One Word A Day : ชี

Today’s word is ชี//chee

It sounds pretty simple. But do you know what it means?

1. A nun; sometimes แม่ชี//mâe chee is also used. This is applicable to both Buddhism and Christianity context.

2. (slang) She; (can’t it get anymore obvious?) this is probably taken from an English word, it is (obviously) used to refer to a lady, however, in a rather mocking tone; sometimes นาง//naang is also used.

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Particles…… Slang…… ??!?!

What is a Thai particle?

It is a word without a meaning. We pepper it in our daily conversation to express our feeling towards a certain topic. As you might have known, Thais value the relationship/status between speaker and listener. This will actually determine the choice of words (and particles). Some of the particles express politeness. Some are situation-based. I figure that it would be slightly challenging for English speakers to grasp the idea of this. That’s why I would give some examples of how to use them — although I find that the best way to learn is to watch Thai movies or Thai TV series, and try to match physical and facial expression to that word.

What is a Thai slang?

It is a word or a phrase that carries its meaning within a specific group of people, and it can be either short-lived or long-lived, depending on the popularity of the word. Of course, this is not considered a formal language. It is just good to know what Thai people are talking about when you happen to be among them.

Every now and then I will introduce one or two words of such. They will be categorized under “Extra Extra”. 🙂