Taking a Taxi.

1. Excuse me, could you hail/get a taxi for me please?
ขอโทษค่ะ/ครับ ช่วยเรียกแท็กซี่ให้หน่อยได้ไหมคะ/ครับ
kŏr tôot kâ/kráp chûay rîak táek sîi hâi nòi dâai măi ká/kráp
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2. Do you know where I can get a taxi?
คุณรู้ไหมว่าฉันจะเรียกแท็กซี่ได้ที่ไหน
kun rúu măi wâa chăn jà rîak táek sîi dâai tîi năi?
.
3. Could you take me to the airport please?
ช่วยไปส่งฉันที่สนามบินหน่อย
chûay bpai sòng chăn tîi sà-năam bin nòi
.
4. Drive me to this address please.
ขับไปตามที่อยู่นี้นะคะ/ครับ
kàp bpai dtaam tîi – yùu níi ná ká / kráp
.
5. How much is the typical taxi fare to the airport?
ปกติค่าแท็กซี่ไปสนามบินเท่าไหร่
bpòk-gà-dtì kâa táek-sîi bpai sà-năam bin tâo rài
.
6. Do you use a meter?
คุณใช้มิเตอร์ไหม
Kun chái meter mái
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7. I’m really in a hurry!
ผมกำลังรีบ
pŏm gam-lang rîip.
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8. Are we almost there?
เราเกือบถึงหรือยัง
rao gèuap tĕung rĕu yang
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9. Please drive slowly.
ช่วยขับช้าๆหน่อย
chûay kàp cháa cháa nòi
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10. Keep the change.
ไม่ต้องทอน
mâi dtông torn
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Prefix “ความ kwaam” is put before adjectives, adverbs, and verb about sense, mental and feeling “to make nouns”

รัก rák —-> ความรัก kwaam rák
to love —> the love
.
เชื่อ chêua —> ความเชื่อ kwaam chêua
to believe —> belief

ดี dii —> ความดี kwam dii
good —> goodness

ร้อน rón —> ความร้อน kwaam rón
hot —> heat

เร็ว reo —> ความเร็ว kwaam reo
fast —> speed

รู้ rúu —> ความรู้ kwaam rúu
to know —> knowledge
คิด kít —> ความคิด kwaam kít
to think —> idea, thought

จริง jing —> ความจริง kwaam jing
true —> truth

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Many ways to say “LIKE” in Thai

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Three ways to say “like” in Thai
1. ชอบ chôp
ชอบ means like when it is a verb (feeling)
I like you! ฉันชอบคุณ
(chăn chôp kun)
I like to eat Thai food. ฉันชอบกินอาหารไทย
(chăn chôp gin aa hăan thai)

2. เหมือน mĕuan
when “like = same as, similar or …be like”
You behave like a child. คุณทำตัวเหมือนเด็ก
(kun tam-dtua mĕuan dèk)
You are like my brother. คุณเหมือนพี่ชายของฉัน
(kun mĕuan pîi chaai kŏng chăn)

3. แบบ/อย่าง bàep/yàang
when “like = kind of…, sort of…, type, style..”
อย่าพูดแบบนี้ Don’t say like this!
(yàa pûud bàep níi)
ทำไมทำอย่างนั้น Why did you do like that?
(Tam-mai tam yàang nán)

*ทำตัว tam-dtua = to behave

“ชอบ chôp” doesn’t only mean to “to like’

 

“ชอบ ” means “to like” and…
Did you know that apart from “to like”, it can also mean
(Subject) + “always or often” ………….
(informal)
1. ฉันชอบดื่มกาแฟ
chăn chôp dèum gaa-fae
= I “like” to drink coffee.
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2. ฉันชอบปวดหัวเวลาอากาศร้อนเกินไป
chăn chôp bpùat-hŭa wee-laa aa-gàat rón gern-bpai.
= I “aways” have a headache when the weather is too hot.

