องไปลอนดอนสามเดือน

Châi châi, khăo tôrng pai London sǎam deuan.

That’s right, he has to go to London for three months.

It is also used to emphasise the fact that you agree with the person. For example:-

ที่กรุงเทพฯ รถติดมาก ฉันไม่ชอบเลย

Thêe Krung Thêp rót tìd mâak, chǎn mâi chôrb loei

Traffic in Bangkok is really bad, I totally don’t like it.

ใช่ ฉันก็ไม่ชอบ

Châi, chăn kôr mâi chôrb.

That’s right, neither do I.

Or according to the popular polyglot, Stuart Jay Raj, here is his explanation:

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