Monday, July 22, 2013

Learn Thai, Lesson 3: What's your name?

In this lesson, you will learn how to ask: "What's your name?" and how to answer. When you make new friends in Thailand, of course you want to ask them their name. So, this lesson might be very useful for you.

Thai Words and Phrases to Ask Someone Their Name

คุณชื่ออะไร khun chûue à-rai = What's your name?

คุณ khun = You

ชื่อ chûue  = to name, to call

อะไร à-rai = What?

To Answer with Your Name in Thai

ผมชื่อ... phǒm chûue... = My name is... (for male speakers)

ดิฉันชื่อ... dì-chǎn chûue... = My name is... (for female speakers)

Hope you enjoy the lesson and find it useful. 
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Introduction to the Thai Alphabet

 Thai consonants พยัญชนะ "phá-yan-chá-ná"

Thai has 44 consonants with 32 vowels and 4 tone marks.
Thai language is a tonal language. If the tone changes then the word and its meaning are changed to something else.
In order to be able to say the right tone when you are reading Thai, you need to remember the consonant class of the initial letter of each syllable.
The 44 consonants are divided into three classes:

        1. Middle class consonants "อักษรกลาง" "àk-sǎawn glaang"
        2. High class consonants "อักษรสูง" "àk-sǎawn sŭung"
        3. Low class consonants "อักษรต่ำ" "àk-sǎawn dtàm"

Here are all of the consonants in alphabetical order with their initial sound: 

ก     ข      ฃ      ค      ฅ      ฆ      ง      จ
g           kh           kh           kh          kh           kh           ng           j
ฉ     ช      ซ      ฌ     ญ     ฎ      ฏ      ฐ
ch        ch             s            ch           y              d            dt            th     
ฑ     ฒ     ณ     ด      ต      ถ      ท      ธ
 th          th            n            d            dt            th            th            th   
น     บ      ป      ผ      ฝ      พ     ฟ      ภ      
 n           b              bp          ph           f             ph           f             ph
ม     ย      ร       ล      ว      ศ      ษ      ส
m           y              r              l             w             s            s             s 
ห      ฬ      อ      ฮ
h              l           silent         h 

 Note:  and ฅ are obsolete letters.

Here are the consonants grouped by consonant class:

1. Middle class consonants:
    ก จ ฎ ฏ ด ต บ ป อ  

2. High class consonants:
    ข ฃ ฉ ถ ผ ฝ ศ ษ ส ห 

3. Low class consonants:
   ค ฅ ฆ ง ช ซ ฌ ญ ฑ ฒ ณ ท ธ น พ ฟ ภ ม ย ร ล ว ฬ ฮ 

Hope you enjoy the lesson. :)
Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Learn Thai, Lesson 2: Congratulations

This is a special Thai lesson because I talk about my university graduation ceremony.
Graduations in Thailand are a little bit different from those in other countries. The thing that makes Thai graduation ceremonies very unique is that a member of the Thai royal family comes to preside over the graduation. The Prince or Princess hands each student their diploma. It's a great honor for us.

There are many students who have to receive diplomas. So in order for the Prince or Princess to be able to quickly hand them out to everyone we need to be coordinated. We practice for a few days so that everyone can walk with the right timing. It's also important to practice the correct way to hold out our hand to accept the diploma and bow to the royalty as a sign of respect.

In Thai, "Graduation Day" is วันรับปริญญา (wan ráp bpà-rin-yaa).
It's made up of the following 3 words:

วัน (wan) "day"
รับ (ráp) "to receive, to get"
ปริญญา (bpà-rin-yaa) "degree"

Thai Words and Phrases for Congratulations

There are two ways to say "Congratulations" in Thai. The first one is more formal. It is used more in writing than in speaking.

ขอแสดงความยินดีด้วย (khǎaw sà-daaeng khwaam-yin-dii dûuai) "Congratulations"

This phrase is made up of the following words:

ขอ (khǎaw) "to ask for"
แสดง (sà-daaeng) "to show"
ความยินดี (khwaam-yin-dii) "gladness"
ด้วย (dûuai) "also"

The second way to say "Congratulations" is more informal. This is the way you would usually say it when speaking to a friend:

ยินดีด้วย (yin-dii dûuai) "Congratulations" (informal)

I hope you learned something interesting about Thai culture in this lesson.  And I hope you learned a useful phrase. The next time your Thai friends tell you some good news, be sure to wish them "Congratulations" with ยินดีด้วย (yin-dii dûuai).

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sà-wàt-dii khâ :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Learn Thai, Lesson 1: Greetings

This is my first video lesson for teaching you how to speak Thai. Of course, the first thing you need to learn in any language is "Hello". So this video lesson is about how to greet somebody and introduce yourself in Thai.

In Thai, we use different words sometimes for male and female speakers. One example is the word "I" or "me". Male speakers will say ผม (phǒm). But female speakers will say ดิฉัน (dì-chǎn) or ฉัน (chǎn).

It is important to be polite when speaking Thai. So we have special words that go at the end of a sentence just to make the sentence sound more polite. This word is different for male and female speakers too. Male speakers can say ครับ (khráp), and female speakers can say ค่ะ (khâ).

Thai is a tonal language. So please watch the video many times and practice speaking the sentences to copy the tones for each word. Here are all the phrases from the video:

Thai Phrases for Greeting

สวัดดี (sà-wàt-dii) "Hello"

สวัดดีครับ (sà-wàt-dii khráp) "Hello" (for men)

สวัดดีค่ะ (sà-wàt-dii khâ) "Hello" (for women)

ผม/ดิฉันชื่อ your name (dì-chǎn/phǒm chûue ___) "My name is ___"

ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักครับ/ค่ะ (yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk khráp/khâ) "Nice to meet you."

ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักเช่นกันครับ/ค่ะ (yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk chên-gan khráp/khâ) "Nice to meet you, too."

เช่นกัน (chên-gan) "Same here"

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sà-wàt-dii khâ :)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sawat dii kha! (Hello)

Hello everybody.
My name is Noi Naa.
I'm here to teach you the Thai language.
I have an experience of teaching Thai Online.I have confidence of teaching and I'm sure my student will be able to speak, read, and write Thai perfectly.If any one want to have Thai lesson in Chiang Mai.Please feel free to contact me. I have two options for people who wanted to learn Thai.First is a private lesson for people who living in Chiang Mai.
Second, is teaching people who not in Chiang Mai or in Thai land via Skype.