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How to Celebrate Magha Puja Day in Thailand

It’s likely no surprise to you that in Thailand, Buddha and Buddhism are held in high regard. Thus, the Buddhist holiday Magha Puja (also known as Makha Bucha or Makha Bucha Day) is celebrated each year in commemoration of Buddha’s Ovadha Patimokha, or list of principles.

By learning about Makha Puja Day in Thailand, you’re showing respect toward the country whose language you seek to learn and are, indeed, providing yourself with the context you need to better understand it.

Here at ThaiPod101.com, we seek to help you understand all you need to know about Thai culture. In this article, we’ll be going more in depth on Magha Puja Day and hope you enjoy learning all of its little facets and traditions. Let’s begin!

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1. What is Magha Bucha Day?

Also called วันมาฆบูชา (wan maa-khá-buu-chaa) in Thai, Magha Bucha Day, or Magha Puja, is one of many Buddhist holidays. Even though it isn’t as important as Vesak Day, it’s still widely recognized. It was the day Buddha declared the core principles of his doctrine for all saints to distribute.

1- History of Makha Bucha and Buddha’s Teachings

On Makha Bucha Day, four miracles occurred on the same day, as follows.

One: It was a full moon on the fifteenth day of the waxing moon in the third month. Two: 1,250 monks came together to pay respect to the Buddha without any prior appointment. Three: All of the monks who came were saints or พระอรหันต์ (phrá aaw-rá-hăn). Four: All the monks had been ordained by the Buddha.

Because there were many monks coming together at the same time, the Buddha took this as an opportunity to announce “Ovadha Patimokha” which outlined the core principles of Buddhism. He addressed the goals, principles, and practice of Buddhism in full.

To summarize, the core of this preaching is that the ultimate goal of Buddhism is nirvana or นิพพาน (níp-phaan), which is a state without passion. Principles which can lead to nirvana are to abstain from bad action, to do good, and to purify the mind.

Ways to practice these include not encroaching on others, not harming others, not saying bad things about other people, keeping one’s behavior honorable, being reclusive, not annoying the community, learning to consume food appropriately, and persevering in practicing sound-mindedness.

As many monks who were all ordained by Buddha came to pay respect to the Buddha without any appointment on this day, this is regarded as a gesture of gratitude. As a result, the government also designated this day as one of gratitude.

Later, we’ll discuss how these teachings are implemented and celebrated on Magha Puja Day.

2. When is Magha Puja?

A Write-In Calendar

Magha Bucha is celebrated in Thailand during the third lunar month, on the day of its full moon. This date varies by year on the Gregorian calendar, but for your convenience we’ve provided a list of this holiday’s date for the next ten years.

  • 2019: February 19
  • 2020: February 8
  • 2021: February 26
  • 2022: February 16
  • 2023: February 5
  • 2024: February 23
  • 2025: February 11
  • 2026: February 1
  • 2027: February 20
  • 2028: February 9

3. How is Magha Puja Day Celebrated?

Upasampada Example

Buddhist practices on this day include offering food to monks in the morning, preparing food—either sweet or savory—for temples at lunchtime, and listening to preaching in the afternoon. The preaching or คำสอน (kham sǎawn) is to remind people of the way to live and to enter nirvana.

At night, all will gather and bring flowers and candles to the temple. They will walk around the temple with candles in their hands along with the monks; they walk in a clockwise fashion. While walking, people will remind themselves of the Buddha, his teachings, and the monks. When three rounds of walking are completed, candles and flowers are put on the altar, and the ceremony or พิธีกรรม (phí-thii gam) ends.

4. Additional Information

In Thailand, a man who wishes to ordain has to be at least twenty years old. If he is younger, he can only be ordained as a novice. Novices have to observe ten religious precepts, while monks need to observe 227 precepts. If a monk behaves inappropriately and is forced to leave the monkhood, he cannot ordain again. However, a novice can be re-ordained unless he’s guilty of serious misconduct.

5. Must-know Vocab

Three Jewels

Here’s some useful Thai vocabulary you should know to celebrate this holiday and better understand the Thai culture.

  • วันมาฆบูชา (wan-maa-khá-buu-chaa) — “Magha Puja Day”
  • บรรลุ (ban-lú) — “achieve”
  • อุปสมบท (ùp-bpà-sǒm-bòt) — “upasampada”
  • รัตนตรัย (rát-dtà-ná-dtrai) — “three jewels”
  • พระสงฆ์ (phrá-sǒng) — “sangha”
  • เจดีย์ (jee-dii) — “pagoda”
  • ฟังเทศน์ (fang-thêet) — “listen to a sermon”
  • ชุมนุม (chum-num) — “gather together”
  • ตรัสรู้ (dtràt-sà-rúu) — “enlightenment in Buddhism”
  • พระพุทธเจ้า (phrá-phút-thá-jâo) — “buddhahood”
  • นัดหมาย (nát-mǎai) — “appointment”

If you want to hear the each word pronounced, visit our Magha Puja Day vocabulary list. Here, you’ll find an audio alongside each word with its pronunciation.

Conclusion

Now you know more about Magha Puja in Thailand. What do you think of this Buddhist holiday and the teachings it reveres? Is there a similar holiday in your own country? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Say I Love You in Thai - Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Thai could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Thai partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At ThaiPod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Thai lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Thai dating easy for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Thai Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Thai Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
  8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Thai Faster?

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Thai love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Thai word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Thai date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Thai Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • คุณต้องการที่จะไปทานมื้อค่ำกับผมไหม
  • khun dtâwng-gaan thîi jà bpai thaan múue khâm gàp phŏm mái

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Thai is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • เสาร์อาทิตย์นี้คุณว่างไหม
  • săo aa-thít níi khun wâang mái

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • คุณต้องการที่จะออกไปเที่ยวกับฉันไหม
  • khun dtâwng-gaan thîi jà àawk bpai thîiao gàp chăn mái

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • พรุ่งนี้เราเจอกันกี่โมงดี
  • phrûng-níi rao jooe gan gìi moong dii

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • เราจะเจอกันที่ไหนดี
  • rao jà jooe gan thîi năi dii

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • คุณดูดีจัง
  • khun duu dii jang

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • คุณน่ารักมาก
  • khan nâa-rák mâak

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • คุณคิดว่าที่นี่ดีไหม
  • khun khít wâa thîi-nîi dii mái

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Thai language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • ฉันจะเจอคุณอีกครั้งได้ไหม
  • chăn jà jooe khun ìik khráng dâai mái

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • เราไปที่อื่นกันไหม
  • rao bpai thîi ùuen gan mái

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • ฉันรู้จักที่ดีๆ
  • chăn rúu-jàk thîi dii dii

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • ฉันจะขับไปส่งคุณที่บ้าน
  • chăn jà khàp bpai sòng khun thîi bâan

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • นี่เป็นคืนที่ดีนะ
  • nîi bpen khuuen thîi dii ná

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • เมื่อไรฉันจะเจอคุณได้อีก
  • mûuea-rai chăn jà jooe khun dâai ìik

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • เดี๋ยวจะโทรหานะ
  • dĭiao jà thoo hăa ná

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Thai phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Thai below!

Date Ideas in Thai

museum

  • พิพิธภัณฑ์
  • phí-phít-thá-phan

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • อาหารค่ำใต้แสงเทียน
  • aa-hăan khâm dtâai săaeng thiian

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • ไปเที่ยวสวนสัตว์
  • bpai thîiao sŭuan-sàt

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • ไปเดินเล่น
  • bpai dooen lên

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • ไปดูละครโอเปร่า
  • bpai duu lá-khaawn oo-bpee-râa

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • ไปพิพิธภัณฑ์สัตว์น้ำ
  • bpai phí-phít-thá-phan sàt-náam

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • เดินเล่นบนชายหาด
  • dooen lên bon chaai-hàat

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • ไปปิกนิก
  • bpai bpík-ník

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • ทำอาหารด้วยกัน
  • tham aa-hăan dûuai gan

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • ไปทานอาหารค่ำและดูหนัง
  • bpai thaan aa-hăan khâm láe duu năng

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Thai

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Thai - think how impressed your date will be!

4. Thai Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Thai yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Thai? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Thai love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Thai

I love you.

  • ฉันรักคุณ
  • chǎn rák khun

Saying ‘I love you’ in Thai carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

You mean so much to me.

