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4/16/10

Songran Day!!

Happy Songran Day everybody!! Thank you for being here with Learn Thai the BOn's way. All the best to everyone :)Here's a little bit about Songkran History, enjoy!

Songkran is a Thai traditional New Year which starts on April 13 every year and lasts for 3 days. Songkran festival on April 13 is Maha Songkran Day or the day to mark the end of the old year, April 14 is Wan Nao which is the day after and April 15 is Wan Thaloeng Sok which the New Year begins. At this time, people from the rural areas who are working in the city usually return home to celebrate the festival. Thus, when the time come, Bangkok temporarily turns into a deserted city.




Songkran is a Thai word which means "move" or "change place" as it is the day when the sun changes its position in the zodiac. It is also known as the "Water Festival" as people believe that water will wash away bad luck.


The Songkran tradition is recognized as a valuable custom for the Thai community, society and religions. The value for family is to provide the opportunity for family members to gather in order to express their respects to the elders by pouring scented water onto the hands of their parents and grandparents and to present them gifts including making merits to dedicate the result to their ancestors. The elders in return wish the youngsters good luck and prosperity.



The values for community is to provide the opportunity to create unity in the community such as to jointly acquire merits, to meet each other and to enjoy the entertaining events. And for the society value is to create concern upon environment with cooperation such as to clean houses, temples, public places and official buildings. Thais value the religion bye means of merits acquisition, offerings alms to monks, Dhamma Practice, listening to sermon and monks-bathing.




In the afternoon, after performing a bathing rite for Buddha images and the monks, the celebrants both young and old, joyfully splash water oon each other. The most-talked about celebration takes place in the northern province of Chiang Mai where Songkran is celebrated from April 13 to 15. During this period, people from all parts of the country flock there to enjoy the water festival, to watch the Miss Songkran Contest and the beautiful parades.

4/5/10

18 learn Thai tone 1/2




The 5 Thai TONES!! TADAAA

Here goes:

1st Samun Tone = Robot = stright = gooo
2nd Aek Tone = Weirdo = down = weirDO
3rd To Tone = Attitude = up down = DANG!
4th Three Tone = suspicious = up = uh HUH
5th Jathawa = canadian = down up = EH?

Now here's your exercise
Make 5 tones out of
1. Day
2. Ron
3. Thua
4. Nan
5. Dek

once you've done it, VDO respond to this vdo for me to check !

18 Thai tones 2/2



The 5 Thai TONES!! TADAAA

Here goes:


1st Samun Tone = Robot = stright = gooo
2nd Aek Tone = Weirdo = down = weirDO
3rd To Tone = Attitude = up down = DANG!
4th Three Tone = suspicious = up = uh HUH
5th Jathawa = canadian = down up = EH?

Now here's your exercise
Make 5 tones out of
1. Day
2. Ron
3. Thua
4. Nan
5. Dek

once you've done it, VDO respond to this vdo for me to check !

Now what to say when go shopping!

Going shopping is something most people do when they first arrive in Thailand. They are not only many air-conditioned shopping malls but also literally dozens of outdoor markets selling practically everything you would want. Prices in department stores are fixed but in markets it is expected for you to haggle the price. If you can speak some words for the shopping, it will be easier for you to haggle the price. Also, some shop keepers might give you a lower price from the foreigner’s price! Let’s start learning some of the words below …


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ราคาเท่าไร (ra ka thao rai)

How much is this?



แพงไป (paeng pbai?)

That is a little expensive.



ลดหน่อยได้ไหม (lot noi dai mai)

Can you make it cheaper?

*The Thai word “noi” means little and is used to make a request sound more polite. All “dai mai” questions are answered with “dai” for “yes” and “mai dai” for “no”.

……บาท ได้ไหม (… baht dai mai?)

How about … baht?


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ช่วยได้ไหม (chuay noi dai mai?)
Can you help me?



ขอดูได้ไหม (khor doo dai mai)
Can I see that?



ขอดูเฉยๆ(khor doo chey chey)
I am just looking.



จะมาใหม่ (ja ma mai)
I will come back later.


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มีใหญ่กว่าไหม (mee yai gwar mai)
Do you have something bigger?

*The thai word “yai” means “big”. Adding “gwar” after it makes it “bigger”.

มีเล็กกว่าไหม (mee lek gwar mai)

Do you have something smaller?

*The thai word “lek” means “small”. Adding “gwar” after it makes it “smaller”.

มีถูกกว่าไหม (mee took gwar mai)

Do you have something cheaper?

*The thai word “took” means “cheap”. Adding “gwar” after it makes it “cheaper”.



มีสีอื่นไหม (mee see auen mai)

Do you have another colour?


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จ่ายเงินที่ไหน (jai ngoen tee nai)

Where do I pay?

thanks to Kru Prea, languagehut