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Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Six: Learn and Love the Thai Language

รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons…

เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย
Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language.

ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน คน – ศพ
Narrator: Episode – ‘Kon’ – ‘Sop’.

นักอ่านข่าว: เกิดเหตุรถสิบล้อชนกับรถทัวร์ มีคนเจ็บห้าคน คนตายสิบศพ เจ้าหน้าที่เก็บศพไปแล้วหกศพ
Newsreader: There was a vehicle accident involving a ten-wheeler and a coach (bus). ‘Mee kon jep haa kon’, ‘kon dtaai sip sop’. (Five people were injured and ten died) ‘Jao naa-tee gep sop bpai laew hok sop’. (Six bodies were recovered at the scene of the accident)

วิเชียรมาศ: น่าสงสารจัง เอ๊ะ ทำไมคนเจ็บเป็น คน แต่คนตายเป็น ศพ ล่ะ
Wi-chian maat: How unfortunate! But hold on a minute! Why was the classifier ‘Kon’ used with ‘Kon jep’, but the classifier ‘Sop’ was used with ‘Kon dtaai’?

สีสวาด: ไม่ว่าคนเจ็บหรือคนตายก็เป็นคนเหมือนกัน ที่ถูกต้องใช้ลักษณนามว่า คน ทั้งสองคำ
Si Sawat: Whether it’s ‘Kon jep’ or ‘Kon dtaai’, they’re both ‘Kon’ all the same. So the correct classifier that should be used with both of them, is ‘Kon’.

วิเชียรมาศ: แล้วทำไมเค้า(เขา)ใช้ลักษณนามว่า ศพ กับคนตายล่ะ
Wi-chian maat: So why was the classifier ‘Sop’ used with ‘Kon Dtaai’?

สีสวาด: เค้า(เขา)ใช้ผิดน่ะซิ(สิ) เพราะเค้า(เขา)คิดเลยไปว่า เมื่อตายแล้วก็กลายเป็นศพน่ะซิ(สิ) เลยใช้เร็วไปหน่อย
Si Sawat: The newsreader has obviously used it wrongly. The newsreader must have obviously equated ‘Kon dtaai’ to ‘Sop’, which is a tad early.

ผู้บรรยาย: คน ใช้ลักษณนามว่า คน ไม่ว่าจะเป็นคนเจ็บหรือคนตาย ส่วน ศพ เป็นลักษณนามของศพ
Narrator: The classifier ‘Kon’ is used with ‘Kon’, whether it be ‘Kon jep’ or ‘Kon dtaai’. ‘Sop’, on the other hand, is the classifier for ‘Sop’.

แมวทั้งสามตัว: แล้วพบกันใหม่นะครับบบ (ครับ)
All Three Cats: See you again next time!

เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย
Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language.

Comments…

Translating Thai into English is really tricky. Too literal a translation and whilst it may appear that a translated sentence has maintained the structure and flow of the original sentence, it ends up sounding like pidgin English (and sometimes quite a bit of the intended meaning and/or subtle nuances is lost in translation as well). Exercise too many liberties so as to get natural sounding English sentences that most closely reproduces the intended meaning and/or nuances, and the translation runs the risk of being considered a bad one because obviously at first glance, the English sentence would not look anything like the original Thai sentence in form and/or structure.

So it is that many liberties have been exercised in the translation of this episode because of the subject matter dealt with herein.

PDF Downloads…

Below is a pdf download (created by Catherine) to help with your studies. It has Thai script, transliteration, and English.

Download: Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Six: Conversation

The Cat Cartoon Series…

Original transcript and translation provided by Sean Harley. Transliterations via T2E (thai2english.com).

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Review: 6000 Thai Words – Seriously Addictive iOS + Android + Windows 10 Apps

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6000 Words: Learn the Thai Language for FREE…

If your motivation to study Thai is wavering, you really should try FunEasyLearn – it’s a seriously addictive smartphone app! It’s free (except for removing ads – up to you) so all you have to lose is your time.

But before you start wading through this lengthy review … if Thai-English vrs English-Thai vocabulary lists matters to you, go no further. The vocabulary in this app comes from an English database so there’s a chunk of Thai specific vocabulary missing.

So sure, you won’t come across vocabulary for coke in a bag, sticky rice with mango, tuk-tuks, sanuk, etc.

BUT! There is a LOT of vocabulary! If I could learn how to spell a chunk of the 6000 words in this app I’d be chuffed to bits. Seriously. My spelling is sucky.

A quick tutorial from FunEasyLearn…

They do have a video (below) plus an animated walk-through inside the app but I wanted more so contacted the gang at FunEasyLearn for tips:

Our apps help you to learn most common words and phrases. These words and phrases are useful when travelling, meeting new people, developing life-long friendships or simply in any daily conversation.

Easy Steps to Use our App:

  1. When you run the app you can find three rows: Topic, Subtopic and Game.
  2. Just choose the Topic you want to learn first (for example Topic: Shopping).
  3. Then choose Subtopic (for example Subtopic: supermarket).
  4. After this choose the game you want to play (we recommend to start with Vocabulary game).
  5. Tap “Play” button and that’s it!

Besides the fact that you learn many useful words and phrases, these games help you to improve your writing, reading and pronunciation.

Tips for you:

  1. Spin Categories – allows the app to choose a random topic, subtopic and game for you.
  2. Review Manager – helps you to review your wrong answers, right answers, or even all the phrases.
  3. Favourite words or phrases – permits you to choose your difficult words/phrases, set as favourite and revise them later. After you selected your favorite words/phrases just go to Main Menu, choose Review words/phrases and tap Review Words/Favorite Phrases button.

TIP: When going to the next level (say, from beginner to intermediate), to see the new vocabulary, under ‘Level’ in xxx, make sure ‘Learn words from previous level’ is turned off.

Now that you’ve read the quick explanation and watched the video, I have two suggestions: Either 1) Go have fun with the app, or 2) keep reading for a detailed overview.

Walk-through of the Beginner level: 1000 Words…

This is quite a big app so I mapped it out with only the Beginner’s level turned on. There are three levels (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) and they all suck into the Topics shown here – keeping to one level to start helped to make it manageable.

The top nav…

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On the main screen there are three icons across the top: 1) Manage App, 2) Search bar, and 3) to the far right, a Flower.

Manage App (circle icon):

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  1. Level: Select level (beginner-intermediate-advanced), turn on/off learn words from previous levels, turn on/off Thai script.
  2. Statistics: Scores, overall stats, current streak, streak targets, levels completed, words reviewed, your skills, learned word target.
  3. Store: This is where you can get more levels by paying to get rid of ads. Beginner is £2.99 and Intermediate £8.99. Via the mysterious Flowers section I received 60% off the Advanced level.
  4. Restore purchases: Just as it says.
  5. Support: FAQs and making contact (plus reporting any mistakes you find).
  6. Settings: Native language, sounds, reset tutorials (the animated walk through), one word a day notification (haven’t figured it out yet), review word notification (haven’t figured it out yet).
  7. App: Rate the app, more apps, about this app. Icons across the bottom go to Facebook, twitter, Google+, and YouTube.

Search (search bar):

FunEasyLearnI love this search. It’s beautifully designed (as is the entire app). When you click on the search bar (without typing in anything) the vocabulary for the Topic you are studying appears. Scroll up and down to see all of the vocabulary for the different Subtopics under Topic. At the end of each Subtopic you’ll see how many words for that Subtopic are in other levels.

Each word first shows the English and the Thai script, with a Favourites star on the right (to put the word into a Favourites list). The three bars denote which level the word comes from (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced).

Click inside a box and it expands while saying the word using a real Thai voice, not machine generated (T2S). The transliteration now appears below the Thai.

At the bottom of the expanded box are three icons: 1) audio (repeats the word), 2) book (takes you to the word’s dedicated Vocabulary page – clicking the left arrow takes you back), and 3) the Favourites star again.

Flowers (flower icon): As you play the game, you earn flowers that you can then redeem inside the app. Flowers are what makes the app free. Earn flowers, get new levels for free. I was only on the app a short while when I was offered 60% off the Advanced course so it’s worth paying attention to.

The main guts of the app…

FunEasyLearnAs mentioned in FunEasyLearn’s tutorial above, the app operates around three main nav sections: 1) Topic, 2) Subtopic, and 3) Games.

In the graphic to the right the selected Topic is People, the Subtopic is Body, and the Game is Vocabulary.

To work the app you slide each nav section to the left or right to line up different choices. When working your way through a section, reaching the end automatically moves you to the next one.

Tip 1: As you go through the app don’t think of it as linear. Think of it as peeling an apple all in one go. You start at the top (People), with each section leading you into the next, and the next, and the next, until you reach the bottom, the end of the course. But that’s only if you follow a set route – you can also wiz around willy-nilly. I started by bouncing all over the place but got dizzy so went in search of a logical way to attack the app.

Tip 2:Also important to know is that clicking on a Topic/Subtopic/Game running down the middle either selects or deselects that item. Just remember that you need to have one from each section selected (Topic/Subtopic/Game) before the bottom arrow allows you to play a game. If three are not selected and you double click on the arrow, it will select for you. Surprise!

So now, on to the guts of the app…

As per my confession, when I first started playing with the app I was twirling all over the place so I backed off, started from the beginning, and then worked my way to the end, taking notes as I went. And that’s what you’ll read below.

1) Topic (top nav slider): People, Appearance, Health, Home, Services, Shopping, Food, Eating out, Study, Work, Transport, Sport, Leisure, Environment, Reference, Review words.

2) Subtopic (middle nav slider): Each of the top nav subjects (shown above) break down into mini-subjects (Subtopics) within the middle nav. Tip: The course starts with People but when you open the app most any Topic could be in place.