  • คุณมีความหมายกับผมมาก
  • Khun mii khwaam-mǎai gàp phǒm mâak

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • มาเป็นวาเลนไทน์ของผมได้ไหม
  • Maa bpen waa-len-thai khǎawng phǒm dâi mǎi

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • คุณสวยมาก
  • Khun sǔuay mâak

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Thai, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • ผมคิดกับคุณมากกว่าแค่เพื่อน
  • Phǒm khít gàp khun mâak gwàa khâae phûuean

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Thai dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • หัวใจร้อยดวงยังไม่พอใส่ความรักทั้งหมดที่ผมมีให้คุณ
  • Hǔua-jai ráauy duuang yang mâi phaaw sài khwaam-rák tháng-mòt thîi phǒm mii hâi khun

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • ความรักก็คือความรัก ไม่มีทางอธิบายได้
  • Khwaam-rák gâw khuue khwaam-rák. Mâi mii thaang à-thí-baai dâi

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • คุณหล่อมาก
  • Khun làaw mâak

Ladies, this phrase lets your Thai love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • ฉันหลงรักเธออยู่
  • Chǎn lǒng rák thooe yùu

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • คุณทำให้ผมอยากเป็นคนดีขึ้น
  • Khun tham-hâi phǒm yàak bpen khon dii khûen

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Thai girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • ขอให้ทุกอย่างที่คุณทำสำเร็จด้วยความรัก
  • Khǎaw hâi thúk-yàang thîi khun tham sǎm-rèt dûuai khwaam-rák

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • ที่รัก เธอคือดวงตะวันของฉัน
  • Thîi-rák thooe khuue duuang dtà-wan khǎawng chăn

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • รักที่ฉันมีให้เธอ ไม่สามารถอธิบายได้ด้วยคำพูด
  • Rák thîi chǎn mii hâi thooe mâi sǎa-mâat à-thí-baai dâi dûuai kham-phûut

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • เราเกิดมาคู่กัน
  • Rao gòoet maa khûu gan

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • ถ้าคุณคิดถึงใครขณะที่อ่านข้อความนี้ ก็แปลว่าคุณกำลังมีความรักอยู่แน่ ๆ
  • Thâa khun khít-thǔeng khrai khà-nà thîi àan khâaw-khwaam níi gâw bplaae wâa khun gam-lang mii khwaam rák yùu nâae-nâae

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

5. Thai Quotes about Love

Thai Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Thai lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Thai that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Thai Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Thai lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Thai custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Thai Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • ฉันมีอะไรจะคุยด้วย
    • chǎn mii à-rai jà khui dûuai

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • คุณไม่ผิดหรอก ฉันผิดเอง
    • Khun mâi phìt ràawk. Chǎn phìt eeng.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Thai lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • ฉันแค่ไม่พร้อมสำหรับความสัมพันธ์แบบนี้
    • Chǎn khâae mâi-phráawm sǎm-ràp khwaam-sǎm-phan bàaep níi.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • เราเป็นเพื่อนกันดีกว่า
    • Rao bpen phûuean gan dii gwàa.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Thai, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • ฉันว่าเราควรหยุดเจอกันไปสักพัก
    • chǎn wâ rao khǔan yùut jooe gan sák-phák

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • เธอควรไปเจอใครที่ดีกว่านี้
    • Thooe khuuan bpai jooe khrai thîi dii gwàa níi.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • เราควรจะลองไปเจอใครอื่นบ้าง
    • Rao khuuan jà laawng bpai jooe khrai ùuen bâang.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • ฉันอยากมีพื้นที่ส่วนตัว
    • Chǎn yàak mii phúuen-thîi sùuan-dtuua.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • ฉันว่าเรารีบร้อนกันเกินไป
    • Chǎn wâa rao rîip-ráawn gan gooen bpai.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • ฉันอยากทุ่มเทให้กับงาน
    • Chǎn yàak thûm-thee hâi gàp ngaan.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • ฉันไม่ดีพอสำหรับคุณ
    • Chǎn mâi dii phaaw sǎm-ràp khun.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • ฉันก็แค่ไม่ได้รักคุณแล้ว
    • Chǎn gâw khâae mâi-dâi rák khun láaew.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • เราก็แค่ไม่เหมาะสำหรับกันและกัน
    • Rao gâw khâae mâi màw sǎm-ràp gan-láe-gan.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • แบบนี้ดีที่สุดแล้ว
    • Bàaep-níi dii thîi-sùt láaew.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • เราต่างเปลี่ยนไปคนละทาง
    • Rao dtàang bplìian-bpai khon-lá thaang.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Thai faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. ThaiPod101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Thai language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Thai Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Thai speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    ThaiPod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Thai, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Thai even faster.

    2- Having your Thai romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Thai language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Thai lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Thai partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

    Three Reasons Why ThaiPod101 helps you learn Thai Even Faster when you’re In Love

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Thai is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at ThaiPod101 is translated into both English and Thai. So, while your partner can help you learn Thai faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Thai Culture
    At ThaiPod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Thailand. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Thai partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic Thai Phrases
    You now have access to ThaiPod101’s specially-developed sections and tools to teach you love words, phrases, and cultural insights to help you find and attract your Thai soul mate. A personal tutor will assist you to master these brilliantly - remember to invite him/her to your wedding!

    Secret Revealed: The Best Way to Learn a Language on Your Own

    Learning A Language on Your Own

    Can You Really Learn Thai Alone?

    Learning a language on your own or without traditional classroom instruction may seem quite daunting at first. What if you run into questions? How do you stay motivated and on track to achieving goals?

    Don’t worry, not only is it possible to learn Thai or any language without traditional classroom instruction: ThaiPod101 has created the world’s most advanced and extensive online language learning system. Not only is ThaiPod101 specifically designed to help you with learning a language on your own, it’s actually faster, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom options!

    Let’s look at some of the benefits of learning Thai or any language alone.

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    3 Reasons to Learn a Language Alone

    Learning Alone

    1. Learn at Your Own Pace and On Your Schedule

    In today’s fast-paced world, there just isn’t time for traditional classroom instruction. Between getting to class and studying on some professor or teacher’s schedule, traditional classroom learning is simply impossible to fit in. But when you learn Thai alone, you can study in bed if you like and whenever suits your schedule best, making it far easier to actually reach your goal of learning and mastering the language.

    2. Learning a Language on Your Own Reduces Stress and Anxiety

    Speaking in front of a class, pop quizzes, and tests are just a few of the stressors you will encounter when you learn a language in a traditional classroom setting. Specifically, these are external stressors that often derail most people’s dream of learning a new language. But when you learn Thai alone, there are no external stressors. Without the external stress and anxiety, it becomes much easier and more exciting to study Thai and reach your very own goals—all on your own!

    3. Learning Thai Alone Helps Improve Cognitive Function and Overall Success

    Learning a language on your own is indeed more challenging in some ways than being taught in a traditional classroom setting. In fact, while classroom instruction requires more rote memorization and following instructions, studying a language on your own requires more problem-solving and higher cognitive function to self-teach lessons and hit goals. So while it’s more challenging and requires higher levels of cognition, teaching yourself a language pays dividends throughout life by better preparing you for social/work opportunities that arise.

    How to Learn a Language on Your Own with ThaiPod101

    Learning with ThaiPod101

    1. Access to the World’s Largest Collection of Thai Audio & Video Lessons

    The best way to learn a language on your own is to study from native speaking instructors. Ideally, you want audio and/or video lessons that teach vocabulary, grammar, and provide actual Thai conversations and dialogue to help you with pronunciation. ThaiPod101 has hundreds of hours of HD audio and video lessons created by real Thai instructors and every lesson is presented by professional Thai actors for perfect pronunciation. Plus, all lessons can be accessed 24/7 via any mobile device with Internet access. And, if you download the PDF versions of each lesson, you can even study without Internet access once the lesson is stored on your device!

    2. “Learning Paths” with Thai Courses Based Upon Your Exact Needs & Goals

    Although ThaiPod101 has more than thousands of video and audio lessons, you need not review each and every one to learn the language. In fact, ThaiPod101 has developed a feature called “Learning Paths”. You simply tell us your goals and we will identify the best courses and study plan to help you reach them in the shortest time possible. So even though you are technically learning a language on your own, our team is always here to help and make sure you reach your goals FAST!

    3. Advanced Learning Tools Reduce Learning Time and Boost Retention

    When you have the right tools and Thai learning resources, it’s actually easy to teach yourself a language! In the past 10+ years, ThaiPod101 has developed, tested, and refined more than 20 advanced learning tools to boost retention and reduce learning time, including:

    • Spaced Repetition Flashcards
    • Line-by-Line Dialogue Breakdown
    • Review Quizzes
    • Voice Recording Tools to Help Perfect Pronunciation
    • Teacher Feedback and Comments for Each Lesson
    • Thai Dictionary with Pronunciation
    • Free PDF Cheat Sheets
    • And Much More!

