Lesson 27 = Bòt Thêe Yêe Sìb Jèd = บทที่ ๒๗

Things you should know about ขี้//khêe

1.) ขี้//khêe is a prefix used to indicate a less-than-desirable habit.

ขี้งก//khêe ngók = stingy


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ขี้โมโห//khêe moh hŏh = get angry easily/hot-tempered


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ขี้โกง//khêe kohng = fraudulent, deceitful, sly


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2.) ขี้//khêe is usually followed by an adjective of feeling. However there are occasions that a verb can follow.

ขี้เบื่อ//khêe beàu = easily bored


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ขี้งอน//khêe ngorn = easily peevish


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ขี้อาย//khêe aai = easily shy


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ขี้ลืม//khêe leum = easily forget


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3.) ขี้//khêe can follow a subject directly; it is not necessary to add เป็น//pen before that.

น้องสาวขี้งอน//Nórng saăo khêe ngorn

คุณน้าขี้สงสาร//Khun náh khêe sŏng săan

ฉันขี้ลืม//Chăn khêe leum

Lesson 26 = Bòt Thêe Yêe Sìb Hòk = บทที่ ๒๖

คำลักษณนาม, also known as classifier or unit of measurement in English. Here are a few points to note:

1. All countable nouns have classifier.

2. Even though uncountable nouns do not have classifier, when placed in a container, it can then be countable.

This topic is not that easy. My suggestion is that do not memorise them, but to slowly learn. Every time you pick up a new noun, be sure to learn its classifier as well.

Originally the concept of classifier exists to describe characteristics of nouns. There are a few types:

1. Classifier to indicate type of nouns


Man/woman, human being, child, occupation – คน//khon


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Animal, furniture – ตัว//tua


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2. Classifier to indicate a group – this type actually exists in English. For example, we say a school of fish, a herd of cattle


A big group of animals – ฝูง//fŏong


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A group of people who forms a circle (playing takraw, musical instrument) – วง//wong


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3. Classifier to indicate how nouns look like


Round item (bangle, ring) – วง//wong


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Long and thin item (rope, thread, wire, even road) – เส้น//sên


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4. Classifier to indicate the quantity – this also exists in English.


Things that always come in pair (socks, shoes, fork & spoon) – คู่//khôo


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Dozen – โหล//lŏh


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All Metric/British unit of measurement – kilometre, kilogram, currency


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5. Classifier to indicate condition of nouns


Item that has been rolled (cigarette) – มวน//muan


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Items that have been tied up together (firewood) – มัด//mád


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Lesson 24 = Bòt Thêe Yêe Sìb Sèe = บทที่ ๒๔

If we want to discuss ให้//hâi in details, I would probably need at least 3 – 4 posts to explain different variations. Now, let’s get started with some:

อยากให้//yàhk hâi

to want that/wish that…



Chǎn yàhk hâi khǎo yòo kàb chǎn naan naan

I want him to be with me for a long time


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Chǎn mâi yàhk hâi ther pai

I don’t want you to go

ขอให้//khŏr hâi

to wish that…


วันนี้วันเกิดของเธอ ฉันขอให้เธอมีความสุขมากๆ

Wannée wan kèrd khŏrng ther, chǎn khŏr hâi ther mee khwaam sùk mâak mâak

It’s your birthday today. I wish you a lot of happiness.

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Khǎo mâi khŏr hâi ther rák khǎo tàlàwd pai

He would not (want to) wish her to love him forever.



Khŏr hâi lôhk sà-ngòb sùk

(I wish for) World Peace.✌︎

Now, what is the difference between อยากให้//yàhk hâi and ขอให้//khŏr hâi?

อยาก//yàhk means to want to do something, hence อยากให้ would simply mean the subject wants something to happen.

ขอ//khŏr itself means to request or beg for something. As a result, when ขอให้ is used, it sounds as if the subject is begging “divine intervention” to make something happen.

Sidetracked, these two examples show it is easier to use French (thanks Alliance Française!) to explain Thai rather than use English. อยากให้ and ขอให้ mean “je veux que…” and “je souhaite que…” respectively. If you know French, you will know that there would have to be a subordinate clause following “que”.

บอกให้//bòrk hâi

to tell someone to do something



Mâe bòrk hâi Fŏn pai séu khŏrng thêe tàlàad

Mom told Fon to go to buy things at the market.


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Chǎn mâi khoei bòrk hâi ther pai

I have never told you to go.

ทำให้//tham hâi

to make someone do something


สอบครั้งนี้ ผมจะทำให้แม่ภูมิใจ

Sòrb khráng née phŏm jà tham hâi mâe phoom jai

This coming exam, I will make mom proud.


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Khǎo jà mâi tham hâi ther phìd wǎng

He will not make her disappointed. / He will not disappoint her.

Lesson 23 = Bòt Thêe Yêe Sìb Săhm = บทที่ ๒๓

ไว้//wái can be translated as “to hold, to keep, to save, to store”. TalkingThai dictionary app says that “ไว้//wái is a subjective predicate or objective compliment expressing motionlessness, state of being stationary, containment”.

It is usually used with words like เอา//ao, เก็บ//kèb, วาง//wahng; these become

เอาไว้//ao wái

เก็บไว้//kèb wái               + preposition of place + location

วางไว้//wahng wái

One of the most frequently used phrases is:

ไว้ก่อน//wái kòrn

This can be literally translated as “hold first”.