Subtopic – People: Body, Face, Hand, Foot, Muscles, Skeleton, Internal organs, Family, Relationships, Emotions, Life events, People review favourites, People review wrong, Review. Then >> Children’s clothing, and the Subtopic bounces to the next in line, Appearance…

Subtopic – Appearance: Children’s clothing, Men’s clothing, Women’s clothing, Accessories, Hair, Beauty, Appearance Review Favourite, Appearance Review Wrong, Review appearance. Then it goes into >> Illness…

Subtopic – Health: Illness, Doctor, Injury, First aid, Hospital, Dentist, Optician, Alternative therapy, Health Review Favourite, Health Review Wrong, Review Health, and then >> House…

Subtopic – Home: House, Internal systems, Living room, Dining room, Kitchen, Kitchenware, Bedroom, Bathroom, Nursery, Utility room, Workshop, Toolbox, Decorating, Garden, Garden plants, Garden tools, Gardening, House Review Favourite, House Review Wrong, Review Home >> Emergency services…

Subtopic – Services: Emergency services, Communications, Hotel, Services Review Favourite, Service Review Wrong, Review Services >> Shopping centre…

Subtopic – Shopping: Shopping centre, Supermarket, Chemist, Florist, Newsagent, Confectioner, Other shops, Shopping Review Favourite, Shopping Review Wrong, Review Shopping >> Meat…

Subtopic – Food: Meat, Fish, Vegetables, Fruit, Grains and pulses, Herbs and spices, Bottled foods, Dairy products, Breads and flours, Cakes and desserts, Delicacies, Drinks, Food Review Favourite, Food Review Wrong, Review Food >> Cafe…

Subtopic – Eating out: Cafe, Bar, Restaurant, Fast food, Breakfast, Dinner, Eating out Review Favourite, Eating out Review Wrong, Review Eating out >> School…

Subtopic – Study: School, Maths, Science, College, Study Review Favourite, Study Review Wrong, Review Study >> Office…

Subtopic – Work: Office, Computer, Media, Law, Farm, Construction, Professions, Work Review Favourite, Work Review Wrong, Review Work >> Roads…

Subtopic – Transport: Roads, Bus, Car, Motorbike, Bicycle, Train, Aircraft, Airport, Ship, Port, Transport Review Favourite, Transport Review Wrong, Review Transport >> American football…

Subtopic – Sport: American football, Rugby, Soccer, Hockey, Cricket, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, Athletics, Combat sports, Swimming, Sailing, Horse riding, Fishing, Skiing, Other sports, Fitness, Sport Review Favourite, Sport Review Wrong, Review Sport >> Theatre…

Subtopic – Leisure: Theatre, Orchestra, Concert, Sightseeing, Outdoor activities, Beach, Camping, Home entertainment, Photography, Games, Arts and crafts, Leisure Review Favourite, Leisure Review Wrong, Review Leisure >> Space…

Subtopic – Environment: Space, Earth, Landscape, Weather, Rocks, Minerals, Animals, Plants, Town, Architecture, Environment Review Favourite, Environment Review Wrong, Review Environment >> Time…

Subtopic – Reference: Time, Calendar, Numbers, Weights and measures, World map, North and central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania >> Reference Review Favourite, Reference Review Wrong, Review Reference >> Review All Wrong Answers…

Subtopic – Review words: Review All Wrong Answers, Review All words, Review All Right Answers, Review All Favourite Words >> Body… (where it goes back to the beginning which is People). Tip: If you only have a few words to review it will pull from the general list (words you might not have seen).

3) Games (bottom slider nav): Vocabulary, Choose word, Find image, Match words, Listen and choose, Write word, Listen and write.

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Games – Vocabulary (book icon): This section introduces each word with Thai script, transliteration, a graphic, and audio recorded by real people. Here you study the information, record your voice to see how close you can get to the Thai (it’s great – the app converts your voice into Thai script), create favourites, then move onto the next word.

There’s no way to turn off transliteration but it doesn’t last for long (unless you’ve selected the ‘transliteration only’ option via the settings). Vocabulary is the only game where you can click the star icon on the top right to make the word a favourite (otherwise use the dictionary search). The arrow on the top left takes you back to the main screen. The thick arrow on the right auto scrolls the screens. Turn off auto scrolling by clicking on the || icon that replaces the right arrow. Across the bottom left of the screen there are two audio controls. One repeats at a normal speed and the other at a slower speed. The icon to the right records your voice (you first need to let the app access your microphone). Speak into your phone and a Thai translation in Thai script appears. It’s pretty nifty for getting your pronunciation right, as well as enforcing spelling.

Games – Choose word (finger icon): This is a Thai script reading exercise with audio. There’s a single graphic across the top with the English word below. The two boxes across the bottom each have a word in Thai (default setting is script, no transliteration). If you select the correct Thai word the box turns green, the word is spoken, and you advance to the next selection. Select the wrong word and the box turns red with an X on it. You must select the right word to advance. There are no cheats (more about those below).

Games – Find Image (magnifying glass icon): This is a Thai script reading exercise with audio. There are four boxes, each with a word in English. Along the bottom there’s a Thai word in Thai script (no transliteration unless you’ve changed it in the settings). You need to select the correct word in English. If you select the right word, it’s spoken, the square goes green and then it flips to the correct graphic. If you get it wrong you get a box with a red X inside. You must get a correct answer before moving on.

Games – Match words (scale icon): This is a Thai script reading exercise but sans audio. There are two rows of boxes: the row on the left has Thai script (unless you’re studying with transliteration) and the row on the right has English. Click one of each to match the boxes. Get it correct and the two boxes go green and disappear. Get it wrong and the two boxes turn red and then back to white. There is a cheat: Click the ? symbol in the lower right corner and it’ll match boxes for you.

Games – Listen and choose (earphones icon): This is a listening exercise. On the screen are four squares with graphics inside. You have to match a graphic with the audio that you hear as soon as four boxes appear. Get it right and the box goes green and you advance to the next screen. Get it wrong and the box goes red with an X in the middle. There are two sound icons on the bottom left. One replays the audio at a normal rate and the other at a slower rate. The icon to the right is cheat for those in a Thai script setting; clicking the icon gives you Thai transliteration.

Games – Write word (paper/pencil icon): This is a spelling exercise. There’s a single graphic with word under it in English. Under that is a partially filled in word (unless it’s a two letter word), with dashes denoting missing letters. Below are boxes with a choice of letters in Thai script (unless you’ve chosen transliteration). You need to click the boxes to fill in what’s missing. When you get it right you’ll hear the word spoken and then move onto the next. There is a cheat: Clicking on the ? symbol fills in the missing items one by one.

Games – Listen and write (radio icon): This is a listening, spelling exercise. Similar to Write word, there’s a single graphic but in this one there’s no English. Instead of words, the audio plays automatically with dashes showing how many spaces you need to fill in. All of the letters are missing. Below are boxes with Thai script (unless of course, you are using transliteration). Click on boxes to fill in the spaces. To the left is an audio icon to hear the word once more. Again, the cheat is the ? symbol.

FunEasyLearnBasic navigation inside each game: When you start playing a game, across the top there’s an arrow on the left that takes you back to the home screen (logical). There’s also a round icon on the right that tells your game progress, game score, and what Topic and Subtopic you are in. Depending on the game, across the bottom the icons change.

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Game Wheel: You only get the screen that has all of the game icons (shown above) when you’ve completed a game. The circular icon with the arrow on the end replaces the icon of the game you just completed – click to repeat the game. The home icon takes you back to the main screen. The centre icon takes you to the next game on the list.

Here’s a breakdown of the icons: Vocabulary (book icon), Choose word (finger icon), Find image (magnifying glass icon), Match words (scale icon), Listen and choose (earphones icon), Write word (paper/pencil icon), Listen and write (radio icon).

Learn 6000 Thai Words on iOS, Android and Windows 10…

This app has it all. Listening, reading, writing and spelling.

And if you haven’t figured it out (and before I forget to mention) this app is brilliant for those who can read Thai or are learning how to read Thai and want improve their spelling using Thai script. I haven’t seen anything like it.

If you are using transliteration (only) the spelling sections (Write word and Listen and write) might need a miss but the rest should keep you hopping. Let me know how you get on?

Here’s the app on iTunes and Google Play:

iOS: 6000 Words – Learn Thai Language for Free
Android: 6000 Words – Learn Thai Language for Free
Windows 10 (mobile, tablet, PC): 6000 Words – Learn Thai Language for Free

Eventually I’ll make my way over to the phrase version of the app. Love it.

iOS: 5000 Phrases – Learn Thai Language for Free
Android: 5000 Phrases – Learn Thai Language for Free

EDIT: You can report mistakes from inside the app (Manage App >> support >> contact us) or send them to support@funeasylearn.com

Here’s FunEasyLearn around and about:

Twitter: @FunEasyLearn
Facebook: Fun Easy Learn
YouTube: Fun Easy Learn
Website: FunEasyLearn

There’s still more I need to figure out but I can promise you that eventually, I’ll get to the bottom of the app. But, instead of delving further, I’m going to get back to having fun getting my spelling up to speed. If I find anything new I’ll add it to this review. If you find anything, please let me know either by leaving comments below or via my contact form.

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Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Five: Learn and Love the Thai Language

รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons…

เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย
Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language.

ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน ขี้แพ้ชวนตี
Narrator: Episode – ‘Kee pae chuan dtee’.

เก้าแต้ม: มาวิ่งแข่งกันมั๊ย(ไหม)ล่า(ล่ะ)
Kao Taem: Want to have a running race?

วิเชียรมาศ: เอาซี่(สิ) ใครชนะได้กินปลาก่อนนะ
Wi-chian maat: You’re on! Whoever wins gets to eat the fish first, OK?

เก้าแต้ม: เธอเอาเปรียบชั้น(ฉัน)นี่ ออกวิ่งก่อนชั้น(ฉัน)อีก
Kao Taem: You took unfair advantage of me. You started running before I did.

วิเชียรมาศ: อะไร ก็ต้องออกวิ่งพร้อม ๆ กันไม่ใช่หรอ(หรือ)
Wi-chian maat: Whaaat? We were supposed to start running at the same time. Did we not do that?

เก้าแต้ม: ไม่รู้หล่ะ ชั้น(ฉัน)ไม่ยอมอ่ะ เธอขี้โกงชั้น(ฉัน)
Kao Taem: Whatever! This is unacceptable (to me). You cheated (me out of a victory).

สีสวาด: เก้าแต้มนี่แย่จัง แพ้แล้วไม่ยอมแพ้ หยั่งเงี้ย(อย่างนี้)เค้า(เขา)เรียกว่า ขี้แพ้ชวนตี
Si Sawat: Kao Taem, you’re horrible! You’ve lost and you won’t accept that you’ve lost. People call this ‘Kee pae chuan dtee’.

ผู้บรรยาย: ขี้แพ้ชวนตี เป็นสำนวน หมายถึงผู้ที่แข่งขันแล้วแพ้ตามกติกา แต่ไม่ยอมรับว่าฝ่ายของตัวเองนั้นแพ้ นอกจากนี้ยังหมายถึง แพ้แล้วพาล อีกด้วย
Narrator: ‘Kee pae chuan dtee’ is a saying that means a person who has played and lost in accordance with the rules, but does not accept that he / she is the one who lost. Apart from this, it also means that after a person loses, he / she tries to pick a quarrel or fight (with the victor).

แมวทั้งสามตัว: แล้วพบกันใหม่นะครับบบ (ครับ)
All Three Cats: See you again next time!

เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย
Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language.

Comments…

The closest English equivalent for ‘Kee pae chuan dtee’ would probably be ‘sore loser’.

PDF Downloads…

Below is a pdf download (created by Catherine) to help with your studies. It has Thai script, transliteration, and English.

Download: Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Five: Conversation

The Cat Cartoon Series…

Original transcript and translation provided by Sean Harley. Transliterations via T2E (thai2english.com).

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Thai Slang Put into Phrases: Free Audio and PDF Downloads Included

Benjawan Poomsan Becker

After creating the post, Thai Slang You Might Need to Know I thought it’d be whacking great fun to create phrases out of each slang word. And Thai friends though it would be interesting as well. Game on.

But when I went looking for volunteers, not a one would touch it with a ten foot poll. “Go for it” they said “it’ll be a learning experience for you” they said. So here we are.

Be warned. I seriously did not feel comfortable creating the translations for this post. I don’t use a lot of Thai slang personally, so I did struggle.