    Armed with our growing collection of advanced learning tools, it’s truly a breeze to learn Thai alone and reach your goals!

    Conclusion

    Learning a language on your own is not only possible, it’s actually easier and more beneficial for you than traditional classroom instruction. In fact, when you learn Thai on your own you can study at your own pace, eliminate stress, and actually increase cognitive function.

    ThaiPod101 is the world’s most advanced online language learning system and a great resource to help you teach yourself a new language. With the world’s largest collection of HD audio and video lessons, more than 20 advanced learning tools, and customized “Learning Paths”, ThaiPod101 makes learning a new language easier, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom instruction.

    And the best part is: With ThaiPod101, you can study in bed, your car, or wherever you have a few spare minutes of time. Create your Free Lifetime Account now and get a FREE ebook to help “kickstart” your dream of learning a language on your own below!

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    Language Learning Tips: How to Avoid Awkward Silences

    Avoid Awkward Silences

    Yes, even beginners can quickly learn conversational Thai well enough to carry on real conversations with native speakers. Of course, beginners won’t be able to carry a conversation the same way they could in their native language. But, just knowing a few tips like which questions to ask to keep a conversation going are all you need to speak and interact with real native speakers! But before we get to specific suggestions, let’s first take a closer look at how having real Thai conversations is so vital to your mastery of the language.

    Learning to Carry a Conversation is Vital to Mastery of Any Language

    Communicating with other people is the very point of language and conversation is almost second nature in our native tongue. For beginners or anyone learning a new language, conversations aren’t easy at all and even simple Thai greetings can be intimidating and awkward.

    However, there are 3 vital reasons why you should learn conversational Thai as quickly as possible:

    • Avoid Awkward Silences: Nothing kills a conversation faster than long periods of awkward silence, so you need practice and specific strategies to avoid them.
    • Improve the Flow of Conversation to Make a Better Impression: When you know what to say to keep a conversation going, communication becomes much easier and you make a better impression on your listener.
    • Master the Language Faster: Nothing will help you learn to speak Thai faster and truly master the language than having real conversations with native speakers. Conversations quickly expose you to slang, cultural expressions, and vocabulary that force you to absorb and assimilate information faster than any educational setting—and that’s a great thing!

    But how can you possibly have real conversations with real Thai people if you are just starting out?

    3 Conversation Strategies for Beginners

    Conversation

    1. Ask Questions to Keep a Conversation Going

    For beginners and even more advanced speakers, the key is to learn to ask questions to keep a conversation going. Of course, they can’t be just random questions or else you may confuse the listener. But, by memorizing a few key questions and the appropriate time to use them, you can easily carry a conversation with minimal vocabulary or experience. And remember, the more Thai conversations you have, the quicker you will learn and master the language!

    2. Learn Core Vocabulary Terms as Quickly as Possible

    You don’t need to memorize 10,000’s of words to learn conversational Thai. In fact, with just a couple hundred Thai words you could have a very basic Thai conversation. And by learning maybe 1,000-2,000 words, you could carry a conversation with a native speaker about current events, ordering in restaurants, and even getting directions.

    3. Study Videos or Audio Lessons that You Can Play and Replay Again and Again

    If you want to know how to carry a conversation in Thai, then you need exposure to native speakers—and the more the better. Ideally, studying video or audio lessons is ideal because they provide contextualized learning in your native language and you can play them again and again until mastery.

    ThaiPod101 Makes it Easier and More Convenient Than Ever to Learn Conversational Thai

    Learning Thai

    For more than 10 years, ThaiPod101 has been helping students learn to speak Thai by creating the world’s most advanced online language learning system. Here are just a few of the specific features that will help you learn conversational Thai fast using our proven system:

    • The Largest Collection of HD Video & Audio Lessons from Real Thai Instructors: ThaiPod101 instructors have created hundreds of video and audio lessons that you can play again and again. And the best part is: They don’t just teach you Thai vocabulary and grammar, they are designed to help you learn to speak Thai and teach you practical everyday topics like shopping, ordering, etc!
    • Pronunciation Tools: Use this feature to record and compare yourself with native speakers to quickly improve your pronunciation and fluency!
    • 2000 Common Thai Words: Also known as our Core List, these 2,000 words are all you need to learn to speak fluently and carry a conversation with a native speaker!

    In all, more than 20 advanced learning tools help you quickly build vocabulary and learn how to carry a conversation with native speakers—starting with your very first lesson.

    Conclusion

    Although it may seem intimidating for a beginner, the truth is that it is very easy to learn conversational Thai. By learning a few core vocabulary terms and which questions to ask to keep a conversation going, just a little practice and exposure to real Thai conversations or lessons is all it really takes. ThaiPod101 has created the world’s largest online collection of video and audio lessons by real instructors plus loads of advanced tools to help you learn to speak Thai and carry a conversation quickly.

    Act now and we’ll also include a list of the most commonly used questions to keep a conversation going so you can literally get started immediately!

    How to Transform Your Daily Commute Into Learning a Language

    Learn a language during your commute!

    Today, classrooms are no longer the only or even best place to learn a new language like Thai. More and more people are finding that they can easily learn a language just about anywhere they have a few minutes of spare time, including their daily commute to work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American spends over 50 minutes a day commuting to and from work, or over 300 hours a year.

    Rethinking Your Daily Commute to Work

    But rather than simply sitting in traffic and wasting the time, you can instead use your daily commute to literally learn Thai in just a few short months! ThaiPod101 has developed specialized learning tools that you can use on your commute to work (and home again) to master the language in your spare time. Keep reading to learn how to get your free audiobook to use on your next commute so you can see for yourself how easy it is to transform “dead time” into realizing your dream of learning a new language!

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    But before we look at how to transform your commute home into a mini-classroom, let’s take a closer look at 4 reasons why traditional classroom settings just aren’t the best option for most people in today’s fast-paced world.

    • Difficulty Getting to and From Class
    • Learning on Someone Else’s Schedule
    • Very Expensive and May Cost $1,000’s to Complete
    • Can Take Years to Finally Complete Classes and Learn the Language

    The simple truth is that traditional classroom instruction is simply not a viable option for most people in today’s very fast-paced, time-starved world. Now let’s examine how you can learn a language faster, more easily, and at far less expense than traditional classes—all during your commute to work and back home again!

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    3 Reasons Your Daily Commute Can Help You Master a Language

    1. The Average Commute Time is More than 300 Hours Per Year

    Between the commute to work and getting back home again, over 6 hours a week is completely wasted and not helping you reach any goals or objectives. But thanks to online language learning platforms with audiobooks and other resources that you can access during your commute, you can easily transform wasted time into tangible progress towards learning a new language. With over 300 hours available annually, your daily commute could provide you with enough time to literally master a new language each and every year!

    2. Increase Your Earning Potential While Commuting to Work

    How would you like to transform all those spare commuting hours each week into more money for a new car, house, or even a dream vacation? According to research, someone making $30,000 per year can boost their annual income by $600 or more per year by learning a second language. Added up over the course of a lifetime, you can boost your total earnings by $70,000 or more while achieving your dream of learning a new language during your daily commute!

    How? From work-at-home translation jobs to working overseas, there are many ways to leverage your second language into more money in your bank account! So instead of wasting your precious time, you can make your commute more productive and profitable and the more languages you learn, the higher your income potential.

    3. Repetition is Key to Mastering a New Language

    Not sure if it’s practical to learn another language while commuting to and from work each day? Well not only is it possible—learning in your car on the way to and from work each day can actually help you learn and master Thai or any language much faster! The simple truth is that repetition is absolutely vital to truly internalizing and mastering any language. So, if you listen to audiobooks or even audio lessons on your commute to work and then repeat the same lesson on your commute home, the information is more likely to be “locked-in” to your long-term memory!

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    5 Ways ThaiPod101 Makes It Easy to Learn a Language On Your Commute

    ThaiPod101 has been helping people just like yourself learn and master Thai in the comfort of their home, during their daily commute, or any place they have a few minutes of spare time. Here are five features provided by ThaiPod101 that make it easy to learn a new language while commuting to and from work:

    1. The Largest Collection of Audio Lessons on Planet by Native Speaking Instructors
    Every single week, ThaiPod101 creates new audio lessons by native speaking instructors. All lessons are short, to the point, and guaranteed to improve your mastery of Thai.

