เซ่น เส้น → sên

All these are pronounced as:

Now, let’s look at the meaning:

 

เซ่น = to propitiate the spirits by offering food

ของเซ่นไหว้บรรพบุรุษ // khŏrng sên wâi banphábùrùt

Items used to appease the ancestors

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เส้น = a line, a strand, a string. This is also used as a classifier for something of similar shape.

เส้นผม // sên phŏm = hair strands

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ถนนเส้นนี้ไปถึงที่ไหน

Thànŏn sên née pai thĕung thêe năi

Where does this road lead to?

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เส้นใหญ่ // sên yài

This has two meanings:

1) a type of flat, thick noodle, made of rice flour

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2) a connection with someone of high status/ranking/importance

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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

Rainbow

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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!