Sean Harley: Slang evolves constantly (some go out of fashion, some make a comeback, some don’t, some become really popular, etc). It can also be ‘jargony’, for example it may mean something to teenagers but something else to adults.

This list is not new slang, it’s been around for awhile (you can find many of the words in Benjawan’s Speak Like a Thai series (1&2). And while the teenagers of today do have their own evolving language, many of the terms below, like hi-so and gik, are quite common. But of course there will be pockets of the local population who would have to ask for translations of a few, same as I did.

My translations had a double aim: First) to give an ballpark idea of the meaning in English. And second), where possible, to share English idioms with a Thai friend.

Needless to say, my Thai friend and I had a whale of a time with her trying to get Thai slang through to my thick head, and me trying to explain often old-fashioned Western slang to her.

We both loved it. Perhaps too much. My head still hurts.

Now, not everyone will agree with the translations below. As mentioned, this was a learning experience for me, so under those circumstances it’s to be expected.

All I ask is that you please share your corrections/suggestions either by commenting below, or via the contact form. Both will be welcomed.

Ah. I almost forgot. To see how Google Translate (GT) gets on with Thai slang, I added those as well. Ha! And what a laugh that was … just see for yourself.

Finally, Thai slang put into phrases…

กรอบ /gròp/ dirt poor

สมชายจนกรอบ เลยถูกแฟนทิ้ง
sŏm-chaai jon gròp loie tòok faen tíng
Somchai’s girlfriend left him because he’s dirt poor.

GT: Somchai was crushed by the fans. 


กร่อย /gròi/ boring

เรื่องผจญภัยที่เขาเล่ากร่อยมาก
rêuang pà-jon pai têe kăo lâo gròi mâak
The adventure story he told was so boring!

GT: The story of his adventures very chilly.


กระตั๊ก /grà dták/ abundant

เขาจีบผู้หญิงเก่งเขามีแฟนเป็นกระตั๊ก
kăo jèep pôo yĭng gèng kăo mee faen bpen grà dták
He’s good at flirting, that’s why he gets extra bits on the side.

GT: He flirts with a good woman, he has a girlfriend.


กระต่ายตื่นตูม /grà-dtàai dtèun dtoom/ the sky is falling (rabbit frightened of noise)

เรื่องนิดเดียวทำตกใจเป็นกระต่ายตื่นตูม
rêuang nít dieow tam dtòk jai bpen grà-dtàai dtèun dtoom
You are making a mountain out of a molehill.

GT: A little scarecrow shocked.


กิ๊ก /gík/ boyfriend, girlfriend, lover in a non-serious relationship 

ผู้ชายคนนี้มีกิ๊กเป็นกระตั๊ก
pôo chaai kon née mee gík bpen grà dták
This guy gets bookoo fluff.

GT: This guy has a gaggle.


เกิด /gèrt/ have a chance to shine 

ใส่ชุดนี้ไปงาน เกิดแน่นอน
sài chút née bpai ngaan · gèrt nâe non
Wearing this suit makes you look like a million bucks.

GT: Put this dress to the birth of course.


แก้มือ /gâe meu/ try to do better when given a second chance (to fix a new hand)

วันก่อนเขาเล่นหมดเงิน วันนี้เขาจะแก้มือ
wan gòn kăo lên mòt ngern · wan née kăo jà gâe meu
The other day he lost all his money gambling. Today he expects to win.

GT: The day before he played all the money. Today he will revenge.


ไก่อ่อน /gài òn/ inexperienced guy, naive (innocent chicken)

เรื่องไม่ธรรมดาอย่างนี้ไก่อ่อนอย่างเขาทำไม่ได้
rêuang mâi tam-má-daa yàang née gài òn yàang kăo tam mâi dâai
This is an unusual problem for a newbie to deal with.

GT: This is not as unusual as he can not do.


ขาประจำ /kăa bprà-jam/ regular customer

สมชายเป็นขาประจำร้านนี้เพราะคนขายสวย
sŏm chaai bpen kăa bprà-jam ráan née prór kon kăai sŭay
Somchai is a regular customer at this shop because of the nice looking vendor.

GT: Somchai is a regular attendant because of this beautiful salesman.


ขี้เต่า /kêe dtào/ silly/unimportant thing (armpit) 

อย่าคิดให้กลุ้มมันเป็นเรื่องขี้เต่า
yàa kít hâi glûm man bpen rêuang kêe dtào
Don’t think too much; it’s not such a big deal.

GT: Do not think of it as a dorky thing.


ขี้เลื่อย /kêe lêuay/ dull minded (sawdust)

ไอ้หัวขี้เลื่อย เรื่องแค่นี้ก็คิดไม่ออก
âi hŭa kêe lêuay · rêuang kâe née gôr kít mâi òk
Dmn you, stupid! It is what it is – no more and no less. You are clueless!

GT: Sawdust head This just does not work out.


ขึ้นกล้อง /kêun glông/ photogenic (rise in the camera)

นางแบบคนนี้ขึ้นกล้องมาก
naang bàep kon née kêun glông mâak
This model is mighty photogenic.

GT: This model is very camera.


เขี้ยวลากดิน /kîeow lâak din/ tough, does not easily give in (long in the fang – long toothed)

นายจ้างคนนี้มันเขี้ยวลากดิน
naai jâang kon née man kîeow lâak din
This employer is savvy.

GT: This employer is wily.


ควาย /kwaai/ stupid person (buffalo)
ผัวฉันโง่เหมือนควาย
pŭa chăn ngôh mĕuan kwaai
My husband is as foolish as a buffalo.

GT: I’m a fool like a buffalo


ค่าโสหุ้ย /kâa sŏh-hûi/ overhead (cost / expense – Chinese origin?)

ค่าโสหุ้ยแพงหูฉี่
kâa sŏh-hûi paeng hŏo-chèe
The cost is unreasonably high.

GT: Expensive Expenses


คุณไสย /kun-săi/ black magic 

เขาคงโดนเมียน้อยใช้คุณไสยเข้าแล้ว
kăo kong dohn mia nói chái kun-săi kâo láew
His mistress must have used black magic on him.

GT: He was mistaken to use you occult.


เครื่องร้อน /krêuang rón/ act immediately with enthusiasm (hot engine)

นักวิชาการเพิ่งจบมากำลังเครื่องร้อน
nák wí-chaa gaan pêung jòp maa gam-lang krêuang rón
The junior academic is enthusiastic.

GT: The scholars have just finished the heat.


งก /ngók/ stingy

เขางกสุดๆ ไม่แบ่งให้ใครหรอก
kăo ngók sùt sùt · mâi bàeng hâi krai ròk
He’s way stingy. He won’t share.

GT: She was not the best one to share it with.


งงเต็ก /ngong dtèk/ confused

คุณพูดอะไรฉันงงเต็ก
kun pôot a-rai chăn ngong dtèk
What are you going on about? I’m confused.

GT: What do you say?


งูๆปลาๆ /ngoo ngoo bplaa bplaa/ knowing very little about something (snake snake fish fish)

ฉันพูดอังกฤษได้งูๆปลาๆ
chăn pôot ang-grìt dâai ngoo ngoo bplaa bplaa
My English is next to nothing.


GT: I speak english


จ๋อย /jŏi/ be sad and dejected (to be pale)

พอทุกคนรู้ว่าเขาโกหก เขาหน้าจ๋อยเลย
por túk kon róo wâa kăo goh-hòk · kăo nâa jŏi loie
Everyone knows he’s lying. He went pale.

GT: Enough that everyone knows he is lying He’s a lil


จับกบ /jàp gòp/ stumble and fall (to catch a frog)

ถนนไม่ดี เดินดีๆ เดี๋ยวจับกบหร็อก
tà-nŏn mâi dee · dern dee dee dĭeow jàp gòp rók
It’s a bad road. Walk carefully or you’ll fall.


GT: The road is not good.


จ๊าบ /jáap/ cool (Onomatopoeic word?)

ว้าว วันนี้คุณแต่งตัวจ๊าบจัง
wáao · wan née kun dtàeng dtua jáap jang
Wow. You cleaned up mighty fine today!

GT: Wow, today you dress up!


จิ๊ก /jík/ steal little things (the sound of pecking something?)

มีคนมาจิ๊กเงินในกระเป๋าตังฉัน
mee kon maa jík ngern nai grà-bpăo dtang chăn
Someone lifted money from my purse.

GT: Someone was juggling my wallet.


เจ๊ /jáy/ older sister (Chinese word) 

เจ้าของร้านเรียกตัวเองว่าเจ๊
jâo kŏng ráan rîak dtua ayng wâa jáy
The shopowner refers to herself as ‘older sister’.

GT: The owner called himself chef.


เจ๊ง /jéng/ going out of business, bankrupt (to collapse)

ร้านนี้ขายไม่ดี เจ๊งไปแล้ว
ráan née kăai mâi dee · jéng bpai láew
This shop sold badly, it’s gone out of business already.


GT: This shop is not sold well gone.


เจ๋ง /jĕng/ cool, great! 

คุณพูดได้เจ๋งมาก
kun pôot dâai jĕng mâak
You speak very well!

GT: You say so cool


เจาะลึก /jòr léuk/ investigate thoroughly (to drill deep)

เขากำลังเจาะลึกข่าวการเมือง
kăo gam-lang jòr léuk kàao gaan meuang
He’s delving into politics.


GT: He’s going deep into politics.


แจ๋ว /jăew/ wonderful! (Onomatopoeic word?)

ความคิดคุณแจ๋วจริงๆ
kwaam kít kun jăew jing jing
Your idea is magnificent!

GT: Your thoughts are really beautiful.


แฉ /chăe/ reveal (possibly from English ‘share’)

เขาเอาเรื่องเมียเก่ามาแฉ
kăo ao rêuang mia gào maa chăe
He reveals everything about his ex wife.


GT: He was the old man unfolding.


ชวด /chûat/ miss, lose out on (rat, animal of the Thai zodiac)

อย่าช้านะ เดี๋ยวชวด
yàa cháa ná · dĭeow chûat
Don’t be late or you’ll lose out.

GT: Do not be late


ชะนี /chá-nee/ “woman” used by gay men (gibbons make sounds like ผัว /pŭa/ husband)

หมั่นไส้ชะนีพวกนี้ เดินตามผัวอยู่ได้
màn sâi chá-nee pûak née · dern dtaam pŭa yòo dâai
I despise women who walk behind their husbands.

GT: Gibbons Walk with your husband


ช้างน้ำ /cháang náam/ big, fat person (hippo)

เขาใส่ชุดนี้แล้วเหมือนช้างน้ำ
kăo sài chút née láew mĕuan cháang náam
In this dress she looks like a hippo.

GT: He dressed like a waltz.


เช้งกะเด๊ะ /cháyng gà dé/ extremely beautiful and sexy woman (Onomatopoeic word?)

วันนี้คุณสวยเช้งกะเด๊ะจริงๆ
wan née kun sŭay cháyng gà dé jing jing
Today you look smoking hot.

GT: You are really beautiful today.


เชย /choie/ old-fashioned

ชุดคุณเชยมาก
chút kun choie mâak
Your dress is out of fashion.