    2. Word of the Day
    Simply exposing yourself to new information and vocabulary terms helps increase your fluency and mastery of Thai. So every single day, ThaiPod101 adds a new Word of the Day for you to learn and memorize during your commute.

    3. Daily Dose Mini-Lessons
    Have a short commute to work but still want to make progress towards learning and mastering Thai? Not a problem! Our Daily Dose Mini-Lessons are 1-minute or less and designed to improve your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

    4. All Content Available on a Convenient Mobile App
    You don’t need a PC or tablet to learn Thai during your daily commute. At ThaiPod101, all of our lessons, tools, and resources are available 24/7 via our Mobile App. That means you can access all of our audio lessons and other tools during your commute to work or any time you have a few spare moments!

    5. Audiobooks and Other Supplemental Resources
    In addition to the world’s largest online collection of HD audio lessons, ThaiPod101 has also created several audiobooks to enhance your understanding and make it more convenient than ever to learn a language during your commute!

    Conclusion

    The average commute time of most Americans is over 300 hours each year and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn and master a new language. In fact, you can use the “dead time” during your daily commute to learn a new language and potentially boost your lifetime earnings by up to $70,000 or more! Whatever your motivation, ThaiPod101 has the tools and resources necessary to help you learn a new language each year during your commute to and from work. Act now and we’ll even provide you with a free audiobook to try out on your next commute!

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    All the Ways to Say “Hello in Thai”

    How to Say Hello in Thai

    When you start learning a new language, “Hello” is one of the first words that you’re likely to learn. Saying hello in Thai is easy and it’s also a convenient and good way to start a conversation in many situations. How Thai people say hello in Thai and the way Thai people greet represent Thai culture and give a glimpse into how they live their lives. This article will teach you all you need to know about this, from saying “good morning” in the Thai language to finally concluding your conversation.

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    Understanding “hello” when making a trip in Thailand will be very important. Similar to other languages, there are many ways to say hello in Thai. Each one is used differently based on who you’re greeting and the situation you’re in.

    Below, we outlined for you various ways to say hello in Thai along with detailed explanations. You’ll understand the context of the word more after reading this article, and as a result you’ll be able to say hello like a Thai native.

    1. Hello

    So, how do Thai people say “hello?”

    Let’s start with a general explanation of the word “hello.” What is the Thai word for “hello?” How do you say “hello” in Thai? How do you spell “hello” in Thai? And what is “hello” in Thai translation?

    “Hello” in the Thai language is สวัสดี (sà-wàt-dii). The word “hello,” in Thai means goodness, beauty, prosperity, and safety. Because of its good meaning, Thai people use this word as a greeting to wish other parties well. Sà-wàd-dee has been formally used as “hello” and “goodbye” in Thailand since January 22, 1943.

    Sà-wàt-dii is one of the ways to say “hello” or “hi” in Thai. And it’s probably the safest choice of hello words you can use in any situation and with anyone. You can say it anytime of the day. You can say it to anyone, whether they’re older or younger. So it’s wise to remember this word, though it’s not the only way to translate “hello” in Thai.

    sà-wàt-dii khâ

    1- How to Use “Hello” in a Sentence

    When putting “hello” in a sentence, there are a few ways you can use it, which are listed below:

    1. Just say sà-wàt-dii. If the other party knows you’re talking to him/her, you can just say sà-wàt-dii to greet him/her. This case can be used when you don’t know the other party’s name, as well.

      Example: You walk into a Thai restaurant. The waitress may say สวัสดีค่ะ กี่ท่านคะ (sà-wàt-dii khâ gìi thân khá), which means “Hello, how many people?”

    2. Sà-wàt-dii + name of people/noun/group of people. You can be more specific when greeting by saying the name of the person (or group of people) you want to greet after saying sà-wàt-dii.

      Example: A nephew greets his aunt with สวัสดีครับ น้าป้อม (sà-wàii-dii khráp náa bpâawm), which means, “Hello, Aunt Pom.”

    3. Name of people/noun/group of people + sà-wàt-dii. Another way you can use this greeting is to call the person’s name (or the group of people) you want to greet first to get their attention, and say sà-wàt-dii afterward.

      Example: In a company meeting, a manager may greet with ทุกคน สวัสดีค่ะ (thúk khon sà-wàt-dii khâ), which means, “Hello everybody,” before starting the meeting.

    **Note: Females put ค่ะ (khâ) at the end of sentences to make them polite, while males put ครับ (khráp) at the end of sentences to make them polite.

    Examples of How to Say Hello

    • “Hello children” in Thai is สวัสดี เด็ก ๆ (sà-wàt-dii dèk-dèk).
    • “Hello my love” in Thai is สวัสดี ที่รัก (sà-wàt-dii thîi-rák).
    • “Hello handsome” in Thai is สวัสดี สุดหล่อ (sà-wàt-dii sùt làaw).
    • “Hello girl” in Thai is สวัสดี สาวน้อย (sà-wàt-dii sǎao náauy).
    • “Hello boy” in Thai is สวัสดี หนุ่มน้อย (sà-wàt-dii nùm náauy).
    • “Hello beautiful girl” in Thai is สวัสดี สาวสวย (sà-wàt-dii sǎao sǔuai).

    2- Hello in Thai Slang

    Sometimes, when people who are familiar with each other greet, they shorten the word สวัสดี (sà-wàt-dii) to หวัดดี (wàt-dii) or ดี (dii). This is an informal way to greet, and is quite similar to the difference between “hello” or “hi” in English. This is a common way to say “hello” in Thai among friends.

    Thai Greetings

    2. Hello and Time

    Now that you know what “hello” is in Thai, your next questions are likely to be: What is “good morning” in the Thai language? What is “good afternoon” in Thai? What is “good evening” in Thai? And so on and so on. So let’s learn Thai greetings for each time of day.

    Also keep in mind before we get into it that there is a formal way of greeting, and an informal. The formal one is a bit hard to learn for foreigners. Fortunately, you’ll hear the formal greeting only in TV shows, radio shows, or in formal situations, but not much in daily conversation.

    Thai people use the less-formal one in daily speaking, and it’s very easy to learn and remember. You just put the time after the word sà-wàt-dii.

    1- “Good morning”

    • Formal: อรุณสวัสดิ์ (à-run sà-wàt)
    • Less formal: สวัสดีตอนเช้า (sà-wàt-dii dtaawn cháo)

    2- “Good afternoon”

    • Formal: ทิวาสวัสดิ์ (thí-waa sà-wàt)
    • Less formal: สวัสดีตอนบ่าย (sà-wàt-dii dtaawn bàai)

    ** The formal word for “good afternoon” is rarely used, even on TV or radio shows.

    3- “Good evening”

    • Formal: สายัณห์สวัสดิ์ (sǎa-yan sà-wàt)
    • Less formal: สวัสดีตอนเย็น (sà-wàt-dii dtaawn yen)

    4- “Goodnight”

    • Formal: ราตรีสวัสดิ์ (raa-dtrii sà-wàt)
    • Less formal: -

    ** raa-dtrii sà-wàt can be used in all situations, both in media and in daily conversation.

    3. Hello in Various Situations

    There are many situations where you can use Thai “hello” or sà-wàt-dii. Further, there’s a best way to say “hello” in Thai, depending on the context. Since you may be new to the language, we’ll show you sentences and phrases that you can use along with sà-wàt-dii in various situations.

    1- Greeting When You First Meet Someone

    Introduce yourself

    This is the situation when you meet someone, greet him/her, and introduce yourself to him/her. Basically, it’s how to say “Hello, my name is…” in Thai.

    Example:

    • ทศพล: สวัสดีครับ ผมชื่อทศพล ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักครับ
      Thót-sà-phon: sà-wàii-dii khráp phǒm chûue Thót-sà-phon yin-dii thîi dâi rúu-jàk khráp
      Todsapol: Hello, my name is Todsapol. Nice to meet you.”
    • ตฤณ: สวัสดีครับ ผมชื่อตฤณ ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักเช่นกันครับ
      Dtrin: sà-wàii-dii khráp phǒm chûue dtrin yin-dii thîi dâi rúu-jàk chêen gan khráp
      “Trin: Hello, my name is Trin. Nice to meet you too.”

    2- Greeting People You Already Know, but Haven’t Met in a While

    When you meet people you already know but aren’t very close with, you can greet them and have a little chat with them. So this is how you say “Hello, how are you?” in Thai.

