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Learn Thai with Mind Your Language Thailand for Samui Times readers – lesson 1

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Mind Your Language established their first branch in 2001 and have worked hard to maintain their friendly, relaxed but highly effective environment in which to learn Thai.

Their courses are aimed at different levels of learning from the beginner course Discover Thai, through to their most advanced level, Fluent Farang. No matter what level of Thai you are at there are always huge benefits to improving your Thai, whether it is just to be polite and pay the right price in the market, or to open up a new world for yourself by being able to make yourself understood and enjoy conversations with the local Thai’s around you, or to enjoy a better understanding of the country by being able to watch and understand the Thai news on TV. Taking a course, or two, or three, at Mind Your Language is a great way to achieve your goal.

learn ThaiTo get you started Mind Your Language are giving the Samui Times readers the opportunity to brush up on their Thai, here is lesson one!

Learn Thai with Mind Your Language Thailand!

In our first lesson we are going to talk about pronouns in Thai.

The pronoun for “I” in Thai is pom when spoken by males and chan when spoken by females, we both put it at the beginning of the sentence as you do in English. Some people use their names for “I” too which sounds a bit strange to Europeans but if you want to speak good Thai, please do as they do.

In Thai, pronouns are often left out of conversations if it’s understood from the context who you are talking about and pronouns don’t change with part of the sentence. We use the same word for “I” and “me” or “she” and “her”. For example, in English “I like her” but in Thai “I – like – she”.

learn Thai 1Very often when Thais are talking together the person’s name may be used for “you” and some use their names as “I” as mentioned above and one quite weird one is “rao” which means “we” but sometimes we also use it as “I” and “you”.

The following are some of the pronouns used in Thai:-

di – chan – which is said by females but it’s too formal to use in everyday conversation. It could be used in formal situations like in a meeting, meeting government officers, at immigration or where you don’t know the people well.

khao – means he / she / they and sometimes it is used for “I” among really close friends, which sounds very cute.

nuu – by itself means “rat”. It can be used for “you” when adults are talking to young children and teenagers or for “I” when used by young children or teenagers.

khun – it’s the most polite way to say “you” in Thai and Thais like to address somebody by putting “khun” in front of the name to show respect.

mun– by itself means “it”. This word can be rude when the Thais use it when they’re talking about the third person.

puuak – rao – means “we and us”. The direct translation is a group of us.

puuak – khao – means “they and them”. The direct translation is a group of them.

gae– means “you”. Use it when close friends are talking to each other, an older person is talking to a younger person or some higher status people use it when speaking to a lower status person.

In our next lesson we’re going to talk about relationship words that can be used as pronouns.

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