GT: You very cheesy


เชียร์แขก /chia kàek/ try to get customers to buy (loanword: ‘cheer’ on guests)

เขามีหน้าทีเชียร์แขกหน้าบาร์
kăo mee nâa tee chia kàek nâa baa
Her job is to attract customers into the bar.

GT: He has a cheeky face in front of the bar.


ซวย /suay/ unlucky

ซวยอีกแล้วงวดนี้
suay èek láew ngûat née
Yet again I am unlucky with the lottery.

GT: Hes again this period.


ซา /saa/ subside 

เมื่อก่อนขายของดี แต่ตอนนี้ซาลง
mêua gòn kăai kŏng dee · dtàe dton-née saa long
Before this we could make a good sale but it’s slowed down now.

GT: Once before the sale of good. But now sa


ซ่า /sâa/ showy 

หนุ่มคนนั้นทำตัวซ่าซะไม่มี
nùm kon nán tam dtua sâa sá mâi mee
The young guy behaves like a big shot but he really really isn’t.


GT: The young man does not have a body.


ซิ่ง /sîng/ brave and hip in expressing oneself, to race, to leave quickly (shortened from ‘racing’)

ซิ่งมาเลย ฉันไม่มีเวลาแล้ว
sîng maa loie · chăn mâi mee way-laa láew
Hurry! I don’t have any time.

GT: I have no time.


เซ้ง /sáyng/ lease (Chinese origin?)

ตึกนี้ให้เซ้งทุกๆ10 ปี
dtèuk née hâi sáyng túk túk sìp bpee
This building has a ten year lease.

GT: This building is rented every 10 years.


เซ็ง /seng/ dull 

ผมเซ็งกับงานนี้มาก
pŏm seng gàp ngaan née mâak
I’m really bored with this job.

GT: I was very impressed with this job.


ดอกฟ้า /dòk fáa/ high-ranking woman, young female of rich and powerful family (sky flower)

เธอเป็นดอกฟ้า ผมเป็นหมาวัด
ter bpen dòk fáa · pŏm bpen măa wát
She’s an uptown girl – I’m a backstreet guy.

GT: She is a fairy.


ดองงาน /dong ngaan/ procrastinate on working (pickling the job – slowing down work)

เจ้านายบ่นเพราะเขาชอบดองงาน
jâo naai bòn prór kăo chôp dong ngaan
The boss complains because his employee likes to slow down the job.

GT: The boss complained because he liked the job.


ดำน้ำ /dam náam/ guess (diving without knowing what you’ll hit)

คุณไม่รู้จริงอย่ามาดำน้ำ
kun mâi róo jing yàa maa dam náam
You don’t really know for sure, you just guess.

GT: You do not know, do not dive


ดีแตก /dee dtàek/ turning out to be not so good (broken goodness)

เขาเคยดี แต่เดี๋ยวนี้ดีแตก
kăo koie dee · dtàe dĭeow née dee dtàek
He used to be nice but now he’s just full of it.

GT: He used to be good, but now it’s good.


ดูไม่จืด /doo mâi jèut/ not looking good (look not bland)

ชุดที่ใส่ไปงานเมื่อคืน ดูไม่จืดเลย
chút têe sài bpai ngaan mêua keun · doo mâi jèut loie
The dress you wore at the party last night did not do you any justice.

GT: The dress that was put to work last night did not look fresh.


เด็กกะโปโล /dèk gà-bpoh-loh/ dirty, uncivilized and innocent child (childish child) 

คุณแต่งตัวให้ลูกยังกับเป็นเด็กกะโปโล
kun dtàeng dtua hâi lôok yang gàp bpen dèk gà-bpoh-loh
You dress like trailer trash.

GT: You are also dressed up as a child.


เด็กแนว /dèk naew/ young person who follows all the new trends (stylish kids)

เด็กคนนี้แต่งตัวเป็นเด็กแนว
dèk kon née dtàeng dtua bpen dèk naew
This child dresses trendy.

GT: This kid is dressed up as a kid.


เดิ้น /dêrn/ stylish and modern, go-go (shortened from ‘modern’)

ผมชอบมองเขาเพราะเขาแต่งตัวเดิ้นมาก
pŏm chôp mong kăo prór kăo dtàeng dtua dêrn mâak
I like to ogle him because he dresses stylishly.

GT: I like looking at him because he is very


เดี้ยง /dîang/ dead, out of order, broken, unwell

ตอนนี้เดี้ยง ขอพักก่อน
dton-née dîang · kŏr pák gòn
(I’m) feeling unwell now, (I) want to rest.

GT: Now, let’s rest.


ไดโนเสาร์ /dai-noh-săo/ old-fashioned (dinosaur, English loanword)

อย่าทำตัวเป็นไดโนเสาร์เต่าล้านปีได้มั้ย
yàa tam dtua bpen dai-noh-săo dtào láan bpee dâai máai
Don’t behave like a dinosaur! Will you?

GT: Do not act like a million-year-old dinosaur turtles?


ตกม้าตาย /dtòk máa dtaai/ fail before reaching success or goal (fall down from a horse and die)

เขาทำดีมาตลอดแต่ตกม้าตายตอนเกษียณ
kăo tam dee maa dtà-lòt dtàe dtòk máa dtaai dton gà-sĭan
He started out well but in the end fell flat on his face.

GT: He’s done good, but he fell off his horse when he retired.


ตงฉิน /dtong-chĭn/ work honestly (Chinese origin?)

ตำรวจคนนี้ได้รางวัลเพราะเขาทำงานตงฉินจริงๆ
dtam-rùat kon née dâai raang-wan prór kăo tam ngaan dtong-chĭn jing jing
This policeman received a reward because he’s super honest on the job.


GT: This cop won because he worked really hard.


ต้ม /dtôm/ bamboozle, trick, deceive (to boil) 

ฉันโดนเพื่อนต้มจนสุก
chăn dohn pêuan dtôm jon sùk
I was ripped off by a friend.

GT: I was cooked until cooked.


ต่อยหอย /dtòi hŏi/ very talkative (to keep punching a shell to break it)

ผู้หญิงคนนี้พูดเป็นต่อยหอย
pôo yĭng kon née pôot bpen dtòi hŏi
This woman has a motor mouth.

GT: This girl is talking


ตัวซวย /dtua suay/ jinx (unlucky person)

แกมันตัวซวย ไปไกลๆ ไป
gae man dtua suay · bpai glai glai bpai
You’re jinxed. Get away from me.

GT: It’s far far away.


ตาถั่ว /dtaa tùa/ be careless (peanut eyes)

แกมันตาถั่วจริงๆ นี่มันของปลอม
gae man dtaa-tùa jing jing nêe man kŏng bplom
You really turn a blind eye to fakes.

GT: You really eye it. This is fake


ติ๊งต๊อง /dtíng-dtóng/ wacky (Onomatopoeic word?)

เขาชอบทำตัวติ๊งต๊อง
kăo chôp tam dtua dtíng-dtóng
He likes to act crazy.

GT: He likes to do


ติดดิน /dtìt din/ down-to-earth, earthy (to stick to the ground)

เขารวยมากแต่ชอบทำตัวติดดิน
kăo ruay mâak dtàe chôp tam dtua dtìt din
He’s rich but down to earth.

GT: He is very wealthy but likes to stick to the soil.


ตีนแมว /dteen maew/ burglar (cat feet – cats walk softly, soundless)

เมื่อคืนฝนตก ตีนแมวเข้าบ้านไม่รู้ตัว
mêua keun fŏn dtòk · dteen maew kâo bâan mâi róo dtua
Last night when it rained we didn’t know a burglar had come into the house.

GT: When the rain falls, the cat’s feet enter the house unconsciously.


เตะฝุ่น /dtè fùn/ unemployed (to kick the dust)

เขาไม่มีงานทำเดินเตะฝุ่นทุกวัน
kăo mâi mee ngaan tam dern dtè fùn túk wan
He’s out of work. He’s forever without a job.

GT: He does not have to do daily walks.


เต่าล้านปี /dtào láan bpee/ very old-fashioned person (million year old turtle)

ความคิดแบบเต่าล้านปีนี่ เลิกได้แล้ว
kwaam kít bàep dtào láan bpee nêe · lêrk dâai láew
This outmoded idea has long ceased to be.

GT: This Taoist idea has ceased to exist.


แต๊ะอั๋ง /dtáe-ăng/ grope or touch sexually (Chinese origin?)

เวลาอยู่บนรถเมล์ระวังโดนแต๊ะอั๋งนะ
way-laa yòo bon rót may rá-wang dohn dtáe-ăng ná
Watch out for gropers when you are on the bus.

GT: Time to be on the bus.


ทึ่ง /têung/ amazed (Onomatopoeic word?)

เขาพูดได้น่าทึ่งมาก
kăo pôot dâai nâa têung mâak
He’s impressive when he speaks.

GT: He speaks amazingly.


ทุเรศ /tú-râyt/ obscene, shabby (ugly)

หยุดทำทุเรศๆ ได้มั้ย
yùt tam tú-râyt tú-râyt · dâai máai
Can you stop being so disgusting!?

GT: Can you make it?


นกเขา /nók kăo/ cock, penis (dove)

ช่วงนี้ไม่รู้เป็นไร นกเขาไม่ขันเลย
hûang née mâi róo bpen rai · nók kăo mâi kăn loie
I don’t know what’s wrong with my penis. It isn’t alert at all.

GT: This is not known. Dove no fun


นกต่อ /nók dtòr/ informant (bird decoy)

หมอนั่นมันเป็นนกต่อของตำรวจ
mŏr nân man bpen nók dtòr kŏng dtam-rùat
That guy is a stool pigeon for the police.

GT: That doctor is a police bird.


นั่งนก /nâng nók/ sleep while sitting (sitting bird)

เขานั่งนกอยู่ที่โต๊ะทำงาน
kăo nâng nók yòo têe dtó tam ngaan
He fell asleep sitting straight up at the table at work.

GT: He sat at the desk.


น้ำเน่า /nám nâo/ dull and monotonous, soapy, soap operas (drains are not filled with good water)

สมัยนี้มีแต่ละครน้ำเน่า
sà-măi née mee dtàe-lá kon nám nâo
These days there are only monotonous soaps.

GT: This is a soap opera.


นิ้ง /níng/ superb (Onomatopoeic word?)

วันนี้คุณสวยนิ้งจริงๆ ใครๆก็มอง
wan née kun sŭay níng jing jing krai krai gôr mong
Today you are gorgeous indeed, everyone is looking at you.

GT: Today you’re really pretty looking at anyone.


เนี้ยบ /níap/ perfect, smart

อาจารย์คนนี้แต่งตัวเนี้ยบมาก
aa-jaan kon née dtàeng dtua níap mâak
This professor is a smart dresser.


GT: This teacher is very dressed up.


บอกผ่าน /bòk pàan/ inflate the price of something 

นี่ราคาปกติ ไม่ได้บอกผ่าน
nêe raa-kaa bpòk-gà-dtì · mâi dâai bòk pàan
This is the normal price. I didn’t put it up.

GT: This price is not usually told through.


บ๊อง บ๊องๆ /bóng · bóng bóng/ crazy (Onomatopoeic word?)