    Example:

    • ทศพล: สวัสดีครับ คุณตฤณ ไม่เจอกันนาน สบายดีมั๊ยครับ
      Thót-sà-phon: sà-wàii-dii khráp khun dtrin mâi jooe gan naan sà-baai dii mái khráp
      “Todsapol: Hello, Trin. Long time no see. How are you?”
    • ตฤณ: สวัสดีครับ คุณทศพล ไม่เจอกันนานเลย ผมสบายดี แล้วคุณทศพลเป็นยังไงบ้างครับ
      Dtrin: sà-wàii-dii khráp khun Thót-sà-phon mâi jooe gan naan looei phǒm sà-baai dii láaeo khun Thót-sà-phon bpen yang-ngai bâang khráp
      “Trin: Hello, Todsapol. Long time no see. I’m fine, what about you?”
    • ทศพล: ช่วงนี้ผมงานเยอะครับ แต่ก็โอเค
      Thót-sà-phon: chûuang níi phǒm ngaan yóe khráp dtàae gâaw oo-khee
      “Todsapol: I have a lot of work to do recently but I’m okay.”

    3- Greeting a Lot of People at the Same Time

    These greetings are used in situations where you want to greet many people at the same time, such as before a presentation, before a speech in a company party or at a university reunion party, etc. Here are some examples:

    How to Say “Hello my friends” in Thai

    • สวัสดี เพื่อน ๆ ของฉัน (sà-wàt-dii phûuean phûuean khǎawng chǎn)

    How to Say “Hello everyone” in Thai

    • สวัสดี ทุกคน (sà-wàt-dii thúk khon)

    How to Say “Hello to all the staff” in Thai

    • สวัสดี พนักงานทุกคน (sà-wàt-dii phá-nák-ngaan thúk khon)

    How to Say “Hello students” in Thai

    • สวัสดี นักเรียนทุกคน (sà-wàt-dii nák riian thúk khon)

    4- Greeting in Shops or Restaurants

    When you go into some shops or restaurants in Thailand, the staff, waiter, or waitress normally greets you and asks if you want any help. It’s not rude to simply tell them what you want or just answer their questions without greeting them back. But if you want to greet them back, that’s okay as well. Here are some examples of how to do this:

    Greeting in Shops

    • พนักงาน: สวัสดีค่ะ ยินดีต้อนรับค่ะ สนใจสินค้าตัวไหนคะ
      phá-nák-ngaan: sà-wàt-dii khâ yin-dii dtâawn-ráp khâ sǒn-jai sǐn-kháa dtuua nǎi khá
      “Staff: Hello, welcome to our shop. What are you looking for?”
    • ทศพล: (สวัสดีครับ) ผมต้องการซื้อทีวี มีรุ่นไหนแนะนำบ้างครับ
      Thót-sà-phon: (sà-wàt-dii khráp) phǒm dtâawng-gaan súue thii-wii mii rûn nǎi náe-nam bâang khráp
      “Todsapol: (Hello) I want to buy a television. Do you have any recommendations?”

    Greeting in Restaurants

    Hello, what do you want to order?

    Hello, what do you want to order?

    • พนักงาน: สวัสดีค่ะ ยินดีต้อนรับค่ะ จะรับอะไรดีคะ
      phá-nák-ngaan: sà-wàt-dii khâ yin-dii dtâawn-ráp khâ jà ráp à-rai dii khá
      “Staff: Hello, welcome to our restaurant. What do you want to order?”
    • ตฤณ: ร้านนี้มีเมนูแนะนำอะไรครับ
      Dtrin: ráan níi mii mee-nuu náe-nam à-rai khráp
      “Trin: Which dish do you recommend?”
    • พนักงาน: ก๋วยเตี๋ยวต้มยำเป็นเมนูแนะนำของเราค่ะ
      phá-nák-ngaan: gǔuai-dtîiao dtôm-yam bpen mee-nuu náe-nam khǎawng rao khâ
      “Staff: Our signature dish is tôm-yum noodle.”
    • ตฤณ: ถ้าอย่างนั้นเอาบะหมี่ต้มยำหนึ่งที่ครับ
      Dtrin: thâa yàang nán ao bà-mìi dtôm-yam nùeng thîi khráp
      “Trin: Then, I will get one bowl of bà-mhèe-tôm-yum.”

    5- Replying to Greetings from Staff

    In some condos or department stores, the staff is trained to greet residents or customers. You can simply say “hello” in Thai back if you want. Still, it’s not rude to just nod your head back, or just smile. Here’s an example of how you can reply when a staff member says “Hello, sir,” in Thai to you as you pass by:

    • พนักงาน: สวัสดีตอนเช้าค่ะ
      phá-nák-ngaan: sà-wàt-dii dtaawn cháo khâ
      “Staff: Good morning.”
    • ตฤณ: สวัสดีครับ
      Dtrin: sà-wàt-dii khráp
      “Trin: Hello.”

    4. To Greet without Saying “Hello”

    In Thai, saying sà-wàt-dii or “hello” in Thai isn’t the only way you can say hello. There are other words and phrases you can use for greeting in both Thai and English.

    Among friends or close relatives, Thai people don’t really say sà-wàt-dii when they meet each other, especially if they meet each other everyday (though they certainly can if they choose to). They call the other party’s name instead of saying hello, and if they haven’t met in a long time, they ask “How are you?”

    It’s like saying “What’s up?” in Thai or “How’s it going?” in Thai. This is an informal or casual way to greet for people who already know each other or are close to each other.

    Greeting When You First Meet Someone

    Here are some other Thai ways to say “hello”:

    1- How are You?

    These phrases all have the same meaning: “How are you?” or “What’s going on in your life?”. However, the level of casualness of each phrase is different. The shorter the phrase is, the more casual it is.

    • เป็นอย่างไรบ้าง (bpen yàang-rai bâang)
    • เป็นยังไงบ้าง (bpen yang-ngai bâang)
    • เป็นไงบ้าง (bpen ngai bâang)

    2- Are You Fine?

    Another way of saying hello in Thai is to ask if someone is doing okay. Similar to the phrase “How are you?” in Thai, despite having the same meaning, the shorter the phrase is, the more casual it is.

    • สบายดีรึเปล่า (sà-baai-dii rúe bplào)
    • สบายดีมั๊ย (sà-baai-dii mái)

    3- Long Time No See

    Apart from calling someone’s name and asking “How are you?” in Thai or “Are you fine?” in Thai, Thai people also use the phrases listed below when they meet people who they haven’t met for a long time. These sentences mean “Long time no see.”

    • ไม่ได้เจอกันตั้งนาน (mâi dâi jooe gan dtâng naan)
    • ไม่เจอกันตั้งนาน (mâi jooe gan dtâng naan)
    • ไม่เจอกันนานมาก (mâi jooe gan naan mâak)
    • ไม่เจอกันนาน (mâi jooe gan naan)

    4- Example

    • Situation 1: Todsapol and Trin are friends. They haven’t seen each other in two years.

      ตฤณ: ทศพล ไม่เจอกันตั้งนาน เป็นยังไงบ้าง
      Dtrin: Thót-sà-phon mâi jooe gan dtâng naan bpen yang-ngai bâang
      “Trin: Todsapol. Long time no see. How are you?”

      ทศพล: ตฤณ ฉันสบายดี นายล่ะ
      Thót-sà-phon: Dtrin chǎn sà-baai-dii naai là
      “Todsapol: Trin, I’m fine. What about you?”

      ตฤณ: ดีๆ ไปกินข้าวกันมั๊ย
      Dtrin: dii dii bpai gin khâao gan mái
      “Trin: I’m good. Do you want to have a meal together?”

    • Situation 2: Ann and Bee are high school friends. They meet each other on a daily basis at school.

      แอน: บี ทำการบ้านเสร็จยัง
      Aaen: Bii tham gaan-bâan sèt yang
      “Ann: Bee, have you finished homework?”

      บี: ทำเสร็จแล้ว แอนหละ
      Bii: tham sèt láaeo Aaen là
      “Bee: Already finished. What about you?”

      แอน: เกือบแล้ว ขอลอกหน่อยดิ
      Aaen: gùueap láaeo khǎaw lâawk nàauy dì
      “Ann: Almost finished, can I copy you?”

    5. Interesting Facts About Hello

    When speaking of the word “hello” in Thai, these interesting facts pop up:

    1- Wâi

    In Thai, when people greet each other, they do an action called ไหว้ (wâi) along with saying sà-wàt-dii. There are many ways to wâi depending on whom you’re doing the action for and how old that person is. Generally, if you want to wâi, mirror the pictures below.

