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3/13/10

Starting a convo, with astrology!


To ask “what year were you born?” in Thai “khun goèrd bpee àrai?”

When referring to years in Thailand, we usually use ‘Buddhist Era’ or ‘B.E.’
The word ‘Buddhist Era’ in Thai is ‘pút-tá-sàk-gà-raàt’. And in short as abbreviation we just say ‘por-sŏr’ which means ‘B.E.’

e.g. Q: Khun goèrd bpee àrai? What year were you born?

A: Chan goèrd bpee 2525 (săwng-pan-haâ-roí-yeê-sìb-haâ) or

Chan goèrd bpee 2525 (săwng-haâ-săwng-haâ) or

Chan goèrd bpee 25 (săwng-haâ) à most used one

Q: Bpee neé bpee por-sŏr àrai? What B.E year is this year?

A: Bpee neé bpee 2552 (săwng-pan-haâ-roí-haâ-sìb-săwng) or

Bpee neé bpee 2552 (săwng-haâ-haâ-săwng) or

Bpee neé bpee 52 (haâ-săwng) à most used one

We do sometimes use ‘kor-sŏr’ which stands for Krít-sàk-gà-raàt, the ‘Christian Era’

e.g. Q: Khun goèrd bpee àrai? What year were you born?

A: Pŏm goèrd bpee 1980 (neùng-pan-gaô-roí-bpaèd-sìb) or

Pŏm goèrd bpee 1980 (neùng-gaô-bpaèd-soŏn) à most used one

In‘Hŏ-raa-saàt-Thai’ which means Thai astrology we have the Zodiac of 12 animal signs like in Chinese one which represent the different types of personality and characteristics. The twelve signs are as follows:

Bpee Chuâd = Rat year ปีชวด

Bpee Chà-loŏ = Ox year ปีฉลู

Bpee Kaăn = Tiger year ปีขาล

Bpee Toàh = Rabbit year ปีเถาะ

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