Free Learning Resources by Learn Thai Fun

Tips to study Thai

  • Always imagine that you are 3 years old, just about to learn a new language
  • Be a sensitive listener as the Thai language is a tonal language
  • Listen to the Thai language like you are listening to music

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The differences between English and Thai

The differences between English and Thai

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Thai politeness

Krab (formal) is used for singing, reading and writing but people prefer to say ‘cup or kup’ without the ‘r’ or rolling tongue. This is only for a male speaker. It’s used at the end of a sentence to be polite.

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Greeting

The most common greeting you will hear in Thailand is "swat dee". Following with the polite words (Krab/Kup for a Male speaker or Ka for a female speaker)

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Comparison

1. Comparing between two things or two people, “Gwa (more than)” is used

Lisa suay gwa Amanda
Lisa beautiful more than Amanda (Lisa is more beautiful than Amanda)

Australia dee gwa Thailand
Australia good more than Thailand (Australia is better than Thailand)

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Classifiers

Classifying is group thing, people in the same category. In English you just put the number in front of the noun to identify how many they are. Unlike Thai they need to group things or they may be called ‘the counter’ for example the ‘two pairs of pants, sun glasses, jeans’. Pairs are the counter.

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