    1. Thai style of greeting

    Thai style of greeting

    2. Wâi action from the front

    Wâi action from the front

    2- Hello in Thai Song

    If thinking about the word “hello” and songs, Thai people who were born in the 80s and 90s automatically think of the song Hello by Mos Pathiparn. When Thai people pick up the phone, they normally say “hello” or ฮัลโหล to let the person on the other end know they’ve picked up. This song represents this action; it’s about a man who keeps calling a woman to ask where she is, so in the song, the word “Hello” is sang repeatedly.

    3- สะบายดี

    As mentioned above, Thai people can use the word สบายดี (sà-baai-dii). Coincidentally, สะบายดี (sà-baai-dii) is a word for hello in Laos. (Despite different spellings, their pronunciations are the same.)

    4- Hello and Days

    In Thai, there’s a type of picture that people in Generation X like to send to others via the Line app or on Facebook. On the picture will be one of the following greetings:

    • สวัสดีวันจันทร์ (sà-wàt-dii wan jan) = “Hello, Monday”
    • สวัสดีวันอังคาร (sà-wàt-dii wan ang-khaan) = “Hello, Tuesday”
    • สวัสดีวันพุธ (sà-wàt-dii wan phút) = “Hello, Wednesday”
    • สวัสดีวันพฤหัสบดี (sà-wàt-dii wan phá-rúe-hàt-sà-baaw-dii) “Hello, Thursday”
    • สวัสดีวันศุกร์ (sà-wàt-dii wan sùk) “Hello, Friday”
    • สวัสดีวันเสาร์ (sà-wàt-dii wan sǎo) “Hello, Saturday”
    • สวัสดีวันอาทิตย์ (sà-wàt-dii wan aa-thít) “Hello, Sunday”

    On the picture, apart from the day’s greeting, there’s usually nice picture as the background, such as a flower, beautiful scenery, or a cute animal. The color tone of each picture is often based on the day; for example, yellow for Monday and pink for Tuesday. So if you’re friends with Thai people in Generation X, you’re likely to get this picture from them as a greeting.

    6. Conclusion

    In summary, learning how to say “hello” is a nice way to start learning Thai, as you can use this word to start conversations with Thai people. Knowing “hello” when travelling to Thailand is the first step in forming new friendships and relationships.

    And as shown in this article, there are many ways to say “hello” in Thai, so keep practicing how to use it in various situations. Once you’ve mastered how to say “hello,” you can visit ThaiPod101.com to learn and practice other Thai lessons. Sà-wàt-dii khâ ^^

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    How to Celebrate Children’s Day in Thailand

    Learning about Thai holidays is one of the best ways to increase your knowledge of Thai culture, and can be a great way to improve your vocabulary skills too!

    In Thailand, family holidays are of great importance considering the friendly and familial nature the country possesses. So it should be no surprise that it celebrates a national Children’s Day (Thai Children’s Day), which seeks to both celebrate and encourage Thai children for who they are and who they can become.

    Learn more about Thai Children’s Day with ThaiPod101.com, and become a master of Thai culture. Also learn some handy Thailand holiday vocabulary for your arsenal to make your trip to Thailand a breeze!

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    1. Why Should You Know About Thai Children’s Day?

    When learning a new language, exploring its culture is just as important as studying the language itself. A country’s holidays are not only a fascinating aspect of its culture, but they also expose the heart of its people and the depth of its past.

    Children’s Day in Thailand, for instance, is a reflection of the country’s emphasis on caring for children, and their importance for the future of the country. Once you’ve discovered more about this holiday, you’ll be better able to understand what makes Thailand unique, and what characteristics its people and government share.

    For instance, in Thailand, family holidays make for fun and meaningful occasions—days to celebrate family and take it easy with those you love. Thai Children’s Day, though not a public holiday, is no exception and falls on Saturday for this purpose.

    2. What is Thai Children’s Day?

    Thailand really does take its children seriously—and it realizes that children don’t always want to be serious. Children’s Day (also called Wan Dek or wan-dèk-hàeng châat) in Thailand, though not a public holiday, is a day in early January where children are celebrated and encouraged to become their best.

    The day is highlighted by public events where children’s work and accomplishments are put on display as a show of praise and encouragement. Further, each year the Prime Minister gives a motto to children in hopes that they’ll remember it and use it to grow into fine adults.

    Children Holding Arms Up In Air

    3. When is Thai Children’s Day?

    In 2019, Thai Children’s Day will take place on January 12, and this holiday always takes place on the second Saturday in January. For your convenience, here’s a list of the holiday’s date for the next ten years:

    • 2019: January 12
    • 2020: January 11
    • 2021: January 9
    • 2022: January 8
    • 2023: January 14
    • 2024: January 13
    • 2025: January 11
    • 2026: January 10
    • 2027: January 9
    • 2028: January 8

    4. How is Thai Children’s Day Celebrated?

    Circle of Friends

    One common event on this holiday is Thailand’s Prime Minister offering the children of Thailand a short motto to inspire them and take to heart. This motto often has to do with certain moral traits that are most desirable for the future of Thailand, and for people to have in general. (However, there is some controversy and debate on the actual value of these mottos, with some believing they’re too generic and ineffectual.)

    Even the schools get involved on Thai Children’s Day, putting on special events to both encourage Thailand’s children and offer them a day of fun. You’ll also find exhibitions of school children’s accomplishments, particularly in the arts.

    But the real fun comes in the form of carnivals and other lighthearted festivities that children are encouraged to participate in. Some businesses even use this day to offer children free admission into their place of business; this includes zoos, museums, and even some of Thai’s military bases.

    This makes for the perfect occasion for parents to spend time out and about with their children. Some common activities for Children’s Day include visits to the aforementioned zoos, museums, and bases, as well as quality time at home (and probably a special meal!).

    In short, Children’s Day in Thailand is meant to both inspire and encourage children, and to allow them to enjoy the freedom of being a kid. Further, it’s a day for parents, teachers, and other adults to show their appreciation and respect for children, and to ponder their importance themselves.

    5. Must-Know Vocab for Thai Children’s Day

    A Toy Train

    To celebrate Thai Children’s Day, you should have a basic knowledge of the most common words associated with this day. To help you out, we’ve provided a quick list of important words for this Thailand holiday:

    • เด็ก (dèk) — “Children”
    • เอาใจใส่ (ao-jai-sài) — “Pay attention”
    • ผู้ใหญ่ (phûu-yài) — “Adult”
    • ครอบครัว (khrâawp-khruua) — “Family
    • วันเด็กแห่งชาติ (wan-dèk-hàeng châat) — “Children’s Day”
    • งานวันเด็ก (ngaan-wan-dèk) — “Children’s Day festival”
    • ความอบอุ่น (khwaam-òp-ùn) — “Warmth”
    • ของเล่น (khǎawng-lên) — “Toy”
    • สำนึก (sǎm-núek) — “Realize”
    • เลี้ยงเด็ก (líiang-dèk) — “Raise a child”
    • คำขวัญ (kham-khwǎn) — “Motto”
    • ความสุข (khwaam-sùk) — “Happiness

    If you want to hear the pronunciation of each Thai Children’s Day vocabulary word, check out our Thai Children’s Day word list which includes audio along with each word.

    Conclusion

    Thailand’s national Children’s Day is a significant occasion in Thailand, and is a great example of how children should be appreciated worldwide. From the fun activities for Children’s Day to the meaning behind it, it’s clear to see that Thailand values not only its future, but those who will be there to live in it.

    What do you think about Thai Children’s Day? Is there a national Children’s Day in your country?

    If you want to learn more about Thailand’s culture and the Thai language, be sure to visit us at ThaiPod101.com. We have lots of invaluable tools to help you efficiently learn Thai while staying entertained! These include vocabulary lists, insightful blog posts, and our MyTeacher app which offers you one-on-one guidance as you navigate everything Thai! Learning Thai can be both fun and efficient with ThaiPod101.com.

    Also be sure to stay tuned for more articles on Thai holidays for an even better glimpse into Thai culture. In the meantime, be sure to practice your Thai Children’s Day vocabulary for the best Thailand holiday experience.

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    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Thai

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Thai!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Thai Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can ThaiPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
    5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Thai - Testing New Technology

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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Thai? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Thai words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. joke - พูดตลก - phûut dtà-lòk
    2. funny - ตลก - dtà-lòk
    3. lie - โกหก - goo-hòk
    4. surprise - ประหลาดใจ - bprà-làat-jai
    5. fool - คนโง่ - khon-ngôo
    6. April 1st - วันที่ 1 เมษายน - wan-thîi-nùeng mee-sǎa-yon
    7. humor - อารมณ์ขัน - aa-rom-khǎn
    8. sneaky - ลับๆล่อๆ - láp-láp-lâaw-lâaw
    9. prank - ล้อเล่น - láaw-lên
    10. play a joke - เล่นตลก - lên-dtà-lòk
    11. deceptive - ลวงตา - luuang-dtaa
    12. prankster - คนขี้แกล้ง - khon khîi-glâaeng

    2. Thai Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Thai Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Thai to prank your favorite Thai friend or colleague!