ชายคนนี้ยิ่งแก่ ยิ่งทำตัวบ๊องๆ
chaai kon née yîng gàe · yîng tam dtua bóng bóng
This man, the older he gets, the crazier he acts.

GT: This man is older. The act


บ้าๆบอๆ /bâa bâa bor bor/ crazy (Onomatopoeic word?)

เขาชอบพูดเรื่องบ้าๆ บอๆ
kăo chôp pôot rêuang bâa bâa bor bor
He likes to talk about crazy things.


GT: He likes to talk crazy


ปล่อยไก่ /bplòi gài/ embarrassed, make a silly or careless mistake (to release chickens)

ล่ามคนนั้นปล่อยไก่ แปลผิดโดยไม่รู้ตัว
lâam kon nán bplòi gài · bplae pìt doi mâi róo dtua
That guy unknowingly made a mistake. He translated it incorrectly.

GT: That translator is bloated. Misunderstandings


ปอดแหก /bpòt hàek/ chicken-hearted (broken lungs)

เขาปอดแหกไม่กล้าเดินคนเดียวตอนกลางคืน
kăo bpòt hàek mâi glâa dern kon dieow dtor nók laang keun
He’s a coward. He not brave enough to walk by himself at night.

GT: He did not dare to walk alone at night.


ปั้นเรื่อง /bpân rêuang/ make up a story (to mold a story)

เด็กคนนี้ชอบปั้นเรื่อง
dèk kon née chôp bpân rêuang
This kid likes to make up stories.

GT: This kid likes molding stuff.


ปากหอยปากปู /bpàak hŏi bpàak bpoo/ someone who gossips and causes damage to others (shell mouth, crab mouth)

อย่าไปฟังพวกปากหอยปากปู
yàa bpai fang pûak bpàak hŏi bpàak bpoo
Don’t listen to big mouths.


GT: Do not listen to the phalanx.


ปิ๊ง /bpíng/ click – between lovers (Onomatopoeic word?)

ผมเห็นเธอก็ปิ๊งเลย
pŏm hĕn ter gôr bpíng loie
I loved her at first sight.

GT: I see you are screaming.


แป๊บ /bpáep/ one little moment (Onomatopoeic word?)

เขาไปแป๊บเดียวแล้วก็กลับมา
kăo bpai bpáep dieow láew gôr glàp maa
She went away for just a minute and then came back.

GT: He went one by one and came back.


ผีเสื้อสมุทร /pĕe sêua sà-mùt/ big ugly woman (character from Thai literature)

เขาดูเหมือนผีเสื้อสมุทแต่เขาใจดี
kăo doo mĕuan pĕe sêua sà-mùt dtàe kăo jai dee
She has the look of a big ugly woman but she’s kindhearted.

GT: He looks like a butterfly, but he is kind.


เผา /păo/ gossip about, talk behind one’s back (to burn someone)

เธอชอบเอาเรื่องของเพื่อนไปเผา
ter chôp ao rêuang kŏng pêuan bpai păo
She likes to make trouble for her friend by gossiping.

GT: She likes to make friends with her.


ฝรั่งจ๋า /fà-ràng jăa/ those who idolise Western ways (food, dress, movies, lifestyle)

ความคิดเขาฝรั่งจ๋าเกินไป
kwaam kít kăo fà-ràng jăa gern bpai
Her mindset is too Western.

GT: He thinks too guilty


ฝอย /fŏi/ chat, brag

หยุดฝอยได้แล้ว
yùt fŏi dâai láew
Stop bragging already!

GT: Stop the fuzzy


เพื่อนซี้ /pêuan sée/ very close friend 

เราเป็นเพื่อนซี้กัน
rao bpen pêuan sée gan
We are very close friends.

GT: We are friends


แพะรับบาป /páe ráp bàap/ scapegoat (goat sin)

เขาไม่ผิดแต่เขาต้องมาเป็น แพะรับบาป
kăo mâi pìt dtàe kăo dtông maa bpen · páe ráp bàap
He is not in the wrong, but he had to be the whipping boy.

GT: He is not guilty, but he must be a scapegoat.


ภาษาดอกไม้ /paa-săa dòk máai/ language of love (flower language)

หล่อนพูดเป็นภาษาดอกไม้
lòn pôot bpen paa-săa dòk máai
She speaks the language of love.

GT: She speaks a flower language


ม้ามืด /máa mêut/ dark horse (unexpected winner)

เขาเป็นม้ามืด ไม่มีใครรู้ว่าเขาจะชนะ
kăo bpen máa mêut · mâi mee krai róo wâa kăo jà chá-ná
He was a dark horse; an unexpected winner.


GT: He is a dark horse No one knows that he will win.


มีกะตังค์ /mee gà dtang/ rich (to have coins – gà dtang comes from satang สตางค์ which means coins/money)

เขาใช้ของเหมือนคนมีกะตังค์
kăo chái kŏng mĕuan kon mee gà dtang
He lives as if he’s rich.

GT: He used to be like a man with money.


มือขึ้น /meu kêun/ having good luck (hand up)

คืนนี้เขาเล่นไพ่มือขึ้นจริงๆ
keun née kăo lên pâi meu kêun jing jing
Tonight he had really good luck at playing cards.

GT: Tonight he really played poker.


มือตก /meu dtòk/ having bad luck (hand down)

เมื่อวันก่อนเขายังมือตกอยู่เลย
mêua wan gòn kăo yang meu dtók yòo loie
The previous day he was unlucky.

GT: The day before he still hands down.


เมาท์ /mao/ speak with friends for fun, chat (shortened from ‘mouth’)

พอครูออกนอกห้อง ทุกคนก็เมาท์กันอย่างสนุกสนาน
por kroo òk nôk hông · túk kon gôr mao gan yàang sà-nùk-sà-năan
As soon as the teacher leaves the room everyone starts gabbing.

GT: When the teacher leaves the room. Everyone was happy.


แมงดา /maeng-daa/ pimp (insect, giant waterbug)

แมงดานั่นคุมซ่องนี้อยู่
maeng-daa nân kum sông née yòo
He’s the pimp who oversees the brothel.

GT: The pimps that control this broth.


ไม่เป็นสับปะรด /mâi bpen sàp-bpà-rót/ bad tasting or of low quality (not a pineapple)

เขาทำงานไม่เป็นสับปะรดเลย
kăo tam ngaan mâi bpen sàp-bpà-rót loie
His work is of low quality.

GT: He is not a pineapple.


ยาบ้า /yaa bâa/ methamphetamine, meth, amphetamine, speed (crazy medicine)

ผู้ชายคนนั้นติดยาบ้า
pôo chaai kon nán dtìt yaa bâa
That guy is a drug addict.

GT: The man is addicted to amphetamines.


ร้อนตับแตก /rón dtàp dtàek/ darn hot (row of dried nipa palm leaves used as a roof – doesn’t break but feels like it)

ออกไปข้างนอกดีกว่า ในนี้ร้อนตับแตก
òk bpai kâang nôk dee gwàa · nai née rón dtàp dtàek
It’s better to go outside. Inside it’s dang hot!

GT: Go out better In this hot, cracked liver.


รู้อย่างเป็ด /róo yàang bpèt/ familiar with many things but a master of none (to know like a duck)

พอเขาพูดออกมา เรารู้เลยว่าเขารู้อย่างเป็ด
por kăo pôot òk maa · rao róo loie wâa kăo róo yàang bpèt
As soon as he spoke, I understood right away that he doesn’t know very much.

GT: As he speaks out We know that he is dull.


เรื่องขี้ผง /rêuang kêe pŏng/ easy matter or trivial (story dust)

ไม่ต้องห่วงผม เรื่องนี้เรื่องขี้ผง
mâi dtông hùang pŏm · rêuang née rêuang kêe pŏng
Don’t worry about me, it isn’t anything much.

GT: Do not worry about me This story is trivial.


ลองของ /long kŏng/ try something usually bad 

คุณไม่ต้องมาลองของผม ผมรู้ทันคุณ
kun mâi dtông maa long kŏng pŏm · pŏm róo tan kun
You don’t have to try one on. I know when you are up to something.

GT: You do not have to try my hand, I know you


ลักไก่ /lák gài/ cheat in a game, to test someone (to steal a chicken)

ผมรู้ว่าคุณลักไก่
pŏm róo wâa kun lák gài
I know you’re a cheater!

GT: I know you


ลูกมือ /lôok meu/ helper or assistant (small hand)

ฉันชอบเป็นลูกมือทำอาหารให้เขา
chăn chôp bpen lôok meu tam aa-hăan hâi kăo
I’d like to be his cooking assistant.

GT: I like to cook for him.


วาบหวาม /wâap wăam/ provoking sensation or sexually explicit (Onomatopoeic word?)

คุณแต่งตัววาบหวามจังเลย
kun dtàeng dtua wâap wăam jang loie
You dress so sexy!

GT: You dress up


เว่อร์ /wer/ too much (shortened from ‘over’). 

อย่าแต่งตัวเว่อร์เดี๋ยวคนคิดว่าคุณบ้า
yàa dtàeng dtua wêr dĭeow kon kít wâa kun bâa
Don’t overdress, people will think you’re crazy.

GT: Do not dress up now, people think you crazy.


สวิงเด้ง /sà-wĭng dâyng/ scream with excitement 

เธอดีใจแบบสวิงเด้ง
ter dee jai bàep sà-wĭng dâyng
She’s immensely happy!

GT: She is happy swing.


สะเออะ /sà-ùh/ meddle

อย่ามาสะเออะเรื่องของฉัน ฉันไม่ชอบ
yàa maa sà-ùh rêuang kŏng chăn · chăn mâi chôp
Don’t poke your nose into my business. I don’t like it!


GT: Do not worry about me I do not like


สันดาน /săn daan/ trait

เด็กคนนี้สันดานเหมือนพ่อ
dèk kon née săn daan mĕuan pôr
(They’re) childish, just like their father.

GT: This child is like a father.


ไส้แห้ง /sâi hâeng/ destitute (dry intestines – to be starving)

เขาไม่มีงานทำ เลยไส้แห้ง
kăo mâi mee ngaan tam · loie sâi hâeng
He doesn’t have work. (He’s) penniless.

GT: He has no job to do


หน้าโหล /nâa lŏh/ common looking face (a dozen faces – everything the same)

เขาหล่อแบบหน้าโหลๆ
kăo lòr bàep nâa lŏh
He’s plain looking.

GT: He is a beautiful face


หมดตูด /mòt dtòot/ dead broke (finished pooping)

เดือนนี้ผมหมดตูด เลยไม่มีเงินไปเที่ยว
deuan née pŏm mòt dtòot · loie mâi mee ngern bpai tîeow
This month I have nothing left. There isn’t money to go out.

GT: This month I am out of order. No money to go


หมวย /mŭay/ young Chinese woman (Chinese origin?)

คุณสวยเหมือนหมวย
kun sŭay mĕuan mŭay
You’re beautiful, like a young Chinese woman.

GT: You are like boxing


หมาวัด /măa wát/ poor man (temple dog)

ผมเป็นหมาวัดที่หมายปองดอกฟ้า
pŏm bpen măa wát têe măai bpong dòk fáa
I’m a lowlife but I have high hopes.