Thoughts on learning Thai (and other foreign languages)

The first thing is to try and “forget” your language and “pick up” the new system. This can be quite difficult, but a serious learner should make the effort. In other words, try to think in the new language. It will help immensely.
“Sentence constructions are particular to each language and generally can not be translated into Thai language directly. While on some occasions what you are saying might not be wrong, to a native speaker it might not sound right.”
Try to listen to the sounds of the language closely– this is especially important in Thai which is a tonal language.
The way to succeed here is to listen, then speak and practice as much as possible.
“Speaking is the only requirement to be fluent. It is normal for babies and children to learn speaking first, become fluent, then start reading, then writing.”
“Watch movies, listen to music, sing songs, and browse newspapers and magazines. It’s fun and helps improve your pronunciation and comprehension.”
Listen to the sound of your own voice.!
Even though you might not like hearing your own voice, this is a very useful way to find out what’s wrong with your spoken Thai. Record yourself speaking and then listen to the tape, or ask a native speaker for some advice.
Finally you should study from the best source you can find.
Study material that you can trust, that is commonly used, and that is correct.”
Ideally a professional experienced Thai language tutor is the best.
“It is difficult to learn from books alone and you don’t want to learn something incorrectly. Then it is more difficult to get it right.” Expecially if you want to have a good pronunciation! Thai language is a tonal language so you need to have a teacher to show you how to speak and correct your pronunciation in the beginning. 
“Learning Thai takes time and patience. Try to relax and take it easy. The most important thing you need in the beginning is a good vocabulary. Daily practice is very important. Starting with a foundation and slowly build on it.”
Do not worry about making mistakes, in fact the more mistakes you make, the more you will learn from them. Practice everyday and be confident!

ป่วย bpùay, ไม่สบาย mâi sà-baai = sick

……feel sick. รู้สึกไม่สบาย rúu-sèuk mâi sà-baai
..have a fever. มีไข้ mii kâi
…have a headache. ปวดหัว bpùat hŭa
..have a cold. เป็นหวัด bpen wàt
..have a stomachache. ปวดท้อง bpùat tóng
..have a backache. ปวดหลัง bpùat lăng
..have a toothache. ปวดฟัน bpùat fan
..have a sore eye. เจ็บตา jèp dtaa
..have a sore throat. เจ็บคอ jèp kor
..have a diarrhea. ท้องเสีย tóng sĭa
..feel nauseous คลื่นไส้ klêun sâi
..food poisoning อาหารเป็นพิษ aa-hăan-bpen-pít
* bpùat……. = ……..ache
Take care yourself.! ดูแลตัวเองดีๆนะ
duu-lae dtua-eeng dii dii na!
taking medicines กินยา gin yaa
..go to see a doctor ไปหาหมอ bpai hăa mŏr

Encouragement

1. เข้มแข็งไว้
kêm- kăeng wái
= be strong !
2. อย่าท้อแท้นะ
yàa tór-táe ná
= Don’t discourage
3. อย่ายอมแพ้
yàa yom-páe
= Don’t give up!
4. ฉันจะเป็นกำลังใจให้นะ
chăn jà bpen gam-lang jai hâi ná
= I ‘ll encourage you.
5. อย่าคิดมาก
yàa kít mâak
= Don’t think too much.
6. คุณทำได้แน่
kun tam dâai nâe
= You can do it!
7. ฉันเห็นใจคุณ
chăn hĕn jai kun
= I feel for you.
8. อย่าไปคิดถึงมันเลย
yàa bpai kít tĕung man loie
= Get over it!
9. มองในแง่ดีนะ
mong nai ngâe dii ná
= Look on the bright side
10. มันไม่ได้แย่ขนาดนั้น
man mâi dâai yâe kà-nàat nán
= It can’t be that bad.
12. เดี๋ยวมันก็ดีขึ้น
dĭeow man gôr dee kêun
= it ‘s gonna be ok!
13. สู้ต่อไปนะ
sûu dtòr bpai ná
= Keep on fighting!
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