น้องฝน ทำการบ้านได้แล้ว

Nórng Fŏn, tham kaan bâhn dâi láew

Fon, it is time (for you) to do homework.


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Wái kòrn khâ

I will do it later.

น้องฝน ช่วยพี่ล้างจานหน่อยค่ะ

Nórng Fŏn, chuâi phêe láhng jaan nòi khâ

Fon, can you help me do the dishes?


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Wái kòrn khâ

I will do it later.

น้องฝน ซักผ้าเสร็จแล้วหรือยัง

Nórng Fŏn, sák phâa sèt láew rĕu yang

Fon, have you done the laundry?


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Wái kòrn khâ

I will do it later.

พี่ฟ้าคะ ขอเงินค่าขนมหน่อยค่ะ

Phêe Fáh khá, khŏr ngern khâa khànŏm nòi khâ

Sister (Fah), can I have my pocket money, please?


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Wái kòrn khâ

I will do it later.

Lesson 22 = Bòt Thêe Yêe Sìb Sŏrng = บทที่ ๒๒

We have seen in Lesson 20 that

Verb + mâi pen = don’t know how to Verb.

We have also known that

Verb + mâi dâi = cannot Verb.

Let’s look at the difference:-

วันนี้ฉันไม่ค่อยสบาย ก็เลยว่ายน้ำไม่ได้

Wannée chăn mâi khôl sàbaai kôr loei waâi nám mâi dâi

I am not feeling quite well today, that’s why I cannot swim.


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ฉันไม่เคยเรียนว่ายน้ำ ฉันก็เลยว่ายน้ำไม่เป็น

Chăn mâi khoei rian waâi nám chăn kôr loei waâi nám mâi pen

I have never learnt swimming, that’s why I don’t know how to swim.


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Now, let’s come back to กินไม่เป็น//kin mâi pen. This expression is most likely coming from the olden days where people would say กินไม่เป็นรส//kin mâi pen rót. รส//rót means flavour. Therefore, this กินไม่เป็นรส//kin mâi pen rót should refer to the food having no flavour and thus not being able to please the person who eats. And once someone thinks that the food is not pleasing, it can also infer that the person doesn’t like to eat the food.

Another interesting expression is:

Verb + mâi long = cannot make oneself doing something, though the usage is rather limited.

กระเป๋าใบนี้น่ารักมาก แต่สีชมพูอ่อน ฉันกลัวเลอะ ก็เลยใช้ไม่ลง

Kràpăo bai née nâh rák mâak tàe sĕe chomphoo òrn; chăn klua lér kôr loei chái mâi long

This bag is very pretty, but since it is light pink and I am afraid of it being stained, I cannot make myself using it.


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And now it is quiz time:

What does this expression mean?

โกรธไม่ลง//kròht mâi long

Lesson 21 = Bòt Thêe Yêe Sìb Èd = บทที่ ๒๑

ทาง//thaang as a noun means “way, path”; as a preposition means “by, via”.

Here are a few examples of how to use:


Mah Bun Khrong pai thaang năi khá

Which way is it to go to Mah Bun Khrong?


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Phêe saăo khaăi khŏrng thaang internet

(My) elder sister selling things online (via Internet).


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There are also some useful expressions involved ทาง//thaang:

ทางเดิน//thaang dern : walkway


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ทางออก//thaang òrk : exit


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ทางเลือก//thaang leûak : choice


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ทางแยก//thaang yâek : junction


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ค่าผ่านทาง//khâa phàan thaang: toll


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ลายทาง//laai thaang : striped pattern


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And what about this, what does this mean?

ไม่มีทาง//mâi mee thaang

Lesson 20 = Bòt Thêe Yêe Sìb = บทที่ ๒๐

How to politely decline food you have been offered? Sometimes it is really difficult to say no, or maybe from a Thai perspective we are not exactly naysayers. It can come out less than friendly when you say “ไม่ชอบกิน//mâi chôrb kin” or “I don’t like to eat this”.

One easy way to try is to say:

กินไม่เป็น//kin mâi pen.

This simply means “I don’t know how to eat”. While this is technically incorrect (as I would assume everyone KNOWS how to eat), this phrase has another meaning in Thai. And that is, “I am not used to eating this” or  “I don’t feel like eating this”. But be careful, the response to this phrase could be “อยากลองมั้ย//yàhk lorng mái” or “Do you want to give it a try?”.


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Many years ago, my aunt quit eating chicken for fear of gout, but I didn’t know that. One day, I offered her some fried chicken, and guess what, she told me “ป้ากินไม่เป็น//Pâh kin mâi pen” or “I don’t know how to eat this”. I, being annoying at times, couldn’t stop myself from saying

“ทำไมกินไม่เป็นคะ กินง่ายนิดเดียว แค่อ้าปาก เอาไก่ใส่ปาก แล้วก็เคี้ยวๆ แค่นั้นเอง//Tham mai kin mâi pen khá, kin ngaâi níd diao, khâe âh pàak, ao kài sài pàak, láew kôr khiáao khiáao, khâe nán eng”

I forgot what happened next, but I don’t think I got scolded for that.