GT: I am a temple dog.

หมาหมู่ /măa mòo/ group of dangerous men (a group of dogs)

เขาโดนพวกหมาหมู่รุม แต่มีตำรวจผ่านมาพอดี
kăo dohn pûak măa mòo rum · dtàe mee dtam-rùat pàan maa por dee
He was badly threatened by scum but the police came just in time.

GT: He was hit by the crowd But the police came through.


หมู /mŏo/ easy (pig)

งานนี้หมูมากสำหรับฉัน
ngaan née mŏo mâak săm-ràp chăn
This work is a piece of cake for me.

GT: This work is very pig for me.


หยวน /yŭan/ give in reluctantly

หยวนๆ ให้แล้วกันงานนี้
yŭan yŭan · hâi láew gan ngaan née
No loss no gain. Let’s make it this time around.


GT: Yuan to this job.

หลุดโลก /lùt lôhk/ eccentric or quirky (out of this world)

เขาเป็นคนหลุดโลก
kăo bpen kon lùt lôhk
He’s an eccentric guy.

GT: He is out of the world


หวย /hŭay/ illegal lottery, lotto 

ฉันซื้อหวยทุกงวด
chăn séu hŭay túk ngûat
I grab lottery tickets under the table whenever they’re around.

GT: I buy lottery every period.


ห่วย /hùay/ bad, no good

งานของคุณห่วยจริงๆ
ngaan kŏng kun hùay jing jing
Your work is truly good-for-nothing.

GT: Your work really sucks.


ห่วยแตก /hùay dtàek/ crap! (bad broken)

เขาทำงานแบบห่วยแตก
kăo tam ngaan bàep hùay dtàek
Their work is crap!


GT: He works a shabby way.


ห้องกง /hông gong/ jail (cell room – hông gong rhymes with Hong Kong)

ตอนนี้เขาอยู่ที่ห้องกง
dton-née kăo yòo têe hông gong
He’s in a jail cell now.


GT: Now he is in the Gong room.


หายต๋อม /hăai-dtŏm/ disappear for a long time (disappear + the sound of throwing something into the water)

นานแล้วเราไม่เจอกันเลย คุณหายต๋อมไปไหนมา
naan láew rao mâi jer gan loie · kun hăai-dtŏm bpai năi maa
We haven’t seen each other in yaks ages. Where did you disappear to?


GT: Long time ago we did not see each other. How did you get lost?


แห้ว /hâew/ lose one’s opportunity, to blow it (chestnut)

แห้วแล้วเรา ผู้หญิงคนนั้นมีแฟนแล้ว
hâew láew rao · pôo yĭng kon nán mee faen láew
We blew it. That woman already has a boyfriend.

GT: Frustration, we girls have a girlfriend.


เฮง /hayng/ fortunate, lucky (Chinese origin?)

ในที่สุดก็เฮง ถูกล็อตเตอรี่รางวัลที่สอง
nai têe sùt gôr hayng · tòok lót-dter-rêe raang-wan têe sŏng
I finally got lucky! I won a second lottery prize.


GT: Finally Heng Was the second prize lottery.

เฮี้ยน /hían/ manifesting the power of an evil spirit

ถนนนี้เกิดอุบัติเหตุบ่อยๆ เจ้าที่เจ้าทางเฮี้ยนมาก
tà-nŏn née gèrt u-bàt-dtì-hàyt bòi bòi jâo têe jâo taang hían mâak
This road is accident prone. The road god is vindictive.


GT: This road accident often. You are very goddamn.


ไฮโซ /hai soh/ high-class (shortened from ‘high society’)

พวกไฮโซนั่น ชอบใช้ของแบรนด์เนม
pûak hai soh nân · chôp chái kŏng bae ron-naym
The beautiful peeps always go for the brand names.

GT: The noble ones like to use the brand name.


Speak Like a Thai 1&2…

Many of the words (with phrases) in this list can be found in Benjawan’s Speak Like a Thai series.

Speak Like a Thai Volume 1
Speak Like a Thai Volume 2

Smartphone Apps: Talking Thai <> English Dictionary+Phrasebook…

Most of the slang vocabulary used in this post will be in the Talking Thai-Eng-Thai Dictionary by Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand.

iOS app: Talking Thai <> English Dictionary+Phrasebook
Android: Talking Thai <> English Dictionary+Phrasebook

Thai slang phrases download files…

PDF Download: Thai Slang Put into Phrases – 398kb
Audio Download: Thai Slang Put into Phrases – 4.8mg

Note: These files are for personal use only (please do not place them on other websites).

Before I go I’d like to think Benjawan for letting me use her slang list. Benjawan also suggested changes to the first run of the phrases – again, thanks! And I’d like to thank KP (my long-suffering Thai friend), who records for WLT and answers a gazillion questions about the Thai language and the Thai people, and my terrible Thai. Thanks to all!

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Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Four: Learn and Love the Thai Language

รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons…

เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย
Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language.

ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน ลักษณนามของขลุ่ย
Narrator: Episode – The Classifier for ‘Klui’.

วิเชียรมาศ: เสียงขลุ่ยเพราะจังน้า(นะ)
Wi-chian maat: The sound of the ‘Klui” is so melodious, don’t you agree?!

สีสวาด: พ่อพี่เก่งเป่าขลุ่ยเก่งมาก
Si Sawat: Pee Geng’s dad is highly skilled in playing (blowing) the ‘Klui’.

เก้าแต้ม: ที่บ้านชั้น(ฉัน)ก็มีขลุ่ยอยู่อันนึง(หนึ่ง)นะ
Kao Taem: There’s ‘Klui’ one ‘an’ in my home, you know?!

สีสวาด: ขลุ่ยหนึ่งเลาจ้ะ ไม่ใช่ขลุ่ยหนึ่งอัน
Si Sawat: It’s “‘Klui’ one ‘lao’”, not “‘Klui’ one ‘an’”.

เก้าแต้ม: ผิดอีกแล้วเรา เอ่อๆ ขลุ่ยหนึ่งเลา
Kao Taem: I’ve made a mistake yet again. All right, all right, ‘Klui’ one ‘lao’.

ผู้บรรยาย: ลักษณนามของขลุ่ยและปี่ของไทย
คือ เลา ไม่ใช่ อัน
Narrator: The classifier for ‘Klui’ and Thai ‘Bpee’, is ‘Lao’, not ‘An’.

แมวทั้งสามตัว: แล้วพบกันใหม่นะครับบบ (ครับ)
All Three Cats: See you again next time!

เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย
Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language.

Comments…

‘Klui’ (ขลุ่ย) and Thai ‘Bpee’ (ปี่ไทย) are two different types of Thai wind instruments (see Thai instruments).

PDF Downloads…

Below is a pdf download (created by Catherine) to help with your studies. It has Thai script, transliteration, and English.

Download: Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Four: Conversation

The Cat Cartoon Series…

Original transcript and translation provided by Sean Harley. Transliterations via T2E (thai2english.com).

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HouseTalk: A Handy Shortlist of Instructions for Your Thai Maid

HouseTalk: Learn Basic Thai Cleaning Instructions

Giving your Thai maid instructions…

When planning a move to Northern Thailand I knew I’d have to get another maid so I put together a general list of things I wanted done. If you are contemplating something similar, at least parts of the list will come in handy for you as well.

Suggestion: After tweaking to suit, print out the text file for maids who can read Central Thai (you’ll also need to delete the transliteration and perhaps the English). But for maids who can’t read (not all maids can), either memorise your version of the list or have them listen to the edited audio. It won’t be perfect but it’ll be a start.

Tip: Audio and pdf downloads are at the end of the post.

Shortlist of Instructions for Your Thai Maid…

วันพุธ วันเสาร์: 9.00 – 16.00
wan pút wan săo: 9.00 – 16.00
Wednesday and Saturday: 9.00 – 16.00


** วันเสาร์ทุกอย่างเหมือนวันพุธยกเว้นไม่ต้องซักผ้าปูที่นอนของห้องนอนใหญ่
wan săo túk yàang mĕuan wan pút yá-gà-wâyn mâi dtông sák pâa bpoo têe non kŏng hông non yài
Saturday everything is the same except for sheets.


ซักเสื้อผ้าก่อน
sák sêua pâa gòn
Start washing clothes first.


** ซักผ้าปูที่นอนของห้องนอนใหญ่
sák pâa bpoo têe non kŏng hông non yài
Wash sheets master bedroom.


ซักผ้าเช็ดตัวของห้องน้ำทุกห้อง
sák pâa chét dtua kŏng hông náam túk hông
Wash towels in every bathroom.


กวาดบริเวณบ้าน
gwàat bor-rí-wayn bâan
Sweep outside.


ดูแลนอกชานให้สะอาดอยู่เสมอ
doo lae nôk chaan hâi sà-àat yòo sà-mĕr
Always keep the balconies clean.


ล้างจาน
láang jaan
Do dishes.


ทำความสะอาดห้องครัว
tam kwaam sà-àat hông krua
Clean kitchen. 


เอาขยะไปทิ้ง 
ao kà-yà bpai tíng
Empty garbage. 


ทำความสะอาดห้องน้ำ
tam kwaam sà-àat hông náam
Clean bathrooms.


เปลี่ยนทรายแมว
bplìan saai maew
Replace kitty litter.


เช็ดฝุ่นเฟอร์นิเจอร์
chét fùn fer-ní-jer
Dust furniture.


ดูดฝุ่นพรม
dòot fùn prom
Vacuum carpets.


ทำความสะอาดพื้น
tam kwaam sà-àat péun
Clean floors.


รีดผ้า
rêet pâa
Iron clothes.


** ปูที่นอนของห้องนอนใหญ่ 
bpoo têe non kŏng hông non yài
Make bed in master bedroom.


เอาผ้าเช็ดตัวแขวนไ้วในห้องน้ำทุกห้องด้วย
ao pâa chét dtua kwăen wai nai hông náam túk hông dûay
Replace towels in every bathroom.


งานอื่นๆที่ควรทำ
ngaan èun èun têe kuan tam
Special instructions:


ซักผ้าปูที่นอน ห้องนอนแขกด้วย 
sák pâa bpoo têe non · hông non kàek dûay
Wash sheets in guest bedroom when there are guests.


อย่าเอาเสื้อผ้าและผ้าอื่นๆที่ซักแล้วตากแดด ให้ใช้เครื่องอบผ้า
yàa ao sêua pâa láe pâa èun èun têe sák láew dtàak dàet · hâi chái krêuang òp pâa
Do not put clothes and other laundry in the sun, use the dryer.


อย่าใส่ผ้าที่เลอะเป็นคราบลงในเครื่องอบ เอามาให้ฉันดู
yàa sài pâa têe lúh bpen krâap long nai krêuang òp · ao maa hâi chăn doo
Do not put stained clothes in the dryer, bring them to me.


อย่ารีดทับรอยเปื้อน
yàa rêet táp roi bpêuan
Do not iron over stains.