    1. I learned Thai in 1 month.
      • ผมเรียนภาษาไทยในเดือนเดียว
      • Phǒm riian phaa-sǎa thai nai duuean diiao
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • วันนี้ยกเลิกเรียนทุกวิชา
      • Wan-níi yók-lôoek riian thúk wí-chaa
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • ขอโทษนะ แต่ฉันเพิ่งทำแว่นตาอันโปรดของเธอพัง
      • Khǎaw-thôot ná dtàae chǎn phôoen tham wâaen-dtaa an bpròot khǎawng thooe phang
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • เพิ่งมีคนมาชนรถเธอน่ะ
      • Phôoeng mii khon maa chon rót thooe nâ
    5. I’m getting married.
      • ฉันกำลังจะแต่งงาน
      • Chǎn gam-lang jà dtàaeng-ngaan
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • คุณได้รางวัลเป็นตั๋วฟรี
      • Khun dâi raang-wan bpen dtǔua frii
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • ฉันเห็นรถเธอถูกยกไปแล้วน่ะ
      • chǎn hěn rót thooe thùuk yók bpai-láaew nâ
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • เขากำลังแจกบัตรของขวัญฟรีกันอยู่หน้าตึกแน่ะ
      • khǎo gam-lang jàaek bàt-khǎawng-khwǎn frii gan yùu nâa dtùek nàe
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • มีหนุ่มหล่อมารอเธออยู่ข้างนอก
      • Mii nùm-làaw maa raaw thooe yùu khâang-nâawk
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • มีสาวสวยฝากเบอร์โทรมาให้คุณ
      • Mii sǎao-sǔuay fàak booe-thoo maa hâi khun
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • ลงมาข้างล่างหน่อยได้ไหม ฉันมีอะไรพิเศษจะให้
      • Long maa khâang-lâang nàuy dâi mǎi. Chǎn mii à-rai phí-sèet jà hâi
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • ขอบคุณสำหรับจดหมายรักที่คุณให้เมื่อเช้านะ ฉันเดาไม่ออกเลยว่าคุณรู้สึกแบบนั้นอยู่
      • Khàawp-khun sǎm-ràp jòt-mǎai-rák thîi khun hâi mûuea-cháo ná. Chǎn dao mâi àawk looei wâa khun rúu-sùek bàaep nán yùu

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Thai, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can ThaiPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit Thailand, or if you work for any Thai company, knowing the above Thai prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Thai words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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    How to Say Happy New Year in Thai & New Year Wishes

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    How to Say Happy New Year in Thai

    Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

    So, how do you say Happy New Year in Thai? Let a native teach you! At ThaiPod101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Thai New Year wishes!

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    Table of Contents

    1. How to Celebrate New Year in Thailand
    2. Must-Know Thai Words & Phrases for the New Year!
    3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Thai
    4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
    5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
    6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
    7. How ThaiPod101 Can Help You Learn Thai

    But let’s start with some vocabulary for Thai New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

    1. How to Celebrate New Year in Thailand

    Let’s discuss New Year’s Day, or, as it’s generally known, New Year, which is celebrated on January 1 every year. New Year activities in Thailand are unique and quite different to those in other countries.

    Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-

    On New Year’s Day, one activity that has been popular for a long time is sending “Sor Kor Sor” or “Song Kwam Suk” greeting cards. The full name means “sending happiness”. What is the history behind these?

    If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep reading.

    When it gets close to the New Year festival, Thai people will start to clean their houses and decorate them with lights. Then, on December 31, people will go to their local temples or วัด (wát) to listen to preaching and practice Dharma. There are several popular temples where Thai people often go, including Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Kallayanamitra. The most popular activity during New Year’s Eve is praying all night long until the break of the new year. But of course, the New Year’s countdown is a widely recognized tradition as well.

    On January 1, people will make offerings, listen to preaching, and ask for blessings or คำอวยพร (kham uuai phaawn) from their elders. Some will go to several temples for “luck enhancement”, in the hopes of establishing a good beginning to the new year. Most people will also take time to be with their family and friends and enjoy festive activities. One such activity is drawing lots for gift exchanges. The Thai word for gift is ของขวัญ (khǎawng khwăn).

    On the New Year, people usually send greeting cards or การ์ดอวยพร (gáat uuai phaawn) and wish each other luck by saying “Happy New Year” or “Hello New Year” with big smiles on their faces. In addition, shops usually play a popular song called “Pon pee mai” which means ‘New Year blessings’, and was composed by King Rama IX as a gift to the Thai people.

    In the past, April 1 was designated as New Year’s Day, but in 1941, the government changed Thailand’s New Year’s Day to January 1 in keeping with the international tradition.

    Now it’s time to answer our quiz question-

    What is the history of the popular activity on New Year’s Day of sending “Sor Kor Sor” or “Song Kwam Suk”?

    Actually, Thailand did not originally have a tradition of sending “Sor Kor Sor”. Rather, they adopted this cultural practice from foreign countries after the late Ayutthaya period. The greeting cards come in the form of paper with writing or printed images.

    Happy New Year!
    สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่
    sùk-sǎn wan-phii-mài

    2. Must-Know Thai Words & Phrases for the New Year!

    Thai Words & Phrases for the New Year

    1- Year

    ปี
    bpii

    This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in Thailand could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

    2- Midnight

    เที่ยงคืน
    thîiang-khuuen

    The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

    3- New Year’s Day

    วันปีใหม่ วันปีใหม่
    wan-bpii-mài

    In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

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    4- Party

    งานเลี้ยง
    ngaan-líiang

    A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

    5- Dancing

    เต้นรำ
    dtên-ram

    Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

    6- Champagne

    แชมเปญ
    chaaem-bpeen

    Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

    7- Fireworks

    ดอกไม้ไฟ
    dàawk-máai-fai

    These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

    8- Countdown

    การนับถอยหลัง
    gaan náp-tháauy-lăng

    This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

    9- New Year’s Holiday

    วันหยุดปีใหม่
    wan-yùt bpii-mài

    In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

    10- Confetti

    เศษกระดาษสีที่ใช้โปรยในงานรื่นเริง
    sèet grà-dàat sǐi thîi chái bprooi nai ngaan rûuen-rooeng

    In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

    11- New Year’s Eve

    วันส่งท้ายปีเก่า
    wan sòng-tháai bpii-gào

    This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

    12- Toast

    ดื่มอวยพร
    dùuem-uuai-phaawn

    A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

    13- Resolution

    ข้อตั้งใจ
    khâaw dtâng-jai

    Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

    14- Parade

    ขบวนแห่
    khà-buuan hàae

    New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At ThaiPod101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Thai New Year celebrations are like!

    3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

    New Year’s Resolutions List

    So, you learned the Thai word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at ThaiPod101 - what are yours?

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    New Year's Resolutions

    1- Read more

    อ่านหนังสือมากขึ้น
    àan nǎng-sǔue mâak-khûen

    Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Thai in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Thai language skills!

    2- Spend more time with family

    ใช้เวลากับครอบครัวมากขึ้น
    chái wee-laa gàp khrâawp-khruua mâak-khûen

    Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

    3- Lose weight

    ลดน้ำหนัก
    lóot nám-nàk

    Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

    4- Save money

    ออมเงิน
    aawm-gnoen

    Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to ThaiPod101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

    5- Quit smoking

    เลิกบุหรี่
    lôoek bù-rìi

    This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

    6- Learn something new

    เรียนรู้สิ่งใหม่
    riian-rúu sìng-mài

    Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

    7- Drink less

    ลดเหล้า
    lót-lâo

    This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

    8- Exercise regularly

    ออกกำลังกายเป็นประจำ
    àawk-gam-lang-gaai bpen bprà-jam

    This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

    9- Eat healthy

    ทานอาหารมีประโยชน์
    thaan aa-hǎan mii bprà-yòot

    If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

    10- Study Thai with ThaiPod101

    เรียนภาษาไทยกับ ThaiPod101.com
    riian phaa-sǎa thai gàp thai-pàwt wan-oo-wan dàwt khawm

    Of course! You can only benefit from learning Thai, especially with us! Learning how to speak Thai can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. ThaiPod101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

    4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

    Inspirational Quotes

    Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

    Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Thai new year greeting!

