ข้าง ค่าง → khâang

ข้าง ค่าง

All these are pronounced as:

Now, let’s look at the meaning:

ข้าง = side

ข้างหน้า//khâang nâa = front (side)

ข้างใน//khâang nai = inside

เข้าข้าง//khâo khâang = to side (someone)

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Phŏm yàak yòo khâang ther

I want to be by her side

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ค่าง = a type of mammal that resembles monkey but with longer tails

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ฝูงลิงค่างบ่างชะนีที่ในป่า

จับเอามาฝึกได้ดังใจหมาย

เป็นนักเรียนครูพากเพียรสอนแทบตาย

ถ้าเอาดีไม่ได้ก็อายลิง

All those monkeys in the jungle, once caught, can be trained and tamed.

If a student with a dedicated teacher is not able to make it, he should be ashamed.

 

#OUCH

ขั้น คั่น → khân

ขั้น คั่น

All these are pronounced as:

Now, let’s look at the meaning:

ขั้น = step, stage, level

ขั้นต้น, ขั้นกลาง, ขั้นสูง//khân tôn, khân klaang, khân sŏong = elementary/intermediate/advance levels

ขั้นบันได//khân ban dai = step (staircase)

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ขั้นตอน//khân (torn) = step

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วิธีล้างมือให้สะอาด 7 ขั้นตอน

Wíthee láang meu hâi sà-àad jèd khân torn

Direct translation: Methods to wash hands (cleanly) – 7 steps

Proper English: 7 steps to wash your hands

 

คั่น = to divide, to place (something) between (something)

ที่คั่นหนังสือ//thêe khân năng sĕu

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ขั้ว คั่ว → khûa

ขั้ว คั่ว

All these are pronounced as:

Now, let’s look at the meaning.

ขั้ว = the part where stem is attached to the fruit

ขั้วแม่เหล็ก//khûa mâe lèk = magnetic pole

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หมีขาวอยู่ขั้วโลกเหนือ แต่เพนกวินอยู่ขั้วโลกใต้

Mĕe khaăo yòo khûa lôhk neŭa tàe pen kwîn yòo khûa lôhk tâi

Polar bear is in the north pole but penguin is in the south pole.

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คั่ว = to cook without using oil, to roast (coffee beans, for example)

คั่วพริก//khûa phrík = to cook chilli in a wok without using oil

ข้าวโพดคั่ว//khaâo phôhd khûa = popcorn

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ขี้ คี่ → khêe

ขี้ คี่

All these are pronounced as:

Now, let’s look at the meaning.

ขี้ = dung, poop (not a nice word, I know, the equivalent word in English is sh*t, as in a physical item, not the quality of a person or a thing). It also acts as a prefix to indicate a less than desirable characteristic. Please note that I did not use the word ‘negative’ as it may not always be the case. See here.

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คี่ = odd (number)

เลขคี่//lêhk khêe = odd number

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ถนนฝั่งนี้จอดได้แค่วันคี่

Thànŏn fang née jòrd dâi khâe wan khêe

Cars can only be parked on this side of the road on odd-numbered day.

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ข้า ค่า ฆ่า = khâa

For this couple of months, I am going to do a list of common words with similar pronunciation but different written forms. As to why they are written differently, I will explain in a separate post.

ข้า ค่า ฆ่า

All these are pronounced as:

 

Now, let’s look at the meaning.

ข้า = I (informal), it is typically used among guys. Also a rather old fashion way of calling oneself, we probably would hear this word being used in a film or a TV series that is based on olden time. Think Phee Maak. There is also another meaning, and that is, a servant, particularly those who serve in private houses. Again an old fashion word, nowadays we call them คนรับใช้//khon ráb chái or domestic helper.

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ค่า = value, or fee. Some examples are:

ของไม่มีค่า//khŏrng mâi mee khâa = worthless item

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เธอมีค่ามากสำหรับผม

ther mee khâa mâaak sămràb phŏm

You have much value for me = you mean so much to me

ค่าน้ำ//khâa nám = water fee = public utility bill (for water)

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ค่าเรียน//khâa rian = school fee

นี่ค่าอะไร ทำไมแพงจัง

nêe khâa àrai, thammai phaeng jang

What is this fee? Why is it so expensive?


ฆ่า = to kill. Let’s take a look at some examples:

ฆ่าเวลา//khâa wehlaa = to kill the time

ยาฆ่าเชื้อ//yaa khâa cheúa = disinfectant (in some cases this refers to anti bacterial pills)

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