อย่าเอาเสื้อผ้าที่เป็นคราบไปเก็บ แต่เอามาให้ฉันดูก่อน 
yàa ao sêua pâa têe bpen krâap bpai gèp · dtàe ao maa hâi chăn doo gòn
Do not put stained clothes away, bring them to me.


อย่าเอาเสื้อผ้าที่ขาดไปเก็บ แต่เอามาให้ฉันดูก่อน 
yàa ao sêua pâa têe kàat bpai gèp · dtàe ao maa hâi chăn doo gòn
Do not put ripped/torn/worn clothes away. Bring them to me.


ถ้าเห็นเสื้อที่กระดุมหลุด ช่วยเอามาให้ฉันด้วย
tâa hĕn sêua têe grà dum lùt · chûay ao maa hâi chăn dûay
Bring clothes with missing buttons to me.


สิ่งที่เมื่อไรที่เห็นว่าควรทำ
sìng têe mêua rai têe hĕn wâa kuan tam
Extras to do during the month:


ทำความสะอาดพื้นบัว
tam kwaam sà-àat péun bua
Clean skirting board/baseboards.


ทำความสะอาดรอยเปื้อนบนผนังบ้าน
tam kwaam sà-àat roi bpêuan bon pà-năng bâan
Remove marks from walls.


เช็ดกระจก
chét grà-jòk
Clean mirrors.


เช็ดหน้าต่าง 
chét nâa dtàang
Clean windows.


ปัดฝุ่นหิ้งหนังสือห้องรับแขก + ห้องนอน 
bpàt fùn hîng năng-sĕu hông ráp kàek + hông non
Dust bookshelves in living room + bedrooms.


ปัดฝุ่นเฟอร์นิเจอร์ไม้ 
bpàt fùn fer-ní-jer máai
Dust wooden furniture (use wax).


ปัดฝุ่นโต๊ะกาแฟ 
bpàt fùn dtó gaa-fae
Dust coffee tables (use wax).


ล้างตู้เย็น 
láang dtôo yen
Clean refrigerator.


ทำความสะอาดข้างหลังตู้เย็น 
tam kwaam sà-àat kâang lăng dtôo yen
Clean behind refrigerator.


ทำความสะอาดในตู้ห้องครัว
tam kwaam sà-àat nai dtôo hông krua
Clean inside kitchen cupboards.


อย่าปล่อยให้สิ่งของมีฝุ่น
yàa bplòi hâi sìng kŏng mee fùn
Don’t let things catch dust.


สิ่งที่ควรทำเมื่อเราไม่อยู่บ้าน
sìng têe kuan tam mêua rao mâi yòo bâan
Things to be done when we are not at home:


ทำความสะอาดบ้าน
tam kwaam sà-àat bâan
Clean house.


รดน้ำต้นไม้
rót náam dtôn máai
Water plants.


ให้อาหารปลา
hâi aa-hăan bplaa
Feed fish.


ให้อาหารแมวทุกวันจันทร์ วันพุธ วันเสาร์
hâi aa-hăan maew túk wan jan · wan pút · wan săo
Feed cats Monday, Wednesday, Saturday.


Downloads: Basic Thai cleaning instructions…

The below downloads include the Thai script, transliteration, and sound files to the phrases in this post.

Pdf download 525kb: HouseTalk: Handy Shortlist of Maid Instructions
Audio download 2.3mg: Handy Maid Instructions

Please note: The materials are for your own personal use only.

The Thai HouseTalk series…

Connecting posts:

Disclaimer: When compiling the HouseTalk posts I often run the Thai phrases and vocabulary through Thai Skype teacher Khun Narisa. But when I code the posts I often tweak a little. So what I’m saying is that snafus are all mine and will be dealt with as such.

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Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Three: Learn and Love the Thai Language

รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons…

เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย
Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language.

ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน ขริบ – ขลิบ
Narrator: Episode – ‘Krib’ – ‘Klib’.

ก้อย: อุ๊ย! เก้าแต้ม ซนจัง ดูซี่(สิ)ด้ายหลุดหมดแล้ว
Goi: Hey! Kao Taem! You’re so naughty! Look! The threads are all loosened.

วิเชียรมาศ: พี่ก้อยทำอะไรน่ะ
Wi-chian maat: What is Pee Goi doing?

สีสวาด: พี่ก้อยกำลังขริบชายกระโปรงออกจ้ะ
Si Sawat: Pee Goi is ‘Krib’-ing the bottom edge of her skirt.

วิเชียรมาศ: พี่ก้อยทำอะไรต่อน่ะ
Wi-chian maat: What is Pee Goi doing now?

สีสวาด: อ๋อ พี่ก้อยขลิบชายกระโปรงจ้ะ
Si Sawat: Ah! Pee Goi is ‘Klib’-ing her skirt.

เก้าแต้ม: เอ๋ ฟังคล้ายๆ กันน้า(นะ) ขิบ ขิบ
Kao Taem: Hmm, they sound almost the same. ‘Kib’. ‘Kib’.

สีสวาด: ฟังให้ดีนะจ๊ะ พี่ก้อยเอากรรไกรมาขริบชายกระโปรงออก แล้วก็เอาเศษผ้ามาขลิบหุ้มชายกระโปรง
Si Sawat: Listen carefully. Pee Goi used a pair of scissors to ‘Krib’ the bottom edge of her skirt and she is now ‘Klib’-ing the remaining part of her skirt.

ผู้บรรยาย: ขริบ เขียน ข ไข่ ร เรือ สระอิ บ ใบไม้ หมายความว่า ตัดเล็มด้วยกรรไกร ส่วน ขลิบ เขียน ข ไข่ ล ลิง สระอิ บ ใบไม้ หมายความว่า เย็บหุ้มริมผ้าเพื่อกันลุ่ยหรือเพื่อให้สวยงาม
Narrator: ‘Krib’, written ‘Kor kai’, ‘Ror reua’, ‘Sara i’ and ‘Bor bai mai’, means to use a pair of scissors to trim off a part of something whereas ‘Klib’, written ‘Kor kai’, ‘Lor ling’, ‘Sara i’ and ‘Bor bai mai’, means ‘(to) hem so as to prevent threads from loosening or for aesthetic purposes’.

แมวทั้งสามตัว: แล้วพบกันใหม่นะครับบบ (ครับ)
All Three Cats: See you again next time!

เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย
Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language.

PDF Downloads…

Below is a pdf download (created by Catherine) to help with your studies. It has Thai script, transliteration, and English.

Download: Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Three: Conversation

The Cat Cartoon Series…

Original transcript and translation provided by Sean Harley. Transliterations via T2E (thai2english.com).

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Thai Slang You Might Need to Know: Free Audio and Spreadsheet Downloads Included

Benjawan Poomsan Becker

Benjawan Poomsan Becker (of Paiboon Publishing fame) has a Thai and Lao Interpreters’ Study Group ล่ามไทย ນາຍພາສາລາວ on Facebook where they share tips and secrets of the trade.

While Benjawan hasn’t lived in Thailand for years she’s passionate about keeping up with new additions to the Thai language. And whenever she comes across new Thai slang, she adds it to the exceptional Talking Thai <> English Dictionary+Phrasebook.

Interpreters and translators will obviously be aware of homegrown slang but they need to have the translations at the tips of their tongues. Understanding Thai slang is also a great way for students to learn more about the language as well.

Just recently Benjawan shared her shortlist of Thai slang with the Interpreters’ Study Group.

With permission from Benjawan (thanks!) below is her list. The notes in the parenthesis are mine (not set in stone) so if you have suggestions, please, don’t be shy (contact me).

At the bottom of this post you’ll find two files to download: audio and spreadsheet (English, Thai script, and transliteration included). Of course, audio files for each of the words (recorded by Benjawan) can also be found in the dictionary. Have fun! I sure did.