    Make decorative notes of these in Thai, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Thai incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

    5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

    Language Learning Quotes

    Still undecided whether you should enroll with ThaiPod101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

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    As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Thai could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Thai - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

    6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

    Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Thai - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

    7. Why Enrolling with ThaiPod101 Would Be the Perfect New Year’s Gift to Yourself!

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    • Fun and Easy: Keeping the lessons fun and easy-to-learn is our aim, so you will stay motivated by your progress!

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    How To Say ‘Thank you’ in Thai

    How to Say Thank You in Thai

    In most cultures, it is custom to express gratitude in some way or another. The dictionary defines gratitude as follows: it is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Giving a sincere, thankful response to someone’s actions or words is often the ‘glue’ that keeps relationships together. This is true in most societies! Doing so in a foreign country also shows your respect and appreciation for the culture. Words have great power - use these ones sincerely and often!

    Table of Contents

    1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Thai
    2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes
    3. Infographic & Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases - Thank You
    4. Video Lesson: ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages
    5. How ThaiPod101 Can Help You

    So, how do you say ‘Thank you’ in Thai? You can learn easily! Below, ThaiPod101 brings you perfect translations and pronunciation as you learn the most common ways Thai speakers say ‘Thanks’ in various situations.

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    1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Thai

    1- Thank you.

    ขอบคุณ
    khàawp-khun

    The magical words that can bring a smile to any face. For one day, truly mean it whenever you say these words, and see how this lifts your spirit too!

    2- That’s very kind of you.

    คุณใจดีมาก
    khun jai dii mâak

    This phrase is appropriate when someone clearly goes out of their way to give good service, or to offer you a kindness.

    3- Thanks for your kind words!

    ขอบคุณสำหรับคำพูดดีๆ ของคุณ!
    khàawp khun săm-ràp kham phûut dii dii khǎawng khun

    Someone paid you a compliment and made you feel good? That is kind of him/her, so express your gratitude!

    4- Thank you for coming today.

    ขอบคุณที่มาในวันนี้
    khàawp khun thîi maa nai wan níi

    This welcoming phrase should be part of your arsenal if you’re conducting more formal meetings with Thai speakers. If you’re hosting a party, this is also a good phrase when you greet your Thai guests!

    5- Thank you for your consideration.

    ขอบคุณสำหรับการพิจารณาของคุณ
    khàawp khun săm-ràp gaan phí-jaa-rá-naa khǎawng khun

    This is a more formal, almost solemn way to thank someone for their thoughtfulness and sensitivity towards you. It is also suitable to use when a native speaker has to consider something you submit, like a job application, a project or a proposal. You are thanking them, in essence, for time and effort they are about to, or have spent on your submission.

    6- Thanks a lot!

    ขอบคุณมาก!
    khàawp khun mâak

    This means the same as ‘Thank you’, but with energy and enthusiasm added! It means almost the same as ‘thank you so much’ in Thai. Use this in an informal setting with your Thai friends or teachers.

    7- Teachers like you are not easy to find.

    คุณครูแบบคุณหายาก
    khun-khruu bàaep khun hăa yâak

    Some phrases are compliments, which express gratitude by inference. This is one of them. If you’re particularly impressed with your ThaiPod101 teacher, this is an excellent phrase to memorize!

    8- Thank you for spending time with us.

    ขอบคุณที่ใช้เวลาอยู่กับเรา
    khàawp khun thîi chái wee-laa yùu gàp rao

    Any host at a gathering with Thai speakers, such as a meeting or a party, should have this under his/her belt! Use it when you’re saying goodbye or busy closing a meeting. It could also be another lovely way to thank your Thai language teacher for her time.

    9- Thank you for being patient and helping me improve.

    ขอบคุณที่อดทนและช่วยให้ฉันพัฒนาตัวเอง
    khàawp khun thîi òt thon láe chûuai hâi chăn phát-thá-naa dtua eeng

    This phrase is another sure way to melt any formal or informal Thai teacher’s heart! Teaching is not easy, and often a lot of patience is required from the teacher. Thank him/her for it! It’s also a good phrase to use if you work in Thailand, and want to thank your trainer or employer. You will go a long way towards making yourself a popular employee - gratitude is the most attractive trait in any person!

    10- You’re the best teacher ever!

    คุณเป็นครูที่ดีที่สุด!
    khun bpen khruu thîi dii thîi sùt

    This is also an enthusiastic way to thank your teacher by means of a compliment. It could just make their day!

    11- Thank you for the gift.

    ขอบคุณสำหรับของขวัญ
    khàawp khun săm-ràp khǎawng khwăn

    This is a good phrase to remember when you’re the lucky recipient of a gift. Show your respect and gratitude with these words.

    12- I have learned so much thanks to you.

    ฉันได้เรียนรู้หลายๆ อย่างจากคุณ
    chăn dâi riian rúu lăai lăai yàang jàak khun

    What a wonderful compliment to give a good teacher! It means they have succeeded in their goal, and you’re thankful for it.

    2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes

    Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! And in this respect, Thailand is no different.

    1- ขอบคุณ Khàawp-khun.
    In Thai, “thank you” is khàawp-khun. What is so unique about Thai is that you can add words at the end of the phrase to make it polite and formal or even to make it friendlier. To make it more polite and formal, we add one word at the end of the phrase.

    2- ขอบคุณครับ Khàawp-khun khráp and ขอบคุณค่ะ khàawp-khun khâ.
    For women, we add khâ. And for men, we add khráp. That means that when a woman says “thank you,” she says khàawp-khun khâ. And a man would say khàawp-khun khráp. Sometimes you may hear people say it slightly different as khàawp-khun ná khâ or khàawp-khun ná khráp. Thai people use the word ná to express pleasantness or begging, but in this phrase, they add this word to make the phrase sound smoother. You can use khàawp-khun ná khá or khàawp-khun ná khráp everywhere, at any time, and to anybody. It is the most common form of saying “thank you” in Thai. You can use it when people open the door for you, at the store, or even when someone gives you a compliment.

    3- ขอบคุณมากๆ Khàawp-khun mâak.
    However, there are more interesting ways of saying “thank you” in Thai. If you want to say “thank you very much,” just add one word and you are good to go. In Thai, “thank you very much” is khàawp-khun mâak. The meaning of mâak is equivalent to “very” in English. We add mâak at the end of the phrase along with to make it sound smoother. As a result, “thank you very much” for women is khàawp-khun mâak ná khâ, and for men, it is khàawp-khun mâak ná khráp.

    Cultural Insights

    Quick Tip 1
    How about saying “thanks” to a friend? Make just a little change to the word, and then the meaning is different. When you want to say “thanks” to your friends, you may say khàawp-jai. You may say this to someone younger than you or someone with lower social status than you, such as your younger sister. Khàawp-jai indicates that you are very close to the person. However, we don’t add the words khâ, khráp, or to make it more polite, but instead we add the word . This means, for both men and women, we say khàawp-jai jà.

    On the run to Thailand? Wait! You can’t go without some basic language phrases under your belt! Especially if you’re heading to meet your prospective employer! Either in person or online, knowing how to say ‘Thank you’ in the Thai language will only improve their impression of you! ThaiPod101 saves you time with this short lesson that nevertheless packs a punch. Learn to say ‘Thank you’ in Thai in no time!

    3. Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases - Thank You

    5 Ways to Say Thank You in Thai

    Perhaps you think it’s unimportant that you don’t know what ‘Thank you’ is in Thai, or that it’s too difficult a language to learn. Yet, as a traveler or visitor, you will be surprised at how far you can go using a little bit of Thai in Thailand!

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    At ThaiPod101, we offer you a few ways of saying ‘Thank you’ in Thai that you have no excuse not knowing, as they’re so simple and easy to learn. The lesson is geared to aid your ‘survival’ in formal and informal situations in Thailand, so don’t wait! You will never have to google ‘How do you say thanks in Thai’ again…!

    4. ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages

    For the global traveler in a hurry, here are 31 ways to say ‘Thank you’! These are the first words you need to learn in any foreign language - it is sure to smooth your way with native speakers by showing your gratitude for services rendered, and your respect for their culture! Learn and know how to correctly say ‘Thank you’ in 31 different languages in this short video.

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    However, you need not stop at ‘Thank you’ in Thai - why not learn to speak the language?! You have absolutely nothing to lose. Research has shown that learning a new language increases intelligence and combats brain-aging. Also, the ability to communicate with native speakers in their own language is an instant way to make friends and win respect! Or imagine you know how to write ‘Thank you’ to that special Thai friend after a date…he/she will be so impressed!

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