Feb 29

On day 10, we learned about name of food and how to order food in a Restaurant. Our teacher introduced the name of the food using pictures. I thought we will have lunch together after class and practice our Thai in the real restaurant. But it was only in my imagination :).

The words we learned are:

  • kày : chicken
  • khày : egg
  • mÇ”u : pork
  • kûŋ : shrimp
  • plaa: fish
  • h̀ɔɔy : shellfish
  • puu : crab
  • núa : meat (wua : beef)
  • phàk : vegetable
  • tâwhûu : tofu
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Feb 09

It’s been a while since my last post about Thai Language. In December last year I stop my Thai course for my vacation to Indonesia and I haven’t learned Thai language nor learning it at home ever since. Now it’s time to sit and type the Thai lessons again 🙂

On day 8 and 9, we started learning numbers in Thai. Actually I started learning about Thai numbers in the first few weeks after we arrived in Chiang Mai. Knowing a little Thai language about numbers can help you to get the better price when shopping 🙂

There are 2 ways to ask “how much is the price” in Thai :

  • thâwrày (how much?) / raakhaa thâwrày (How much the price ?)
  • kìi bàat? (How many Baht?) (kìi + currency)

If you want to ask the price in another currency, you can ask kìi Dollar or Kìi Rupiah (Indonesia Currency). But since we talk in Thai Language and we assume we ask in Thai currency, so we use kìi bàat.

money : ŋən / sataaŋ / taŋ

Other Question about money:

  • Khun mii taÅ‹ máy kh? ( Do you have money? )
  • Khun mii taÅ‹ / Å‹É™n thâwrày kh? (How much money do you have?)
  • Khun mii taÅ‹ kìi bàat kh ? (How many Baht do you have?)

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Dec 02

On the 7th day, we started to learn a little bit about past and future tense. We learned to ask about something that happened yesterday, something that happens today and something that will happen tomorrow by adding the adverbs of time in the sentences.

  • mûawansuun : the day before yesterday
  • mûawanníi : yesterday
  • mûakhuuníi : last night
  • wanníi : today
  • khuunníi : tonight
  • (wan)phrûŋníi : tomorrow
  • khuunphrûŋníi : tomorrow night
  • (wan)maruunníi : day after tomorrow

basically “wan” means day and khuun means night. To say something about the future we don’t have to use “wan”.

We can add the adverb of time to the sentences pattern we learned on previous day. For example, on 6th day, we learned this sentences :
Khun chɔɔp dùum kaafɛɛ thîi nay? (Where do you like to drink coffee?)
And if we add the adverb of time in the beginning of the sentences, we can have these examples :

  • Wanníi Khun chɔɔp dùum kaafɛɛ thîi nay? (Where do you like to drink coffee today?)
  • Phrûŋníi Khun cà dùum kaafɛɛ thîi nay? (Where will you drink coffee tomorrow?)
  • Mûawanníi khun dùum kaafɛɛ thîi nay? (Where did you drink coffee yesterday?)

Usually, to say something that will happen in the future, we have to add ca that literally means will. We have to understand that Thai language grammar is not the same with English Grammar. Actually, Thai language has less grammar rule compared to English, and not every English grammar can be mapped to Thai Language Grammar (and vice versa).

This is the grammar pattern for the adverb of time :

  1. The activity is happen now : Wanníi + S + Verb + Object
  2. The activity will happen in the future : Phrûŋníi + S + cà + Verb + Object
  3. The activity happened in the past : Mûawanníi + S + Verb + Object

To make a sentence question, just add the adverb of time in the beginning of the sentences.

New words we learned on day 7 :

  • khàyciaw : scramble egg
  • khaydaaw : sunny side egg
  • khâawphat: fried rice
  • khanŏmpang : bread
  • kàp : with
  • lɛ́ : and
  • tɛ̀ɛ : or

Anyway, I admit, I became less consistent to write my day by day class. I will try to finish what I already started. Just be patient, ok!

Oct 16

On the 6th day, we learned more verbs, some beverages, and places.

Here are the words we learned :

  1. Verb
    • kin : eat
    • dùum : drink
    • chɔɔp : like >< mây chɔɔp : don't like
    • sÇ”u : buy
    • khÇŽay : sell
    • rian : learn / study
    • s̀́ɔɔn : teach
    • pay thîaw : go travel
    • maa thîaw : come travel
    • tên : dance

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Oct 15

On the 5th day, we learned about “?ahÇŽan” (food). As usual we started with words we already learned before and then our teacher gave us new words. We start to combine the questions and made complex sentences.

We started with questions do you know…, do you think … is …, which one do you think more delicious … or … :

  • Khun rúu càk ?ahÇŽan thay máy kh? ( Do you know Thai food ?)
  • Khun khìt wâa ?ahÇŽan thay ?arɔ̀ɔy máy kh? (Do you think Thai food is delicious? )
  • Khun khìt wâa ?ahÇŽan thay ?à-rai ?arɔ̀ɔy lɛ́ ?à-rai mây ?arɔ̀ɔy kh ? (Which Thai food do you think is delicious and which is not delicious ?)
  • Khun khìt wâa ?ahÇŽan thay ?à-rai ?arɔ̀ɔy tɛɛ̀ phèt kh ? (Which Thai food do you think is delicious but spicy ?)

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Oct 08

On the 4th day, we learned more adjective words and asking questions using “chây máy kh?” (yes/no questions). We reviewed the previous lesson asking: do you know… and this time we change the person using place.

New words we learned on day 4 are

  • places :
  • bâan : home
  • rooÅ‹rɛɛm : hotel
  • dtùk : building
  • hɔɔŋ : room
  • hɔɔŋ-náam : lavatory, toilet
  • hɔɔŋ-khrua : kitchen
  • hɔɔŋ-kinkhâaw : dining room
  • hɔɔŋ-samùt : library
  • hɔɔŋ-naÅ‹sÇ”u : study room
  • hɔɔŋ-thamÅ‹aan : working room
  • hɔɔŋ-naÅ‹ lên : living room
  • hɔɔŋ-nɔɔn : bed room

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Oct 03

On the 3rd day we learned new adjective words, and ask questions using : máy? like in sà-baay dii máy kh?. It seems our teacher forgot to check our homework, but I think it’s okay, because practicing the 5 tones is something that we will use a long the way.

Our teacher bring some pictures of famous people (actor / actress, singer or politician). Then she starts with question to check whether we know that person or not. After that, she asked whether that person is beautiful or handsome, tall, short, rich, poor, generous or friendly. And if we don’t know we can say : I don’t know or just say what we think.

For example I will use name James Bond, you can change the name with other names and even name of places

Q : Khun rúu càk James Bond máy kh? (Do you know James Bond?)
A1 : ♀/ ♂ rúu càk James Bond kh (I know James Bond)
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Oct 02

Our lesson on the 2nd day started by practice greetings and question and answers using “?à-rai”. After that, we learned about the basic things we should know for the rest of the term.

We learned about:

The teacher explained how to produce each sound. The explanation is similar to the sites that I link above. I’ll write a few notes from my class: Continue reading »