กรอบ /gròp/ dirt poor
กร่อย /gròi/ boring
กระตั๊ก /grà dták/ abundant
กระต่ายตื่นตูม /grà-dtàai dtèun dtoom/ chicken little and the sky is falling (rabbit frightened of noise)
กิ๊ก /gík/ boyfriend, girlfriend, lover in a non-serious relationship
เกิด /gèrt/ have a chance to shine
แก้มือ /gâe meu/ try to do better when given a second chance (to fix a new hand)
ไก่อ่อน /gài òn/ inexperienced person (innocent chicken)
ขาประจำ /kăa bprà-jam/ regular customer
ขี้เต่า /kêe dtào/ armpit
ขี้เลื่อย /kêe lêuay/ dull minded (sawdust)
ขึ้นกล้อง /kêun glông/ photogenic (rise in the camera)
เขี้ยวลากดิน /kîeow lâak din/ tough, not easily give in (long in the fang)
ควาย /kwaai/ stupid person (buffalo)
ค่าโสหุ้ย /kâa sŏh-hûi/ overhead (cost / expense – Chinese origin?)
คุณไสย /kun-săi/ black magic
เครื่องร้อน /krêuang rón/ act immediately with enthusiasm (hot engine)
งก /ngók/ stingy
งงเต็ก /ngong dtèk/ confused
งูๆปลาๆ /ngoo ngoo bplaa bplaa/ knowing very little about something (snake snake fish fish)
จ๋อย /jŏi/ be sad and dejected (to be pale)
จับกบ /jàp gòp/ stumble and fall (to catch a frog)
จ๊าบ /jáap/ cool (Onomatopoeic word?)
จิ๊ก /jík/ steal little things (the sound of pecking something?)
เจ๊ /jáy/ older sister (Chinese word)
เจ๊ง /jéng/ going out of business (collapse)
เจ๋ง /jĕng/ cool, great!
เจาะลึก /jòr léuk/ investigate thoroughly (to drill deep)
แจ๋ว /jăew/ wonderful! (Onomatopoeic word?)
แฉ /chăe/ reveal (possibly from English ‘share’)
ชวด /chûat/ miss, lose out on (rat, animal of the Thai zodiac)
ชะนี /chá-nee/ “woman” used by gay men (gibbons sound like ผัว /pŭa/, husband)
ช้างน้ำ /cháang náam/ big, fat person (hippo)
เช้งกะเด๊ะ /cháyng gà dé/ beautiful and sexy woman (Onomatopoeic word?)
เชย /choie/ old-fashioned
เชียร์แขก /chia kàek/ try to get customers to buy (English loanword: ‘cheer’ on guests)
ซวย /suay/ unlucky
ซา /saa/ subside
ซ่า /sâa/ showy
ซิ่ง /sîng/ brave and hip in expressing oneself (shortened from ‘racing’)
เซ้ง /sáyng/ lease (Chinese origin?)
เซ็ง /seng/ dull
ดอกฟ้า /dòk fáa/ high-ranking woman of rich and powerful family (sky flower)
ดองงาน /dong ngaan/ procrastinate on one’s work (pickling the job)
ดำน้ำ /dam náam/ guess (diving without knowing what you’ll hit)
ดีแตก /dee dtàek/ turning out to be not so good (broken goodness)
ดูไม่จืด /doo mâi jèut/ not looking good (look not bland?)
เด็กกะโปโล /dèk gà-bpoh-loh/ dirty, uncivilized and innocent child (childish child)
เด็กแนว /dèk naew/ young person that follows all the new trends (stylish kids)
เดิ้น /dêrn/ stylish and modern, go-go (shortened from ‘modern’)
เดี้ยง /dîang/ dead, out of order, broken
ไดโนเสาร์ /dai-noh-săo/ old-fashioned (dinosaur, English loanword)
ตกม้าตาย /dtòk máa dtaai/ fail before reaching success (fall down from horse and die)
ตงฉิน /dtong-chĭn/ work honestly (Chinese origin?)
ต้ม /dtôm/ bamboozle, trick, deceive (to boil)
ต่อยหอย /dtòi hŏi/ very talkative (to keep punching a shell to break it)
ตัวซวย /dtua suay/ jinx (unlucky person)
ตาถั่ว /dtaa tùa/ be careless (peanut eyes)
ติ๊งต๊อง /dtíng-dtóng/ wacky (Onomatopoeic word?)
ติดดิน /dtìt din/ down-to-earth, earthy (to stick to the ground)
ตีนแมว /dteen maew/ burglar (cat feet – cats walk softly, soundless)
เตะฝุ่น /dtè fùn/ unemployed (to kick the dust)
เต่าล้านปี /dtào láan bpee/ very old-fashioned person (million year old turtle)
แต๊ะอั๋ง /dtáe-ăng/ grope or touch sexually (Chinese origin?)
ทึ่ง /têung/ amazed (Onomatopoeic word?)
ทุเรศ /tú-râyt/ obscene, shabby (ugly)
นกเขา /nók kăo/ cock, penis (dove)
นกต่อ /nók dtòr/ informant (bird decoy)
นั่งนก /nâng nók/ sleep while sitting (sitting bird)
น้ำเน่า /nám nâo/ soap operas (drains are not filled with good water)
นิ้ง /níng/ superb (Onomatopoeic word?)
เนี้ยบ /níap/ perfect, smart
บอกผ่าน /bòk pàan/ inflate the price of something
บ๊อง บ๊องๆ /bóng · bóng bóng/ crazy (Onomatopoeic word?)
บ้าๆบอๆ /bâa bâa bor bor/ crazy (Onomatopoeic word?)
ปล่อยไก่ /bplòi gài/ embarrassed, make silly or careless mistakes (to release chickens)
ปอดแหก /bpòt hàek/ chicken-hearted (broken lungs)
ปั้นเรื่อง /bpân rêuang/ make up a story (to mold a story)
ปากหอยปากปู /bpàak hŏi bpàak bpoo/ someone who gossips and causes damage to others (shell mouth, crab mouth)
ปิ๊ง /bpíng/ click – between lovers (Onomatopoeic word?)
แป๊บ /bpáep/ one little moment (Onomatopoeic word?)
ผีเสื้อสมุทร /pĕe sêua sà-mùt/ big ugly woman (character from Thai literature)
เผา /păo/ gossip about, talk behind one’s back (to burn someone)
ฝรั่งจ๋า /fà-ràng jăa/ Western idolizer
ฝอย /fŏi/ chat, brag
เพื่อนซี้ /pêuan sée/ very close friend
แพะรับบาป /páe ráp bàap/ scapegoat (goat sin)
ภาษาดอกไม้ /paa-săa dòk máai/ language of love (flower language)
ม้ามืด /máa mêut/ dark horse (unexpected winner)
มีกะตังค์ /mee gà dtang/ rich (to have coins – gà dtang comes from satang สตางค์ which means coins/money)
มือขึ้น /meu kêun/ having good luck (hand up)
มือตก /meu dtòk/ having bad luck (hand down)
เมาท์ /mao/ speak with friends for fun, chat (shortened from ‘mouth’)
แมงดา /maeng-daa/ pimp (insect, giant waterbug)
ไม่ใจ /mâi jai/ coward (no heart)
ไม่เป็นสับปะรด /mâi bpen sàp-bpà-rót/ bad tasting or low quality (not a pineapple)
ยาบ้า /yaa bâa/ methamphetamine, meth, amphetamine, speed (crazy medicine)
ร้อนตับแตก /rón dtàp dtàek/ darn hot (row of dried nipa palm leaves used as a roof – doesn’t break but feels like it)
รู้อย่างเป็ด /róo yàang bpèt/ jack of all trades, master of none (to know like a duck)
เรื่องขี้ผง /rêuang kêe pŏng/ easy matter or trivial (story dust)
ลองของ /long kŏng/ try something usually bad
ลักไก่ /lák gài/ cheat in a game (to steal a chicken)
ลูกมือ /lôok meu/ helper or assistant (small hand)
วาบหวาม /wâap wăam/ provoking sensation or sexually explicit (Onomatopoeic word?)
เวอร์ /wer/ too much (shortened from ‘over’).
สวิงเด้ง /sà-wĭng dâyng/ scream with excitement
สะเออะ /sà-ùh/ meddle
สันดาน /săn daan/ trait
ไส้แห้ง /sâi hâeng/ destitute (dry intestines – to be starving)
หน้าโหล /nâa lŏh/ common looking face (a dozen faces – everything the same)
หมดตูด /mòt dtòot/ dead broke (finished pooping)
หมวย /mŭay/ young Chinese woman (Chinese origin?)
หมาวัด /măa wát/ poor man (temple dog)
หมาหมู่ /măa mòo/ group of dangerous men (a group of dogs)
หมู /mŏo/ easy (pig)
หยวน /yŭan/ give in reluctantly
หลุดโลก /lùt lôhk/ eccentric or quirky (out of this world)
หวย /hŭay/ lottery, lotto
ห่วย /hùay/ bad, no good
ห่วยแตก /hùay dtàek/ crap! (bad broken)
ห้องกง /hông gong/ jail (cell room – hông gong rhymes with Hong Kong)
หายต๋อม /hăai-dtŏm/ disappear for a long time (disappear + the sound of throwing something into the water)
แห้ว /hâew/ lose one’s opportunity, to blow it (chestnut)
เฮง /hayng/ fortunate, lucky (Chinese origin?)
เฮี้ยน /hían/ manifesting the power of an evil spirit
ไฮโซ /hai soh/ high-class (shortened from ‘high society’)


Speak Like a Thai 1&2…

Many of the words (with phrases) in this list can be found in Benjawan’s Speak Like a Thai series.

Speak Like a Thai Volume 1
Speak Like a Thai Volume 2

Smartphone Apps: Talking Thai <> English Dictionary+Phrasebook…

There is no better Thai dictionary with audio and phrases than the Talking Thai-Eng-Thai Dictionary by Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand. It’s an amazing resource that keeps on getting better. Most of the slang used in this post will be in the dictionary.

iOS app: Talking Thai <> English Dictionary+Phrasebook
Android: Talking Thai <> English Dictionary+Phrasebook

Thai slang download files…

Spreadsheet Download (zip): Thai Slang To know – 498kb
Spreadsheet Download (pdf): Thai Slang To know – 80kb
Audio Download (zip): Thai Slang To know – 1.9mg zip

Note: These files are for personal use only (please do not place them on other websites).

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Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Two: Learn and Love the Thai Language

รู้รักภาษาไทย: Cat Cartoons…

เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย
Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language.

ผู้บรรยาย: ตอน ขนทรายเข้าวัด
Narrator: Episode – Bringing sand to the ‘Wat’.

วิเชียรมาศ: ดูเก้าแต้มสิ ซนจริงๆ
Wi-chian maat: Look at Kao Taem! He’s so naughty!

สีสวาด: เก้าแต้ม ไปตะกุยทราย คนเค้า(เขา)อุตส่าห์ขนเข้ามา
Si Sawat: Kao Taem! Why are you digging up the sand that people have gone through all the trouble to bring in?!

วิเชียรมาศ: คนเค้า(เขา)ขนทรายเข้าวัดกันทำไมน่ะ
Wi-chian maat: Why do people bring sand into the ‘Wat’?

สีสวาด: เค้า(เขา)เอามาก่อเจดีย์ เพื่อนำทรายไปใช้ประโยชน์ในวัดไง คนสมัยก่อนเชื่อว่า เมื่อเราเดินย่ำในวัดไปมาจนทรายติดเท้าออกไปนอกวัด หากมีโอกาสก็ต้องขนทรายมาคืนให้วัด
Si Sawat: Well, they bring in the sand to build stupas, for use in a beneficial way in the ‘Wat’. People in the olden days believed that when we walk and tramp through the ‘Wat’ as we enter and leave it, sand that sticks to our feet is taken out of the ‘Wat’. So if the opportunity arises, we must bring back sand to the ‘Wat’.

ผู้บรรยาย: ขนทรายเข้าวัด เป็นการทำกุศลโดยการนำทรายไปให้วัดเพื่อใช้ประโยชน์ในวัด
Narrator: Bringing sand to the ‘Wat’ is a form of merit making, by bringing sand for it to be used beneficially in the ‘Wat’.

แมวทั้งสามตัว: แล้วพบกันใหม่นะครับบบ (ครับ)
All Three Cats: See you again next time!

เสียงเด็ก ๆ ร้องเพลง: รู้รักภาษาไทย
Sound of children singing: Learn and Love the Thai Language.

Comments…

Building sand stupas is one of various traditional activities for Songkran. See the explanation at thaibuddhist.com.

PDF Downloads…

Below is a pdf download (created by Catherine) to help with your studies. It has Thai script, transliteration, and English.

Download: Cat Cartoons Episode Seventy Two: Conversation

The Cat Cartoon Series…

Original transcript and translation provided by Sean Harley. Transliterations via T2E (thai2english.com).

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Dom’s Thai Port Thai: Learn Thai via Football

Learn Thai via Football

Due to Tom Earls’ retweets, for the past few months Dominick’s learning Thai via Port F.C. tweets have been appearing on my twitter timeline.

From Dominick’s bio: “Originally from London, Dominick has been teaching English in Bangkok since 2006 and has been following Port FC since 2011”.

Being clueless about Thai football, I had to visit Port F.C.’s about page to get the goods:

Port F.C. (Football Club): Established in 1967, Port FC is one of Thai football’s longest-established clubs and one of the best supported clubs in Bangkok, drawing its support largely from the densely-populated working-class Khlong Thoey district.

Thanks to its proximity to the centre of Bangkok, and being the only stadium in the city within walking distance of the MRT, the club also attracts a large number of “farang” (foreign) supporters – probably the largest foreign matchday following of any club in Thailand. Foreign fans are also attracted by the friendly, noisy atmosphere (by far the best at any Bangkok club), and the “proper” stadium – unlike many Thai stadiums where the fans are separated from the pitch by a running track, PAT Stadium is a proper old-school football ground where the fans are right up close to the pitch.

If you are a fan of Thai football, here a list of Dom’s Thai Port Thai posts (so far):

Dom’s Thai Port Thai: Lesson 1 – Going to the Match
Dom’s Thai Port Thai: Lesson 2 – Terrace Thai
Dom’s Thai Port Thai: Lesson 3 – Players, Coaches & Refs
Dom’s Thai Port Thai: Thai Port Songs 1 – Rao Kue Singh

Being the gentleman he is, Dominick gave a shoutout to Yuki and Miki’s (pickup-thai.com) Glossary of Football Terms. Nicely done.

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